When I tended bar at a large hotel with a large complement of business travelers, many of our female guests acknowledged that reality, and some had developed strategies for minimizing their risk.
In addition to domestic travels, Zunick has traveled alone through Europe and Malaysia. Not always being able to find a traveling companion, she has learned a thing or two about traveling safely and has detailed some of her road trips and tips in her new book, “The Sweetness of Life: An Exploration of Life, Death, and Self-Discovery.”
Zunick also offered the following article, which I am pleased to share.
10 Tips for Women Traveling Alone
By Jamie Zunick
- Always let someone know where you are. Though you may enjoy the freedom of feeling “lost” on the highway, it’s always best to check in with a family member or friend so someone always knows where you are. Also, let someone know when you are leaving and when you will return.
- Do not pick up strangers. Do not offer rides or agree to share a hotel room with anyone you don’t know. Though you may think the person you are helping is harmless, you can never fully know someone’s true intentions after just a few minutes of conversation.
- Make sure your car is “road ready.” Before starting any road trip, always take your car in for service.
- Don’t stop for someone stranded on the side of the road. Though you may want to assist someone in trouble, don’t stop unless you are sure it’s safe. It’s always a good idea to get to a safe place first and then call for help for the stranded driver.
- Eat well and get plenty of sleep. Take care of yourself physically so you can focus while you’re on the road. Stay alert behind the wheel.
- Stay in a nicer hotel. Though it may depend on your budget, it is always best to stay in a safe, secure location.
- Dress conservatively. Once you reach your destination, dress any way that fits the location and occasion. When traveling alone, however, it is best to dress down and not bring attention to yourself.
- Do not let strangers know you are traveling alone. If people know you are traveling alone, you may be considered an “easy target.” (Editor’s note: One of my female guests shared the following tip: When buying a beverage to take back to your hotel room, order two. The second drink implies that there is someone traveling with you.)
- Notify credit card companies. Some credit card companies will block your card if they see “suspicious” activity like continuous gas charges. Inform companies that you will be traveling so they do not cut off your credit.
- Travel with a pet. Bringing a dog on the road with you can deter strangers and give you companionship during long drives.
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