Travelling alone is a unique experience that can be a lot of fun, but it also poses some challenges especially when it comes to safety. Whether you are on a business trip or on vacation, it is important to keep in mind certain tips that will make your travels easier and problem free.
Do Your Homework and Learn About the Culture
Some countries have very different standards and views of what is appropriate behavior for women. While in America inviting a person of the opposite sex to your hotel room may not be considered as a double standard, in certain countries it can be illegal and result in detention. Something along the same lines happens when doing business. While in some South American countries discussing topics like football or weekend plans before a meeting is an important part of establishing a relationship, in Canada meetings go straight to the point. Going straight to the point in a South American country can cost you the deal as it is considered to be rude and impolite.
Leave Valuables at Home
Leaving valuables at home is the number one rule of traveling alone. Although it may seem like an obvious tip, it is always important to think twice whenever packing valuable objects. Don’t take unnecessary things like jewelry or even costume jewelry. Burglars won’t know it is fake until they have stolen it. Extra credit cards are another common unnecessary and risky travel item.
Be Always on Guard
Muggers always take advantage of distracted travelers to carry out their misdeeds. It is important to always be on guard, regardless if you are in an area that is considered to be safe. Thieves don’t always look like thieves and tourists are always an easy target. Be ready to react to unfamiliar situations and always be aware of your surroundings. Sometimes the most harmless looking people are the most dangerous. Avoid lonely streets and dead-end alleys and if you feel like you are being followed step into a store. When lost, ask for directions in safe and public places such as a supermarket or a hotel.
Confidence is the Key
Even if you are not sure of what you are doing, try to act as though you know your way around. Burglars can detect fear at miles of distance and demonstrating fear will make you a preferred target for them. Being confident or acting like it can help avoid potential danger.
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