Tips for Solo Travel

Even if your destination is labeled as “safe,” be confident, assertive, and aware of your surroundings at all times. Wherever you go, try to fit in with the crowd. Whether that means altering your attire or learning common phrases in that native language, find ways to look and act like you belong where you are.

Research common tourist swindles for your location ahead of time so you can identify potential trip-ruining scams.

Mind your alcohol intake. If problems arise, a tipsy tourist will have a more difficult time making decisions, finding your way back to your lodgings, and might even find yourself making decisions that the sober you would never consider.

Share your itinerary with your friends and family and let them know if something changes. This way, they will know where you are and how to get in touch with you or your hotel if something unexpected happens. Booking activities and excursions in advance will help you finalize this itinerary (and will probably save you some money in the long run, too).

Avoid solo travel at night. When crime happens, it’s easier to pull off in the dark. If you must travel alone at night, stick to populated areas and avoid secluded locations.

No matter where you travel and who accompanies you, use common sense and always trust your instincts. If something doesn’t seem quite right, take action and move to a safe location.