10 Safety Mistakes Women Shouldn't Make When Traveling Alone

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    Solo travel can be exhilarating, freeing, and helpful in learning new things about yourself. But solo travelers, especially females, can also be more vulnerable while alone on the road. We spoke to some solo women travel experts who shared their top mistakes to avoid when traveling alone.

    Arriving in a New Location After Dark. Taking a flight that gets in at 3:00 a.m. may be cheaper, but do you really want to arrive in an unfamiliar city for the first time when the streets are dark and empty? Janice Waugh, Solo Traveler, says, "Arriving in daylight makes it easier to find your accommodation and gives you time to change it if you find that it is unsuitable."

    Dressing Inappropriately. Choose your outfits wisely, and try to err on the side of conservatism. Research your destination and find out if it's taboo to have uncovered shoulders, etc., and dress appropriately. Not only will you be showing respect for other cultures, but you'll be drawing less attention to yourself by blending in.

    Not Having a Backup Plan. Evelyn Hannon, Journeywoman, says, "It's very important [for me] to have a good backup plan if I am robbed or if I lose my credit cards. Here is one of my best tricks. Save your empty vitamin pill bottles; generally you can't see through these. Roll up five twenty dollar bills, put them into the bottle and add some old loose pills. If you shake this bottle it still sounds like a pill bottle and nobody would consider looking into it for money. You can leave this bottle in your backpack, your hotel room or in your cosmetic case. The contents remain safe and ready for you should you need it." Also, be sure to scan a copy of your passport and other important documents and email them to yourself. This way you'll have access to your information in case it's stolen.

    Assuming Other Women Are Safe. Jancie Waugh writes, "Women often feel safer with other women. And, when it comes to small-time danger, we probably are. But there are also dangerous women who are just as capable of luring you into bad situations as men. Be cautious." Of course, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't make new friends on the road—just be alert for potential scams and dangers, especially when you first meet someone.

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    Putting money in a pill bottle could be unfortunate if the pills are "desirable" :)
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