Being a solo female traveler somehow inherently puts women in danger. Well, there is always a truth to that statement. But it is not because women are weak. Sometimes, there are just certain factors that do not allow them to do whatever they want. It is not a biased judgment, but a truth that needs to be told. However, there are still a lot of things that women can do to keep their selves safe from traveling alone. Psychology agrees that females are more capable of critical thinking, especially when they are on the verge of survival. “The struggle is often to find a balance between setting limits and providing safety, accepting our own limits to control things, and living with uncertainty,” says F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W.
With that, it is understandable that there are reluctance and fear associated with the prospect of unaccompanied traveling. But here are some of the few guidelines that can significantly help all women out there who want to explore the world solo.
Secure Knowledge And Information
Traveling alone can significantly boost the fear and anxiety. That is because of the insecurity women have when traveling on their own. There is this confusion of not having an idea of what they are doing, where they want to go, what they want to explore, and so on. With that, it gets recommended that women should plan out everything at least two to three days before deciding to go on any trip. They should include familiarization of the best and safest routes to take, the locations they can securely stay, the transportations they can use at any time, and the establishments and landmarks trace that can help them in case of emergency. “Proactive perception allows you to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your wallet, as you enjoy both sales and safety,” says Wendy L. Patrick, JD, Ph.D.
Avoid The Dead Of Nights
One of the considerable no-no for every woman is traveling at night. Not only women will pretty much not see anything; there will be limited access on a lot of things at night time. Some establishments and stops are close. There are no much people to talk to, especially if the traveling location is in the rural area. It can be extremely dangerous for women walking alone, mainly in alleys and open roads. Aside from that, even with all the technology, there are circumstances that travelers can get lost due to the difficulty of reading street signage. Also, a lot of criminals and bad people will lurk at that time of the day. So it is better to keep traveling hours in the daytime instead of trying to go alone the empty streets at night.
Proper Outfit Is Necessary
“Criminals look for easy targets,” says Sherry Hamby Ph.D. Though we are now in an era where a lot of women have the rights to wear whatever that pleases them, it is strictly essential to note that proper outfit matters when traveling. Yes, women can run loose and tell people to back off when it comes to wearing clothes of their choice. However, in an unknown traveling location, wearing it could cause unpredictable danger. That is because not all people are open to the idea of seeing sexually attractive body parts. Therefore, it should be a priority that women must not show off too many skins in public. Of course, there is an exemption when the destination is somewhere near or at the beach.
Carry Self-Defense Tools Or Equipment
When traveling, the danger is everywhere. There is no exemption as to whether when and where it should take place. Therefore, for those women traveling alone, it is necessary that they carry any helpful self-defense tools or equipment. Not because women are weak that they should depend on these things for safety, but because they will never know how to measure the danger along the way. They can use a compact or keychain-type stun gun, purse and perfume case pepper spray, and a comb or keychain knife. They can also carry around a self-defense kit with non-lethal weapons in it along with an alarm with a blasting sound.
Stay Under The Radar
One of the best things that women should do when traveling into different places alone is always staying at the radar. There is nothing wrong in exploring the most profound and most sought-after locations of the world. However, it should be noted that when trying to go out alone, family and close friends must know where the destinations are. Not only it will assure these concern people that women travelers are in a safe place, but contacts and communications will also be easy for them too. With that, in case of an emergency, being in the radar will immediately secure help and assistance.
Women can use these tips to ease their minds and hopefully prompt them to get out there and explore the world by themselves.