Image credit: http://www.bankerinthesun.com/2014/03/solo-travel-safety-tips/Solo trips can be exciting and great learning experiences.Women around the world have been turning to solo-trips in greater numbers.For many, it is synonymous with freedom andself-introspection. Solitary journeys, however,are demanding and come with risks. Theft, harassment, and assault are the biggest concerns when you are a solo woman traveller. In addition, solo-trips can be stressful and make you feel lonely on many occasions. By practicing some common sense and staying alert and confident, you can safeguard yourself and enjoy a stress-free solo-trip. Here are 8 important safety tips for solo women travellers. Follow them religiously and soon you will feel that nothing can stop you from travelling across the globe on your own. 1. Do Plenty of Research Sometimes knowing the destination prior to your arrival is the simplest and most effective way of staying safe. The Internet is a great way to preview the destination of your trip.Check out the potential risks associated with travelling solo in the destination of your choice, learn of the local laws, and get an idea of their customs. Do not frame your opinion based on the official tourism websites alone. These websites have an objective to attract tourists and thus give out a rosy picture of the destination. Go through online travel forums and travel blogs to get the low-down. They are the best places to learn of the local culture and have your concerns answered in an unprejudiced manner. 2. Book Your Accommodation Carefully Accommodation is an important aspect of travelling, especially when you are a woman travelling alone. Prefer classy hotels located in the middle of the city to cheap lounges and hostels. Before booking a hotel room, ask for important things like road facing windows with curtains, landline phone, Internet access, and hygienic dinning facility. Also, prefer a room with an attached toilet, to avoid trips to a remote toilet during the night. Avoid rooms on the ground floor as they are more susceptible to nuisance and muggings. 3. Dress Conservatively The rules for dressing vary from country to country. In certain countries, the most restrictive rules apply to women’s dressing. To prevent yourself from harassment, molestation, and even arrest, learn about how to dress in the city you are visiting. Certain countries have dress codes for places of worship and even beaches. Respect them and dress accordingly. The best idea is to wear something conservative. Opt for local dresses to blend in with the crowd and avoid looking like a tourist. 4. Don’t Appear Vulnerable While there is nothing wrong in sticking out as a tourist, and if there is then that’s the place to be avoided, don’t appear lost and clueless (even if you are). Keep a confident air about you and carry directions, maps, relevant mobile apps, and emergency numbers in all situations. In case you find yourself in a risky situation, like if someone is following you, attach yourself to a group. Sit near them and start a conversation. This will dispel the idea that you are alone. While riding a taxi, pretend to call someone and talk effectively. You can mention the taxi number and the estimated time of arrival. This way the driver will assume that you are not alone and someone is waiting for you at the destination. 5. Maintain a Low Profile The key to successful solo travelling is to maintain a low profile. Loud makeup, flashy clothes, posing for a camera on a crowded street, or frequently taking out your smartphone to check directions and time might draw the wrong kind of attention to you. You should avoid getting involved in fights and arguments with local people. Also, avoid staying out late during night as walking down the deserted streets, boarding empty trains, and hiring taxicabs is potentially risky after dark. 6. Don't Be Over-friendly Solo travelling is a great way to do things on your own terms. However, at times it can make you feel lonely. During such occasions, you may get tempted to socialize. Do it wisely. Stay away from people that seem too curious about you. If that is not possible, don’t give out much. Create boundaries and never be over-friendly. Be cautious about your facial expressions, your voice, and your body language as it may draw unwanted attention to you. A good way to socialize is to join a group of like-minded travellers. 7. Be Alert in Public Transport Stay alert when commuting;public transport is not safe in all countries. Buses, trains, and taxis pose threats to travellers, especially to women travelling single. That is why you should always note down the registration number of the vehicle you board. In case, you fall victim to an assault or robbery, this will help police track-down the perpetrators. Keep money in hidden pockets and avoid peak hours and crowded vehicles.Never doze off in a public transport vehicle or accept food, drinks, sweets, or chocolates from anyone. 8. Stay Connected Stay connected to your loved ones over the Internet and make sure your phone is always in working condition. Update them about your whereabouts and upcoming activities. Also reveal your plans for the day to fellow travellers whom you trust, so that they can reach you in case of a crisis. Following these safety tips and opting for travel packages from reputed travel companies can make your solitary journeys safe as well as memorable.