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How to Travel Solo Safely in the Philippines Edit

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Patrick Que  • Contributor
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Cover photo by Lost Juan. Graphics by Noodle Donato.

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TRAVELING ALONE IN THE PHILIPPINES is normally met with surprise, followed by worry, alarm, and great concern, especially if you are female. But then again, traveling alone poses threats and unaccounted risks wherever you are on the planet. Nonetheless, using your common sense can push you a long way to being safe and secure. Avoid dark places, trusting strangers easily, or drawing attention by flashing of your gadgets or thick wads of money—you know these tips already.

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

However, the risks of traveling solo can be reduced to none by taking extra precaution. Kristine Reynaldo, a female solo traveler in the Philippines, shares her tips: “I do a lot of research first prior to going to a place so I can make a detailed itinerary. I have to know where to stay, which places to visit, how to get there, how much it would cost, and how long it would take, and so on. I always bring a map.”

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

But planning isn’t all there is to it. Kristine continues, “I also try to establish contact with a local, whether it’s with a CouchSurfer in the area, the proprietor of the hostel, a tourism officer, a friend of a friend, or a distant relative. My itinerary details my schedule, contact persons, the address of the hostel or CouchSurfing host, and a list of projected expenses. I give my mom a copy of my itinerary. I also text-tweet my status, so my friends know I’m alive and okay.”

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

To Summarize Traveling Alone Safely:

  1. Research about your destination
  2. Make a detailed itinerary including your contact persons and their phone numbers
  3. Bring a map or download an offline Google Map on your smartphone
  4. Give a copy of your itinerary to someone you trust
  5. Update your family on your whereabouts through text or social media

Are you excited to travel alone? Share your story on social media and tag #exploraph. We might just publish it!


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This is Part Two of our Solo Travel Series. Read the rest:

Why you should travel solo right now (Part 1)

Top 3 destinations for solo travelers in the Philippines (Part 3)


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