How to Travel Alone: What You Need to Know
There is no better way to know the world and yourself than to take a trip or travel alone (traveling). Unfortunately, many people are unaware of it, for various reasons and concerns.
But is it true that the journey is so worrying or scary when done alone? By following these suggestions, your trip may be truly safe and enjoyable, without worrying anymore!
Learn emergency expressions in local languages
You may have mastered basic words such as “Hello,” “Goodbye,” and “Thank you,” in the local language. However, learning terms and phrases that can help communicate with residents during an emergency is also very important.
“Knowing a few key phrases will speed up your ability to get help.”
Lying for kindness
Knowing the behavior of the local people along the way can be an advantage for you travelers. However, if some questions make you feel uncomfortable, then it’s okay to lie. Yes, for safety. So, lying for good is the right way when you feel uncomfortable when traveling alone, huh!
Don’t easily trust strangers. Even though they look good, they won’t easily give out their personal information. It could be that the information you provide will be used for crimes.
“Just because someone looks good doesn’t mean that they always have good intentions. It’s not about prejudice against other people, but more than wary of them.”
Adjusting the way of dressing
You have often heard the adage “where the earth is set, there the sky is upheld.”
Well, this also applies when you are traveling. Avoid wearing inappropriate clothing, or say it will show a lack of cultural or situational awareness.
It will also affect the interaction with the local people, it will make the local people less sympathetic to you. The way you dress also reveals how you communicate with those around you. Clothes can also reflect a person’s personality.
“If you dress in a way (not culturally appropriate) that local people get upset, that puts you at high risk for conflict.”
Know important things that need to be discussed
Chatting with the locals is one of the best ways to learn about their surroundings. However, be careful with sensitive things that can be offensive or demeaning.
For example, don’t discuss things like communism, religion, and so on. You should know what to avoid when talking to locals, just as much as what you should discuss with them.
Inform the closest person
“I always send flight information, hotel information, and itinerary information to my mother. I also make sure to inform her every day if something happens to me so that they can easily track me down,” says Cailin O’Neil, blogger at Travel Yourself.
This is especially important when you are in an area with no signal or wifi for some time so that your loved ones are aware of it.
Do not show valuables
The number one thing pickpockets look for is an expensive camera hanging from the neck or a smartphone buried in a back pocket. Bring a spare bag to store the camera, and another bag to store all equipment.
“Don’t let fear keep you from going on a trip.”
To avoid this, then don’t show those items, and only use them when you need them. This rule also applies to jewelry and other valuables that can attract attention.
Take advantage of technology
Make sure your phone is always active and unlocked. Also, always buy a new SIM card every time you visit a new country or check if your mobile service provider offers an international travel data plan.
“Having a data plan overseas will be very helpful when you get lost and can use Google maps to find your way back or just to see the information you need”
This makes the trip comfortable and safe. Oh yeah, don’t forget to always bring a portable charger so that when your cellphone battery is running low, you don’t need to be confused anymore!
Don’t be careless
Listening to music on your headphones while on the bus, waiting room, or walking around the city will only immerse you in your world.
You can be an easy target for pickpockets. You should also refrain from wearing expensive, potentially attention-grabbing headphones.
“It’s important to stay alert and not be distracted from the environment.”
Trust your instincts
Don’t waste time wondering whether your instincts are right or wrong. Just follow what your instincts tell you. So, if you encounter a situation that could lead to danger, take immediate precautions, before notifying the authorities.
“If a situation seems strange or makes you feel uncomfortable, get rid of yourself as quickly as possible,” said Cailin O’Neil, blogger at Travel Yourself.
So, still worried about traveling alone? As long as you follow any steps that require attention, we don’t think you’ll need to worry anymore. Traveling alone? No Need to Worry!