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Be safe on a solo trip

india Updated: Apr 23, 2010 01:23 IST
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If you are a woman and have decided to embark on a solo trip, here are a few things you should always adhere to in order to make your outing both enjoyable and safe.

Buy a guidebook:

If you have rounded up on the destination you plan to visit, get a guidebook for that place. It will acquaint you with the city beforehand, making it easier to spot places you should visit and the ones you should avoid going alone to.

Check information:

Note any travel advisories/warnings for your destination through your country’s Consular Affairs website.

Numbers in the speed dial:

Program in a few local phone numbers you might need in an emergency into your mobile phone, such as those of the police and your hotel. Have your family contact information handy as well, and regularly keep them informed about your schedule and where you are headed.

Lighten up:

Carry minimum luggage. Also, try not to carry any valuables or jewellery with you. Ideally, you should be able to have one hand free at all times.

Right accommodation:

Make sure that you check into a decent, reputed place. The smaller the hotel, the more likely it will be that people will know that you are alone. In this way, visitors and loiterers will tend to stand out. Also, choose a cafe with lots of people. Don’t hang out at secluded heritage sites or streets.