I created this site so I could help women travel safely and independently around the world. But the women who took these trips did so well in part because they prioritized their safety while traveling. You should have a day bag into which you can fit all of your important items: your passport, your camera, your medication, your jewelry, your credit cards, your smartphone, and any other technology, photography or otherwise valuable equipment.
There’s no need to go out for a walk in the city with all of your credit cards, your passport, and the equivalent of $500 in cash. While it doesn’t eliminate the risk 100% (if a professional criminal is determined to rob you, he will rob you), most criminals are opportunistic. When you’re traveling in a new destination, and especially when you’re traveling on your own, it can be tempting to join up and find a tribe. When it comes to romance, you might want to crank up the speed when you meet someone outrageously sexy, but that’s not always the best idea. Sometimes, we want to be part of a group so badly that we start trusting people before we should.
As normal as shorts and a t-shirt would be in North America, you would never see that style in most of Europe. The more you stand out, the more you brand yourself as someone who is unfamiliar with the location, which makes you more vulnerable to criminals. Instead, research your destination in advance, observe how people dress, and try to pass as a local – or, if that’s impossible (like if you’re in Thailand or Mexico and look neither Thai nor Mexican), try to pass as a longtime expat.
That means eschewing the backpacker trail uniform of drop-crotch hippie pants and souvenir beer t-shirts in favor of casual but neat and tidy clothing.
In tandem with blending in, it’s important to maintain confidence at all times, and even if you’re not confident, at least maintain the appearance of confidence. If you become lost and you need to find your way, slip into a shop or cafe to consult your map privately before continuing on. If you’re traveling long-term on a shoestring budget, it can be hard to justify spending extra cash when it could go toward so many more fun activities. It means that if your flight is scheduled to land in a rough city late at night, you should spend more money on a guesthouse that will pick you up right from the airport instead of taking a bus into town and trying to find a guesthouse on foot. It means you should pay extra money to take a taxi home at night if you don’t feel comfortable walking through the neighborhood on your own. It means paying more to stay in a central neighborhood with lots of lively activity instead of a cheaper, quiet residential area where you feel isolated.
It means you should choose the dive school with the stellar safety reputation and hundreds of positive TripAdvisor reviews instead of the rough-around-the-edges dive school that will do it for much cheaper. Build an extra financial cushion into your trip and use it for situations like these: ones where you could be a little bit safer if you spent a little more. In the event that the worst happens – your purse is stolen, your credit cards are suddenly maxed out, you get sick and need to go to the hospital – it’s good to have a backup plan. For documents, keep front-and-back copies of your credit cards saved to cloud storage like Google Docs or Dropbox, as well as a copy of your passport. Whether your luggage is lost, you end up in a political coup or natural disaster, or you need to go to the hospital while on the road, travel insurance will reimburse your expenses. If the very worst happens and you end up losing your life, good travel insurance will allow your family to bring your body home without paying tens of thousands of dollars and getting wrapped up in mountains of red tape.
In short, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you shouldn’t be traveling in the first place.
Be sure to examine prospective travel insurance policies in depth, because they might not cover your personal situation. It’s a good idea for at least one designated friend or family member to have a copy of your itinerary in advance: your flight numbers, your accommodation, and a general schedule of where you’ll be on which dates, as well as information on your travel insurance, credit cards, and a bank account number. Plan ahead of time how you’ll check in and how often, whether it’s through daily emails, texts, social media updates, or regular Skype chats.
Staying in touch is a way to assuage the fears of your loved ones, but if you find yourself in trouble, they would be able to locate you much more easily than if you had been vague about your whereabouts. This list is far from complete, and there are plenty of other tips out there, but the travel safety tips on this list will give you a solid foundation for traveling safely in the future. Besides, all of France is extremely safe and you would be really (i mean, REALLY) unlucky to meet someone who wants to hurt you. I would say frenchies act more like they don’t care about you, but comparing to many other countries, please feel safe ! I research accommodation, I like to know exactly where the location is, how I can get there and whether it has lockers. I will keep this post and read it going forward right before I travel to remind me of important topics. I haven’t set off on my trip just yet, but when I started planning it last year, it was your blog that gave me the inspiration the most. Dress and non-verbal cues (differences in culture)are also important to note when venturing into another country. I had a friend recently arrive in Myanmar unable to take out any money because his bank doesn’t do business with Myanmar. Unfortunately no matter how much of a feminist I am I can acknowledge that in many destinations as a woman I need to take more precautions than a man would.
