UK Safety for the Single Girl...

Apr 6th, 1999, 02:00 PM
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UK Safety for the Single Girl...

I am a 26 y.o. and I will be visiting friends and family in May (my 3rd UK trip). I have spent lots of time in Kent, and will be visiting people in Oxford and Plymouth this go round as well. I plan to also visit the Cotswolds.

While I do keep a cautious eye open at all times, I tend to feel extremely safe in my family's hometown in Kent. I am wondering how safe I am traveling by train on my own, as well as exploring the streets of several small towns.

As Americans, we tend to be very cautious I think, and I while I don't want to ruin my trip by being paranoid, I don't want to get so comfortable that I end I in places I shouldn't be.

Any posts are appreciated, but would especially like to hear from other single women travelers, and/or women who have lived in the UK.

Apr 6th, 1999, 02:26 PM
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Just be sensible.

It's not a prooblem to use the train; but don't use it late at night to and from plaaces where you are likely to be the only traveller.

Don't hitch-hike.
You are unlikley to have problems exploring small towns; but keep your eyes open after dark. Be careful about going into pubs on your own- mostly it's Ok; some you might have a problem in.

Don' be paranoid; and remember that, contrary to what I read about America ( but have no direct experience of) most people will be good guys; and if you get into trouble, most people will go the extra mile to help.
Apr 6th, 1999, 02:29 PM
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Just be sensible.

using trains is unlikley to be a problem; but maybe you don't want to travel late at night to and from places where you will be the only traveller.

Vsting small towns should be fine; don't go anywhere that looks dodgy after dark.

Pick pubs carefully. Most will be fine for a woman on her own. Some will not.

Most people are good guys. if you get into trouble most pople will go the extra mile to help you

Have a good time; and don't worry.
Apr 7th, 1999, 02:00 AM
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Hi Jennifer,

You'll be fine -- sounds like you've already got eyes in the back of your head (meaning keeping alert & listening to whether you think anything's amiss).

When I was traveling, I'd never go to a pub by myself -- much preferred a nice coffee somewhere! -- and I kept conversation with random people (eg, guys) to a minimum. My purpose was to see new things, not make new 'friends.'

Have a great trip!
Apr 8th, 1999, 09:53 AM
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Thanks so much for your postings! Makes me feel much more at ease, and confident that (unlike here, unfortunately) you needn't be total paranoid, and a little common sense goes a long way!



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