Now I generally pride myself on being a relatively good judger of character, which I base off of the fact that I am 28 and still kickin’ it. But that doesn’t mean that I invite everyone to walk into my trusting arms. Now I am no expert on solo-travel and am also still learning as I am going but after my solo trip to Florence made me think a little bit more about safety, I thought it would be a good time to share a few of my solo-traveling tips that extend beyond the blatantly obvious that I have picked up through my solo-travels.

Florence, Italy -

Lie your face off

Lie like your life depended on it. Cos it might. Just kidding. Now I’m not saying that you are going to end up like Natalie Holloway (despite how many mothers – most notably mine – think all young women will when traveling alone), but a little lie can go a loooong way when it is the difference between getting stuck in a 20 minute long discussion with an Italian man who wants to take you out that evening or being left in peace (true story). Even if your persistent suitor is clearly harmless, if he is interrupting your solo-travel time by trying to get his mack on, you have every right to tell a lie to get him to move on. Tell him you are meeting up with your boyfriend. The boyfriend trick (whether you actually have one or not) will usually get men to back off as they don’t like to step on other men’s territories. It’s incredibly sexist, because just saying you’re not interested should be enough to deter a thirsty man. But sadly since it oftentimes isn’t, you should definitely let your boyfriend (invisible or not) come to your rescue. Telling a stranger you are meeting friends is also a great lie and a wonderful way to not let on that you, yes little ole you, is traveling all alone in a giant unknown city.

Be choosy about what you post

Save the tweets and photos of your hotel for AFTER you return. So on my last trip, I realized that I am all over the fucking place. Just a simple google search turns up about every goddamned social media account I have – and trust me – I have a lot of them. So if you do actually end up meeting someone who you have judged trustworthy enough to be privy to your phone number or add you on facebook, just be sure that in the off chance that they are serial killers they cannot check your twitter feed, find out where you are staying, ask for you by name at the front desk, and chop you up into tiny little convenient pieces. In general, just be careful about what kind of information you choose to post publicly online, because it doesn’t take a mastermind hacker to find that shit out.

Tuck away identifying factors that give away where you are staying

Okay, so you might not have told that extremely sexy guy at the bar which hotel you are staying at, but if your key card is peaking out of your wallet when you go to pay for your bill, you’ve already said enough. Keep that shit on lockdown just in case.

Zig-zag the fuck home

If you read about my last night in Florence, you will have already heard about my hilarious encounter with a 40-something-year-old pediatrician from Russia. He turned out to be a super jolly dude who was just trying to enjoy life as a newly single man, but I still made sure to take the most random route home back to my B&B in well-lit, populated areas and hug the sides of the wall looking both left and right like a shit-rate spy to make sure that I was not being followed before dashing into the building, up the elevator, and locking the door behind me. If you are in a situation in the evening where you have been out after dark and then remember that small tiny logistical detail of still needing to get your ass into your hotel room and are feeling just a bit nervous, walk a random way home (obviously not in dimly lit back streets). This should make it harder for anyone you were last with to follow you home. Or if you feel too nervous to go back to your dwellings, go to a well-lit area with lots of people (in giant touristy cities, there will ALWAYS be a lot of people around in well-lit touristy spots pretty late into the evening) and hang out there. From there, you can definitely call the cops if you really thinking something is amiss, because hey, better safe then dead, but oftentimes we just get really spooked and just need a hot second to chill, assess the situation, and then decide if calling 911 is necessary. You can also always take a cab home if you do not feel safe walking.

Know the number for the local police

Okay, so this one seems like a no brainer, but when I was in Florence, I realized that I wasn’t quite sure which number I should call should I really be in a hairy situation. (If any one is curious, it is the same as Germany and all of the EU, 112)

Have the address of where you are staying on you

Whenever I arrive at a B&B or hotel, I always make sure to take a business card with me and tuck it safely away in my purse. That way, in case my phone is dead and I forget the exact address of where I am staying, I can always look at the address on the business card and find my way home. If you are staying at an airbnb, make sure to write the address on a piece of paper and tuck it into your wallet.

