Whether stealing a moment between meetings or taking advantage of a few bleisure days at the end of your work trip, business travel often equals solo travel. And if you have ever found yourself nervously wandering around a new destination alone, the good news is that smart technology is making solo travel safer. Here’s how:
Language barriers are a thing of the past
Download a translation app to communicate the basics when you get stuck – or to get your point across to anyone in an emergency. Some apps will even allow you to speak in English, then playback a translated phrase.
No more confusing public transport mishaps
Thanks to mobile apps, you’ll never got lost again. Most cities have apps that help you navigate the ins and outs of the public transport system.
Put personal security on your keyring
As a solo traveller, you can easily fall prey to unscrupulous individuals looking to take advantage of the fact that you’re on your own – especially if your attention is focussed on a tourist attraction instead of your immediate surroundings. Consider carrying a compact, high-tech alarm with you to alert people nearby if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
While travelling with new technology makes things easier and safer, all the tech in the world is useless without battery power! Carry a power bank to charge your phone on the go. For an extra-secure power boost, try a solar power bank.
Avoid the tourist traps (and the pickpockets)
With world-class suggestions at your fingertips, you’ll know where to find off-the-beaten-path activities, restaurants, and local hangouts. You can also decide whether a nearby attraction is worth your time or if it’s an overpriced tourist trap (which is typically a hotspot for pickpockets and muggers).
Going solo? Chat to Thompsons Travel for more safety tips, tricks and travel hacks. Contact us today.