One downside to travelling on your own is no one knowing where you are at all times. Of course this can also be pretty liberating, but in the interest of your safety you’ll want to be locatable. So long as you’re staying connected with family and friends as per tip #3, send them a copy of your daily itinerary so they can keep an eye on you from afar. If you have an iPhone, be sure to turn your “Find My iPhone” and “Find my friends” settings on, and brief your family/friends on how to use these settings so they can find you in an emergency.
For an added layer of protection, you can subscribe to the service SafeCheckIn.com, which allows you to enter specific information about when you should return from a specific trip or outing. If you fail to check in, the site will attempt to contact you, your emergency contacts or your local authorities if necessary.
5. Stay Safe With Emergency Money
Like most backpackers, you probably want your travels to be budget friendly, but no matter how money-savvy you are, unexpected things can happen that may require emergency funds. Set up an emergency credit card, such as a Travelex Cash Passport (which isn't a real credit card, but allows you to load multi-currencies all on one card) and don't be afraid to use it in the event that you arrive at your accommodation and don't feel safe or you'd rather take a taxi home rather than walking late at night.
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