Solo travelling can be apprehensive, particularly, for women in an alien place altogether. With ticket bookings, flight travelling and adjusting to a new place already proving to be a pain, no one would fancy another hurdle, especially for women travellers who have a longer check-list to follow while preparing to embark on a trip, agree?
So, here are few travel tips exclusively for women that would ensure them a smoother trip:
1. Do as the locals do:
It’s wisely said: “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. Hence, we suggest “tourists” to shed off their “touristic” ways and blend in with the local fashions. Dine where the locals do, dress up in attire which easily matches with the local fashion and do not act like a tourist! Also, do not forget to bear in mind the sensitivities of the people and practices in a new place to make the transition easier.
2. Proper research about the place:
Half knowledge is dangerous. Make it a point to learn about the place you are visiting in extensive details. Get updated about the culture, people, practices, places that can be visited and those which are unsafe. This will not only make you confident about the destination, but also expose you to all possibilities. Besides, lying in the oblivion and being ignorant won’t help a traveler in exploring the place completely, would it?
3. Travel with a company:
Travelling alone at night, for a woman, could invite unwanted troubles, especially in an unfamiliar place. Keeping a travel companion or only traveling with a horde of people could ensure safety. Also, night travelling could get a little spooky, with everything appearing to be a little eerie. Hence, it is always best to travel during bright daylight, with a travel companion to ensure safety.
4. An ideal toiletries kit:
A woman can never live without her vanities”. Although said to mock the fuss women make about their daily use products, they are indeed of grave importance while on a trip away from home. Ensure you prepare your toiletries kit carefully with your beauty and cleansing products. However, that does not mean carrying miscellaneous articles because things you don’t use at home, which you think might be of use while on a trip, are never useful. But, don’t panic if you left behind something. Remember, you’re not going to Mars. You can always buy something new.
5. Know the important numbers in that area:
Always keep help-line numbers handy. You never know when an undesired situation could arise, demanding the use of one of the numbers. Local numbers like that of the Police station, fire-brigade, ambulance, area-code, etc. could be needed anytime and that wouldn’t be the time you sit searching in the phone directory, would you?
6. Make sure to be alert:
On priority basis, a woman is expected to be highly alert in a new or old place alike. Remember to observe the behavior of locals around and do not mingle with the suspicious ones. Bring your body language into consideration along with the clothes you wear. You never know what could be stand-offish for the locals. For you own safety, always remember that you are not in your comfort zone to roam about carefree.
7. Pack clothes that are not very touristic i.e. pack light
It is always better not to make your touristic appearance very prominent. Take clothes that are light, reusable that could fuse along with the local attire. Pack smartly by rolling your clothes also in turn to keep them from crumpling. Make a wiser choice by bringing in the size of the container into consideration by carrying small supplements of the same products for example a smaller bottle of shampoo. Hence, avoid unnecessary clutter and make your rug-sack lighter.
8. Arrive during the day:
Night-time can make the new place all the more unnerving even though it might be safe. On the contrary, arriving during the day-time could give you a better understanding of the surroundings, the people and the ambience. Also, arriving at night would not be the best option courtesy to the limited number of people travelling and lack of safety. Hence, try to make arrangements of arriving at anew place in bright day-light.
9. Low maintenance travel:
Drastically cut-down on having any sort of valuable with you, whose loss could make you realize its loss. Avoid wearing expensive accessories and travel simple in order toreduce any unneeded attention. Having a loose clutch or a small purse on you could invite the threat of a robbery. So we say, travel low-maintenance, travel safe.
10. Inform people about your itinerary:
We always try to keep undesired events at bay. However, we just cannot predict when we can use some help, right? Hence, before embarking on a trip, deliberately remember to give copy of your itinerary toyour family or friends to help them keep a track of your whereabouts. Handing overscanned copies of your important documents to them can also prove to be a wise action.
Thus, with many other minute things to remember, women travelling to a foreign land should always keep into consideration these travel tips that will ensure safety and keep hassle at bay because who likes to invite trouble, right? So, travel smart, travel safe!