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6 more tips for people travelling alone

There’s a lot to consider if you’re thinking of travelling alone and safety should be your number one priority.

1.      Know yourself

It sounds obvious but ask yourself if you’re really up to the challenge of travelling alone. Can you cope? You must be prepared for anything and be able to manage any problems that come along by yourself. Your mental health is just as important as your physical health so be aware of how you are feeling. Stay in touch with family and friends via social media and tell someone if you’re feeling anxious or lonely.

2.      Make a plan

The success or failure of a solo trip is in the planning. Research is vital. Choose the countries you will be visiting wisely and based on facts rather than feelings. Check with the Foreign Office for up-to-date advice about safety in your preferred destinations. Be sure you understand the potential health risks, the laws and the cultural etiquette you’ll need to adhere to. Discuss the first draft of your itinerary with someone who has travelled in the area and heed their advice if they suggest an alteration.

3.      Study a map

Having no idea about the lay of the land can stress even the most unflappable. Take time to study a map before you arrive at your destination and you’ll be a step ahead of the game. If you are worried, ask someone for help with directions before you set off and get too lost. Keep notes when it comes to accommodation and make detailed directions on how to get there. Make a note of the name, in case you get lost.

4.      Manage your money

Look into the cheapest and safest ways to change currency. Use debit cards wisely and only get as much cash out of ATMs as you’ll need. Be sure to have a credit card that doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees. It’s never a good idea to leave all your money in one place and don’t assume it’s safe in your accommodation. Buy a money belt and be sure not to flash your cash in public.

5.      Sexual health

According to research, you’re up to three times more likely to catch a sexually transmitted infection as a result of unprotected sex during international travel. There are aspects of solo travel that can lead to risk-taking behaviours so be sure to protect yourself by packing a supply of condoms just in case. The Global Travel Clinics specialist nurses can provide all sorts of advice about travelling solo, including sexual health and sun safety.

6.      Seek advice

Experienced travellers are the best source of useful safety tips so ask around and search online. Some of the best tried and tested tips include researching any known tourist scams in the area, staying sober unless you’re in trusted company and taking particular care of your travel documents. Women travelling alone may need to take extra precautions so it’s well worth seeking advice.