Solo traveling can be such a great experience. However, when traveling alone, safety is always key! There are some common solo travel mistakes you should avoid. There really is no reason to be scared of traveling alone, you just need to keep your wits about you and be aware of your surroundings.
It is important to make the best of your trip, but you have to take a couple of precautions to create a fun and memorable vacation that you will look back on fondly. Here are some common solo traveler mistakes, and even as a pro-solo-traveler, you can still make these errors without realizing it.
NOT PREPARING BEFOREHAND
Even if you travel in a group, it’s easy to make this mistake! Sometimes, you want to just ‘wing it,’ but getting lost in a foreign country, where you don’t understand the language, is only attractive in movies. Be prepared beforehand by packing the right clothes, having a map, and doing some basic research on where you should and shouldn’t visit.
Not every city is solo-traveler friendly. When picking cities to visit alone, I like to find places that have a good metro system and a lot of foot traffic. Most European cities meet this criterion. However, I would never take a taxi alone in Mexico City (or many Central and South America countries) unless they are provided and recommended by the hotel I’m staying at. Depending on where you visit, you need to make little adjustments and preparations to ensure your safety.
Read up about the country your visiting and educate yourself on the norms, hazards, and customs. Being prepared is more than just taking a winter coat and clean underwear.
When traveling alone, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a little dishonesty. There’s no reason to be telling strangers you’re alone. I even like to invent up a fake boyfriend or husband and tell people I’m waiting for him. If you don’t trust someone, or they are giving you a weird vibe, there is nothing wrong with faking a story. “Sorry, I can’t, my husband is waiting for me,” will get you out of many sticky situations and help get rid of someone.
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