Traveling as a woman is thrilling and exciting, but it can also be dangerous. Here are some tips to help you stay safe while traveling:
- Research the area before you go. Check out travel advisories, crime statistics and other information about the place you’re visiting. This will help you decide if it’s safe for you to go there. Also check out the U.S State Department’s travel warnings for any countries where you plan to travel.
- Stay alert when walking alone at night or in less populated areas. The best way to stay safe is to avoid isolated places altogether, but if you must walk alone at night or in a deserted area, call someone or text them every 15 minutes so they know where you are and that everything is okay.
- Don’t carry too much money with you on your trip—only what you need for that day or night. Leave your passport locked up in your hotel room safe or with someone else who will be staying with you during your trip; this way if something happens and someone tries to grab it from your purse or pocket, they won’t be able to get away with both of them.
- Travel with someone who knows the area well. You can always ask someone who lives in the area where they recommend staying, eating and visiting while visiting their city. They may even have special recommendations that aren’t included on most travel websites or blogs!
- Don’t wear jewelry or other expensive accessories, especially if you’ll be visiting areas where theft is common (like markets or beaches). And keep an eye on your wallet or purse at all times — don’t leave them unattended on the beach or in restaurants!
- If you don’t have a companion to travel with, at least make sure that someone knows your itinerary and contact information.