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February 9, 2013

Traveling alone? Remember these safety tips

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And when it comes to backpacking, a lot of people like to do it in a foreign country and by themselves, since much of the fun of backpacking is trekking through a beautiful location that you wouldn’t normally have access to while getting to know the locals.

And a lot of times hiking alone sounds wonderful because of the romanticized images many people have about being adventure-seeking explorers, but experts say it’s always best to backpack with at least one other person, especially in a foreign location since many criminals expect hikers to be traveling alone and decide to target them for wrong doing.

It’s also known that many backpackers have full backpacks that contain a lot of valuable items that they'll use during their travels, so for a criminal, a backpacker can be a one-stop shopping opportunity, so travelers should really be on alert.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs also says you should never announce to others that you’re traveling alone.

Of course this is against the new norm of people letting everyone know what their travel plans are through social media, and whether this practice has to do with excitement or a desire to make folks a little envious, it’s never a good idea to document where you’ll be and how many people you’ll be traveling with.

So keep these safety tips in mind if you’re traveling alone in the future, or you can travel with your friends or family members, which is great too. 

Because you might not be able to move around as fast as you like by traveling in a group, but at least you’ll have others along with you who can hopefully watch your back.

Story provided by ConsumerAffairs.

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