travellers may find travelling alone or with a couple of
female friends to be a great experience; but as a women,
you can be targeted by criminals. Here some tips to making
yourself safe when you’re out and about
• Think about how your clothing will fit in with local
customs – what are local women wearing?
• Don’t wear expensive jewellery
• Wear a wedding ring (even if you don’t normally)
to help avoid harassment
• Be wary of new ‘friends’, even if they
are fellow holidaymakers
• Don’t tell strangers where you are staying
or give out too many details about your travel plans
• If you’re travelling alone you may attract
unwelcome attention and you may receive unwelcome propositions
or remarks – it is usually best to ignore them act
• Plan your daily itinerary - know where you’re
going, what you’re doing and how to get back
• Some hotel and hostels have cards with contact details
and directions – take one
• Never hitchhike or accept car rides from strangers
• Ask your hotel or hostel to recommend a taxi firm
– try to pair up with someone you know when travelling
If you ever feel uncomfortable or in danger,
don’t be afraid to draw attention to yourself by shouting
and making a fuss. In English-speaking countries you may
receive more attention if you shout ‘fire!’
rather than ‘help!’
Going out at night
• Always tell someone where you are going and when
you expect to return
• Be cautious of people who ignore your personal space,
do not listen to you, make you feel guilty if you resist
their advances or appear drunk
• Carefully consider whether you should leave the
pub, club or party with someone you have just met
Drug-assisted rape or ‘date’ rape
Unfortunately, drugs are increasingly being used in rape.
Once someone has added drugs to your drink, you won’t
normally be able to detect them. Rape drugs can also work
in non-alcoholic drinks, such as coffee and tea. They are
normally colourless and tasteless, and can make you virtually
unconscious and defenceless.
Never leave drinks unattended and its best not to accept
drinks from strangers.
If you begin to feel strange, sick or drunk after only a
couple of drinks tell a trusted friend. They should take
you to a safe place, such as your hotel room.
If you are alone, phone the local police, a hospital or
the British Consulate. And always try to drink responsibly
- alcohol is the most frequently used drug in drug-assisted
Stay safe in your hotel or hostel
• Only use your first initial and no title (‘Miss’,
‘Ms’ or ‘Mrs’) when checking in
• Never leave your key where someone can note your
• Don’t leave your window open, especially if
your room is on the ground floor or has a balcony
• Remember to lock your room door even when you are
inside the room
• Use a door wedge on the inside of your hotel room
door for extra security
• If the door has a spy-hole or chain, use these before
opening the door to unexpected visitors.
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