Yes, we are in the 21st century, women are empowered and independent. There are fewer and fewer limits and more opportunities. However, if you are a woman and you travel alone, it is important that you take some precautions. It's not about filling yourself with fears, but about being smart and cautious.
Unfortunately, social and technological advances do not prevent thieves in many places. And a woman alone, in a strange place, is for them a potential victim, relatively easy.
There are also men who have not heard about the transformations of the world and they will want to impose themselves on a woman who is alone. This is especially evident in some countries.
You can't always count on local authorities. Therefore, it is good that if you travel alone you understand that, basically, you go on your own. It is highly likely that you do not have any inconvenience, but you never have to be prepared in case an unpleasant situation arises. Take these tips into account.
Remember: you go on your own. Don't settle for a standardized travel guide, especially if you are heading to a destination that you know little about. Do some more research. Find out about local customs and dangerous places. Seek advice from other travelers and write down the relevant data associated with some risk.
There are places and places. In some places transport is very scarce. In this way, if you miss the bus, train or plane you would have to stay several days in the same place. This could alter your plans significantly.
In those cases, always have a "plan B" at hand. You may have to go to an intermediate destination or use another means of transportation. May this not take you by surprise.
As a general rule, it is not a good idea to flirt if you travel alone. Surely you can meet a lot of nice people, but don't hurry. In particular, distrust the men or women who approach you with a sudden interest and in a flirtatious plan.
This applies especially if it happens in a bar or a fun place. If someone approaches you with the intention of sympathizing, ask for their data and give time to time.
Happens that many times Murphy's law is imposed. For example, you had everything ready to take a trip on a bus with another 20 passengers and suddenly they pick you up in a car. There is only one other pair of passengers. It is one of those sudden situations that put you in a dilemma.
They tell you there is no problem and maybe you accept easily. Better not. In the face of such sudden situations that change something, take a few minutes to think. Analyze the situation and do not make sudden changes if you see that it is not completely safe.
If you travel alone, you will have a great opportunity to reaffirm yourself. But you must be willing to say "no"and to enforce your criteria, if necessary. Remember that you are worth a lot and that you may be wrong, but you always have to act according to what you feel, think and believe.
A firm and determined attitude protects you more than you think.
In an airplane there is a lot of control because it is a small and very standardized space. The same does not happen on a bus or train. So, if you travel alone, it is best to choose a seat that is close to the exit, that you can share with another girl or that is very visible in any case.
Choosing the separated corners is not a good idea. Nor do the shared train dorms, in which you go alone. Better pay a private compartment or move to another one where there are families.
Drunkenness puts you in a state of greater vulnerability. You cannot react at the same speed and you are also less aware of the consequences of your actions. Getting drunk is a bad decision if you travel alone. A beer or a glass is not a problem, but several are.
When you travel alone, security is a priority. There are situations in which it is worth spending something else. For example, instead of walking through desolate places at night, you better take a taxi. And don't stay in the cheapest place in the area, as it might not offer enough guarantees. Do not save on your self-care.