The best advice often comes from those who have been through the thick and thin of it – so we spoke to Jade Peters about her experiences as a woman traveling alone, 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:
Jade says, "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, organized 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 travelers who may be hesitant to visit Turkey, there are always things to consider when you are on the road.
Here are our essential safety tips for women to stay safe while traveling alone or with friends.
Women traveling alone may find themselves the focus of insistent male attention. These advances can make you feel uncomfortable, if not fearful for your safety. The following advice may help prevent unwanted attention:
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