Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone

by deborah on July 16, 2015 · 4 comments

in Culture, Travel

Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone

There are certainly points in your life where you just want to “run away” from all responsibilities,

burdens, struggles, trials, and tribulations and just be…at peace with yourself.

When you have the time (and money) to finally get away, planning a vacation to a new destination

is highly recommended.

While you might be wondering how in the world you’re going to enjoy traveling on your own,

you’ll be surprised at how much fun it can be, and how refreshed you feel upon your return.

 

“As you embark on a new destination

to learn about yourself and to

get away from the daily stresses of life,

safety should be a top priority.”

 

 

However, before you pack your bags and hit the road (or airways), there are a few guidelines you

must keep in mind to make sure that you and your possessions back home are safe and sound.

Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone

1. Designate a House Sitter

Whether you’re traveling for a weekend or for a week you want to make sure that you have

designated someone to check up on your house.

There are certain clues that criminals look for and a few of them are no lights, no cars, and

a filled mailbox.

To avoid the potential of being burglarized while you’re away (which would totally ruin the

whole purpose of the trip), having someone to stop by periodically is advised.

This way they can turn on/off the lights, feed any pets you may have left, bring the mail in,

and do a walk around to make sure no one has entered your home.

It gives you peace of mind and ensures that everything is in its place.

Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone

2. Make Sure Your Home Alarm is Secure

Many of us have home security systems to try and deter burglars from entering the home.

If you have one in your home, now is the time to make sure that it is working properly since

you’ll be away for a period of time.

If you have the funds available, you might even consider getting upgrades to your system

which can include a security camera along with adding an alarm that can be accessed by

your mobile phone.

Homesecurity.io, a website that provides information on ADT Security for Los Angeles homes

along with many other areas in the US, gives a breakdown of the various features you could consider.

Having a home security system adds another layer of protection to your personal possessions and

allows you peace of mind as you travel.

Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone

3. Study The Area You’re Visiting

There are plenty of security risks to be aware of when traveling internationally.

To make sure that you don’t end up in any danger, you want to make sure that you’ve done your

homework on the area you intend to visit.

Check for any areas you should stay away from and any rules or regulations that you should follow

in order to remain safe.

Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone

4. Check-in Often

Since you’re going to be traveling alone it is a good idea to make sure that you’re checking in with

someone back home on the regular basis.

Maybe you call mom and let her know you’ve arrived, then call her at least once per day while you’re

away so she knows you’re okay.

This way, if she doesn’t receive your call, she knows that something is wrong and can try to get help.

Social Media Warning:

There are some people who post everything about their lives on social media as a method of sharing

information with friends, family members, and followers.

While it is nice to share these joyous occasions, it is probably not a good idea to post that you’re going

on vacation as the Huffington Post points out.

It’s simply the easiest way to let potential criminals know, “No one will be home for the next few days.”

So keep the vacation posts to a minimum and post pictures once you’ve returned home.

Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone

5. Keep Your Eyes Open

You want to have a good time and enjoy yourself while on vacation but you must pay attention at all times.

This means making sure you know where you’re going as it pertains to directions, being aware of where

your hotel is and contact information, and paying attention to your surroundings.

While you hope nothing happens to you while on vacation, staying vigilant will ensure that you can get out

of the matter safely.

Important Safety Tips When Traveling Alone
Hopefully this has given you something to think about before you plan your next trip alone.

As you embark on a new destination to learn about yourself and to get away from the daily stresses of life,

safety should be a top priority.

Other than that experience things, let your hair down, and simply enjoy the time you have to yourself

without distractions or obligations.

 

Do you like to travel alone?

What other travel safety tips would you like to add?

Share your suggestions, thoughts and comments with us.