I am a woman travelling alone. What measures can I take to ensure that I have a safe and enjoyable experience while teaching abroad?
- Travelling alone can be an exciting and rewarding experience. Here are some tips to help keep you safe on your journey.
- Research the country that you are travelling to. Knowledge will be your best tool. Know where you are going, and how you are getting there. Get directions before you leave your hotel or hostel.
- Be aware of local customs concerning the social roles of women and what is considered appropriate dress. Being respectful of local customs could mean a safe and a problem free trip.
- Leave expensive clothing and jewelry at home. These items could be lost or damaged during your trip. They could also flag you as a potential victim of robbery.
- Make sure your school has made arrangements to pick you up at the airport and drop you off safely.
- Be alert and move about with confidence – avoid appearing as a tourist.
- If travelling at night in a car, keep the interior lights off.
- Whenever possible remain in public places.
- Do not announce that you are travelling alone. You may consider wearing a wedding band to make yourself seem less vulnerable. If possible, vary your daily routine and routes taken.
- Keep your purse close to you at all times. Choose a purse that is made of strong material, and has a latch or a fold over the zipper. Do not carry your travel documents in your purse. Use a money belt or something equally as hidden and safe.
- When walking on a sidewalk or roadside, put your purse on the opposite shoulder of the passing traffic.
- Photocopy two sets of travel documents: one for you to keep, and one for your family.
- Keep family or friends updated on your itinerary and set times to call/chat online with them.