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Sisterhood Unleashed: 7 Game-Changing Safety Tips for Fearless Solo Sistah Travelers

Sisterhood Unleashed: 7 Game-Changing Safety Tips for Fearless Solo Sistah Travelers

Sistahs @ Sistah Safety

Welcome Sistahs!

I have traveled many places, and the truth is... I have come across a few tried and true safety tips that I would recommend to anyone before embarking on your travel adventures. Now, we've all heard the typical safety advice like "don't walk alone at night" or "keep your belongings secure," but I'm here to share with you some lesser-known tips that might just leave you thinking, "Oh, OKAY!" So grab a cup of coffee, sistahs, and let's get right to it!

  1. Blend in with the locals: One way to stay safe while traveling solo is to try and blend in with the local culture as much as possible. Pay attention to how locals dress and behave, and try to emulate their style. I hate packing large suitcases so this works perfectfly for me.  I'd rather shop for local clothes when I get there and if it's something really nice like a shawl, I'll ship it back to myself rather than adding it back to my stash. If the women wear hats or any kind of head covering, I embrace this fully. This helps me avoid standing out as a tourist and potentially becoming a target for pickpockets or scammers. 

  2. Carry a decoy wallet: I've never had to use this trick but it's a nice one to outsmart any potential thieves. My decoy wallet has a small amount of cash and fake cards. I've read advice that suggested I use expired cards but I don't really like that because I don't want anyone to have anything with my real name on it.  That's why I got mine off of Amazon. I have enough cash to buy small things so I'll use my decoy wallet for small purchases on the street. If someone attempts to either snatch my wallet or threaten me to get it, my plan is to hand over the decoy with joy and happiness. If it ever happens, it will be the nicest transaction they've ever had because I know my real wallet is safely hidden.

  3. Create a "fake" online presence: We all have too many accounts already so yeah, this is annoying.  The thing is, we want to join groups and ask questions, connect with other travelers.  Unfortunately, there are other fake profiles and predators in these groups. That means in this digital age, it's essential to protect your online privacy, especially when you're traveling alone. Consider creating a separate email address and social media accounts specifically for your travel adventures. Use a pseudonym and avoid sharing too many personal details that could potentially compromise your safety - even when talking in DM's.  My basic rule when traveling solo is, Don't Trust, Always Verify

  4. Learn basic self-defense techniques: While we hope it never comes to that, it's always wise to be prepared. Take some time to learn basic self-defense techniques, such as how to break free from a grip or strike with force. Many cities offer self-defense classes specifically designed for women, so take advantage of those opportunities.  This is actually a great way to meet other women as well and if you are in a country that speaks a language you are unfamiliar with, this is an excellent opportunity for language immersion. Nothing wrong with a cute self defense safety keychain to go along with that.   

  5. Trust your instincts: Your gut is a powerful tool, so listen to it! If a situation or person feels off, trust your gut instinct and remove yourself from that situation. As sistahs, we often downplay our intuition, but it's crucial to prioritize your safety and well-being above all else. Don't worry about seeming weird or crazy, as a tourist you're allowed, just blame the customs of your home country if someone asks you for something or do something that feels "off."

  6. Establish a check-in system: Inform a trusted friend or family member about your travel plans and establish a regular check-in system. Whether it's a daily text message or a quick phone call, having someone who knows your whereabouts can provide an extra layer of security and peace of mind. I can't say enough about this, it's not just for your personal safety but also for any medical emergencies, having someone who will call around to hospitals and find you is really important for the unexpected medical emergencies.

  7. Embrace the power of the "bitch face": Yup, you read that right! Sometimes, projecting an assertive (dare I say even aggressive?) and confident demeanor can be a deterrent to unwanted attention. Walk with purpose, make eye contact, and maintain a strong posture. It's amazing how a little bit of the "bitch face" can help keep unwanted advances at bay.

Remember, sistahs, these tips are meant to empower you and enhance your safety while enjoying traveling solo. While we can't control every situation, taking proactive measures and trusting your instincts can go a long way in ensuring a smooth and secure journey. 

Remember, the world is waiting for you, and Sistah Safety is your trusted companion.

Safe Travels, Sistahs.

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