Traveling alone and seeing the world freely as you want is the dream most people wish for, and even when security measures are constantly evolving, you can never be too sure.
There are even some who consider traveling alone as a dangerous venture. These people would prefer to have at least one companion during travel adventures. Understandably, it is the best decision if you are not confident on your own. After all, there is power in numbers.
However, even if you are confident and comfortable going to a strange place, you need to be careful. Here are some of the most important tips you would need when you are staying alone in your travel accommodation (and these apply to everyone, not just men).
Try to Walk With Other People
When you are in your travel accommodation that still meant that you are in a public place. You are amongst other people, and you can never be too sure if there are criminal minds who are already stalking you, checking what your routine looks like. It is not uncommon especially for underdeveloped countries to have crimes even in a place such as a hotel or inns, and criminals usually prey on people who do not know the area. These unknowing people are almost usually old people, students, and tourists.
So, what you would want to do is sit down and wait in the lobby for a few moments. Wait until there are other groups of people flocking out of the hotel, and casually walk with them on your way out. You can even make friends with these tourists, especially when you are staying in a place for a few days. Remember, criminals preys on people they think are vulnerable, and even if you aren’t, it is better to be amongst fellow tourists.
Stay in One Travel Accommodation, If Possible
Speaking of staying in a place for a few days, it is highly advisable to stay in one accommodation only. We can name a few good reasons but put it this way. The longer you stay in your chosen hotel, the more familiar you would get with the area. You would know your ways and routes better, and the staff would also remember your face. It is helpful especially when you are traveling alone. It can be your safety net if ever something happens. When the local staff knows you, authorities would have better chances of finding you. Think about it. That is why it is advisable to talk to your clerks. Say a couple of greetings and make sure they know you, and remember that you are staying in their hotel.
Moreover, if you are planning to skip towns or do island hopping’s during your travels, it is better to stay checked in and leave your belongings in the hotel. Well, that is if you can afford it. It would be safer and more efficient.
Do Not Forget to Inspect Your Travel Accommodation
The last important thing you need to know is that there are accommodations that do not respect clients’ privacy. Unfortunately, there are cases that guests find hidden cameras in outlets, sprinklers, and mirrors. Therefore, the first thing you need to check is the mirrors in your room, especially those that are facing your bed. Check the mirrors by pressing your index finger against the surface. If there is a gap between your fingertips, the mirror is safe, but it isn’t, which means it is a double-sided panel. Usually, there are people behind the mirror that can see everything you are doing.
Moreover, you also have to be mindful about the public amenities of the place. Does the place have a gym? Do they have a separate workout area for women or not? What kind of pool do they have? Is it a luxurious glass pool, or a fun DIY pool with fence? Knowing these things will set your expectations, and prepare yourself with any possible threats you may encounter.
There are even cases when sheets and pillowcases are not changed unless the stains demand them to. Hence, it is important to book accommodations that are trusted by many. Check the reviews and guests’ experience over social media. If the circumstances would allow it, find one that you trust so that you will have a go-to hotel or inn in the future. Lastly, it is highly suggested to book with Airbnb Super hosts. That means their place is tested and proven, as well as how they are welcoming guests.
When you are traveling alone, remember that your safety starts with your travel accommodation. Your travels should not be something that you would do in fear and hesitation, so make sure you start on the right foot. Choose a reliable hotel or inn that you will feel comfortable and safe in, and everything else would follow.