Solo Safety

Fear: Friend or Foe of the Solo Traveler?

August 6, 2014
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Don’t you just hate being afraid of things? Fear can be so limiting. Wouldn’t it be great if we could learn how to be completely fearless? Er, not so fast. Yes, fear is our foe when it paralyzes us and keeps us from doing things we want to do. But fear can also be a [...]

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What’s the Big Deal About Solo Female Travel?

February 9, 2013
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When the news was reported last week about the murder of Sarai Sierra, a young mother from New York who was traveling on vacation alone in Turkey, I immediately felt sadness for her and the family who lost her. What a tragic outcome for what should have been the trip of a lifetime. My second [...]

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Does the SlingSafe 200 Really Thwart Pickpockets?

August 3, 2011

If you start researching a trip to Spain, one security issue will become glaringly apparent: There are a lot of incidents of pickpocketing in the country. Everyone and their brother will warn you about it, and they’ll all have a personal story about how it happened to them. . .and how fiendishly clever the pickpockets [...]

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Ditching Freaks or How to Get Out of Awkward Encounters When Traveling Solo

February 22, 2011

One of the ironies of solo travel is how much easier it can be to meet people because you’re solo, instead of traveling with your significant other or a posse. But if the upside of solo travel is that you’re approachable, then the downside of solo travel is that you’re. . .  approachable. That’s right:  [...]

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10 Tips for Hiking Alone Safely

May 18, 2010

Believe it or not, another hiking season is upon us.  Growing up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont as I did, I have an appreciation for going for long walks in the woods and hiking mountains with friends and family.  But I’ve never gone alone, because I am hyper-aware of all the bad things that [...]

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Solo Travel Confessions

April 27, 2010

What I am about to say may shock you:  I quite often don’t practice what I preach when it comes to solo travel safety.  There is a lot of sound advice about safety for solo women that is commonly-held and repeated among travelers (including me!).  Most of it, I adhere to.  For instance, I make [...]

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Safe Solo Travel

July 27, 2008

If you’ve been hesitant to travel solo because of fear for your safety in a strange place, read on. It’s perfectly normal to feel some anxiety when traveling to a new place, particularly alone. With solo travel, your best defense is to do your research ahead of time and know what you’re getting yourself into. [...]

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