Keep in mind these 11 things to stay safe while on a solo trip

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED January 12, 2018 04:09 pm | UPDATED January 12, 2018 04:18 pm
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(Inside Manila) Vacations are rewarding as well as relaxing, especially going on a solo travel that can be chance to discover yourself and the world. It totally sounds wearying to be alone in a foreign country, but it doesn't have to be, especially if you make it a mental note (or literally write it down) these tips to have a safe and enjoyable solo stay.

Dress according to the culture

The first thing to consider in a foreign country is their culture and to be sensitive to it through clothing. Avoid wearing clothes that shout lack cultural respect or any awareness. This could affect your impression to locals especially in your times of need.

Learn to say emergency phrase in the local language

As a solo traveler, you should definitely know more than the usual greetings. In times of need, knowing to speak emergency phrases can help you communicate with the locals which aid your need fast.

Inform someone of your schedule

It's best to inform someone—or best a family member all the details about your trip; flight information, tour, and even your own agendas. This can be especially useful to places where cell service or WiFi signal doesn't work.

Make use of your mobile internet

Staying connected on the internet is vital especially when you're in a foreign country. It could easily allow you to access map and search engine to find your way back or discover new places around the area. That being said, its best too to keep a power bank with you at all times.

Avoid doing reckless acts

No one is far away from accidents or serious injuries even when on vacation. Although this doesn't mean to avoid adventures during the trip, it's best to be cautious and rightfully sober to ensure a safe return.

Refrain from showing off valuable things

Pickpockets are widespread and mostly target naive who carelessly carries and hangs expensive-looking objects around. However, it's best to not be paranoid during the trip but also not naive to both your surrounding and the people around you.

Know when to lie

Having conversations during the trip maybe enjoying but it's alright to bend a little truth if it means your safety. Don't reveal too much information about yourself and your trip, no matter how nice they seem to be, as this can be used against you. It's best to tell white lies instead.

Consider the food you'll consume

Most tourists really go for food tripping during their travels but its best to be wary before indulging too much. In reality, you may never know how the meals were handling as lack of this may result in potential contamination and sickness.

Avoid using headphones

Having your most important senses unavailable during out of the country travels makes anyone vulnerable to being pickpocketed or harmed. Refrain using headphones during the trip and instead connect wholly to the surroundings.

Trust your instinct

Being uncomfortable in a foreign country is never good, in this situation its best to trust your guts and remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible. On solo travels, there's nothing you can truly trust but your phone and your mind. Do not hesitate to stop, look and assess the situation you're in and if that can make you comfortable once more. Go for it. - with a report from Reader's Digest



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