Who says you need a travel companion? Just because you don’t have a significant other doesn’t mean you can’t (or shouldn’t) get out there and explore the world. In fact, there are scores of singles travel tours and packages designed just for singles like you, providing the perfect way to see the world with other like-minded singles in a fun and welcoming environment. And who knows? You might even make a love connection in an exotic foreign locale! The reality, however, is that traveling by yourself can be dangerous. Before you set out on a singles tour by a company such as Singles Travel Service, keep these tips in mind to keep yourself safe.
The first line of defense when it comes to keeping yourself safe when travelling alone is to understand that you aren’t necessarily at a disadvantage when you travel alone. In many cases, you can more easily blend into a crowd and appear to be less of a target if you travel alone. However, to effectively blend in and not put yourself in dangerous situations, you’ll have to use a measure of common sense and keep your wits about you.
One of the best things you can do is to do some research before you leave on your trip. Find out the safest ways to travel to and from the airport, for example. If you are joining a tour, find out exactly where and when to meet your group. Read about local scams that people have fallen victim to, and learn from their example. The more knowledge you have, the better off you will be in terms of safety.
Another way you can keep yourself safe is to plan your travel so that you arrive at your destination during the day. Not only will you be able to better survey your surroundings and get your bearings, you’ll be safer. If you do have to arrive at night, be sure you secure safe travel to your hotel and that you can check into your hotel right away, without having to wait until morning. Don’t assume that this is the case! The rules are different everywhere.
Next, you’ll want to ensure that you have good identification on you. Also, it’s a good idea to photocopy your passport and driver’s license and keep the copies in your luggage and the originals on your person. Should one or the other go missing, you have backup.
Whether you are travelling with a tour or by yourself, it’s important to not put yourself in dangerous situations. Don’t walk alone in secluded places, especially after dark. Further, try not to appear too much as a tourist. Doing so can make you a target! Walk with confidence and don’t appear lost. Further, don’t attract attention by wearing expensive (or even expensive-looking) jewellery or carrying designer bags or expensive camera equipment out in the open.
Singles travel tours can be a great way to see the world with other like-minded people, but it’s important to go into your adventure with a measure of caution. Keep yourself safe and you can focus on the main task at hand: having fun!