Whilst Europe is usually a safe place to travel for solo female tourists, you are still a target for some. Whilst more serious crimes are rare and in fact often committed by tourists themselves, petty crime is still a problem in many metropolitan areas of the continent. Even when staying at Gibraltars hotel Caleta, there could still be times when you are at risk. Despite the fact that GIbraltar has a relatively low crime rate and very few cases of serious crimes, you should still be wary if travelling alone. Below you can find a few tips which will help you, not only in Gibraltar, but elsewhere, to enjoy your trip with a peace of mind that supports travelling alone.
Find out what the local fashion is and dress accordingly. Use local shopping bags and understand the etiquette and customs of the country your in. whilst European crime is mostly low, tourists are easy prey for pickpockets and robbers when they can tell that you’re not from the area.
Walk and talk with confidence
Another point on the same warning,. Make sure that when approached in the street when alone, that you walk and talk with confidence. Opportunists will treat you like a victim if you act like one.
Stay in touch
If you’re travelling alone, make sure that there are loved ones or friends back home who know where you are what country, area and accommodation you are staying in. Regularly check in with them so that if anything and does happen, those you know back home will be able to pick up on it quickly.
If your being hassled, manners don’t matter
In countries such as Spain and Morocco, some locals, especially younger men may assume that tourists are more promiscuous than their native counterparts. This means that you may gain some unwanted attention and if this happens don’t be afraid to be curt and stand up for yourself, especially in a public area.
Be wary of drink spiking
If you are going out to bars and clubs, make sure that you have an eye on the drink you’ve bought. Especially if you’re alone, people may try to take advantage of you in a bar or a club and so always be wary. There’s no harm in having a fun night out, but make sure you have your wits about you, especially if you’ve started the night alone.
Be wary of revealing clothing
Gibraltar, although a British territory, is very close to Spain and Morocco. Although beachwear in Spain is known for being rather revealing, the further in land you get, the more conservative the clothes due to the Catholic background of the country. Gibraltar mainly adheres to British rules and dress sense but once you travel to Morocco or Spain it is a good idea to keep yourself in the garb of the local. If that means wearing less tight and revealing clothing and leaving those short shorts back at your Gibraltar holiday apartments, don’t worry as you can always wear them back in Gibraltar.