“To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world,” said Freya Stark. While traveling alone can be an enriching experience, it has its unique challenges. Here’s what to do and be aware of when traveling solo, courtesy of John Golicz, CEO and founder of Unicomm, LLC.
Book a hotel for increased safety.
House-sharing companies such as Airbnb can be a great affordable alternative to pricey hotels, but if you’re traveling alone, a hotel can offer increased safety, including locked entrance and room doors, a key card, security staff and cameras.
It’s ok to change your mind.
If you check in somewhere and don’t feel comfortable, move to another hotel. Security always comes first and always trust your instincts, especially when traveling alone.
Move through the airport quickly.
Airports are crowded, and a person traveling alone can be a potential target for thieves. So move as quickly as possible through the airport to the secure area.
Always pick your own taxi.
Never let a stranger pick a taxi cab for you. Again, trust your instinct in this situation. If someone offering a ride seems questionable, or you just feel weird, move on to the next one. Once you get into a taxi, be sure to check that the person driving matches the license photo at the front of the car.
Take a photo of your hotel’s info.
One of the great things about smartphones is having an easy camera on hand. So use it to take photos of your hotel’s stationery with address and numbers on it and send it to a friend or relative. Also take a photo of the street that the hotel is on, subway stop, etc—anything that can help finding the hotel easier if you get lost.
Store important documents in the cloud.
It’s important to have physical copies of your passport and banking info on hand, but store all critical documents in the cloud as well as backup. When you do this, you won’t panic if anything gets lost or stolen, and you’ll be able to print these documents anywhere that has internet.
Consider a travel tour company.
A great way to travel alone, but not be alone, is to book a trip with a travel adventure company. There are many choices for trip themes, from cooking and foodie tours to extreme adventures. Choose a tour with about 10-15 people and search for adventures that will have like-minded travelers.
Use apps for a smooth trip.
Smartphone apps really can make travel easier. Always be sure to download your airline’s travel app, too. This is the best resource for up-to-date flight information.
Source: 8 Important Safety Tips For the Solo Traveler, 1000traveltips.com