Cheyenne Rode

By Cheyenne Rode, Vancouver Island University, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship, member of the Writer and Residence Team

Study Abroad Destination: Melbourne, Australia

Before, during, and after my exchange, I did some travelling. I travelled in both Australia, the country where I was doing my exchange and South East Asia, as it was very close. Some of that traveling was with friends and other times it was alone. As a female, I was extra careful while traveling to keep myself safe. Five tactics I used were:

  1. Be connected at all times - Whenever I got to the airport of a new country the first thing I did was get a SIM card. I felt a lot safer knowing that if I needed to contact someone for help I would be able to do that wherever I was.
  2. Use the buddy system - Although you might be traveling alone I found that there was usually many people in the same situation as me in hostels that you could connect with and do activities with.
  3. Diversify your money and IDs - Keeping your money in different spots can help you if you get mugged. If you want to be extra safe keep some in your sock.
  4. Be alert, aware, and informed - I know this sounds obvious, but I felt that when I knew where I was going and communicated that to taxi drivers/people around me that they took me more serious. Also educating yourself about your surroundings beforehand can help you if someone tries to con you into doing something/going somewhere you shouldn’t.
  5. If someone is confrontational towards you it can be best to leave it be and carry on - There may be situations where someone has put you in an uncomfortable situation. In these circumstances, I found it was best to try to put my head down and walk away. 
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