It is the general belief that women are made of weaker stuff than men.
They are vulnerable to sexual harassment and incapable of defending themselves from their intimidators when alone. It is this perception that vacations for single women appear dangerous for them.
However, this fear does not deter their ranks to go solo on a trip that they have prepared for properly. If you have studied the place and what to do therein to spend a week or two fully satisfied, then the idea of going alone would be more exciting. What you also need to do is be aware of your security while on that trip.
If you have worked out the safety precautions, then the paranoia previously lurking in your head is now totally erased by your burning desire to visit every nook and corner of the place.
Every trip you take involves risk. Your car can get stuck in a secluded place due to a sudden flat tire. An important piece of luggage could have been left behind without your knowledge.
Or worse, you might encounter unexpected sexual advances after having eye-to-eye contact with a person whom you sought information about the place. There are several hitches that you may experience while on vacation.
But don’t get frustrated for you can overcome them. Here is a list of safety tips before you go on your own for a planned trip.
The odds are reduced if you know how. It is always at your advantage if you know the country where you are going to.
Don’t go to communities where peace and order is a problem. Going out at night should be avoided, except when in the company of people whom you know personally or in places where your security is assured.
Talk to the locals to get to know them, the food to eat, and their customary traditions so you can make the proper adjustments if necessary.
Dress simply and avoid wearing sexy dresses that would expose you to sexual advances.
Don’t ever venture going on a trip without preparing a checklist for your travels. This includes the things that you will bring and the activities that you will do on your visit. Your vacation, which you have planned, would be more stressful rather than exciting and stress-free if you fail to have the list.
The checklist contains the requirements for your pre-departure check-in, like plane tickets, passport and visa, your luggage, and cash requirements for the trip.
One or two credit cards would suffice and leave behind the others. Pack up only the basic things for your personal necessities to lessen your load, but be sure that you have what you need.
Always make sure your passport has at least 6 months validity. Many countries will not admit you if you passport is soon to expire. Check out these passport renewal services if you have any questions.
The clothes, shoes, sandals, and other accessories should be sorted out so that you don’t bring things that you don’t actually require. Write the activities that you plan to do when you reach the place to visit. Be sure that you have the necessary travel insurance to make you feel secured against the risks covered.
List the things that you need to secure your person while inside your hotel rooms. Don’t overlook your security even when you feel protected.
BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.