Travel is something that everyone loves to do with friends and family. Whether it’s for thrills or relaxation, getting out of town for a few days is a reward like no other. But sometimes, you won’t have other people to lean on when you travel, and whether you are a female traveling alone or the parents of a children flying alone, it is important to acquaint yourself with some important facts and listen to the tips of experienced travelers.
Women travel alone. So do student travelers. And regardless of the demographic you fall into, it is recommended that you take all of the below tips under advisement:
Know the US Embassy or Consulate: Before you leave home, it is crucial that you know where to go in the event of an emergency. If you are a college student, student travel services will often provide you with this information.
Know the country you are visiting: When it comes to minors traveling alone, there is no excuse for not researching the country you are preparing to visit. You should become familiar with:
Regarding single female travel, there are even some countries that require all women to have a male escort when they are leaving the country. Make sure that you find out whether or not the nation you are traveling to has this requirement. If so, singles and women travel groups should take the necessary measures to meet the law.
Pack the Right Clothes: This tip is especially important for female travelers. Different nations have very different rules when it comes to customary clothing. So make sure that you do your research on what is acceptable to wear during the day, at night, indoors and out before you leave the United States. In many religious sites in Asia and the Middle East, for instance, a women’s head must be covered. A simply scarf or shawl would then be a smart item to pack.
Learn National Customs: A female traveling alone should also familiarize herself with her surroundings. Knowing what to wear is only part of the equation. Understanding cultural norms of the country in question is the next necessary step. For kids traveling alone, parents should take the time to go over the following:
When women travel alone, there are four main problems that could befall them:
In the event that any of these instances occur or are about to happen to someone you know, it is recommended that you call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-888-407-4747. If you are overseas, the number is 202-501-4444. If you cannot call the number for whatever reason, visit the US Embassy or Consulate closest to you.