One of the top places people go travelling is around America. There’s so much to see and do that it’s not surprising billions of people travel there every year. However, you need to be careful if you are travelling on your own as people may take advantage. Here’re some tips you need to see to keep you safe when you are visiting the USA.
Be wary of people offering you tickets/travel
One tip we can give you is to be wary about people offering you tickets or travel when you are in America. You could easily end up getting ripped off if you do buy a ticket of them and it’s fake. Stick to buying tickets from vendors or online to make sure you are getting the real deal. And if they offer to take you somewhere for cheap, decline their offer confidently and find a real taxi firm who will get you to your next destination. If they keep bothering you, speak to an officer. As this article says, keep a map and a guidebook with you in your bag and walk around like you know where you are going. They are less likely to stop and bother you as they will think you are a local.
Keep your money safely with you
Another tip you need for solo travel in the US is to keep your money safely with you in a bag. When you have opened your bag to take your purse or phone out, make sure you shut it after so that nobody can steal from you. You might want to get a bum bag which you can put around your waist so it’s harder for them to take the money. Always have a good amount with you just in case you get lost and need to get a cab down to take you back to your accommodation. But leave money in your room, so that if you did get your bag stolen, you are not completely out of dollars for your trip
Don’t leave belongings on display in your room
You should also make sure you don’t leave any of your belongings on display in your room when you travel. Leaving an iPad or an iPhone out on your bed is always tempting someone to steal them. You should ask if they have a safe at your accommodation so you can put them in there. Keep all vital documents such as your US ESTA travel Authorisation, and your passport, also in a safe so they are not at risk of being stolen.
Team up with other travellers
Another tip for solo travel when visiting the USA is to team up with other travellers. You can look online on verified sites to see who else is travelling in the area you can join up with. If you stay in a hostel, you are likely to meet other people who you could hang around with as well. You could also ask your friends and family if they know anyone in the USA you could visit.
You may also want to consider renting a car so you can travel safely around without facing the dangers of public transportation.