Adventure vacations for singles. Don’t sit on the sidelines just because you are a solo traveler. Check out our tips below for safer adventure travel.
Adventure is great, but no one wants to end up in the clutches of a brown bear! After an elephant-back safari in the Okavango, I found myself falling in the Zambesi River where the crocodiles were feeding at sunset!
In addition to the usual reminders to wear a money belt and not wear expensive jewelry, I have come with the following sometimes overlooked additions.
Adventure Vacations for Singles: Safety on the Go:
1. Local surface transportation:
Always watch out at transportation hubs where there is easy access in and out. For example, train stations and subways, unlike airports, lack security and provide great opportunities for a stealth attack in and out by local pickpockets.
The best time for “entrepreneurs” to empty your pockets for you is during scheduled sightseeing events. Think the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. How about those plazas all over Europe with enchanting mini-“Big Ben’s” that have hourly chimes with moving figures. While all eyes are focused upward, there goes your purse!
Adventure Vacations for Singles: In Case of Emergency:
3. Outdoor dangers from animal attacks:
After my near “feeding: of enthusiastic crocs in Zimbabwe, I learned to be a little more watchful. A Washington friend actually lost a family member to a marauding lion in Kenya. I watched at Yosemite while a ranger had to emphatically shoo tourists away from a plodding bear. They may look cuddly but save the up close and personal viewing for the zoo.
4. Medical emergencies:
Even the healthiest young traveler can have a skiing accident. One neighbor on Junior Year Abroad broke an ankle stepping off a curb. Another friend on business was scratched by a stray cat in a Mideast outdoor cafe and ended up starting rabies shots abroad. PS-As I just discovered, because of the expense involved, most local doctors don’t carry rabies vaccine so it requires a hospital visit.
5. Hiking alone:
Avoid hiking alone in remote areas. If you sprain your ankle and need help. you may find your cellphone doesn’t work!
Remember hypothermia can strike even in the summer so wear layers and take lots of water.