So, you want to take a trip on your own, but you’re scared.
A lot of the time, we are afraid to go off and do things on our own. Maybe it is because you don’t think it’s safe to travel alone, that you put it off.
Well, i’m here to tell you that you can totally travel alone safely as long as you take precautions when taking off on your own.
On my first trip alone, I wasn’t nervous but I did make a lot of effort to look like I wasn’t traveling. I dressed simply, I stayed off my phone, and I kept my head head high. I reminded myself to always be aware of my surroundings, and I took my pocket alarm EVERYWHERE I went. If I felt unsafe walking in a certain place, I kept my hand on my alarm till I felt safe or until I got to my Airbnb. I can’t stress enough how fine I felt when on vacation on my own. I felt safe and I could do as I pleased.
One thing I did do as a solo female traveler, was avoiding walking around alone at night. I made it a point to start my days early, and be home by the time the sun went down. Now, where I was, the sun didn’t go down until around 8:30-9:00 p.m., so I was able to have a full day of adventures and come back ready to get some rest.
For all my fellow people who may be interested in going on a trip alone, I encourage you to do so. The experience is a lot different than going with other people. You meet a lot of interesting people, notice things you wouldn’t if you weren’t traveling alone, and you can plan your day around yourself. For me, I love alone time and I too often avoid talking to strangers. On my first trip alone, I surprised myself and pushed myself to do things I wouldn’t normally do. I ate alone at vegan restaurants around the city and indulged in the scenery around me, but I do have some tips for people that HAVEN’T traveled alone before, or just for people who want to feel a little safer on their solo trips.
Let’s get to the tips.
Before I left on my trip, I made it a point to pack very lightly. I wasn’t concerned on how many pairs of shoes I took. I was more concerned about dressing comfortably and lightly. If something happened and you need to get out of a situation fast, you want to be able to pick up your bag and leave. If you pack heavy, it’s a lot harder for you to move both you and your stuff around.
I make it a point to take ONE backpack and ONE small suitcase. Something that fits underneath the seat on an airplane.
2. Always carry cash!
You never know when you won’t be able to use a credit/debit card, especially traveling in another country. If the machines aren’t working, or you need to take an emergency taxi ride, it’s always necessary to have some cash on you.
Public transport is also known to not take cards. When traveling alone, I always use public transport, so for me, it is important to always carry cash to catch the bus or train home.
Make sure to have your money in a secure place. If you have a pocket on your leggings or pants that isn’t too visible, THAT IS PERFECT. If your bag gets taken, you do not want to end up stuck without cash, not being able to call someone, or getting a ride home. You never know when something like this can happen, especially traveling in a busy city.
3. Stay off your phone!
Stay off your phone! I can’t stress this enough. If you have directions on your phone. Read about where you’re turning, or getting off the bus, and put the phone down. You never want to make it obvious that you are traveling alone. The best thing to do is BLEND in with the locals.
When walking, keep your head UP and look around. Don’t walk around texting or on the phone. You never know who is watching and you should ALWAYS stay aware of your surroundings.
4. Protect yourself!
I always make it a point to have something on me that can help me get away from a nasty situation. Mace is always a great option, but if you are only taking a carry-on you might not be able to take that mace with you.
I have a pocket alarm that I ADORE. This thing is so so loud. It’s great to scare off potential danger, and can also scare off an animal if something is trying to hurt you. The one I use is one I got off amazon. It’s called the BASU e-alarm with the tripwire hook. I will inset the picture and link below:
This alarm is the best investment and really isn’t too expensive. I feel safer when I have it attached to my pants. I always clip it on, and pull my shirt over it. It really makes a difference when I am walking alone!
5. It is safer than you think.
Things happen, and we all know that, but my final tip to you is to take the trip! It is a lot safer than you believe, and I promise you that you will not regret doing it. The first time you take off can be a little scary but that all passes. You just need to remember to stay on your feet, and be aware of everything around you. You can have beautiful experiences out in the world on your own that you will cherish forever. Just always remember that it is okay to ask people questions because it can save you time, and help you avoid getting lost. Use your best judgement when it comes to telling people anything. I wouldn’t recommend telling someone on the street that you’re all by yourself. Common sense is key!
As always, I hope you found this article inspiring to push yourself to do something new.
With love, Kelly.