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6 Tips for Safe Solo Night Owl Adventures While Traveling

February 14, 2024
6 Tips for Safe Solo Night Owl Adventures While Traveling
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Embarking on solo travel is an enriching experience, and the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun sets. For solo travelers seeking evening entertainment, here are six safety tips to ensure enjoyable and secure nights on the road.


1. Plan Ahead: #Smart Planning Before venturing out, familiarize yourself with the local area. Identify well-lit and populated spots, and plan your route in advance. Ask the front desk staff for their suggestions regarding where you can and shouldn’t venture after dark.  I will often frame my query as ‘Pretend I am your favorite ‘relative/friend’ and wanted to go to XXX, where should I avoid/.’  Share your plans with a friend, family member, or  concierge ensuring someone knows your whereabouts.  You can also leave a note in your room stating where you are headed, when you are leaving and when you expect to return.


2. Choose Safe Accommodations: #Safe Stays Opt for accommodations in reputable neighborhoods with positive reviews regarding safety. A secure home base enhances your overall sense of security, allowing you to relax and enjoy your travels.  Not sure if the neighborhood you will be visiting is safe?  Check out the neighborhood safety rating from Tripit.  It can give you info for many locales in the States and internationally for day and night.  It also has information for LGBTQ travelers.  Their data is limited but it is a start.


3. Blend In: #Safe Style Dress like a local to minimize attention. Research the local dress code and customs, helping you seamlessly blend into the environment and avoid standing out as a tourist.  Leave the fancy jewelry at home, finest handbags and cameras.  You can look like a local business person by carrying a messenger bag like the ‘ULTI’ travel bag by CONMIGO.  It allows you to keep items you need close by, secured and not stand out as an out of towner.


4. Use Trusted Transportation: #Safe Rides Stick to reputable transportation options, such as registered taxis or ride share services. Avoid accepting rides from strangers and always double-check the vehicle details against your app.


5. Stay Connected: #Check In Regularly Keep your loved ones informed by checking in regularly. Utilize messaging apps or share your location with trusted contacts. This ensures someone is aware of your well-being throughout the night.  Phone apps like ‘Aster’ can keep you from ever walking alone.  You can activate it in an emergency and they will automatically contact the authorities and your followers.


6. Trust Your Instincts: #Listen To Your Gut Your intuition is a powerful tool. If a situation feels uncomfortable or unsafe, trust your instincts and remove yourself from it. Your well-being is the top priority.


Solo travel can be empowering and fulfilling. By incorporating these safety tips, and the right gear like a messenger bag for men or women, you can confidently explore and make the most of your nights on the road. Remember, prioritizing safety enhances the overall joy of your travel experience. Safe travels!