If you’ve ever traveled solo, one of the most common concerns you have is “will I be safe? A European river cruise can all but eliminate any concerns about safety and it also provides you with one of the most enriching destinational experiences one can ever enjoy.
Most couples who travel internationally don’t often think of safety issues unless going to w “troubled” area. But for the Solo Traveler in particular a river cruise eliminates one of their biggest concerns, their safety. River cruises are without a doubt the safest choice of any vacation for Solo Travelers. And, in most cases they are also the most hassle-free and affordable vacation as well.
Will I be Safe? Solo travelers typically tend to follow some self-imposed guidelines to ensure their safety in a foreign destination. For example, if they are not completely comfortable, they may limit where they go in a city and thus miss many of the more interesting sights, especially at night. Solo travelers need to be very careful about their hotel location, how and with whom they tour, where to store valuables, how to get around town and much, much more.
Yes, the basic tourist attractions such as museums, churches and castles are almost always safe, even when traveling independently, but they generally do not provide a true sense of the city, you know the “local color” that is so important to capture, especially for those who enjoy traveling solo and somewhat independently. That said, unless you have befriended a local [prior to arrival] that you know and trust, there are many sights and areas of a city that the solo traveler just may have to avoid because you’re just not at ease going there alone.
Most who travel solo tend to rely on their own intuition or in many cases, on people they don’t know to provide information on the “safe” parts of a city – both can be a bit risky at times. All in all, planning a solo vacation alone can be very stressful and will most certainly create lots of extra work and a great deal of pre-arrival anxiety. And, in many cases the anxiety can limit ones enjoyment and the overall destinational experience.
A safe, hassle-free European river cruise eliminates most safety concerns for solo travelers and here is why
• Trip essentials, including safety are managed by experienced people who know the destinations’ safe areas
• While on board there are knowledgeable “local” staff who you can turn to for advice on safety ashore
• Your in-depth, “included” touring is managed by local guides – who could know the safe areas better?
• The intimate nature of a luxurious river cruise creates a naturally social, nurturing and safe environment
• The ship is your safety net, it moves from place to place and you unpack and pack only once
• You are quickly known and recognized by ship’s staff for that added security blanket
There’s nothing like experience to overcome much of the anxiety and many of the typical safety concerns most solo travelers face. In buying your cruise, you need to ask the right questions and make sure whomever you buy from has a good knowledge of the special safety needs and other concerns of solo travelers.
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Rick Kaplan has been in the cruise only business for more than 25 years. He has been assisting Solo Travelers and others with how to get the best deal and how to select the proper cruise line/ship to meet their personal concerns, needs and desires. Rick is one of the foremost experts on all elements of river cruising and is a great resource for any first time river cruiser.