Tips for Women Traveling Alone – Pt. 1

Tips for Women Traveling Alone Pt. 1

By Melani

Now more than ever, women are striking out and traveling for pleasure by themselves. Though their reasons for traveling are similar to their male counterparts, women traveling alone have very different needs and concerns. From safety issues to cultural variations, women travelers encounter a variety of difficulties that can be avoided if the necessary precautions are taken.

PLANNING

While it pays for both men and women to be educated travelers, it is especially imperative for women to plan every step of their trip–from packing a suitcase to choosing a hotel room. Learning what to expect is the first step in preparing yourself for anything that could go wrong. As the old adage goes—“You never know!”

•Learn as much as possible about your destination before you go.

•Make sure your passport is valid, or if you don’t have one, apply for one at least eight weeks in advance of your trip.

•Research your destination region’s religious and societal beliefs. Women might find themselves having to adapt their dress and demeanor to the customs of the country they are visiting. Avoiding form-fitting dress will certainly deter sexual harassment and uncomfortable situations, but in some societies, it is particularly important to dress conservatively.

•Travel Overtures LLC can provide useful tips about an area as well as suggest travel publications that provide details about dress codes and other restrictions for women worldwide. Also, be sure to inquire about State Department information and travel advisories regarding your destination.

PACKING

•Make at least two copies of important travel and identification documents. Leave one back-up copy in your suitcase and the other with a family member or friend at home.

•Include the address and telephone number of the U.S. embassy and consulate for each country on your itinerary when traveling abroad, in case you experience any difficulties.

•Carry only one credit card, and don’t keep all your money in one place.

•Use covered luggage tags and write your office address rather than your home. Travel Overtures LLC clients without an office address may also use our address.

•Remember to always lock all suitcases. TSA-approved locks are readily available at local stores like Walmart, Target, and others.

•Pack light so you won’t be weighed down and look weighed down, both of which make you an ideal target for pickpockets.

•Keep luggage and attire simple– leave expensive-looking baggage (including camera bags), suggestive clothing, and glitzy jewelry home. Some travelers have stored such valuables as video cameras in diaper-bags to throw off would-be thieves.

•Bring a fanny pack or tote that you can attach to your body. If you must carry a purse, take one that has thick shoulder straps and zippered compartments. Travelon and Ebags are two brands which make excellent theft-proof, yet stylish bags.

•If you’ll be carrying medication on your trip, carry an extra supply and a copy of the prescription in carry-on luggage.

•The wise packer only brings necessities.

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