When I originally found out I’d be going to BlogWorld Expo, a friend of mine said he’d come along for the ride. Life happened, as it often does, and he’s no longer joining me in Las Vegas. Talking on the phone to my mom today, she’s nervous at the prospect of me going alone. I’m 25 years old. I’ve traveled a moderate amount in my days, at times alone. She’s still nervous, in part because we’re from a very small town so Vegas seems huge and dangerous to her and in part because…well…she’s my mom. Being worried is part of the job description, or so I’ve been told.
- If you’re traveling alone, has a few set times that you’ll call to check in with friends or family members back home. More importantly, call when you say you will (I set my phone alarm to remind me).
- Make sure someone at home knows the name of the hotel where you’re staying so they can contact you if necessarily.
- Limit the amount of alcohol you have. We all make smarter decisions when sober.
- Don’t share a cab or go home with someone you don’t know. I’d like to think that everyone at BlogWorld is awesome, but the sad fact is that there are some bad people out there. Avoid one-on-one alone situations with people you’ve just met, even if they’re a blogger too. At the very least, travel in groups of three or four.
- Watch your drink. If you set it down for a moment to take your turn at karaoke or use the restroom, get a new one when you come back. That goes for non-alcoholic drinks too!
- Write down the name and address of your hotel and keep it in your wallet. If you end up at an after party far away from the strip and feeling a little tipsy, it’s good to have it on hand for the cab driver. Of course, in Vegas, every cabbie should know how to get to Mandalay Bay or wherever you’re staying, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Write down the name and phone number of a cab company. Again, if you end up somewhere super far away from where cabs are normally found, you can easily call for a pickup.
- Make time to eat. You’ll get drunker faster on an empty stomach, so grab a bite or two quickly throughout the day, even though your time may be limited.
- Consider a quick self-defense class before you leave. Many YMCAs and gyms offer them regularly, so if you can take one before BlogWorld, do so to learn a few points.
- If you’re by yourself, stick to super public places. Try to find a few other people to hang out with – lots of people are going to BlogWorld solo! If all else fails, @ reply to me on Twitter (@allison_boyer) and I’ll make every attempt to meet up with you or help you find other people who are looking for people to hang out with.
- Whenever you get a drink, either drink a glass of water or eat the ice (which is like having a glass of water). It helps manage your alcohol level.
Remember, these safely tips are for men as much as they are for women!
Sorry if this post seems a little 101-level. Even though you’ve all probably heard these tips before, it doesn’t hurt to have a reminder to make safe choices while traveling alone.