We all know the dangers of travelling alone abroad, in a strange culture, with a strange language and strange customs. But have you ever really thought about the dangers of women travelling alone in the UK and how to remedy them?
Here are Five tips that might help…
1. Check in Regularly
Let friends, family and social media know where you are and where you are planning to be. It might seem daft, especially given that you are in your own country and an environment that you are reasonably familiar with, but it is much better to be safe than sorry. If you are used to travelling alone, you will know that checking in with family and friends is an enjoyable way to use your time between destinations, as it passes the time and makes you feel more connected and less alone.
2. Know Your Hotel
It is much easier to get lost in an unknown place when you are alone, so make sure you take a hotel card with you so you have their name for taxi drivers and their number in case of emergency. We recommend
3. Money, Money, Money
Be careful with money; that is to say don’t carry too much cash, but also don’t carry none at all. You will need cash if you need to get a taxi suddenly, if you get lost in the dark. Taxis are always the safest bet in an unknown city. Yes a taxi is a much more expensive option, especially compared to walking somewhere for free or puzzling through a cheaper bus route, but if it is the safest option it is worth splashing the cash.
4. No Excessive Baggage
If you travel alone, be sure to travel light. Not only with your travel luggage but also your handbag. If the contents of your handbag are bulging and spilling out, you will look and feel vulnerable, so it’s best to stick to the essentials for your trip. Also, travelling alone means you have to carry everything alone, which can get frustrating and tiring.
5. Watch Your Drinking
If you are travelling to meet new people, or simply stop off at a bar on the way back from a business trip, it is important to keep your wits about you. This means keeping drinking to a bare minimum so as not to increase your vulnerability.
It may sound overly cautious but it makes sense to minimise your risk to maximise your enjoyment whenever you travel. Don’t forget to enjoy your time away!