I recently read an article on About.com on travel safety for the female traveler. But perusing through their comprehensive, and often obvious or over-reactionary, tips, I was struck at how all-purpose a lot of these tips were.
I have included the six tips that I found most helpful:
- When traveling alone, choose hotels with interior room entrances. Small inns and B&Bs are also safer options for the solo traveler, since the proprietors will notice if you do not return from an outing on time.
- When arriving at night, ask your rental car agency or hotel to have someone accompany you to and from parking lots. In general, avoid walking alone at night.
- Use laminated business cards as luggage tags. If undesirable strangers check these tags, they will not have your home address or telephone number.
- Male or female, never admit the fact that you are traveling alone.
- To deflect unwanted attention, especially in male-dominated foreign countries, wear fake wedding rings when necessary and make hotel reservations as if married.
- If room service door hangers ask for the number of guests, do not use them: You do not want to advertise the fact that you are alone.