Fantastic tips that are a great reminder to stay safe and aware, but not be paranoid about travel. Just a simple tip, if you ever have to stop to do something, like buying tickets or finding a platform, make sure you have your back pack to the wall or between your legs so it’s harder for someone to take stuff!! I like how a number of the hostel booking sites list security as something previous visitors can rank a place at.
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We inform and educate travellers on the specific threats and hazards associated with a particular itinerary or destination. We comprehensively reference all the relevant international conventions and risk management solutions, consolidate various disciplines and technical methodologies for evaluating risk, then apply this superior model to each and every individual’s itinerary, journey or travel plan. Everyone wants to take a vacation now and then but many people feel that they can’t afford to do so. If you have a question about backpacking or want to start your own trip, just CONTACT me, I’m not a pro, but who knows, I might be of help.
I have read your latest article contribution in Mabuhay Magazine January edition, Explore Iloilo – nice article for those who want to explore Iloilo.
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Be early at the airport – Check-in and boarding time vary for international or local flight.
Avoid changing money at the airport – If possible, change money before you arrive at the airport. Universal adapter – In case you get stranded and run out of batteries for your mobile devices, you can charge them at the airport where you are at. Mobile device with Internet capability – Most of the airports nowadays have Internet access. Ultimate Visa Corporation, a private corporation licensed under the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission, is not affiliated with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration. The list above should get you started, more to come in next weeks blog!  Let’s be safe out there everyone. Book a massage or visit the spa at the hotel to help unwind, alleviate stress and tension and simply allow yourself to relax and enjoy.
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In between scoping out the most beautiful beaches and coolest cities, take some time to look up safety information for where you are headed.
You shouldn’t bring anything you would be despondent to lose: family heirlooms, expensive jewelry, your birth certificate, and the like.
Most travelers bring a smartphone at the very least; many bring laptops, tablets, Kindles or other e-readers, DSLR cameras with pricey lenses, and more.
Take what you need for the day: maybe around $50, tops, and a debit card, and keep the rest locked up in your accommodation. If you remove the opportunity, they’ll go after someone else who left his or her valuables out in the open, much more easily accessible to them. Some con artists have mastered the art of befriending travelers, getting them to leave their valuables unattended, and robbing them before taking off. Don’t think you need to go drink for drink with your companions, especially if they happen to be beefy rugby players from New Zealand. Shorts are rare and Europeans in general dress much more neatly than North Americans, especially in France and Italy.
That means covering your arms, legs, and cleavage in Muslim countries, wearing loose clothing in India, and wearing long pants in Europe and Latin America. It’s a good idea to keep your bank and credit card phone numbers stored in a document as well. Keep at least $50 in US dollars hidden in a secret spot deep inside your luggage, like inside a tampon or hidden in a sock. Many insurance plans won’t cover certain adventure sports or particular countries or regions. I arrived almost at midnight to Bordeaux and my hostel was within a 10 min walk according to Google Maps. I particularly agree with the ones about not drinking too much and spending a bit more on staying somewhere you feel safe and comfortable.
I travelled solo for the first time (properly) over the winter and as a seasoned traveller I had learned most of these tips already. I just returned from a solo trip in Mexico and am glad to see that much of what you wrote here aligns with what I did.
I was mugged in Boston (in front of my apartment!) because I was listening to music on my phone at night. That’s a really good point, to budget for the times when you should spend a little extra to ensure your safety, something I’m guilty of not doing!
I even read your post on sex from last year, although at my age I doubt opportunities will abound.
I’ve learned over the years not to be a tightwad when it comes to my personal safety. A friendly smile or looking directly into a man’s eyes will in some countries be considered as an invitation which one will not necessarily want. Although I think many of your tips on this list would be equally important and prudent to male travellers. One of my friends made me check in with him every few days with where I was and where i was going. It’s never good when you pick the budget hostel and they have the world’s dodgiest lockers and no keys to the dorms!
Traveling for leisure and even more for business can become stressful if you’re not prepared. Next we evaluate the preparedness, treatment solutions or modifiers established by the traveller or company’s risk management team. To get together the money that you’ll need for your trip, you should start saving right now. You should figure out some basic travel destinations and then check regularly for deals on flights. Sure, you want to see some of the famous attractions in the area but most cities also offer interesting free activities. If you budget properly and don’t spend a lot of money on your trip, you might even be able to vacation several times each year! Consider the airport travel tips below to help you enjoy your travel, while you stay safe and stress-free. Usually, it would require you to be at the airport 3 hours earlier for international flights while an hour or so for local. Especially if someone has similar suitcase as yours, then someone might take it by mistake. You don’t want that to happen, do you? If you find it inconvenient having to remove your belts or any stuff you have with metals, then you can just avoid them to avoid delay.
