Embarking on a working holiday visa trip is an exciting adventure. With the thrill of a new culture, new people, and unique memories ahead of you, it’s understandable that you may be feeling over the moon, and you should be! However, if you are taking this trip alone, there are a few things that you’ll want to be cautious of.
Whether you’re taking a working holiday visa in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any other country, as a solo traveler, you have a few extra pieces in your puzzle. You’ll want to be aware of your surroundings, cautious of the way you travel, ensure your finances are set at all times, and wary of who you talk to, but why?
Be aware of your surroundings
As a solo traveler, it’s critical that you are overly aware of your surrounding at all times. Whether you are a man or a woman, you need to be a little more aware of your location than travelers in a pair or a group. When you travel alone, you are more vulnerable to being targeted (not to scare you!), but by ensuring you know where you are, where you’re going, and that you have back up options available to you, you’re sure to feel safe and secure.
Always have your phone charged…
And have a backup charger charged and with you wherever you go. Solo travelers can’t depend on anyone else to assist them. It’s crucial to have your phone fully charged before you venture off. For added protection, carry your phone charger with you as well as a charged portable charger in case you cannot get to an outlet whrever you are!
Be cautious of how you travel
Similar to being aware of your surroundings, being a solo traveler makes you more vulnerable. You’ll want to travel in ways that allow you to be surrounded by people such as on public transit, walking, or biking. Whereas taking a taxi or another ride service is perfectly safe, always check to be sure you are getting into the correct vehicle and that the person driving is safe.
Be cautious of where you travel
When considering a working holiday visa in Canada or any other country, you need to ensure you are doing proper research on the areas you want to visit and explore. Some areas are safer than others and some even require (or at least prefer) that you have a partner with you.
Check your finances
Always be sure that you have enough money in the bank and on you on at all times. You never know when you’re going to find yourself in a situation where you need cash fast. Try to keep money in your wallet, pocket, or purse anytime you leave your home. It doesn’t have to be a lot, consider it an emergency fund!
Make friends with the right people
Trust your gut! It knows when someone is emitting bad vibes. Try not to leave with anyone, especially if you have been consuming alcoholic beverages. You’re first priority is safety!