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Simple strategies for staying safe while backpacking solo [VIDEO]


So you’ve decided to backpack through a foreign country by yourself. Congrats – you’re in for the adventure of a lifetime.

You can’t just set off into unknown territory without street smarts, though. Before you head off on your trip, take these tips into account to make sure you have a safe journey.

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself is to simply research your surroundings, and make sure you stay in well-lit areas of town. Forbes recommended wedging a rubber doorstop inside the room you’re sleeping in at night, and carrying a safety whistle just in case.

You’ll have endless opportunities to forge friendships with new people while traveling alone, and there’s no reason to be wary of strangers altogether. Still, you should still be careful about what information you reveal, and vague about where you’re staying.

And while you’re socializing – it’s OK to have a drink or two, but always keep an eye on your drink.

If you’re thinking about planning a trip this November, stay tuned for some tips on the best spots to spend Thanksgiving!