Stay Safe When Travelling Alone

There's a long list of benefits to heading off travelling on your own. You get to experience new cultures, meet new people, and become an all-around better person. However, while there’s a lot of positives we can say about travelling, there is also a risk. Wherever you’re travelling, there’s always a chance that something bad might happen, and it’s unfortunately increased if you’re travelling alone. This isn’t to say that you should stay at home. Far from it. But you should be aware of the risks before you set off. 

Educate Yourself
It might not always seem like it, but the UK is extraordinarily safe when compared to some other countries around the world. Being ‘streetwise’ in the UK will not get you very far if you’re travelling to a country with a high crime rate or a greater chance of serious trouble. As such, it’s important that you research the best practices for travelling in your intended destination. A simple look at the Home Office advice for that country will tell you how safe it is for UK travellers. 

Have a Plan
It’s important to have a plan wherever you’re going travelling, but especially so when you’re going to be visiting countries that might be considered dangerous. It is, of course, fun to have an element of spontaneity when it comes to travelling abroad, and you don’t need to have every minute of your day planned, but you should create a loose itinerary. Leave your plans with your friends and family so they know more or less where you should be at any given time, and also set a schedule for when you’ll “check in” with those back home on the phone. 

Safety Nets
No matter how meticulously you plan your travelling, you can’t always prevent bad things from happening. As such, it’s important that you take extra steps to ensure your safety as and when it’s needed. If your travels take you through a country where your safety can’t be guaranteed, look at recruiting VIP close protection services for that leg of your journey. It’s also important that you have sufficient travel insurance that’ll cover evacuation assistance in the unlikely scenario that it’s needed. 

Leave the Valuables at Home
Fortunately, a lot of the crime that happens when travelling abroad is not too serious. It’s usually low level, non-violent crime like pickpocketing or having your things stolen other ways. You take these chances when you go travelling. You can avoid making this a disaster by not taking any valuables with you that aren’t essential. If you do take things with you that you’d rather not lose, don’t carry them around with you all day: leave them in the safe in your hotel. 

Use Common Sense
A big part of staying safe is all about showing some common sense. If you keep your wits about you, avoid putting yourself in situations that could be dangerous, and stick to the tried and tested rules for travelling safely, then you’ll be greatly enhancing your chances of staying safe. 

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