4. Take safety precautions when travelling alone
Lebawit Lily Girma, author of the Moon travel guides on the Dominican Republic and Belize, advises those travelling alone to book rooms at small hotels and guest houses, where employees can provide valuable local intel. Let staff know whenever you go out for the evening (so they’ll notice if you fail to return), and rather than hailing a cab on the street, stick to official taxi stands or ask for names of trusted drivers at the front desk. As a bonus, staff-recommended drivers “are often some of the most knowledgeable tour guides,” says Girma.