When it comes to traveling, solo travel can actually be quite a lot of fun and empowering, especially for women. While we do have to admit that it can be a bit challenging but that should never be used as an excuse to chicken out the last minute. Solo travel comes with its own set of merits and demerits, it can be a bit intimidating, especially if it’s your first time but overcoming all those challenges that you may encounter during your visit make the entire experience more enriching and valuable.
Visiting a foreign country for the first time solo can feel a mix of both exciting and intimidating and as long as you’re doing things the right way, there’s no way that you will have to encounter any unpleasant situation on your trip. If it’s your first visiting Mexico, which is a spectacular destination, then you may find these tips to be of little help. While Mexico is considered to be a safe place to visit, taking care of a few things would always come handy and ensure your safety on foreign land.
We have jotted down a list of a few tips that will make your solo trip to Mexico worthwhile and hassle-free.
Be wary of your surroundings
No matter the place, you always ought to be very cautious of your surroundings. Tourists are easy prey for pickpockets and other kinds of thefts, therefore, you should always keep your eyes and ears wide open. You should also avoid wearing any expensive jewelry or other items outside while exploring the city as it can draw some unwanted attention. And if you still plan on carrying those items then make sure to keep them close to your body or under your clothes. Also, you can choose to keep your money in different places just to be extra cautious.
Mexicans are a bit conservative when it comes to dressing, therefore, you should avoid wearing revealing or skimpy clothes to not draw any unnecessary attention or prying eyes. You don’t have to necessarily dress like locals, clothing articles that provide enough amount of coverage would suffice. You can choose to wear shorts and tanks in coastal areas.
Do your research extensively
Being a woman, you will have to be a little more careful with certain things including gathering information about the hotel or BnB you are staying at and the neighboring towns. In addition to that, try to look for accommodation in the safest part of the town where you can roam safely both day and night. The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll seem and this will make you a difficult target for anyone on foreign land. Also, do detailed research on all the places you’re planning to visit on your trip, some might not be as good as they look in the guidebook and can actually be a little dangerous for tourists.
Learn a few Spanish phrases
One of the easiest ways to make yourself feel more comfortable and at ease in Mexico is by learning a few Spanish phrases. This will make you more confident about your stay in Mexico and would also help you in the long run. Learning a few phrases would also help in certain situations especially when you’re asking for directions or being harassed and need some help.
Buenos Dias- Good morning
Gracias- Thank you
Por favor- Please
Be confident and keep your wits about you
Nothing should be more important to you than your own safety and when it comes to having drinks in Mexico, it would be recommended to curb the consumption to keep yourself in senses so that nobody can take undue advantage of the situation. When you’re traveling alone, you should always keep your wits about you. Apart from that, being a confident traveler also helps a lot as it doesn’t make you an easy target in the eyes of the predators. Use confident body language all the time and always act like you know everything, even if you don’t.