If a solo visit to the orient is on your mind, keep in mind these travel tips to stay safe abroad:
Be in the know
Nearly half of the countries in Asia are dangerous to visit, according to SmarTraveller. This means they require a high degree of caution, and there are a few countries where travel is not recommended at all. Stay on top of the travel warnings for the country you plan to visit, as it affects your safety and it may affect your travel insurance benefits.
Know the necessities
When travelling alone, a language barrier or unfamiliar terrain can turn from being inconvenient to being dangerous. If this is your first time visiting an Asian country, your first time travelling alone, or both, know what you need to stay sane. Talk to other people who have visited before and assess what you will need to feel safe. Is it important to be around people that can speak English? If so, stick with big cities rather than small villages. Do you need Wi-Fi to stay connected? Splurge for a travel SIM card (or get a free travel SIM card with your youGo travel insurance policy*). Think of the worst-case scenario and prepare from there.
Of course, it never hurts to learn a few words before you go, as well.
Prepare for emergencies
Know how to contact the local embassy, the local police, and the hospital. Have copies of your visa and passport information, and share them with someone at home. Do the same with your travel insurance documents.
If you have life-threatening medical conditions, write instructions to health care providers in English and the local language. In addition, write down facts about yourself in English and the local language.
Learn a few key phrases before you go and learn about the city beforehand. Know which parts are safe for tourists and plan your routes before you find yourself in harm’s way.
If you’re not used to being alone, a solo trip can be jarring. Try doing a few things each day to give yourself a taste of what it would be like to be alone for a while. Eat lunch alone or take a solo weekend trip. Making friends while travelling solo isn’t as hard as it looks, but it’s nice to know you can survive if you don’t.
Interested in travelling to Asia? See our guides to different Asian tourist destinations:
- Overview of China
- Overview of Hong Kong
- Overview of Japan
- Overview of Malaysia
- Overview of Singapore
- Overview of Indonesia
- Overview of Thailand
- Overview of Vietnam
- Overview of the Philippines
- Overview of India
- Overview of Sri Lanka
*youGo Global SIM cards are free with the purchase of travel insurance. Exclusions apply. Traveller must purchase an international travel insurance policy from youGo with minimum trip duration of at least 7 days and must purchase the policy at least seven days prior to departure.