British Summer Time is here!

We may all have lost an extra hour’s sleep in March, but the reward of enough daylight to get us through the evenings.

With the death of winter comes a dash of spring fever – marked, as always, by April Fools’ Day. It’s the day of the year when it is not only acceptable to be silly, it’s expected. But if you have booked yourself a trip abroad this spring – particularly one alone – then you’ll want to take a sensible minute to read this blog article.

 

Common Sense Safety

Solo travel is a growing trend. Whether we as a society are becoming more comfortable in our own company, the digital world always keeps us as connected as we need to be, or we just have fewer friends, this holidaying phenomenon nonetheless requires extra attention to travel safety.

The first rule of travelling solo is: think practically. All of the obvious safety measures you stick to at home are equally if not more important abroad, such as avoiding cutting down back alleys in the dark or walking through parks in the dark; letting people know where you are, particularly at night; not being alone with strangers; and making sure any taxi you get into is legitimate.

 

Planning

Any trip abroad involves planning. But none more so than a solo voyage. Here are some of the considerations you’ll want to bear in mind.

Hotel transport – Ensuring you know how to get from airports and train station to your accommodation is always a vital consideration when travelling alone. Never assume a train station will be bustling, well lit and full of waiting taxi drivers who know their way to your hotel. Take the time to plan ahead and research the distances, timings and best transport options involved.

Documentation – Make copies of important documents (both digital and print) and keep these documents on you at all times. You may find a travel belt useful for carrying these with you as well as keeping your cash with you and concealed.

Medical – This includes both preparation in the form of all necessary travel immunisations before you head off on holiday, and packing a travel health kit to help handle any emergencies. For tips on making up your own, read our travel health kit blog post.

 

Acting the part

Blending in might sound like an odd way to stay safe, but in actual fact it can be a handy tool when travelling solo. Pickpockets, thieves and those with even more sinister motives are known to target travellers. And for those walking around wearing unsuitable clothing, parading an expensive camera and waving a travel guide in the air it is not too hard for criminals to pinpoint their next victim. Look the part, however, and keep your touristic instincts low key and you will more likely be free to go with the flow.

 

Need advice on protecting your health and safety before heading abroad? Book an appointment with a member of our travel clinic team.