Learn emergency phrases in the local language
Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock While you may have already mastered basic words like “hello,” “goodbye,” and “thank you,” learning terms and phrases that could help you communicate with locals in the event of an emergency is also essential. “Whether you need directions to the nearest hospital, or need help calling the police, knowing some key phrases will expedite your ability to get yourself help,” says Kiersten Rich, aka The Blonde Abroad. Here’s a list of emergency phrases to get you started.
Don’t be afraid to lie
Getting to know locals along your journey can be rewarding, but if questions are making you uncomfortable, it’s OK to bend the truth for the sake of your safety. “I often get asked questions about whether I’m single or married, where am I staying, am I traveling by myself, etc.,” says Cailin O’Neil, blogger at Travel Yourself. While you could be talking to someone who’s genuinely interested in your life, they may be looking for information that can be used against you. “Just because someone appears to be nice, it doesn’t mean they always have the best intentions.” Telling a white lie (like you’re traveling with family or are about to meet up with friends) could save you from harm. Find out the top destinations for solo travelers.