Travelling is not easy all the time and teaches you a lot of things. It could break your stress or even stress you out sometimes if you are not well planned, and the planet we live in is not safe for many reasons. And especially if you are woman you are most certainly need to be cautious.
So I had a lot of questions from people about the safety on women travel and I thought why not I engrave it to you all on my tips.
1. Learn about the place - it is very important to research well in advance about the place you are travelling to. Be it the local transport, best neighborhood, culture, people, language, the hotline numbers in case of emergencies. Once you arrive make sure you speak to your hotel manager all about the zone you are living and the unsafe places that you shouldn't visit.
2. Get an international Number - Not everyone are comfortable getting a phone connection when they are at a different country, people are happy with the WIFI that is provided free at the hotel. My advice would be that it is OK to shell out some money on a new phone connection so you aren't stuck in any crisis and cannot make calls during emergencies. Most of the airports provide you with this benefit, so make sure you get one.
3. Google maps are your bible - Yes. You have to know to how to operate google maps. Make sure the route you are taking is correct through the map and it is not lengthier or time consuming. Also, take busy routes even if it is bit longer. Do not agree to the shortcuts of the driver.
4. Commuting - if you plan to take a private or a local cab; make sure you check for the driver's id before you board the cab. The driver should have his license details mentioned. It is even better to take a picture just in case. Be awake and alert when you are alone and commuting through train, bus or a taxi, don't play games or read books and zone out to end up missing your destination.
5. Organize your things - Don't carry all the money in your wallet, make sure you have enough for the day and keep the rest in your hotel at the locker. Also don't wear expensive jewelry in busy areas. Keep your address, emergency contacts and itinerary with you all the time. Make sure you have the hotel address details with you; it helps to get assistance from people to guide on your way back.
6. Carry a self-defense weapons if necessary - Pepper spray may not be allowed in airport in the cabin bag, however you can carry this though a check-in baggage . The other great things could be a of a help are whistle and a flashlight.
7. Dress appropriately- It shouldn't matter I know! But different country have different rules and we might have to abide that, so before you go make sure you know what to wear and what not to for your own safety.
8. Communicate with locals - not all are bad. Sometimes take a chance get to know the locals and make friends with them, that way you can make great connections and they could help you out with their customs, food, places to visit etc
9. Inform your whereabouts to your family and friends - It is good to update your close ones every day on your schedules so it brings peace and they know that you are safe wherever you are.
10. It's OK to say no - We women get asked sometimes out for a drink, dinner or a date. Don't feel bad or guilty by saying no. It is alright to understand that you are doing it for your own safety and not being offensive.