12 ways women can stay safe while traveling alone

Whether you're leaving for a fun vacation or for a work conference, keep yourself (and your home) safe with these tips.

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  • Even if you're a confident woman, you may feel unsafe at times-expecially when traveling by yourself to an unfamiliar location. You can feel more protected and at ease wherever you are by understanding potential threats and adopting these habits:

  • Conference and work event safety tips

    1. Avoid meeting with new clients or associates alone after dark or at an unfamiliar location. Don't be afraid to request a coworker's company or to schedule the meeting at your office.

    2. Prioritize water, soda or coffee over cocktails. You'll remain more alert and professional, and better able to keep yourself safe.

    3. Don't tell strangers that you're traveling for work alone. If anyone asks, say you're meeting someone for a conference or that you're here with a coworker who's just left to use the restroom.

  • Social media safety tips

    1. Disable location sharing services on your phone so you don't accidentally check in on Facebook, Foursquare or another social media platform. This helps prevent anyone from digitally stalking you and knowing your current location.

    2. Don't announce on social media when you'll be away from your home or where you'll be visiting. You don't want a criminal learning your home is unoccupied or knowing when your hotel room will be empty. Wait until you get back from your trip to share the highlights.

  • Staying safe while traveling

    1. Leave your expensive jewelry at home and choose clothing that ensures you don't stand out like a tourist. Research where you're visiting so you can respect the local culture and pack appropriate outfits.

    2. Give a friend or family member your itinerary for your trip, including your flight and hotel information. Check in with them regularly while you travel so they know you're safe.

    3. Give your hotel room a quick sweep when you arrive. Secure the windows and doors, make sure the locks work and don't open the door for anyone you don't know.

    4. Know where you are and where you're going at all times. Determine your route before leaving your hotel room so you don't appear lost or confused. Instead of pulling out a map in public, discreetly use a GPS app on your phone.

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  • Keeping your home safe

    1. If you're traveling for more than a few days, hold your mail delivery or ask a friend to collect it. If your mail piles up, strangers may realize your home is unoccupied.

    2. Invest in a home security system that pairs with an app so you can watch your home when you're not home. Via your phone, you'll receive real-time notifications so you can make sure your house is safe.

    3. If you regularly return home late at night, install a smart lighting system. By connecting smart lightbulbs with a home automation hub, you can schedule your home's exterior and interior lights to turn on and off at specific times. This makes your home appear occupied even when it's not.

  • Whether you're traveling for work or pleasure, you can have fun and enjoy your trip while remaining safe. You don't need to assume that dangers lurk around every corner, but you can take these simple precautions to feel safer and more relaxed. The next time you're planning for or embarking on a trip, keep these tips in mind.

  • Have a friend who is traveling solo or attending a conference soon? Share this article and help your friends safe on their travels!

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Sage is a freelance writer with a passion for literature and words. She's written for a variety of audiences ranging from government sites to lifestyle magazines. In her free time, she enjoys wedding planning, training for marathons and re-reading Harry Potter books. . Sage is currently employed as a safety expert and loves teaching people how to make their home and community safer.

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