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when you travel alone are you afraid of being raped, robbed or even kidnapped?

why or why not?
how do you cope with it?
I'm fine, but i had that conversation with a friend today who was trying to tell me that i'm being reckless and he'd suggest that i'd better be more prepared for anything happening.
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No, but I take precautions.
elafina · 31-35, F
[@1180037,PaperPilot] like?
BlueVeins · 18-21, M
I'm not too scared, but I like to carry pepper spray just in case.
BlueVeins · 18-21, M
[@917679,elafina] Martial arts is pretty great, but yeah, it's sensible to carry a weapon.
KA9ha · 31-35, M
[@917679,elafina] karate is best defence...even so.. be ready to strike the vein on the temple and the jugular twirl .
elafina · 31-35, F
[@4199,BlueVeins] I believe firstly and mostly in the power of words. I think i can talk out almost anyone if i really need to. But when you don't speak any common language, misunderstandings can arise sometimes. UGH i was just fine before this friend worried too much!!
morvoren · F
No because I live in a place with a very low crime rate.

The problem is I’m not careful enough when I travel to other places.
elafina · 31-35, F
[@981722,Morvoren] how can you be "more careful" ?
morvoren · F
[@917679,elafina] Well just avoid bad areas. Be careful with an valuables and my car security and be mindful of who is near me.
elafina · 31-35, F
[@981722,Morvoren] yes, great tips! being mindful of who is near is another important thing :)
Sibo191 · 36-40, M
No. The thought never crosses my mind when travelling
elafina · 31-35, F
[@502796,Sibo191] it rarely crosses mine, i've slept in remote places, like a beach or a cave at some cases then it did for a moment. Also getting lost in an unknown city can provoke such thoughts, when you don't know where you're going. There are moments ... it never ever crosses your mind? that's great though :) wait, i'll get there..!
Mamapolo2016 · 70-79, F
Is the possibility there? Of course. With a lot of vigilance and a little pepper spray, you can raise your odds of avoiding incidents. The best weapon you have is your brain.

There is STILL a societal influence that says "if only women would stay home safe, we wouldn't have to deal with this". (That's not true - a majority of assaults are committed by people we know.)
elafina · 31-35, F
[@663519,Mamapolo2016] thank you Mamapolo, "the best weapon you have is your brain" that is so lovely:)
SirBenedictTheSecond · 18-21, M
It’s already happened to me.
SirBenedictTheSecond · 18-21, M
[@917679,elafina] Yes.
elafina · 31-35, F
[@1182042,SirBenedictTheSecond] what happened? what did you do?
SirBenedictTheSecond · 18-21, M
[@917679,elafina] like before or during?
KA9ha · 31-35, M
always carry a pepper spray or a dazzler gun when you travel. Most important is that mobile ,creditcards ,valuables are protected. .be ready for eventualities .
KA9ha · 31-35, M
[@917679,elafina] regret insufficient
elafina · 31-35, F
[@997259,kanha] what would you think on carrying a medium-big size dog with me? or would it make it difficult?
KA9ha · 31-35, M
[@917679,elafina] ha ha..no help
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I never travel alone, if I'm being honest. The only traveling I've done alone was within the metro area. If I've gone abroad it's always been with someone else. I'm not too interested in traveling alone. The risk is part of why.
LeaDhelani · 18-21, F
It never crosses my mind, too excited to travel to worry about that but it does happen so you need to be careful and take great care. What will be will be! It shouldn't stop you travelling or cause you great anxieties... I heard that what you just said can even happen in your own home...
LeaDhelani · 18-21, F
[@917679,elafina] awesomeness! Always keep your phone charged, on you and location on..just in case. And find a trusted friend to let know your moves of your not familiar with erea/people etc..
elafina · 31-35, F
[@1178602,LeaDhelani] great tips my dear, thank you, safe travels to all <3
LeaDhelani · 18-21, F
[@917679,elafina] You're welcome
smiler2012 · 56-60, M
{@elafina] even as a man and i am alone on a day out that thought of being robbed does always cross my mind so this is why i do not go to any places secluded always stick to where there people
Dlrannie · 26-30, F
No I don’t but one must always be alert and exercise precautions such as not wearing expensive jewellery, dressing provocatively or visiting areas with a bad reputation 🙂

 
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