9 Invaluable Tips On How Women Can Stay Safe While Traveling Solo

“There is a lot of romanticization of solo travel. Yes, it can be amazing, but it's not a walk in the park."

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Traveling solo can be a life-changing experience full of adventure and picture perfect views. But there are also concerns that arise when you're in an unfamiliar place by yourself. Travel blogger Ciara Johnson knows this well. After quitting her job to live a life exploring the world, Johnson quickly learned travel life is not always a vacation. Unfortunately, women traveling alone are highly vulnerable to predators. As awesome as it would be to tour the world carefree and unbothered, the reality is you often have to keep your eyes peeled. 

This is not to say you can't get your Eat, Pray, Love on — you can totally live out your wanderlust dreams! But there are some precautions you may want to take to make sure your trip is as safe and enjoyable as possible. To help women feel more confident in their travels, Johnson offered some invaluable safety tips in a series of tweets

"The thought of traveling to foreign countries alone, especially as a woman, sounds crazy," wrote Johnson in a tweet. "I love it though and it's made me a stronger, more confident person. It's changed my life, to say the least." 

"It's made me hyper aware of my surroundings," she continued. "There's no other option. Pay attention to the people in your surroundings, both near and far. Scan your surroundings. Is someone walking close to you? Does someone appear to be watching you? Did that car just pull beside you & slow down?" 

Below are some of her best safety tips for solo traveling.

1. Always be aware of your surroundings.

2. Research the location and all of its customs and norms beforehand.

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3. Keep at least one person updated on your location.

If you don't have an unlimited international data plan like Johnson, take advantage of free wifi and call or text through apps like Viber, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, iMessage, or FaceTime. 

4. Be wary of live-posting on social media.

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5. Use your judgement when reading reviews.

6. Using cab apps are way safer than catching a local cab.

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7. Don't travel with all of your valuables and be conscious of pickpocketing.

8. Remember that your safety is much more important than being polite.

9. Most importantly, trust your gut.

She made sure to mention that while you should definitely enjoy your trip, know that the world isn't perfect. "There is a lot of romanticization of solo travel," she tweeted. "Yes, it can be amazing, but it's not a walk in the park. It's not 'easy'. It's nothing like a vacation with family and friends. But it's so empowering and there's a lot to be gained from the experience."

You can read Johnson's full thread here.

Cover image via  Camila Cordeiro on Unsplash

A Plus has reached out to Ciara Johnson for comment. 


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