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Safety Tips for Solo Travelers

March 2, 2018 12:57 am

Traveling alone can be fun and exciting, but you should also take some extra safety precautions. Consider the following suggestions from

Purchase travel insurance. If something goes wrong on your trip, travel insurance can be almost as good as having a travel companion. Comprehensive travel insurance plans typically include trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel medical, and emergency evacuation coverages, as well as 24/7 global travel assistance. If cash or credit cards are stolen, travel insurance can help you get back on track. If you get sick or injured, a travel insurance plan's global medical assistance services can help navigate a foreign hospital system for you. A comprehensive travel insurance plan with trip cancellation coverage will typically range from 4 to 8 percent of the total trip costs. A plan with just medical and emergency evacuation can cost considerably less. By purchasing an insurance plan, it’s almost as though you have someone on your side—without having to argue over where to eat each night.

Let someone know where you’re going and how to contact you. Designate at least one emergency contact and share your itinerary and any updates with that person. Make a general rule that you update your contact, even briefly, every time you hit an internet cafe or get decent WiFi coverage on your phone or tablet. Better yet, publish a travel blog along the way, or update all of your friends and family with frequent social media posts. But remember, keep your social media profiles private so strangers can't track you down.

Prepare with a traveler's checklist. The U.S. State Department has a great traveler's checklist, which recommends that travelers: Get Informed, Get Required Documents, Get Enrolled, and Get Insured. Registering with the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program provides travel advisory updates on your destination and gives the U.S. embassy a way to reach you. Also, keep a list of your emergency contacts handy, including U.S. embassies or consulates, hotels, and 24/7 Global Assistance phone numbers found in your travel insurance plan. Many of the U.S. embassies and consulates use social media to provide information, so that's another way to stay connected.

Memorialize the adventure. Keeping a travel journal is a great way to reflect on what you’re seeing, learning and experiencing. Sharing your travel experiences can be rewarding for both you and your audience. In addition, keep all receipts and documentation for any expenses associated with the trip before and during the vacation. In the event that you need to file a travel insurance claim, receipts and other proof of loss will be needed to receive reimbursements.


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