If you’re a regular reader (thank you!) you know how much I love to travel. If I could afford to leave right now there’d be a Rosie shaped hole in the wall and I’d be lounging on a beach somewhere in Greece or sipping on a cocktail in Vegas!
Unfortunately travelling as a woman can be a little dangerous at times (especially when you’re travelling alone) and my biggest concern is always my safety. It sucks that we have to worry about it but alas that’s the cruel truth about the world we live in. Of course there are certain countries/cities/areas that are safer than others but it’s always a good idea to be vigilant, even in your own city.
That’s why when the fab people over at Watch Over Me, a personal safety app with about 200,000+ users, reached out to me I was very excited! Watch Over Me was co-founded by Xin-Ci Chin, not too long after she narrowly escaped a kidnapping attempt and it’s an app that helps to alleviate some of the safety issues we can encounter.
Aside from email notifications, the free version also allows you to have access to push-notifications, as long as your emergency contact has the app installed onto his/her phone. The paid subscription, which costs US$4.99, offers you a year of unlimited SMS alerts.
Watch Over Me have generously donated five premium subscriptions for me to give away to A Red Lip And A Nude Shoe readers. MY FIRST GIVE AWAY, YAY! All you have to do is enter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway. Be quick, the competition ends on the 19th April, so you gotta be in it to win it!
I’m no expert but like I mentioned I do love to travel, so here are my top three tips for staying safe while travelling (and keep in mind this could be in your own city too);
- Be fabulous but don’t be flashy! Don’t go pulling out your fancy big camera with hands that are encrusted with big fat diamond rings, you’re just asking for trouble.
- Make a copy of your schedule; I pride myself on being super organised, nothing spells fun like popping your schedule into an excel spreadsheet! I will make copies of all my flights, hotel reservations and any other tickets and give them to someone at home along with a copy of my schedule so they know where I am at any given time in case of an emergency. This also includes copies of my passport and any visas and credit cards.
- Go with your gut; if it feels wrong don’t do it. That stranger that’s offering you a too go to be true personal tour of the city is going to rob you blind! #SorryNotSorry I’m not saying don’t trust anyone, but basically don’t trust anyone!
What are your favourite safety tips to use while travelling while you’re home or away?