Safe Adventures for Older Women

By: Jody Smith

Women have every right to travel on their own in their senior years. Some precautions are in order however, to ensure an adventure you enjoy. You can travel on your own in the safety of a group, and decide for yourself as to how much involvement you care to have with your fellow travelers.

If you decide to head out on your own, meeting men can still be a pleasant, and safe, experience. Don't go anywhere alone with someone you've just met. If your initial meeting goes well, don't be hesitant about investigating the gentleman in every way you can. If you have any bad vibes about him, don't stick around. Any guy who resents your need to protect your sense of security with him already has a major strike against him. A good man is going to understand and will be willing to work with you and do what he can to make you feel at ease.

Watch your drinks. You don't have to be a teenager or twenty-something to be a target by an unscrupulous man. Date rape drugs and the like know no age limit. Don't confuse having seen someone a few times at a coffee shop or restaurant with knowing them. A man who has seemed pleasant and approachable may not necessarily be what he seems. If he is genuinely a man to be trusted, he will not try to put you in a situation where you're vulnerable.

Safer places to look for company would be at churches, or social occasions where attendance is by invitation only. If you're traveling for business, you'll probably have some meetings or conventions on your agenda. While traveling with groups, you may have access to singles events held by trip organizers. You have every right to dress however you like but in some parts of the world, dressing modestly can save you some grief. Your clothing or makeup may not be meant to be sending out any invitations for aggressive advances, but in other cultures, messages can be read quite differently. Best to protect yourself from such misunderstandings.

Don't go out to walk alone at night no matter how reputable the area. You don't live here and you don't know what areas are truly safe for you to walk in and which ones are not. Lock your car doors if you're driving alone, and keep a fully charged cell phone with you. If you have problems with your car, don't get out to walk to find help and by no means should you even think about hitchhiking. Use your phone and call 911, then wait for help to arrive.

Jody Smith is a freelance writer for empowHER.com.

Sources:

Ten Safety Tips For Senior Women Traveling Single

http://www.travel4seniors.com/index.php/travel-tips-advice-help/321-ten-safety-tips-for-senior-women-traveling-single

Top 10 Travel Tips for Seniors

http://www.dynamicseniorwomen.com/discover-our-seasoned-adventures/top-10-travel-tips-for-seniors

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