Whether you’ve gotten tired of waiting for that special someone to come along and join you in life adventures or simply enjoy traveling alone, it can be a bit challenging to find safe, fun and affordable excursions as an independent traveler. Fortunately, the travel industry is beginning to catch on to the fact that more and more people are taking to the sea, air and land for solo trips.
In response to the increasing number of lone travelers, many cruises, tour companies, and all-inclusive hotels are now offering special package deals targeting the solo traveler. No longer must you worry about paying couples or group prices for a single booking, as more and more agencies and transit providers diversify their standard offerings to attract the independent world traveler.
It’s nice to know that solo travel is becoming more common and affordable but is it really safe? The answer is that traveling always carries certain risks, and traveling alone can be a bit more risky in some parts of the world. There are ways to find safe destinations as a lone traveler though. Here are a few helpful hints to make your solo jaunts as safe, enjoyable and affordable as possible.
Survey Travel Recommendation and Review Sites
Take a look at all the resources available online for travelers. Many companies offer travel reviews, giving solo travelers the resources necessary to decide which destinations are friendly for the single women, seniors and others who might take an exciting jaunt alone.
You can also find out what other travelers think of certain vacation destinations, as there are plenty of avid travel enthusiasts out there willing to share their experiences via the Internet. Travel blogs and review articles, as well as short blurbs found on travel arrangement sites offer information by and for travelers.
Heed Warnings and Pay Attention to the News
Any time you’re considering traveling, whether alone, as a couple or with a group, it pays to pay attention to current events. Knowing what is going on in various parts of the world allows you to narrow down your vacation destination.
If, for instance, there is social unrest or political upheaval in a specific part of the world, then you certainly want to avoid traveling to that area at the present time. Some areas can be unsafe for even large groups, and are that much more unsafe for the independent traveler.
Don’t make the mistake of believing you’ll fly under the radar as a single person. Too many travelers think they can simply blend in and go unnoticed in places which are less safe in this world. The fact is that as a tourist, you stick out like a sore thumb. Traveling to an area which has been deemed unsafe is simply asking for trouble.
Your destination vacation is meant to be a relaxing, fun and fulfilling experience. Don’t turn it into a crisis. Heed any warnings regarding unsafe travel areas, many of which are covered in national and world news as well as on travel websites.
Be Mindful and Alert While Traveling
So much of being safe while traveling is about being aware of your surroundings and savvy in your interactions. Pay attention to where you are and whose around at all time. The same way that you must be mindful in your daily actions when out on the town at home you have to remain alert while traveling.
If your gut tells you something is wrong, listen to it. Odds are that it’s right and that you will be better off removing yourself from a potentially dangerous or otherwise unsafe situation. Don’t get scammed by a disreputable vendor or lose your wallet to a thief just because you’re trying to be polite or not paying close enough attention to what you’re doing. If you’re dealing with a person who seems dishonest, then chances are they are trying to take advantage of you. Don’t fall into the tourist trap.
Plan Your Trip Well
Travel insurance is always a good idea. Booking travel arrangements, car rentals, and hotel accommodations in advance of your trip is good too, as it allows you to pick those which have been deemed most safe and flexible for solo travelers. Don’t wait until you’re on the road or have arrived in your destination city to investigate your options or make decisions. Book in advance and get the best and safest arrangements possible.
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