YOU CAN HELP YOURSELF BY BEING AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGs AND OF PLACES THAT COULD BE DANGEROuS
Avoid empty streets, isolated beaches, gloomy
corners of train stations. Do not go out alone if you don't need to, especially
at night in large cities.
Using metros late at night is generally not a
problem, as stations are rarely deserted, but if you must use them at night, be
vigilant, and stay in well lit areas.
In some places women may have to deal with low
degrees of sexual harassment: ‘playful’ comments and innuendo. But it can
become overbearing and aggressive, and many women understandably find this
threatening or offensive. Remain polite and keep your distance, avoid saying
anything; hearing a foreign accent may provoke further unwanted attention.
Be alert to discomforting vibes in some hotels.
Change hotels if you feel uncomfortable.
On overnight trains, you may prefer to ask (when
reserving) if there’s a women’s compartment available. If your compartment
companions are overly attentive, don’t hesitate to ask the conductor for a
change of compartment. Second-class sleeping cars offer greater security than a