Don’t be a tourist

Certain streets are better for pulling out the giant map that screams “Hey, look at me, I’m lost in a city where I don’t speak the language” than others. Plan your routes in your hotel or B&B before you head out for the day, and only pull out your map to double check in places where it is safe to do so. I personally feel like it’s okay to pull out a map in places with lots of other tourists equally as preoccupied with not wasting the entire trip being lost and walking in circles as long as you have a good grip on your belongings. I also don’t know if it’s just me, but I felt a bit safer carrying my phone in my hand. Not only did I know where it was at all times, by looking as if I was texting or about to make a call it allowed me to appear more “local” (at least according to my logic). *of course use your own discretion. If you are in an area notorious for theft or targeting tourists with expensive things, DON’T pull out that shiny new iphone.

Lock up

If you end up staying in a smaller B&B or airBnb, make sure the windows and doors of your residence are locked up. Hell, even if you are staying in a hotel, if you have a balcony, LOCK THAT SHIT UP. The best robbery is no robbery.

Let technology walk you home

So I came across this awesome advert in my facebook feed for an app called “Companion,” which allows someone to virtually walk you home. You simply ask a buddy if they don’t mind virtually walking you home, and when they agree, they will be able to track your movements and will alerted when you arrive safely at your destination. If, god forbid, you are pushed or drop your phone due to some scuffle, the app will then ask you if you are okay… or just clumsy. If you do not respond, they will alert your buddy. Unfortunately this app isn’t working for me in Germany so I am not sure if it is only open to the US, but alternatively you can call someone and stay on the line with them if you are walking home alone. Most phone plans have some kind of data plan for when you are out of the country, but be sure to look into this before traveling because the only thing worse than being kidnapped is paying a 200 dollar phone bill for a 5 minute phone call.

Do you have any other tips to add to the list? Be sure to leave them in the comments below.

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  • Traveling is what makes me happy! Great tips! I’ve flew on my own few times! :)

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Simona, and yes traveling makes me so happy as well :)

  • Heck yes. Some seriously wise advice. Dude, I will be using these tips even in my home town! Glad to hear you enjoy your wanderlust to it’s fullest but are super savvy still, and take care of yourself whilst out there on your adventures. Very important!


    • rae

      So glad that you found this post helpful, Gemma! And yes, these really are tips you can even employ in your hometown.

  • Wow these tips are so helpful!

    • rae

      Glad that you found them useful, Karen!

  • I’ve never thought about the social media one before, but that’s really true these days. Along with the hotel address idea, when I travel I like to keep enough money on my person (separated from the rest of my cash/valuables) for a cab ride back to the accommodation/the police station/the embassy even, just for a worst case scenario!

    • rae

      It really is. I only just realized how easily people could find out information about me, my life, and my wearabouts when I was on this last trip to Italy. We bloggers need to be aware of these things. And yes that is a really good idea to always keep enough money on you for a taxi cab ride home, should you need it!

  • Eleanor Humphries

    Great tips! I’d love to do the solo travel thing and these are really helpful x
    Eleanor Frances // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

    • rae

      Thanks Eleanor. Hope you can use these tips if you ever choose to travel solo!

  • Raydant

    Love this post, so helpful! I haven’t travelled solo so this is so helpful! x

    RAYDANT Blog

    • rae

      Thanks, so glad you found the tips useful!

  • This post is seriously so helpful! I just bookmarked it so I’ll be able to quickly find it again when I need it, because I’d love to travel solo someday. Thank you so much for sharing these tips!

    Hugs from Denmark x
    Mathilde |

    • rae

      So glad this was helpful for you, Mathilde! And thank you for bookmarking it. I really hope that you can use these tips one day when you are able to make a solo trip.

  • Sarah

    Great tips, I already heart about companion and it sounds perfect!

    Sarah x

    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed the post and yes, Companion is such a good idea.

  • There are really useful, I would also say wear a wedding ring in some countries even if you’re not married – I never tried but have been told it works well!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Suze! And wearing a wedding ring is also another great tip. Thanks for sharing it!

  • I have never traveled along but these tips sound amazing!

    • rae

      Hope that you get to experience solo-travel at least once in your life – it will teach you so much and is such a unique experience to have.

  • Caitriona Tighe

    Ohh wow great tips, so many great points I genuinely wouldn’t think off. The Companion thing is such a great idea x

    Caitriona | Blog

    • rae

      Thanks so much Caitriona! Glad to be able to introduce you to Companion as well!

  • these tips are pretty useful and important to remember. great post <3

    Hannie Arden,

    • rae

      Thanks so much Hannie! So glad you enjoyed the tips.

  • Ashlee

    Great tips, I go in NYC alone sometimes and you got it on how to travel!

