Everyone who have ever traveled knows that traveling is a great experience, but, unfortunately, sometimes the trip may end up with unpleasant event, for example, with robbery or sexual harassment. Traveling is more dangerous for women, especially if they are traveling alone. If you are a woman and you are concerned about your safety during traveling, follow the tips below and stay safe everywhere you travel.
Firstly, you have to think about your clothing and how it will fit in with local dressing traditions. Look around what are local women wearing. Nowadays we do not have to go somewhere to see local dressing traditions – everything can be found in the Internet. It is recommended not to wear expensive jewelery, because it may provoke thieves to commit a crime. Regardless of whether you are married or not, wear a wedding ring to prevent any kind of harassment.
Maybe you are a sociable extrovert, but be wary of new “friends”, because you do not know their hidden intentions. In no case do not give out too many details about your travel plans and tell strangers where you are staying, especially if you are traveling alone. If you are receiving unwelcome remarks or propositions, just ignore them. Always act confidently, otherwise you may become a victim of criminals. Some people like spontaneous adventures, but if you want to stay safe, plan your daily route – know where to go, what to do and how to get back. Majority of hotels and hostels have cards with contact information, so take one of them to know where to get back.
Even if you are experienced hitchhiker, never hitchhike or accept car rides from strangers, because you do not know what is going on in their minds. Instead of hitchhiking ask your hotel or hostel to recommend some taxi company. When you call a taxi, try to pair up with someone you know so not to drive alone. Every time you feel uncomfortable or in danger, draw attention to yourself somehow, for example, by shouting and making a fuss. If you are in some English-speaking country, you can receive more attention by shouting “Fire!” rather than “Help!”.
If you are planning to go out at night, do not forget to tell someone where you are going and when you are planning to return. Be aware of people who appear drunk, make you feel guilty if you resist their advances or ignore your personal space. Always carefully consider whether you should leave the resting place with someone you have just met, because you do not know this person.
We have to talk about drugs which are increasingly being used in rape. If someone adds drugs to your drink, you will not detect them, because they are normally colorless and tasteless. Despite the fact, that alcohol is the most frequent used drug in rape, rape drugs can also be added in non-alcoholic drinks, for example, tea or coffee. Knowing this fact, never leave your drink unattended and do not accept any drink from strangers. If you began to feel drunk, sick or strange after only a couple of drinks, tell it to someone you trust and who could take you to a safe place. If you are alone, phone the local police or a hospital.
When you are checking in your hotel or hostel use only your first initial and no title such as Miss, Ms or Mrs. Remember not to leave your keys where someone can note the number of your room. It is important not to leave your window open, especially if you are staying in the room which is on the ground floor or has a balcony. Always lock the door of your room, even when you are inside of it. For extra security use a door wedge on the inside of your room door. If the door of your room has a chain or spy-hole, use them before opening the door for unexpected visitors.