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Pack as lightly as possible. As a lone woman, you'll be less vulnerable and more independent if you're not weighed down by heavy luggage
Rather than residential details, put an office address (without the company name) on your luggage tags
Make sure you pack all sanitary items, pain killers and think about when your period is due – you'd hate to arrive in the country and find out pads or tampons are unavailable
Before traveling, find out the general dress code for the country. Once you arrive, take note of what local women wear to get an idea of appropriate attire.
2. While flying
Talk to the flight attendants who are either from or know the country to obtain advice on areas to avoid
Don't announce your final destination or length of stay to fellow passengers, as the information may be overheard.
3. Accommodation safety
Try to stay in a hotel or guesthouse on a residential street that has a number of restaurants and late-night stores located on it. This is far more safe than staying in a corporate area that will be quiet at night and so less secure
When checking in, use only your initials and surname; avoid titles such as Ms or Mrs
Inquire about staff services that escort guests to their room late at night if you are feeling uneasy
If the door to your room is open or unlocked when you return, don't go in alone. Go back to the front desk and ask a member of staff to accompany you to the room.
4. Getting around safely
Don't share that you are traveling alone; inform inquisitive strangers that you are expecting your friend or meeting your partner
If you feel a car is following you when you are walking, do a quick turn and walk in the opposite direction
If you are traveling alone and don't want any company, there are a few things you can try. If you're on a coach or train, sit on the outside seat, and place your handbag, coat or jacket on the window seat. If you're in a bar or restaurant, put your coat on the back of the seat opposite you; this makes it look as if you have company
Put together a mental plan on how you will react if you're attacked. Will your method be fight or flight? Perhaps keep a set of keys on you – you could keep them in your pocket, and use them as a sharp object if you need to defend yourself
Ask your accommodation staff for their business card, and keep it in your wallet to show a cab driver, that way they can get you back safely to where you're staying.
5. Avoiding unwanted attention
In conservative countries, stick to loose fitting clothes that cover your knees and arms
If you're confronted with unwelcome attention, remain calm and remove yourself from the situation as soon as possible. You might also wish to approach the nearest police officer or security guard
In the event of verbal harassment from men, ignore themand keep walking
Some women travelers wear a wedding ring to show they are unavailable
Avoid eye contact with men and wearing sunnies and a hat can help with this
Walk and speak with confidence. Act like you know where you are going and what you are doing, and walk with purpose even if that's not the case. Confidence can be a major deterrent to criminal activities such as petty theft and harassment.
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Excellent tips, I'd also suggest adding, ensure you have regular social media contact, have an individual or two that you remain in regular contact with & or phone home once a week.
I was recently in a Turkey marketplace and taking photos on my iPhone, when one of the shop vendors yelled at me... I immediately looked blank at him & moved away fast. It certainly scared me at the time. Upon reflection his copyright infringed sunglasses were totally illegal but somehow he took offense at me photographing them. Lesson learnt. Cheers
Good article. You may also want to consider getting a VPN so you could securely access public Wi-Fi hotspots. Also, it will let you keep your access to services like Netflix and Disney+ from all around the world. That's how I roll, at least. ;)