Travelling alone opens you up to new experiences and enables you to see some of the wonderful places the planet has to offer. When you travel, you absorb different cultures, see new sights, and create everlasting memories.
Travelling alone can be daunting, but it also presents an incredible opportunity to see the world and enjoy unforgettable adventures. Here are some tips to help you avoid travel accidents if you’re travelling alone this year.
Staying safe on holiday when travelling alone
If you’re travelling alone, you may be feeling slightly apprehensive. It takes guts to go solo, especially in areas where tourist resorts aren’t commonplace. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of holiday accidents:
- Try to avoid carrying large sums of cash on you
- Book accommodation in advance
- Don’t leave valuables lying around your lodgings, and secure them safely when you’re walking around
- Use a padlock if you’re carrying a backpack
- Wear a money belt
- Try to avoid walking alone or travelling by public transport on your own at night, especially in large cities
- Keep your phone charged
- Be wary of tourist scams
- Give family and friends back home details of your itinerary and keep in touch
- Always make sure you have travel insurance before you travel
- Take extra care of your possessions in areas known for pick pocketing
What to do if you encounter problems when travelling
If you encounter problems when travelling alone, seek advice or help. If you’ve been mugged, for example, report the incident to the police and contact your insurance provider. If you’ve sustained injuries in an accident overseas, seek medical assistance.
In the case that you have to pay for treatment, you should be able to claim on your insurance. If you need help and you’re travelling alone, you could also contact the British Consulate in the country you’re visiting. This would be beneficial if you’ve had your passport stolen, for example.
If you’re thinking of claiming compensation for an accident abroad, contact Accident Advice Helpline. We have an expert team of personal injury lawyers on hand to guide you through the claims process and hopefully, secure your no-win, no-fee* travel accident compensation payout.
Have you sustained holiday injuries through no fault of your own? Take our 30-second eligibility test online, or call our freephone lines on 0800 689 0500 from a landline. or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice