Black women make up the bulk of black travelers, and traveling solo is something Black women have wholeheartedly embraced! However, even though Black women are living their best lives–creating new businesses, graduating with multiple degrees and traveling the world. 43% of Black women still say safety is the most important factor when booking a trip.
Yes, we are aware that we are not really Superwoman; and with the recent change in the climate we are more aware now than ever. So here are a few safety tips to follow while traveling solo:
Let Someone at Home Know Your Plans
This is extremely important when traveling solo, but it’s still a good idea no matter how many people are in your travel group. Leave someone with the details, and contact information of where you’ll be staying. Also, if you are going to any pre-planned events, it would be good to let them know details about them.
Alert Your Bank and Credit Card Company of Your Travel Plans
This is a great habit to get into if you don’t want your credit card company or bank to put a hold on your card while you are overseas–and considering many banks are on high alert when your card is used outside of your residing state while traveling domestically.
Separate Your Sources of Money & Personal Items
Don’t keep all of your cash and cards in one spot. I usually hide some cash and a backup credit/bank card in a separate bag — not the same bag as my wallet.
Make Photocopies of Important Documents
Once upon a time I was very good about keeping a copy of my passport in a separate bag from my actual passport. Then I got lazy. Recently, a friend of mine lost her passport. She was told that if she had brought a copy of it and extra passport photos, they would have let her travel. Since she didn’t, she was forced to forfeit a $1,200 flight. I now ALWAYS carry a copy with me.
Beware of Free Public WIFI
Always try to avoid logging into bank accounts or entering any passwords while using free public WIFI at a place like an airport. Also, if staying at places where there is easy access to wi-fi routers and are able to be hacked.