Hey loves… again! I decided to write two posts today because of how much they intertwined.
Many people are afraid of women traveling alone. I can see where the concern comes from. Especially when stuff like this happens.
Regardless, I think it makes to be a wonderful, exhilarating and rewarding experience. It’s a time where you can reflect and really do what is best for YOU.
With that being said, I came up with some tips to help you during your solo travels, because I totally encourage you to do this at least once in your life.
Notify your bank and withdraw local currency
I started with this one because of what happened to me . Sure it is funny now… but it wasn’t during the time it happened. Not to mention, I was pretty lucky. Make sure you withdraw currency local of the place you will be landing in, because again, you never know what could happen. Triple check you have that mula before boarding, and carry at least TWO bank cards.
Always check for your passport or I.D.
Making sure you have your passport before leaving for the airport is super important. You don’t want to risk missing your flight. Also, sometimes it helps to take it even if you are flying domestic, just in case something happens to your license or whatever I.D. you prefer. I like to hide my passport at the place that I am staying as soon as I arrive. I carry my license with me for identification.
Take a photo of your passport and email it to yourself
This one sounds funny, but I think it is the safest way to keep track of your information, again, just in case you lose your passport. You want to have proof that you are who you say you are!
Never say you are alone
I never tell anyone that I am alone when I travel. In the past I’ve said that “my boyfriend is at the hotel resting” or that “I am here visiting an aunt”. You rather be safe than sorry!
Try to stay in a safe neighborhood or one that you know well
During my recent visit to Paris , I booked a place in a neighborhood I did not know well. I asked local friends to confirm the area before finalizing my payment. Sometimes it is pricier to stay in a nicer neighborhood, but safety comes first.
Never post on social media or tell anyone where you are staying
Some of you may do this not thinking, and some of you are thirsty to come off as “boojie” but really, telling people where you are staying or tagging your building is terrible! You never know who may see it and what they may think to do! Save that for your TBT or FBF.
Find ways to meet friends
I think we all get lonely at times, and human interaction is a basic need. After spending so much time alone, you may want to make friends. I would suggest you sign up for a class (language, yoga), a pub crawl, a tour, or even one of those Tinder outing things. haha P.S. Do not drink too much.
Have a phone that functions
Personally, I love T-Mobile because I get free data and text. Calls are only .20 a min when I travel abroad. I do not even have to call before I leave. It’s automatic. If you plan to use your phone internationally, contact your provider before hand just in case you do need that phone. Also, keep that baby charged.
Respect the culture- Starting with your attire
I am all about women dressing and doing as they please, but you must be cautious. What you wear in the states i.e. cut off shorts and a tank, might be dangerous to wear elsewhere. When I visited Egypt, I was covered from neck to toe, but because my hair was exposed, I had a lot of men give me unwanted attention. Try to be mindful before heading to a new destination- clothing and customs.
Be aware of your surroundings
You never know who is watching. When you walk on the street, look around to make sure the same person has not been following you for too long. Before you get into a cab or an Uber, make sure you ask for their name and look at their license plates. It also helps to make staged calls to let your friends know you are about to arrive.
Try to not have too much of a routine
Sorry to sound preachy, but like I said, you never know who is watching! When you do the same thing everyday, at the same time, it is easy to be tracked… Try to change it up a bit. Plus, it will help you uncover new places and experiences.
Share your planned itinerary and accommodations with people back home
Print it and give it to your mom, bestie, your colleague, anyone! Or email it.
Keep in touch with your family and or friends
Sure, it’s fun to disconnect but sending a simple, “I’m alive BUGGLES!” wont hurt. I always tell my boyfriend “ok, if I talk to you by this name, I am ok. If I ever say this *random code name*, I am NOT!” It’s our secret way making sure everything is fine.
Save your Apple ID somewhere in your room
This is so over-the-top, but honeslty not a bad idea. Write down your Apple ID and password on a piece of paper and place it somewhere in your room. Tell someone like your boyfriend where it is (mine doesn’t live with me). If something were to happen, he can let my sister know where to look, and they both can track my phone and hopefully me. This tip is so random, but I think brilliant!
This is your time to enjoy!!!! Make the best out of this lifetime experience that you deserve!!!
Leave your tips for traveling alone or just maintaining safety in general.