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Safety Tips for Traveling Solo in Europe

A woman working remotely in a cafe (photo: Samantha Eaton)

Solo travel can be a thrill, which is one of the reasons why it’s a dream for so many people worldwide.

Traveling solo gives you complete control over where you go, when, and how long you stay. However, there are risks, too, especially if you don’t take the necessary precautions.

Before going on a solo trip, you’ll want to research the places you intend to visit, the prevailing crime rates, typical scams affecting tourists, and the support available.     

Following essential safety advice when traveling solo should always be a priority, regardless of where you go.

However, for this article, we will focus on popular Europe destinations and recommendations for travelers heading to them.

A woman working remotely in a cafe (photo: Samantha Eaton)
A woman working in a cafe (photo: Samantha Eaton)

Working Remotely

Professional commitments might compel us to work even when we’re vacationing.

If you can’t avoid the corporate grind while traveling, you must protect the office data on your laptop or tablet. 

Travel with lightweight, fast-paced laptops like the 13.3″ HP ENVY, Microsoft Surface Pro 7, and Apple MacBook Air M1.

Install antivirus and VPN software to protect your device(s) from malware and ensure all data travels safely online.

A VPN for Windows devices creates an encrypted network between your laptop and the server, shielding it against online surveillance or hacking attempts.

Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) allow access to news, entertainment, and messaging in censored areas. 

Destination-Specific Advice

Bicycles on a bridge in Amsterdam (photo: Gaurav Jain)
Bicycles on a bridge in Amsterdam (photo: Gaurav Jain)

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Dutch capital has long been a backpacker favorite, ticking all the boxes as a cultured, friendly, and progressive city.

Amsterdam’s legacy of the golden age of the 17th century can be seen everywhere in wonky townhouses, gabled facades, and elaborate canal waterways. 

Famous sights include the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, et al.

Turn your city tour into a food tour with stops at any of the sprawling cafes and hipster bars for tasty drinks and traditional delicacies.

Try deep-fried snacks of veal cooked in gravy, delicious cheeses, mini pancakes with maple syrup and icing sugar, and authentic apple pies. 

Safety advice for Amsterdam:

  1. Never show off with your money.
  2. Keep an eye on your wallet and purse while visiting Red Light districts.
  3. Bike thefts are common – avoid taking an expensive…

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