* Written by guest blogger Leslie Campos, of Well Parents.
Going on vacation is a fun and exciting way to try something new. Going alone comes with both challenges and benefits. If you plan to trek out on your own, consider these six tips to help you make the most of your trip and stay safe during the process.
Read more to see six tips for safe solo travel.
1. Pick the Perfect Location.
Before you decide on a place, think about what you want to take away from the experience. If you want something relaxing for a little holistic spa treatment, you might consider Sedona, Arizona, or Palm Springs, California. If you prefer a big city experience where you can meet interesting people and enjoy the best coffee in the country, Portland, Oregon is a great option. Music lovers who enjoy a busy nightlife should hit Broadway Street in Nashville, Tennessee. Pick something you know you'll enjoy.
2. Protect your valuables.
If you can avoid traveling with anything of significant value, that is always the best option. However, living in a digital age means that you'll probably have electronics, and you may even want to keep some nice jewelry with you. If you're planning to fly, just remember to keep your valuables in your carry-on luggage. When you get to your hotel, ask for a safe to lock it up rather than taking it with you. Also, if possible, avoid staying on the ground floor, and double-check the locks on your door to ensure everything works as it should.
And if you are traveling internationally, keep your passport with you, as some places may ask for it, but keep a copy in the safe at your hotel.
3. Be safe and prepare for emergencies.
Safety is a top concern for solo travelers. Always be mindful of your surroundings, never walk back to your accommodations late at night, and keep some type of safety tool on you. It can be as simple as a personal alarm or whistle. Before you go to sleep, make sure your deadbolt is locked in your room and stay on a floor above ground level. In case of an emergency, keep a card on you that tells someone who to contact if something happens.
Also know where the closest urgent care is located and keep a small first aid kit with you.
4. Choose the right accommodations.
Finding the right place to stay requires many considerations. Think about your plans for transportation and the amenities you expect. If you can't miss a day in the gym, find a hotel with a great fitness center. If you prefer to stay somewhere more culturally immersive, CheapAir notes that you might consider Airbnb. If you want to walk everywhere, pay the extra to stay near the action. Just make sure your lodging has proper locking mechanisms.
You could also consider visiting a destination that includes rooming as part of an inclusive stay, such as at one of the Disney resorts. This is an ideal choice for solo travelers because you can stay onsite, which is great for safety, and it's convenient because you don't have to travel far from the hotel to the park and other attractions. You should learn how to save when visiting Disney by finding deals at MouseLifeToday, which also has a rewards program.
5. Stay in communication with others.
Always stay in contact with someone from home. Let them know where you are every time you change locations. It's primarily a safety measure. You can even share your location on your iPhone so your friend or family member can track you in real-time.
6. Pack lightly.
Don't bog yourself down with heavy packing. For a solo traveler, having too much luggage is a burden. Keep it as light as possible. A simple carry-on bag is best, and if you can fit everything into a backpack, that's even better. For long trips, find out where you can get toiletries and other necessities in advance so you can skip the heavy toiletry bag. Research cited on Osmiva.com shows that packing lightly makes it easier to keep your valuables safe as well.
Now that you have some tips to keep you safe on your solo journey, you can enjoy your trip and focus on self-care. Remember that preparation is the key to a great travel experience. Take the time you need to get everything ready before you take off.
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