Wearing tough-to-remove shoes might just cause you delay and inconvenience upon inspection. In that way, you can always communicate and advise someone from home or in your destination about it. You can  enjoy surfing while waiting for your departure or when you need to communicate and update someone about your whereabouts.

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Should you win a giveaway on this blog, I am not responsible for delivery of any giveaway items won from companies and people on this blog. When you consider the costs to replace any one of those items, they definitely count as valuables. In guesthouses, hotel rooms, or other places that don’t have a locker or safe for you, use a portable safe instead: a slashproof bag you fill with your valuables and lock to a pipe or something else sturdy in the room. If you’re just getting to know someone, don’t trust him or her to guard your expensive electronics while you’re in the bathroom.
When you drink alcohol, you dull your senses and slow your reaction time, which in turn makes you vulnerable to others. Pretend that you have somewhere important to be, and if you fall prey to street harassment, ignore it and keep moving.
It could save your life, and in this day and age, with so many online providers, there’s no reason not to get it. I ended up being completely lost with my suitcase (laptop and camera included), my best non-French appearance and empty streets. Safety is key when traveling, especially as a solo female, but if you do these things you will have the time of your life (I did!). I am also a seasoned solo traveler and I have to say that nothing helps more than trusting your instinct.
Especially research- its way easier to avoid getting into a dangerous situation when you are aware of the possible hazards in the location you are travelling to. There were probably a few nights in Granada that I should’ve been asking myself that (and answering no) but I felt safer since I was with all the other volunteers. Since no one else knew (or cared, really) about my travel plans, it was reassuring to know that at least he would be able to tell someone where to start looking if something happened. You’ve got to remember that even your fellow backpackers might be crooked – so much stuff gets stolen from hostels! I try not to arrive at an unknown destination at night and if I do, I take a taxi LOL no matter what. I always recommend going out early in the morning, and your experience doesn’t change that opinion, but I find it so surprising that this happened to you three times in a row. Here are the essential guidelines for packing for a business trip for you to look as polished and presentable as possible while keeping your luggage light. Finally, we provide risk management advice, alternatives and resources to make informed decisions around travel risk. All of the cars at a rental agency are in good working order and that’s all you really need. Instead, you should stop at local farmer’s markets and grocery stores or eat sit-down at inexpensive cafes that don’t have waiters who you’ll have to tip. Do your research in advance and ask the locals at hotels and stores when you get there so you can find out what activities, events and attractions are free. If you can wear sneakers, then it would also be more comfortable especially when you need to catch up flights. If there are things that should be on the list, feel free to add more to help travelers have an enjoyable and stress-free travel. Moving around helps circulation and you won’t feel so tired once you arrive at your destination. So, just an FYI because I may post about fasting, doesn't mean you should go and do a fast much less one like I do. If you let them out of your sight, there’s a fair chance that they could be taken away from you forever.
If your purse or day bag is stolen off your body and literally everything is taken away from you, this will provide you with a temporary financial cushion. Another tip is for people to keep their smartphones tucked away when they’re walking in low traffic areas where an opportunist could rob them easily. But the truth is that if you plan in advance and follow some basic tips for your travels, your vacation is in reach. But if you make it a point to set aside a certain dollar amount every week, you’ll soon have enough to go somewhere nice. There are often deals on last minute flights so if you can be flexible in your travel plans, you can get a good rate. Consider adding extra time in your estimate for contingency as there are always unexpected things that can happen, like heavy traffic on your way to the airport. What I post on this blog is what I personally do, I do offer weight loss & wellness coaching and there you will get personalized information and direction and not just what I may do myself. Also, if I needed to get a huge amount of cash, I would do this INSIDE the bank rather than OUTSIDE in full view. You don’t have to spend a fortune to go somewhere and you can set that money aside so that you have it when you really need a break. Figure out what just 5% of your paycheck is and put it in a special account that you don’t ever touch. Having the money set aside to go when the deals come up will help increase that flexibility.
Most people just assume that they need to fly to travel but it’s usually a lot cheaper to get on a train. Be cognizant of what you are actually drinking, and always take drinks directly from the bartender. I would just face the wall and then stuff the cash in my knickers until I got to my hostel. Constantly ask yourself, “Do I want to be less in control than I am right now?” and stop if the answer is no.

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