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Essential Solo Travel Safety Tips: 10 Expert Insights for Your Journey

Leaving for a solo travel is a truly amazing and transformative experience. You will immerse yourself in diverse cultures and craft memories that will forever shape your perspective -leaving you with an insatiable desire to embark on this adventure again and again. However, be ready for all that excitement to be met with skepticism, when you'll tell people: "I am traveling alone". For many, the immediate association will be with the notion of danger. This anxiety is often amplified if you are a woman. While it's easy to acknowledge why (much of our information is shaped by the medias, which tend to highlight the darker sides of places). I'm here to tell you that solo travel is way safer then what everyone thinks. After returning from an inspiring six-month solo expedition across the globe — from Asia to South America, with stops in Africa and Muslim countries — I have lots of tricks to share that can help you say a big f* you to your anxieties of the unknown.

In this guide, we'll talk about crucial safety tips for solo traveler and dig into some of my recommendations for essential products and services. From choosing the right travel insurance to leveraging safety apps, my insights will empower you to navigate your solo adventures confidently and securely -and to never let someone's fear block you from experiencing the world.

1. Research Your Destination

Before setting foot in a new destination, conduct thorough research to familiarize yourself with local scams, customs, and safety guidelines. Write down a list of the nearest english-speaking hospitals, embassies and airports for each of the cities you are going to visit. This will help you feel more secure, in case something happen. My Tip: Recognize that in many parts of the world, displaying a lot of skin may not be culturally acceptable. Whether you're in Asia or Muslim countries -you will need to cover your chest, legs and shoulders to enter temples (or even for day to day explorations). Demonstrating an awareness of local customs is greatly appreciated by the residents. It conveys a sense of respect and admiration for their cultures, fostering a more positive and welcoming reception from the locals in return. Clothing Idea:

I left for my trip with mostly shorts and skirts -thinking only of the hot weather I would experienced. I ended up buying a lot of long flowy trousers, while in Asia (so I could enter the temples and stay respectful to the culture). I recommend leaving with that kind of clothing for any asian or muslims countries.

2. Choose Your Hotel Wisely

The choice of accommodation plays a crucial role in your safety. Whether opting for a hostel or a luxury hotel, seek advice from the staff on safe areas and potential risks. Utilize their local knowledge to make informed decisions about your stay. Leaving with at least your first hotel already planned is also a good way to have peace of mind -Instead of losing time trying to find a place to stay for the night, you will be able to explore and do activities freely. My Tip: Every time I arrived in a new country, I am staying in a hostel. This is allowing me to meet people (with whom I will be able to make plans, if I feel like it) and I find that it is also a good place to start to get advices about the areas to avoid. Hostels also offers lots of tours that are both safe and cheap, making it the best possible place to start exploring with safety. How i reserve hotel/hostels:

3. Let Someone Know Your Plans

Maintain a safety net by informing someone back home about your travel plans. Leaving a note in your room detailing your itinerary and carrying a tracking device, such as an Apple Tag, can provide an extra layer of security, especially during outdoor activities. Because I was often going on adventures alone (hikes, explore the city, etc.) I made the habit of leaving a note in my hotel room about where I was going and when I had left. If something were to happen, this would became a valuable clue for the people looking for me. My Tip: If you are in trouble and your phone is about to die: record a voice mail on it, with your location and where you are heading. Even if your phone dies, the voice mail will stay on it and people calling will be able to hear the message you've left. What to buy:

4. Invest in Good Travel Insurance

Prioritize your well-being with comprehensive travel insurance. Consider reputable providers offering coverage for medical emergencies, COVID-19, and even activities like extreme sports. This investment ensures peace of mind throughout your journey. My Tip: Be careful to select the insurance that covers all your needs. Most of the insurances will not cover extreme activities or driving motorcycles. Note: A friend of mine travelled to North Vietnam, last year, met with a few travellers and they all decided to rent motorcycles to travel around. One of the girl that was with him, unfortunately got into an accident. She was badly injured -and her parents had to pay for everything because she did not had any insurances (nor motorcycle driving license). While you do not need any of those to actually rent a motorcycle in most Asian countries -if you get involved in an accident they will put the blame on you. Leaving with a proper insurance (and license) is always the best way to avoid any headaches, if something happens. The insurance I selected: For me, the Blue Cross one was the best one, as I knew I was going to do some extreme sports like diving, skydiving, fly in a hot air-balloon etc.

5. Carry Minimal Cash

Opt for convenience and security by using a widely accepted credit card like Mastercard or Visa. My tip: Research the best credit card based on the number of time you travel a year, the type of travel you do and your current income. Some credit cards will have annual fees, but the perks you will get might outweigh it in the end. The credit card I selected: After lots of research, I selected Mastercard World Elite. Besides its global acceptance, this card came with perks and benefits -like cash back, travel insurance (flight delays, lost luggages, etc.), access to travel lounges in airports, free rooms upgrade and flight seat selections.

6. Avoid Wandering Alone at Night

Prioritize your safety by arriving in new cities during daylight hours. If nocturnal exploration is unavoidable, rely on secure transportation options like Grab, Uber, or trusted taxis to return to your accommodation safely. My Tip: When arriving in a new country, I always make sure that my first transportation is reserved. Most of the time, hotels will provide it for a fee. If they do not offer this service (hostel often don't) you can reserve a taxi at the airport counter -those are safe, have a fixed price and will provide peace of mind. The apps I used: Do some research on which app to use for transports! Some place around the world do not have Uber. In Asia, I used :

The website 12Go is also amazing to plan your transport ahead: