How to Stay Safe at Night:  13 Tips for Travelers

1. Before going out, make sure that where you're going is safe. It's helpful to have an opinion or two before you go.

2. Make sure that the taxi is licensed. Don't take pirate cabs. If you take public transit, sit near the bus driver or choose sharing cab with more people.

3. Leave a note in your room saying where you're going in the evening and take a card from your hotel or hostel and keep it in a pocket for identification.

4. I suggest leaving a purse or backpack behind. They can be targets for petty theft and just one more thing to worry about.

5. Have some money easily accessible but, just in case you lose your money, have some tucked away in a shoe, your bra, or wherever works for you.

6. When you go out and meet people remember that they are strangers. You don't really know them.

7. Along with staying in a public place, night safety for solo travelers also includes not accepting a lift from people you meet or sharing a taxi with them.

8. If you're in a pub or bar, befriend the server or bartender so that they'll come to your aid if someone starts hassling you.

9. Don't let someone distract you so that they can slip something into your drink. Be aware of it at all times.

10. Sometimes people assume that women are safer to connect with than men. This isn't really the case and should not be assumed.

11. If I get turned around, I'm careful about who I ask for directions. My first choice is to approach a family and then perhaps a couple.

12. If someone appears to need your help, find someone else to lend the help needed.

13. If you're being bothered by someone who just doesn't get the message that you don't want their attention, be rude and noisy.

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