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Travel tips when travelling alone…

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  • Be prepared and self-reliant, so that you don’t have to depend on strangers for help, unless, there’s an emergency.
  • Make sure you have enough cash on you when you are travelling solo. Also, carry an updated map, a guidebook, and a phrase book of the country or city you are visiting.
  • Conduct a research (online) of your destination thoroughly before your trip. Mark the places you might want to visit when you reach, look up for safety information that might be listed on the government site of your destination.
  • Do not travel with expensive things (jewellery, family heirlooms, etc) or even gadgets for that matter. And if you are carrying any, it is advisable to not to put them in your luggage bags. Better would be to carry a separate bag (like a handbag, satchel, sling bag, etc) where you can keep important documents like passport, visa, credit or debits cards, etc. Never put these items in a general backpack while you are out exploring the place.
  • Carry only sufficient cash on you and leave the rest in the hotel room. This applies to credit/debit cards as well – don’t carry them unless you are running short on cash.
  • When travelling alone, no matter how friendly people might seem, do not trust anybody quickly. Take things slowly, get to know the person before you divulge any personal things. You don’t have to rude to people, but better keep a safe distance.
  • Never over indulge in alcohol, especially when travelling alone. You never know who might take advantage of your drunken status.
  • Be sure to follow the cultural norms of the place you are visiting. Try to follow as much dressing norms as possible. Try not to stand too much out from the crowd – pickpocketers, robbers are always look out for easy targets, which most of the times happen to be tourists.
  • Get a travel insurance, you never know when you might need it. Several online platforms too offer for such insurances. But, check the authenticity of the agency you would want to get an insurance with.
  • Be in touch with your friends and family. They will worry, understand that. So try to check in with them whenever possible for your!