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Ashlee! Glad you found these tips helpful.

  • idu

    Really great tips. I love ‘companion’ Have never heard of it but will tell my kids about it. Sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing this.

    • rae

      Thanks idu! So glad you found this post helpful and yes, Companion is also great for kids.

  • This is so important, I’ll be using this post as a reminder! Thanks for sharing!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

    • rae

      So glad that you found this post useful for you, Amber!

  • These are actually very great tips, and I didn’t know about the buddy app, glad I know now! xx

    • rae

      Thanks so much Elise! I am a pretty seasoned traveler, but relatively new to the solo-travel, but even the few trips I have made have taught me a lot.

  • I’m totally sending this series to my sister who is wanting to travel the world on her own these days!

    • rae

      Hey Monica, so glad you enjoyed this post and hope that your sister finds these tips helpful!

  • These are really great tips and definitely will be useful! I will keep 112 in mind :)

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Ela! So glad you found these tips useful for you!

  • sofia

    I am definitely going to be using these as it is my dream to travel the world (traveling is one of my favourite things ever) This post is so nice and relatable, thanks for sharing :)
    Xx Sofia

    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed this post, Sofia, and I really hope that you can put these tips to good use soon!

  • Good reminders for anyone anywhere! The phone app is so cool! Also great to know the number for the police and your hotel address with you. Great post Rae!

    • rae

      Thanks so much – glad that you enjoyed this post!

  • Dressed With Soul

    I think your post is very important and hopefully many women will read it. In my opinion especially women are often to careless in the context of their journeys and this can be more dangerous they assume. Your tips are very good and you asked if we want to add something: maybe it makes sense to wear shoes in which you can run and not the highest heels – only in the case of …
    Happy weekend!
    xx Rena

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Rena. I think that women have to take an extra level of percaution when we travel alone. Of course, these tips really should be used by anyone traveling alone or not, but there is this extra vulnerability that women have when traveling alone. It is so sad that it has to be that way. And yes that is not a bad tip. Or alternatively, if women are wearing heels, to just take them off and forget about the shoes if they are being chased.

  • Thank you so much! This is extremely helpful!
    I haven’t taken the plunge to travel alone yet, but this is always a great thing to know and be aware of.

    • rae

      Hey Elyse, so glad that you found these tips helpful! I hope that you eventually get to take a solo trip soon!

  • Thanks, this was helpful! Will keep this tips in mind x

    ♡ Vicky //

    • rae

      So glad that these tips were of use to you, Vicky!

  • Olivia Muller

    These are amazing tips Rae. I really want to go abroad and travel but am afraid to go alone. Love your blog girly!


    • rae

      Thanks, Olivia! I really hope that you are able to go abroad and travel alone eventually. Even if you might be scared, it is such an amazing experience that you should try it out for sure. And thank you so much, it makes me so happy to hear that you enjoy LFB!

  • Great tips as always, Rae! Companion sounds like a great app to use! An easy way to be safe in a different city. Oh, and yes, don’t be a tourist! I feel like it’s not just a safety measure, but acting as if you’re part of the city just makes the trip all the more meaningful. Experiencing the city rather than viewing it.

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Bash! And yes, Companion is really such an incredibly smart and helpful invention! And yes you are right – I always try to not walk around like a blatant tourist, and often prefer to just wander around and bump into local things rather than hit up all the tourist spots where you only ever end up being surrounded by other tourists. It really is the difference between experiencing the city rather than viewing it.

  • This are so useful, love your tips very entertaining and informative at the same time. Safety do comes first while travelling alone and making sure that you know what and where your going <3

    Capturing Life Memoirs |

    • rae

      So glad that you found these tips useful, Aimee! And glad you enjoyed the humor as well.

  • Mlle Coconath

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!


    Mademoiselle Coconath

    • rae

      No worries, so glad you enjoyed them!

  • awesome tips, I like the idea of calling a friend too, I feel even someone hearing you’re talking to someone else would serve as a good deterrent. Even though I do feel invincible and am way too trustworthy it’s always good to have some strategies to use just to cover yourself :)

    • rae

      Exactly. I always think that if there is a person in your vicinity who wants to do harm to you, they are less likely to do it if they hear you are on the phone because they would not want any witnesses. Then again, maybe they think you are more absent minded because you are on the phone you make an even better target. You never know but all you can do is try to be safe.

