Women’s Safety Needs are Different
by Evelyn Hannon, Founder, JourneyWoman
Sadly, each year there are female tourists who lose their lives or are the victims of social deviants as they explore the world. Thankfully these events are not the norm and it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t travel. What it does mean is that you must educate yourself on self-protection long before you step out the door.
While women travel for the same reasons as men do, their social concerns, as well as their safety needs, can often be very different. Whether you are a female travelling within your own country or venturing abroad it makes sense that you keep these safety tips and tricks in mind.
Are you the perfect target?
The next time you’re walking in your city center, do this short mental exercise. It will serve you well when you’re in a foreign destination. Look around you and notice which women stand out. Who looks timid? Whose purse has an unzipped pocket? Is anybody checking a map or guidebook? This is exactly what an experienced thug does as he closes in on his prey. Hopefully, the insights you gain will help you to protect yourself from wrongdoers as you travel.
Be culturally correct in your dress
The best way for a thief to pick you out of a crowd is not the color of your skin or the shape of your eyes. It’s what you’re wearing. If you are dressed the way local women are dressed a pickpocket will not necessarily choose you first. He isn’t sure if you are actually someone who lives in the area and up to his tricks or an unsuspecting visitor. More often he’ll target a woman who doesn’t seem to fit in. She’ll more likely stand out in a crowd.
Be coy and carry a local shop’s shopping bag
Don’t drink irresponsibly
In some countries, a crowded beach party with no control over what is mixed into your drinks can lead to grave illness or even death. It’s far better to enjoy your alcohol in a well-reputed pub or hotel bar but never leave your drink unattended. Criminals find this the perfect time to drop date rape drugs into your beverage. The good news is that there is now a product to test your own drink and foil these wrongdoers. www.drinksafetech.com
Don’t divulge too much personal information about yourself
Make noise when necessary
Carry a whistle
Avoid going out after dark
Check Global Travel Alerts
See the site Nations Online Project, a site that collects travel warnings around the world to help travellers and citizens take their own decisions about their own travel plans.
Sex on the road
Keep emergency money well hidden
Keep your accommodation safe
Avoid pickpockets at bus stations
The most important advice of all
Safe journeys, ladies!