The best advice often comes from those who have been through the thick and thin of it - so we spoke to World Nomad Jade Peters about her experiences as a travelling woman, and how best to navigate the sometimes sketchy streets of Istanbul.
Jade is a detective for the NSW Police Force in Australia. For her, being on-guard is etched into her muscle memory, so let's draw from her approach.
- When I travel on my own I do find I have to be more alert and aware of what's going on around me more. Being employed as a detective for an extended period has made this quite natural.
- My number one tip is when going out to remember to get the business card of where you are staying before you head out to show to the cab driver/tuk tuk driver/donkey to get home again.
- I make sure now that someone knows where I am and when they are next likely to hear from me again just in case something goes wrong in between. I take a mobile with me for emergencies when I'm on my own too.
- Its just about trying to maintain a balance between having a great time and keeping myself safe.
"I really really like Istanbul, it is a feast for the eyes and the senses; a charismatic metropolis bursting with energy and an unrivalled appetite for life. But it's not chaotic hustle and bustle, its clean, organised and above all fun. The people are very friendly and I'm not getting hassled anywhere near as much as I was elsewhere in the Middle East."
Although Jade's advice might bring a sigh of relief to travellers who may be hesitant to visit Turkey, there are always things to consider when you are on the road.
Here is the World Nomads' "general toolkit" for safe women's travel.
A woman travelling alone may find herself the focus of insistent male attention. These advances can make a woman uncomfortable, if not fearful for her safety. The following points may help prevent unwanted attention:
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