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Top 8 safety tips for women traveling alone

  1. Make sure that you’re confident. You don’t have to be a martial arts expert, but if you look confident you’re less likely to attract trouble. A thief will target someone who looks insecure. Get your confidence level up by going out on your own for short trips.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings. Realize there is potential danger but trust people. If someone invites you to their home, really act on your gut instincts. Use your sixth sense to determine if you’re going to share a meal with someone or turn down the offer.
  3. Carry cable locks to lock your luggage if you’re traveling by train or bus.
  4. Carry an over-the-shoulder bag that has a slash-proof protection so someone can’t break into your bag and steal your wallet.
  5. Carry a rubber door stop. It’s lightweight and can be purchased at any hardware store. Slip that underneath the door to prevent anyone–even hotel staff–from opening the door.
  6. Ensure that the desk clerk doesn’t say your room number aloud. You don’t want anyone knowing exactly what room you’re staying in.
  7. Leave the Do Not Disturb sign on the door so that it looks occupied and is less likely to be broken into. It may mean that your room isn’t cleaned as often, but may save you from someone with bad intentions.
  8. Slip a piece of folded up paper or tape in the door when you leave. If it’s disturbed when you come back, you may want to ask hotel staff to accompany you into your room.

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