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10 Solo Travel Safety Tips

Travelling solo can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it’s important to stay safe with these 10 Solo Travel Safety Tips. Whether you’re a seasoned solo traveller or planning your first solo trip, it’s essential to take some basic safety precautions to ensure your journey is a positive and enjoyable one. As somebody backpacking myself, I have experienced my fair share of interesting interactions and confronting situations. Here are ten essential solo travel safety tips every adventurer should know:

Research your destination before you go

Before setting off on your solo adventure, take the time to research your destination thoroughly. Familiarise yourself with local customs, laws, and potential safety hazards. Check travel advisories and keep up-to-date with current events that could impact your trip.

Stay connected

Make sure to keep your loved ones back home informed of your travel plans and itinerary. Keep them updated on your whereabouts and check in with them regularly. It’s also a good idea to carry a portable charger with you to keep your phone charged in case of emergencies.

Secure your belongings

Keep your valuables secure while travelling. Use a combination lock for your backpack or suitcase and avoid carrying all your money and cards in one place. Consider purchasing a money belt or pouch that can be worn discreetly under your clothes to keep your cash and cards safe. AirTags are also great to place on different backpacks, your luggage or special camera gear or laptops.

Keep a low profile

Avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself while travelling solo. Dress conservatively and avoid displaying expensive jewellery or electronics. Try to blend in with the local crowd as much as possible to avoid standing out as a tourist. Unfortunately there are some people in hostels and different areas that can target certain people, I say this after a girl in my hostel just had over $8000 AUD stolen and her iPhone last week from our London hostel. Until you get a feel of the area and people, keep a low profile and your belongings secure.

Trust your instincts

If something doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation. Be aware of your surroundings and take note of any suspicious behaviour. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

Take care of your health

Be mindful of your physical and mental health while travelling solo. Stay hydrated, get enough sleep, and eat a balanced diet. Be aware of any health risks associated with your destination, and take appropriate precautions, such as vaccinations or insect repellent.

Use official transportation

When travelling solo, it’s essential to use official and reputable transportation options. Avoid hitchhiking, taking unmarked taxis, or accepting rides from strangers. Use licensed taxis or public transportation whenever possible.

Be careful when socialising

Making friends while travelling solo can be a great way to connect with locals and other travellers, but be cautious when socialising with strangers. Avoid giving out too much personal information and be wary of anyone who seems overly interested in you. Keep your wits about you is my best advice!

You will meet some phenomenal people on your journeys, but unfortunately there is a level of theft and deception to be aware of. Keep in touch with your friends, family, and be careful not to leave anything too expensive laying around.

Protect your data

Keep your personal and financial data safe while travelling by using secure Wi-Fi networks and avoiding public computers or unsecured Wi-Fi hotspots. Consider using a VPN service to encrypt your online activity and protect your data from hackers.

Stay insured

Make sure to purchase comprehensive travel insurance that covers any medical or emergency expenses that could arise during your trip. Check your policy for coverage of lost or stolen belongings and make sure to carry a copy of your insurance documents with you at all times.

Conclusion: 10 Solo Travel Safety Tips

Travelling solo can be a life-changing experience, but it’s important to prioritise your safety and take precautions to avoid unnecessary risks.

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