As travel opportunities expand, many lone women are choosing to live out their lifelong dream and travel to far reaching corners of the globe. However, is it safe for lone women to travel in the UK?
Lone Women Are Not an Unusual Sight in the UK
In some countries it is considered unusual and even taboo for women to travel alone without a male companion with them. But this is not the case in the UK. It is perfectly normal for lone women to travel freely throughout the UK without having to put up with stares from strangers. As such, women who travel alone in the UK are no more likely to be stopped than a lone man.
After Dark Travel Tips
Although the sight of lone women travellers is not unusual in the UK that does not mean to say that they should not keep their guard up at all times and take extra precautions to guard against assault, rape and worse. This is especially important for women who plan to travel alone after dark. Be aware of your surroundings and stick to reliable, safe forms of transportation such as buses, trains and taxis. Never accept a ride from a stranger, even if they seem safe. When waiting for public transportation after dark, stay inside the bus or train station where it is well-lit until the bus or train arrives.
Guard Against Date-Rape
Date-rape is a frightening experience for women who have ever been victims of such a vicious crime. According to the United Nations drug control agency, date-rape drugs are on the rise. Lone women travellers who spend the evening relaxing in a pub should be on guard against the threat of date-rape, by keeping a close eye on their drinks to make sure they are not spiked with a date-rape drug.
Attacks against lone women travellers in the UK are relatively rare, but they can happen, which is why you should take extra care after dark or while relaxing in a pub. Keep your guard up and be aware of your surroundings. Remember that if you seem lost or vulnerable, you will stand out as an easy target.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime