Women travellers .. a little help info...

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Women travellers .. a little help info...

Post by GD on Tue 17 May 2011, 7:32 pm

Travelling alone or with a couple of female friends can be a great experience. Unfortunately women travellers can be targeted by criminals. Know how to avoid trouble.
When you’re out and about
think about how your clothing will fit in with local customs – what are local women wearing?
don’t wear expensive jewellery
wear a wedding ring (even if you don’t normally) to help avoid harassment
be wary of new ‘friends’, even if they are fellow holidaymakers
don’t tell strangers where you are staying or give out too many details about your travel plans
if you’re travelling alone you may attract unwelcome attention and you may receive unwelcome propositions or remarks – it is usually best to ignore them
act confidently
plan your daily itinerary - know where you’re going, what you’re doing and how to get back
some hotel and hostels have cards with contact details and directions – take one
never hitchhike or accept car rides from strangers
ask your hotel or hostel to recommend a taxi firm – try to pair up with someone you know when travelling by taxi


If you ever feel uncomfortable or in danger, don’t be afraid to draw attention to yourself by shouting and making a fuss.
In English-speaking countries you may receive more attention if you shout ‘fire!’ rather than ‘help!’
Going out at night
always tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return
be cautious of people who ignore your personal space, do not listen to you, make you feel guilty if you resist their advances or appear drunk
carefully consider whether you should leave the pub, club or party with someone you have just met
Drug-assisted rape or ‘date’ rape

Unfortunately, drugs are increasingly being used in rape.

Once someone has added drugs to your drink, you won’t normally be able to detect them. Rape drugs can also work in non-alcoholic drinks, such as coffee and tea.

They are normally colourless and tasteless, and can make you virtually unconscious and defenceless.

Never leave drinks unattended and its best not to accept drinks from strangers.

If you begin to feel strange, sick or drunk after only a couple of drinks tell a trusted friend. They should take you to a safe place, such as your hotel room.

If you are alone, phone the local police, a hospital or the British Consulate. And always try to drink responsibly - alcohol is the most frequently used drug in drug-assisted rape.
Stay safe in your hotel or hostel
only use your first initial and no title (‘Miss’, ‘Ms’ or ‘Mrs’) when checking in
never leave your key where someone can note your room number
don’t leave your window open, especially if your room is on the ground floor or has a balcony
remember to lock your room door even when you are inside the room
use a door wedge on the inside of your hotel room door for extra security
if the door has a spy-hole or chain, use these before opening the door to unexpected visitors.
(from Foreign Office UK)


......THE BOSS......

"Always be yourself because the people who mind don't matter, and the people who matter don't mind"

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Re: Women travellers .. a little help info...

Post by Thistle on Wed 18 May 2011, 7:49 am

good advice GD ..i would add to that carry a smally spray of perfume or deodarant and spray in any attackers eyes ..
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