I am a single, 24 year old woman working shifts in the city; which means for me, an hour and a half train ride to and from my home. I can hear your thoughts already! No it is not ideal, I have been lucky, but I try not to take this for granted. And since moving closer into the city is not an option for me right now, and I happen to enjoy my job, there isn’t much a girl can do.
Or is there?
Here are some of my tips for blocking out some of the bothersome situations that can occur when traveling late at night, it’s not a perfect science and they may not work for everyone; but it’s all about girl power right? Sticking together to make the world a safer place for us all!
Number 1: Pray. I understand that not everyone is religious, and that is ok, these are not set rules. I am religious and make a special point of praying for safe travels every day. Honestly, even if I wasn’t religious I think I would still pray to someone or something to keep me safe on a place like a train…
Number 2: Listen to music. Not only is it a great way to distract you from that creepy guy across from you staring, but it has proven to be a great way to drown out that drunk guy a few rows down trying to get your number. Don't become so engrossed in your iPod that you are not aware of your surroundings though.
Number 3: Read a book. I never travel on the train without a good book because it serves as a distraction, and also you can appear to be reading, when in fact you're just trying to keep a low profile.
My dad would also add a number 4 to this list… An alarm. He bought me an alarm to keep in my bag; should I feel threatened I can simply pull the pin and the siren wails.
The best way to stay safe is to keep your wits about you, stay in well lit areas, and ensure there are other people around at all times. Another trick is to sit near the train driver's compartment, so If you feel too unsafe to continue your journey there is someone there who can raise the alarm and come to your aid.
Stay safe ladies!