So you’ve booked your trip and you’re ready for a well-deserved getaway on your own. And why not? Traveling alone can be a very empowering and exciting adventure — here are five great reasons why every woman should travel solo.
But as Mom always said, safety first. To that end, third-degree black belt and all-around badass Kelly Campbell is sharing her top tips for keeping women safe while traveling. The Director of Instructor Development for Krav Maga Worldwide, Kelly has trained thousands of men and women over the past 20 years and has also created a successful women’s-only program for Krav Maga Worldwide.
Here are Kelly’s top tips for playing it safe while still having fun to ensure your next dream vacation doesn’t become a nightmare.
Brush Up On the Basics.
It’s important to follow basic safety tips while traveling. Always do in-depth research of the area that you are visiting including the hotel and companies that offer activities. Keep your valuables at home or locked in the hotel’s safe and dress casually and comfortably to avoid drawing the unwanted attention of pickpockets and thieves.
Keep Your Guard Up.
It’s easy to get distracted by the beautiful scenery and places you are visiting, but it is important to stay aware of your surroundings and trust your intuition if something feels off. If you’re not paying attention, you may not notice the person following you or sliding their hand into your purse.
Exude the Right Body Language.
Confident body language signals that you’re a tough target and can deter an attack before it begins. Hold a posture with your back straight and chin up. Keep a balanced stance and walk with a sense of destination. Make eye contact to show that you’re aware of who/what is around you. And keep your hands out of your pockets.
Use Assertive Verbal Skills.
This reinforces confident body language and strength, and draws attention from bystanders. It can be accomplished by using short, clear, declarative statements. Volume can range from speaking firmly and clearly to yelling, depending on the situation.
Physical Training is Ideal.
Practicing how to fend off an attacker will help you feel empowered, strong and confident. The more often you can train, the better. Training will not only give you the physical skills necessary to defend attacks but also increase the effectiveness of your body language and verbal skills.
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