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3 Safety Tips For Solo Women Travelling The Globe

Whether it is for business or pleasure, you will see that more and more Indian women are now travelling alone all over the world.

Although this may seem like a good thing, you have to remember that in many parts of the world, women are viewed as weak and are unable to defend themselves.

Generally, a lot of women travellers are confused about what to do when travelling alone. Remember that when travelling, you must always put safety first and make it more important than other things.

Here are some safety tips for women travelling solo, to help you have a safe and enjoyable trip whenever you travel abroad.

  • Travel Safety Tip # 1 – Dress Conservatively

Your attire can accurately tell who you are and what lies inside that bag of yours and nothing beats simplicity when it comes to travelling abroad.

If you’re going East, countries that are still “developing”, it is not wise to wear signature clothes or branded shoes. This will only attract the wrong kind of attention from thieves.

The first tip is that you should always do your research first on the country you plan on travelling to. You have to remember that not all countries are the same in regards to culture. Some countries are culturally conservative and will have dress codes that everyone should follow.

Familiarize yourself with the laws and customs of the place you wish to go to. Remember that ignorance of the law is no excuse even if you’re a tourist.

A very good example is Saudi Arabia. If you travel here, you have to remember that tourists here and even women were apprehended by the police for improper dresses. You have to remember that Islamic nations tend to be very conservative especially around women.

In some countries, it is even illegal to invite members of the opposite sex into your hotel room. And, only married couples are allowed to stay in the same hotel room. So, avoid doing anything that would be considered obscene when travelling to unknown places.

Although fashion may be important for you as it really does make a statement, you have to remember that what may be casual wear for you may be seen as provocative or inappropriate in other countries.

You can never go wrong with jeans and t-shirt that covers most of your body. Also, these clothes are a better option than skirts if you need to run or defend yourself. A scarf to cover your head may be useful when travelling to more conservative countries.

Take off your jewellery. It is not advisable to strut your stuff, showing off your most prized jewellery, in the busy streets of a foreign place. You might as well wear a sign saying, “Come and get me.”

Whenever travelling, it is always a good idea to blend in with the public. Try buying a local dress and wear it to give other people the impression that you are a local and are familiar with the country.

  • Travel Safety Tip  # 2 – Avoid Suspicious Strangers

Always be cautious. Whenever travelling in unfamiliar surroundings, always be alert. Remember, you are in a foreign country where people might not understand a single word you’re saying. That is why it is better to stay away from suspicious looking people.

You have to remember that some places are notorious for pickpockets and there are even places where children working with adults can slash your pants with a blade and get its contents.

Never carry your wallet in your back pocket. Always carry it in the front or side pockets and keep your hands in there. Or you could hide it inside your underwear. Yes, it can be quite uncomfortable, but it’s also one of the safest places to stash your money. If you’re wearing shoes, you can hide it underneath or inside your socks or stockings.

You could choose to stay in parts of the town where it is considered safe, but then you’ll be defeating the main purpose of travel and miss all the fun and adventure of being a traveller. Or you could just be watchful of the people around you.

Call it paranoia but it is better to be safe than sorry. Stay alert especially in crowded areas because thieves often prefer to do their thing in crowded areas. Give your instincts the benefit of the doubt, be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to odd or suspicious behaviour.

Carry a light and if necessary, a weapon for protection. A heavy flashlight can be can be very useful when you came home late or you’re passing through a dark alley. If you want a more secure way whenever you are getting around the country, arm yourself with safety devices.

You’ll see a lot of safety devices available for sale in the market and can be brought along legally. An example would be pepper sprays, that if sprayed on the assailant’s face, will temporarily blind them and disable them for 5 to 6 minutes, which is enough for you to run away and get help.

You can also try getting a stun gun which has an electrostatic voltage charge. This safety device will give your assailant a shock and weaken their muscles.

  • Travel Safety Tip # 3 – Bring Your Medicines

If travelling makes you sick, better have something to prevent occurrences to happen. If you have asthma, hypertension or any kind of illness that can strike you anywhere, always have a solution to it – bring your prescribed medicines. Never reach a point where you have to stop everything or be rerouted just to get you to the nearest hospital.

These are some of the safety tips that you should remember whenever you travel. You have to remember that as a woman, you will be much more vulnerable to attacks. By always planning ahead, you can be sure that you will be able to have a more enjoyable vacation.

Whenever you plan your holiday, you need to remember that safety should always be first when travelling. Follow these safety tips when travelling through different lands and get home in one piece safe and sound. Equipped with this advice, you’ll be safer, feel much more confident and more relaxed to go on a journey.

© Naaree.com

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Travel Safety Advice: Safe Travel Tips For Women On The Move

Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go. But you’re going solo or travelling with your girl friends. To the very orthodox, a woman travelling without a male escort may seem unimaginable. But it’s no big deal if you just keep a few common-sense travel safety tips in mind.

