Traveling may be a positive experience, but it can also quickly turn negative. When traveling to a new destination, you may unknowingly be giving off a signal that you’re a tourist (which many people may sadly take advantage of).
One tip that many experienced travelers swear by is to walk quickly with their head up – walking with purpose gives the impression that you’re familiar with a location and not a tourist. The last thing you want people to see is you fumbling around with a map on your phone or with a confused expression on your face.
While we're sure this travel hack may seem strange, it can, unfortunately, be necessary. When it comes to traveling solo, many women wear a fake wedding ring. Not only does the ring deter persistent people who may try flirting, many travelers feel safer if others think they’re traveling with a spouse and not alone.
For this reason, many solo travelers will also say that they are staying with their significant other in a hotel, or that their significant other is waiting for them. At the very least, it gives you an excuse to get out of an otherwise uncomfortable situation.
Difference between Day and Night
Let's be honest - even the safest-seeming city can seem a bit seedy as soon as the sun sets. Most cities completely change character as soon as night falls, and sometimes that change is less-than-positive. Our travel tip is to book departure and arrival times in a way that you can arrive during daylight hours.
Not only is navigating through a city after hours difficult (with limited public transportation options), but it can even be dangerous with fewer people around or people with ill intentions around late at night.
Have a Plan Before You Land
We don't know about you, but when we arrive at a new destination, we’re typically exhausted. The last thing we want is to figure out the logistics needed to arrive at our accommodations. For this reason, it’s so vital to have your plan ready and up-to-date before you arrive.
Speak to the staff at your hotel in order to learn the best way to get there, then write down or save this information on your phone. Download local transportation apps that will inform you of any changes or can tell you the best route.
Translation Apps Will Be Your Best Friend
When you travel to a foreign country, you may find that getting around can be difficult due to differences in language. And while learning a bit of the language of your destination is always suggested, it can be hard or nearly impossible to learn an entirely new language before you land!
Thankfully apps like Google Translate allow you to translate text into the local language and even have an option to scan and translate images in real time - a lifesaver when trying to decipher a menu in a restaurant or instructions!