Traveling alone is an adventure. You are free to go as you please because you don't have to tailor your fun to anyone else's needs and desires. There are many ways to ensure you feel safe whenever you travel.
And as long as safety is your priority, you can make sure that you have the best time, wherever you are in the world. Here are a couple of tips if you're planning to travel on your own.
Protect your belongings
When you travel, you should make sure that your luggage, including carry-on, is securely closed. You can use a combination or standard luggage padlock to secure the zips to ensure that no one has access to your belongings.
A luggage cover is great for protecting your suitcase's exterior, preventing scratches, dirt and wandering hands from poking around in your stuff. Monos has a wide range of luggage covers made with eco-friendly, recyclable materials and perfectly fits all their cases. The cover's minimal design has a frosted, translucent finish so you can see if someone's tampered with your lock.
Share your itinerary
Before you leave, make sure that you've got a rough idea of your itinerary. Share this information with a family member or close friend. Your plans are likely to change when you're there, so contact them when you leave your accommodation for the day and as soon as you get back each night so they know you're safe.
By keeping one person in the loop on your trip, you'll ensure that someone knows where you are at all times in case something happens. They'll be able to alert authorities in the area if you're in danger. Additionally, by letting someone know where you are at all times, you'll feel safer and more eager to have fun.
Know your destination
You can't know everything about a place you've never been to, but you should have a solid idea of the place. If you've booked your trip through a travel agent, speak to them about what you can expect when you arrive. They will have the best information about your destination, including a do's and don'ts list.
Do your research about the place you're traveling to. Remember, everyone's travel experience is unique. Their information shouldn't inform your experience. Share pictures of your locations with your preferred contact back home. And, if you feel threatened at any time, alert the authorities.
Separate important items
On your day-to-day exploring, try to travel light. If you don't need your passport to visit a site or use local transport, leave it behind in your locked suitcase. You can carry a copy of it just in case. Hotel rooms usually have a safe, so use it for all your precious items.
Separate your money, passport and credit cards when you're out and about. Stash some money in your wallet, put a credit card in your pocket and your passport in a hidden pocket. If you have your cell phone or camera, ensure that they have lanyards attached to them to ensure that they're always on your person.
Get travel insurance
It's not mandatory to get travel insurance, but it is certainly recommended, especially for international travel. Travel insurance attempts to cover any unexpected occurrence during your travels. For instance, it covers anything from flight cancellations and delays to major financial losses.
Generally, travel insurance will cost about 4-10% of the total you paid for the trip. So, if it cost $10000, you can expect to pay anything from $400 to $1000. It's also important to note, your insurance rate is dependent on some factors including, but not limited to age, length of travel and type of coverage.