How to travel solo

CLEO (Singapore) - - BEAUTY -

Solo trav­el­ling can be in­tim­i­dat­ing for any­one, but sadly, there are dan­gers that women are more prone to en­counter on such trips. Don’t let fear put you off, though. We ask Kayle Wong, 25, who has been solo trip­ping since she was 19, to share some tips.

Know your way around (or just act like you do)

“The more I look like a tourist, the more peo­ple try to take ad­van­tage of me. Even if I’m on my phone, I avoid us­ing Google Maps while I’m walk­ing around.” If you re­ally need to check where you are, duck into a shop be­fore open­ing the app.

Make friends with ben­e­fits

“Be­friend­ing other fe­male solo trav­ellers is so help­ful. They’ll be able to tell you nu­ances about the city that peo­ple trav­el­ling in groups might have over­looked or that male trav­ellers wouldn’t even have con­sid­ered.”

Keep your cash in un­ex­pected places

“I’ve trawled the in­ter­net for safety tips and the one I’ve found the most use­ful is rolling cash into the plas­tic shell of a tam­pon and putting it in your pocket. Trust me—the chances of some­one steal­ing a tam­pon from you are pretty low.”

Re­mem­ber the emer­gency num­bers

“Get fa­mil­iar with the lo­cal emer­gency hot­lines, as they dif­fer from coun­try to coun­try. Ask your concierge to write down your ho­tel’s ad­dress in the coun­try’s na­tive lan­guage and bring it with you when you head out.”

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