Growing up, most of us travel with our family. As we move into young adulthood we go with a pal, but after we marry we’re off with our spouse and children.
At some point however, a female may decide to travel alone because no one she knows has the time, money or inclination to go on a trip – especially one that entails going to some far flung, exotic spot. As daunting as it may seem, a trip by oneself may be the answer, so why not take a look at the points you should consider for your solo venture.
PACK CAREFULLY I went for a two-month tour of Europe with a girlfriend when we were both young and single. We had a fabulous time, but we took far too much luggage. Only take bags you can manage on your own so you can get around easily and don’t have to rely on help.
ARRIVE IN DAYLIGHT It’s not wise to arrive solo at your destination at night. It’s easier to look for transport into a city and find your hotel in the busy daytime hours. This also gives you time to take a rest – especially after a long flight – and settle into your new surroundings.
CHANGE YOUR ROOM If you are given a room that’s not quite right for you, don’t hesitate to request a new one. If the bed is lumpy, the air conditioner too loud or the shower doesn’t work you should speak up. Just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean you have to keep quiet.
DRESS SENSIBLY Short skirts and revealing tops may be fine at home. But reconsider when you travel elsewhere. And forget your gold jewelry and high heels. Both won’t be missed once you’re on the go. A low heel allows for faster walking. And a loafer is great for airport security and places like Asia where shoes are often removed before entering the premises.
CARRY A PURSE that won’t attract the wrong type of person. In Italy there are scooter bandits who whip by and grab purse straps. For evening outings, it’s a good idea to leave your purse behind and stash cash elsewhere. This means down in a deep pocket, tucked in your bra or hidden in your shoe.
USE COMMONSENSE the way you do at home. Be aware of your surroundings and stay in spots where there are lots of people. When going out at night, take public transportation in the early hours and a taxi on your return. It’s smart to write the name/address of your hotel on a card. If there’s a language problem with your driver going back to your hotel – just show him your card.
ENJOY YOURSELF and have fun. But be aware of your surroundings. This is not the time to overindulge with drinks. The watchword here is “proactive”. Rely on your instincts and you’ll do just fine.
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