Do you enjoy traveling, but can't seem to find a common schedule with friends and family?
Traveling alone has its perks. While the Philippines is a great place to travel, it's always best to be prepared and stay safe while you're on the road.
Fear not, Queens; we prepared a guide that could help you maximize your solo trips while still being safe.
Wear comfortable clothes and be confident
You're mistaken if you think we are telling you to cover up. Because we're not. When traveling, wear clothes that are comfortable for you and that you can move freely in. Whether it's short sleeves, a jacket, or anything, as long as you can move around and are comfortable in an unexpected situation, then go for it. However, remember to pick appropriate clothes for the occasion and journey; we can't have you wear only a swimsuit on a cold bus ride to a dry destination, now, can we?
Confidence is also critical when it comes to traveling. The more nervous and vulnerable you look, the more people might take advantage of you. So even if it's your first time at a place, don't act like it. At the same time, be sure to ask for help from the appropriate person when needed.
Always take 1-2 safety weapons with you
Whether it's pepper spray or a self-defense alarm, you should always bring one to two self-defense weapons appropriate for your journey. Most self-defense kits are small and can easily fit inside your bag, so no need to worry about space. Just make sure that it is in a place where you won't accidentally turn it on, while still accessible in case of an emergency. While we wish we lived in a better place where we don't need these, let's be safe now as we hope for a better future.
Be vigilant and plan ahead
Let's face it; scams are everywhere in the country. Be sure never to let your guard down, even if you're tired. Always check your surroundings, know the proper public transportation prices, and plan the route you are taking to a destination. If your gut tells you something's wrong, then something probably is. People who take advantage of others don't usually choose a particular time and date. They can strike any time.
Don't trust people too quickly
Yes, we may talk to strangers while traveling; some eventually make friends this way. However, not everyone can be trusted. You should not share everything about yourself with a stranger you randomly meet. Never tell them your travel details, especially the hotel you are staying at. Stalkers may also be lurking around the area and take note of your address.
Of course, if you feel comfortable talking to a stranger, based on your study of their body language and the way they talk, you may share a bit of information about yourself. However, never give out information such as where you live, work, contact details, and other details that can be used to endanger your safety.
Keep your basics and extra money in a secure place
Before even traveling, be sure that you have everything with you. From tickets, money, Identification cards, medicine that you need and may need, and more. Make sure those valuables are secure. Snatchers, pickpockets, and muggers have no face. They could be next to you, and you won't notice them.
It is also essential to bring extra money with you at all times. While traveling, you might encounter unexpected situations where you must pay extra or miscalculate the price. It is recommended that your extra money be in cash, especially in the Philippines, where cash is still widely used for transportation.
Keep in touch with your family and friends while traveling
Yes, you might want to have your own 'me time,' but please update your family and friends at every stop from point A to point B or every public transportation you get on, especially when traveling alone. You are your parent's precious child and someone's close friend. So please, a little update won't hurt your solo travel.
Take note of emergency hotlines
When traveling in an unfamiliar place, make sure you have know at least one emergency hotline. The most common hotline is the National Emergency Telephone, 911, but in case you need other numbers, we got you!
Here is the list of hotline numbers you might need in case of an emergency.
National Emergency Telephone No.: 911
Red Cross: 143
- Direct line: (02) 8426-0246 or (02) 8426-0219
- Twitter: @philredcross
Philippine National Police (PNP): 117 or 722-0650
- Text hotline: 0917-847-5757
- Twitter: @pnppio
MMDA Hotline: 136
- Road Safety Hotline: 319
- Public Safety Hotline: 374
- Road Emergency Hotline: 320
- Twitter: @MMDA
Department of Transportation:1342
- Land Transportation Office Text Hotline: Text LTOHELP to 2600
- DOTr Public Assistance Center: 7890
Remember, the best way to travel is to travel safely!