Traveling is always worthwhile. But should you go in a group or go it alone? Honestly, there are both pros and cons of solo travel. On the one hand, you get to do everything the way you want, without worrying about accommodating others or worrying about them slowing you down.
On the other, though, you don’t have a dependable support network, and this can make you a target for crime or other misfortunes during your adventures.
Staying safe is crucial no matter who you are, though, but with traveling solo, there are some ways you can ensure your safety.
If you’re traveling the world, it’s safe to assume you’re a curious person and want to learn more about the planet and other cultures. You need to take this curiosity and apply it to your everyday life during your travels.
One key issue that many backpackers and tourists encounter is the party lifestyle. But, as you need to remain aware of your surroundings (whether to avoid theft or to find your way home), you mustn’t drink too much while still having a good time. Living the ‘party lifestyle’ is different when you’re traveling than when you’re at home because you don’t know the area or people.
If you can’t enjoy the majestic scenery of other parts of the world, there are still plenty of destinations in your home country to scratch that itch. However, even the most stunning parts of the country can be dangerous, so it’s important to bring backup, even just to feel a little safer and more confident.
If you’re unsure about heading out alone at night, find people to do things with, whereas concealed carry backpacks are ideal if you are spending time in the wilderness and need to protect yourself (and anyone else) from wild animals.
Don’t Draw Attention to Yourself
There are many horror stories about crimes against tourists, and this usually happens when the traveler draws attention to themselves whether they mean to or not. Traveling to a tourist-heavy spot can increase your chances of staying safe.
However, it is often the most innocuous thing that can make you a target for crime. Looking at your phone while walking down the road is sometimes all it takes for a thief to pinpoint you, and the same goes for flashing the cash or wearing expensive jewelry.
Trust Your Instincts
Your instincts are the most valuable tool you can bring with you during your travels. It’s simple: if something doesn’t seem right, then it likely isn’t right. It isn’t just places like bars or dark alleyways, though. You might also encounter people that make you uneasy.
While many people will tell you to avoid specific neighborhoods, you should also look out for your fellow travelers. As much as you want to believe they are full of peace and love, not everyone is and there are always people looking to gain your trust and take advantage of you.
Safe and Sound
You don’t want to risk being overly cautious during your travels and spend the entire time in your hotel room. But, you also don’t want to do anything that could make you a target for theft or other crimes. While you deserve to have fun on your adventure, it’s also important to remember to stay safe and take the correct steps to make that possible.