1. Stay Connected:

Before you leave home, find out whether your mobile phone has roaming capabilities at your destination. If not, or if the roaming cost is prohibitive, rent a phone once you arrive so you have a lifeline.

2. Keep Others Apprised of Your Daily Itinerary:

Regularly let people know where you’re going — including friends and family back home and your innkeeper or hotel concierge. When traveling alone into parkland or wilderness, always let someone know when you expect to return as well as your exact route — and then stick to it.

3. Stash Money, Credit Cards and Passport in Separate Places:

Keep some money and credit cards in your wallet or purse, and additional money and cards in a pocket or money pouch. When sightseeing, carry only a copy of your passport’s data page, keeping your passport locked in your hotel safe.

4. Stay Healthy:

Is the water safe to drink? Are poisonous snakes or spiders a problem? Are mosquitoes a health issue? Does your dive operator have a stellar safety record? And don’t forget hand sanitizer.

5. Keep Your Wits About You:

Venturing into unknown territory is one of the thrills of travel, but don’t let yourself get so distracted by sights and sounds that you let your guard down. Of all the travel-alone safety tips, this is the most important: Don’t leave common sense at home