Your utmost priority whenever you travel should be your safety and security. This is especially important for those solo travelers; our eyes are on you female solo travelers.

Whether you’re traveling with your families, with friends, your significant other or by yourself, there’s no harm in being extra cautious. Don’t wait for an unfortunate event for you to experience before your start getting your valuables on check.

Fear no more, instances like this can be prevented if you just keep your guard at all times. Have an amazing adventure all the while keeping your valuables and goods safe. We’ve gathered the most essential tips for traveling safely. Keep these in mind and enjoy your best adventure at ease.

1. Research

People tend to only do research on where’s the best/cheap accommodation around the city, best places to eat and where the best local food scene are; which destinations should be visited when in the city and the likes. Others skip the research part where you look for dangerous places to avoid in the city.

Having lack of knowledge in these unfamiliar cities and finding a great accommodation deal should at least trigger your suspicion. Why is it cheap? Is the neighborhood safe? Go on forums or check out other travel blogs regarding their experience in the city. Most often than not, they’ll cite out which cities or places to avoid and be extra cautious in.

Yes, your research should also include dress appropriation in the city you’re going to visit. Just because you’re a tourist doesn’t mean you can ignore their culture and customs. If possible, don’t walk around wearing an expensive watch and jewelries. That will only draw attention to yourself.

2. Dummy wallet and whistle are handy items

This dummy wallet should serve as your “steal-me” wallet. Not that you’re offering it to thieves but it’s a decoy to your wallet filled of cash, credit cards and valid IDs.

Grab your old wallet and put in your fillers — expired cards, little cash. Don’t put the decoy wallet and your real wallet in the same bag, you know where that bad idea is headed. Instead, leave your wallet at your hotel in a safe place where only you know where to find it. Stack extra cash under your garments: in your bra or socks.

Whistles are tiny items but helps in a big way. A simple example? Let me remind you how Rose was saved and found in Titanic. Yes, we don’t want that happening to you but in case of unfortunate events, a whistle can save your life. Also, monkeys aren’t fond of the sound of whistles as well as other animals.

3. Don’t carry all your money resources with you

In addition, leave large amounts of money in a safe place in your hotel. You surely don’t want all your money to go missing and have nothing left. If you have an ATM card and credit card, only bring one of the two and leave the other along with your extra cash in your safe place.

4. Scan and photocopy important documents

Scan and make copies of all your important documents such as passport, identifications and credit cards. Should your physical copy get lost or stolen along with your original documents, save it digitally. Send the copies to your email to get copies of it digitally where you can access it anywhere.

Re-applying for these important documents can be a real pain and eat up a lot of your time. Having a scan of your documents make the process speed up a bit so it’s a life-saver still.

5. Make friends with the locals

Being social with the locals has a lot of perks; they can recommend you where to try the best dishes, which destinations you mustn’t leave without visiting and many other things. They can also make the best tourist guides.

These locals know the ins and outs of the area. They know which places are safe, which are not; and the scams you should be aware of to avoid. You don’t have to reach out further, chat with your accommodation staff and ask them about what you should be extra careful with.

6. Too much alcohol is a no-no

A city visit isn’t really complete for some travelers without experiencing the nightlife. When you go partying (especially when drugs are present), your senses floats away and your guard is instantly down.
Then, you’re no longer much aware of your surroundings. This is usually where the mugging and robbing takes place since you’re too intoxicated to care, robbers take advantage of your situation.

Ladies, if you ever go partying, grabbing a few drinks in a bar, keep your eyes close to your drink. NEVER leave your drink unattended and out of your sight. We all know what happens when you do so — someone might just put something in it.

7. Know their local emergency numbers

A city visit isn’t really complete for some travelers without experiencing the nightlife. When you go partying (especially when drugs are present), your senses floats away and your guard is instantly down.
Then, you’re no longer much aware of your surroundings. This is usually where the mugging and robbing takes place since you’re too intoxicated to care, robbers take advantage of your situation.

Ladies, if you ever go partying, grabbing a few drinks in a bar, keep your eyes close to your drink. NEVER leave your drink unattended and out of your sight. We all know what happens when you do so — someone might just put something in it.

8. Let your family or friends know your itinerary

We’re guessing this tip has never even crossed on your mind before as you may think it would be ridiculous and unnecessary. Since you travel alone, if unforeseen accidents or unfortunate events happen to you along the journey, no one might know your whereabouts.

If you send your itinerary to someone, at least a lightbulb will switch in their heads if you hadn’t returned yet. Sure, last minute changes do happen to you frequently; no problem, send the last minute change of itinerary still. This will save your life.

9. Don’t be too gullible

Stop flashing everyone your tourist aura for it will only give them the vibe that you’re an easy target perfect for their modus. These people knows who to victimize and how to easily execute their act. They have accomplices and look outs as well as they’re trained and knowledgeable enough to pull off the act. Be extremely aware and alert of your surroundings. Keep your senses on and be observant.

Most people are afraid of traveling alone due to various reasons; safety being the top reason. Don’t let a memorable and marvelous solo adventure turn into a nightmare one that will leave your exciting experiences get outweigh by that time you were mugged or worse.

About Chie Suarez

About Chie Suarez

Guest Blogger

Chie Suarez sails from the PH and enjoys travelling with her family and dog. She found her passion for travelling quite late, not to mention she writes for KIMS Beach Hideaway which offers beachside lodges in Australia.