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Traveling alone can be one of the most invigorating things you can do! It’s neat to see different parts of the world and reflect on them inwardly.
Some people do it for fun, while others do it for necessity as they travel for work, either way we thought it would be a good idea to cover some of the some things you can do to stay a little safer when traveling alone.
First off, make sure you know where you are going. Even if your goal is simply to explore a new place, at minimum plan a place to stay beforehand. This will allow you to compare prices, make a reservation to be sure there’s somewhere available and check reviews online to be sure others say it’s in a good and safe area. With a safe place to sleep and a solid base to explore from, you’ll be ready to experience new things!
If you’re like me, there’s precisely a 900% chance of you getting lost at some point during the trip. I’ve gotten lost in Chicago, Japan, Houston, the Philippines and probably more I’m forgetting. Getting lost a lot has taught me a thing or two about safety on trips. One of the most important things is to always carry yourself with confidence and look like you know where you’re going. This will keep you from drawing unwanted attention. Do your best to never look flustered, and always keep your arms free. People will hopefully leave you alone if you do this, and you can find some one to ask for help on your own terms, if you need it.
Something else I do, is to travel with a backpack. This helps a lot because it keeps my arms clear at all times. I’ve been through lots of cities, wandering around a bit as soon as I’m off the plane. Last time I was in Chicago, I ended up having to take 3 forms of public transportation to get to the hotel that my conference was at. It would have been a huge pain to be dragging around wheeled luggage. It’s true I could have taken a taxi, but I always try to take trains, buses, trolleys or subways when I can, because it’s a great way to see the true culture of a city.
Have a food plan. Travel will make you hungry, and it’s not always easy to find a restaurant.
I pack light, but one of the things I always make sure to pack with me when I travel is snacks. Before your trip, run by your local Kroger and pick up a box of Kellogg’s® Special K® Bars for your bag. These will come in handy when you walk around the city.
You could also bring Kellogg’s® Special K® Pastry Crisps so you have a plan for breakfast. I don’t always eat breakfast at home, but for some reason when I’m traveling I always need breakfast!
Special K® has a whole line of foods that can nourish body, soul and mind. These can help you face whatever your amazing travels might throw at you!
Not a safety tip, but lastly, make sure to take a lot of pictures! It’s true I have countless photos of the trips I take with my kids, but when I go alone, I only get a fraction of the shots. I’m trying to change that, the solo trips are important and beautiful too, and I don’t want to miss out on snapping those memories, even if just to share with my family when I get home!
Have you ever traveled alone? Where is your favorite place to go?
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After you enter the sweepstakes, be sure to comment and let me know where you’d travel alone if you could go anywhere, and be sure to read more about Special K® here!