  • Great tips! Thank you for sharing :]

    • rae

      Really glad you found them helpful!

      • I am planning to go to the UK, but it’s always nicer to travel with someone. I think especially as a girl you are more vulnerable.
        I do look touristy because I carry my camera around, no maps though, but a camera. Can’t really hide it ^^”

  • These are so helpful! Thanks!

    • rae

      You’re welcome, Monika!

  • Vanessa
    • rae

      Freue mich, dass du die hilfreich gefunden hast!

  • Love your tips! I have to agree about saving the posting till after. I don’t think it’s a good idea to post images and tag your location. I mean, if you have some stalker you’re pretty much telling them “I’m here!” hahaha. I read another post with solo travel tips and they also mentioned telling little white lies, like that your traveling with your bf. Or wearing a ring on your wedding finger. I like that one too. I’d never even contemplated it before but surely will implement it.


    • rae

      Exactly. I don’t need to make it easier for my potential killer to find me. And yes, white lies are completely acceptable in these kinds of situations – another girl mentioned the wedding ring trick in the comment which I really like.

  • Jessica

    This is such a great and important topic!

    • rae

      Glad you found the post useful, Jessica! And yes it is a very important subject.

  • Great list! Totally true for living alone in a foreign country – especially knowing the busy routes with lots of people around late into the night!

    The only thing I would disagree with is the walking around with your phone out – maybe it was just my experiences in Paris, but people will straight up snatch your phone out of your hand and throw you to the ground or target you because you are distracted on your phone. To be fair Paris is particularly rough with some of its pick-pocketing and robbing and I don’t know about elsewhere, but that was my experience with Paris!

    • rae

      Very true – these tips could really be used in other situations as well. Yes, I think these all need to be taken with discretion. It really depends on where you are and what you are doing. In some situations I would also say, hide the phone, hide the camera.

      • Yea absolutely! It depends what neighbourhood you’re in too, time of day, etc.

  • These are such great tips…I totally agree with every single one of them! Staying safe is so important when traveling…you can never be too careful!

    • rae

      Really glad that you found these helpful!

    • rae

      So glad that you found these useful, Beckie!

  • Such an informative post! I just think that it’s rather unfortunate that the majority of these tips go for women and that having a pretend boyfriend may save your life..

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    • rae

      Thanks, Sarah! And yes, it is rather sexist, but if it helps save a life, I will tell everyone I have a boyfriend!

  • Hayley Ash

    I loved this post. The way you have written it is fantastic. The ‘I have a boyfriend’ line is a great one to get you out of all sorts of situations. I think a lot of the time people get so excited that they are somewhere new they don’t even think anything of posting their hotel all over social media. Great tips.


    • rae

      Thank you so much, Hayley, so glad you enjoyed this read. And yes, I have been guilty of being so excited to post photos from where I am staying in the past, but it is something people should be very careful of doing!

  • Such handy tips Rae! I haven’t traveled far from home alone yet, but just walking around in my own town by myself can be sketchy at times. I feel like it’s always important to be aware of your surroundings, & especially aware of how you look to those around you, as far as looking vulnerable.

    Sofia |

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Sofia! So glad that you found these tips useful! And yes, these tips could really be used at any time you feel uncomfortable or nervous.

  • My first solo trip was to Florence and I can’t remember how many times I had to tell guys about my imaginary boyfriend, ha ha! Even the receptionist at the B&B where I was staying was asking so much that the lie built up and my fake boyfriend actually became my fiancé, ha!
    They’re all great tips and I especially like the walking home app!

    Inma x

    • rae

      Oh wow, that is so funny that your fake boyfriend became your fiancè in the end but it is also really sad that men only take women seriously when they have a male figure in their life!

      • Totally agree – it is sad that they think just because you’re not with someone you will automatically be interested in them, but it’s nonetheless a good tip to discreetly stay away from unwanted attention.

  • Great tips Rae! I am so scared of traveling alone but find that it is such a great experience to grow and discover more about yourself. love the tips you gave. They make sense and can come pretty handy to does wanting to travel alone!

    • rae

      So glad you found these tips helpful. I think your first solo trip is always going to be a bit nerve-racking but afterwards you will be so happy you did it.

  • Really helpful tips! I laughed out loud at some “lock that shit up” and “zig zag the fuck home” LOL you are so wonderful! xxxxx

    • rae

      So glad that you found these tips helpful, and yeah, I tend to like to write a bit sarcastically!