Here are ten safe travel tips for women on the move.

Safe travel for women

  • Educate yourself about the place you’re visiting

Mrs. Bhavana Shinde, Tourist Officer, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, advises, “When you are travelling to any place you need to learn about its culture, habits and traditions. Learn about the country’s dress codes and mannerisms.

Try not to behave or dress in a way which may violate the country’s traditions as it may after all get you the wrong type of attention.

The best way to find out about a new place is through the country’s embassy, consulate, tourist offices, tourist brochures and reliable websites.”

Also try to find out about the safety levels of the place you are visiting – the crime rate against women and if it is the norm for women to travel on the streets late in the evening.

  • Arrive when its still daylight

Try your best to get a flight, train or bus which arrives at your new destination when enough daylight hours are left to reach your hotel safely. You may also opt to reach the airport or railway station during the day while leaving.

  • Choose a safe hotel

According to Mrs. Shinde, government approved hotels are safe. You may also ask your friends who have toured the place for hotel recommendations. Internet pictures may show you alluring pictures of hotels, but when you reach the hotel bag and baggage you may find it doesn’t quite meet your safety or comfort requirements.

Make sure the hotel is located in a well-trafficked and well-lit street. Choose a hotel that offers doors with double locks with a dead bolt and a peep-hole. Opt for a safe hotel even if it costs more. A ladies hostel is also a safe option.

  • Dress wisely

Katrina Kaif may have avoided that controversy about wearing a skirt in a place of worship if she’d considered our advice. As Mrs. Shinde notes, “It is not that you need to be dressed in a burkha or very puritanically when travelling alone but your attire should not go against the ambience or customs of the place. For instance when you a visiting a place of pilgrimage, worship or a shrine maybe skimpy clothes could be avoided.”

Certain Islamic countries have norms that women should cover their hair, arms and legs. Many Buddhist temples in South East Asia want visitors to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts and be bare feet. Bathing suits are prohibited on certain beaches. So do pay heed to the place’s dress codes.

Sometimes dressing like a local really helps. It makes you less conspicuous as a tourist and may win approval that you are liberal enough to adapt the culture of the place. However attire and personal security are not always correlated. Women dressed very conservatively may also get attacked.

Avoid wearing jewellery or expensive watches to keep pick pockets and robbers away from you. Also opt for a simple bag or purse, instead of a very discernible tourist pouch, to prevent people from promptly identifying you as a tourist. Don’t display large amounts of money in public. Carry traveller’s checks when possible.

  • Be transportation savvy

Don’t hitchhike. It is best to hire a taxi recommended by the airport or your hotel (if you feel it is a reliable hotel). Don’t choose a taxi which has another man accompanying the taxi driver. Lock all doors securely while travelling by car, and don’t pull over when a stranger on the road is signalling you to stop.

As far as train travel is concerned it’s best to travel in the air conditioned first class. If you choose to travel second class, ticket less travellers may sometimes invade your compartment. It is best to choose the upper berth in the train as that ensures maximum privacy. Never accept packages, eatables and drinks from strangers on train no matter how nice and friendly they may appear to be.

  • Use your instincts to avoid bad company

Danger doesn’t come calling. Nor do criminals always look sinister, making you aware that you should stay away from them. Nevertheless use your instincts to avoid seemingly bad company and unsafe spots.

If you don’t walk down a dark alley in your hometown, why should you do the same in an alien city? Be wary of over-friendly men. Stay away from anyone who gives you bad vibes. Try your best to avoid eye contact with strangers while travelling.

  • Try not to look like a tourist

Try not to look or behave like a tourist. If you are extremely clueless and confused about where in the city you are and how you’ll be reaching your destination you may be an easy target of miscreants.

Study the road map carefully before you go out so you have a better idea of where you are going. Don’t publicly display tourist guides. Keep your camera out of sight until you need it. Its also a good idea to learn a few common phrases in the local language.

  • Stay connected

Always carry a mobile phone with you and make sure it has essential contacts like the police, ambulance services and the hotel where you are staying. Also store the numbers of reliable friends and relatives who live in the place you are visiting and of well-known women’s organisations in the city.

  • What to do if attacked or harassed

Ignore cat calls and irritating comments by passers-by. If they continue to pester you complain to the police. Learning self-defence skills and carrying protection equipment, like a chilly spray or a stun gun, helps.

Avoid wearing high heels as it may make it very difficult for you to escape if attacked. If you feel you can’t physically overpower or escape from your attacker lie to him that you have AIDS or a serious communicable disease.

  • Travel with confidence

Most importantly, travel confidently. Stay alert and keep your wits about you at all times. If you act like a damsel in distress in an alien city, you’ll attract more trouble. Treat miscreants sternly but don’t allow paranoia to ruin your trip by imagining that every person is out to harm you. Just be cautious within reason and enjoy your trip!

© Naaree.com