7 Ways for Women to Stay Safe While Traveling

Guest post by Jeff (blogger, Cabulous.com )

Undoubtedly traveling alone is empowering and makes you confident but sometimes solo traveling can cause you a very big trouble. Therefore, everyone should take precautionary measures in order to safeguard themselves from all sorts of problems and troubles. When a woman is traveling alone then it is mandatory for her to take some extra precautionary measures in order to be safe throughout the journey. Nowadays it is seen that many women are traveling alone either for business purposes or to spend some quality time alone. Some of the safe traveling tips are as follows.

Give Details to your Family Member:

Before leaving home you should give proper details about your destination. At least one person in your family should know where you are going and where you are going to stay. This will help you and your family in case something goes wrong.

Safety Mechanism:

While traveling solo as a woman you should have every safety precaution. The safety mechanisms like cat key chains and pepper sprays should be present in your hand-carry. This will make you feel safe and protective because you know that if something goes wrong or someone tries to harass you then you can use these safety products to protect yourself.

Selfie Stick:

If you don’t want to hand over your phone or camera to someone else for capturing your pictures then you should carry selfie stick with you. It will benefit you in many ways. You will be able to take your pictures by yourself without handing over your camera or phone to a stranger. You can also use as a safety tool which will benefit you in self-defense.

Never Appear Alone:

Even if you are traveling alone you don’t have to tell anyone that you are traveling solo. When you tell strangers that you are traveling with a bunch of people they will think hundred times before harming or hurting you. And when you tell them that you are alone on your journey then they will harm you without any fear. Therefore, you should not identify anyone that you are traveling solo.

Carry Torch:

No matter where you are going you should have a torch in your handbag. Sometimes people got stuck in dark places and they don’t have a thing which can provide light to them. Therefore, you should have a torch or light bar and the best 44 LED Light Bars are perfect to provide you very bright light.

Keep Money at Different Places:

Most tourists get robbed and mugged. In order to be on the safe side, you should not keep all your money in one place. Keep some amount of your money in your handbag and keep some in your pockets. This will help you even if you get robbed.

Dress Normally:

If you will dress in an extraordinary and outstanding manner then everyone in the surroundings will stare you and some will even try to mug you. So it is better to dress like local people. This will prevent you from getting robbed as well as prevent you from unwanted attention.

Author Bio:

jeff

Jeff lives in New York with his wife and 2 kids. He is obsessed with LED light bars ever since they came out and over the last couple of years he has been testing and reviewing LED light bars. He regularly blogs at Cabulous.com

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Hidden gems on the French-Spanish border: Make Portbou (Spain) more than just a pit stop!

While booking my train tickets from Narbonne to Girona, I knew I’d have to change trains in Portbou, so I asked myself; should I stick around for a couple of hours and see what Portbou is all about, or should I just leave it and take the very next train to Girona?

Before writing this post I also wondered if anyone would be even remotely interested in reading about this place as it’s such a small, unknown town and doesn’t have any famous tourist attractions and one might ask why you should choose Portbou over other, better known towns in the Costa Brava region.

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And maybe that’s exactly why you should go to Portbou. Without the pressure of a tight schedule filled with stuff you need to get done within a set amount of time, and without having to rush from one tourist attraction to another, you’ll have more time to relax and unwind. And to appreciate a place for what it really is.

Portbou is a small, beautiful Catalan town perfect for those lazy days on a quiet beach or an adventurous mountain hike in the Pyrenees. As the town is conveniently located on the border to France, the locals are used to tourists passing through while on their way to Girona, Barcelona or to French cities like Perpignan and Narbonne. You’ll hear Spanish, Catalan and French in every bar and restaurant. I am absolutely certain you’ll get by just fine with English too!

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While strolling along the streets of Portbou, I stumbled upon some pretty cool street art dedicated to the environment, peace and love. Empty plastic bottles were used as wall decor alongside the street art.

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I also noticed a couple of cute boutiques that caught my interest, as I was wandering around, observing, photographing, enjoying my own company – as you do, when you’re a solo traveler!

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So what are the top 3 things to do in this charming little town?

  1. Go to the beach. Even during the summer months when most people go on vacation, the beach in Portbou never gets overcrowded. Bare in mind, it’s a pebbled beach, so you might wanna wear your flip flops!
  2. Hike the Walter Benjamin Trail. Walter Benjamin was a German philosopher and literary critic who in 1940 committed suicide in Portbou, rather than being captured by the Gestapo. The hiking train will take you to his memorial; a piece of art created by Israeli artist Dani Karavan. Following the hiking trail, you’ll get a spectacular view of the turquoise blue sea and the mountain ranges. For more information, click here.
  3. Eat all that tapas. Because, when in Spain, you simply just can’t allow yourself to miss out on some tasty tapas (nor wine, for that matter). Riky is a restaurant known for their authentic, non-touristic tapas and Gastro Bar Passa la Veu serves modern, creative tapas. For the best view, check out Xiriguito Campaner Guinguita.

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Want to spend a night in Portbou?

It’s a small town, so options will obviously be limited. Hotel Comodoro and Hostal Juventus are both conveniently located close to the beach and most of the restaurants, and they both have mostly just positive online reviews.

Besides all the reasons mentioned above, I just wanna let you all know that Catalonia is always a brilliant idea. And Portbou might just be perfect for that quiet little weekend getaway you so desperately need (because, who doesn’t?)

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