Among the most delightful pleasures in life, traveling fights the battle for the first position on the list. From the moment we arrive at the airport it’s hard to think of any other experience that can bring so much excitement to ourselves as is it to travel.
Contemplating the Statue of Liberty for the first time, watching the Eiffel Tower shine in a cold night of December or admiring the Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia, are among the most amazing moments that you can add to your memories. Tasting the food from a place on the other side of the world, or dancing to the rhythm of the music that we had never heard of allows us to realize that the world can be a way more beautiful place, but only if we are willing to step out of our comfort zone into an adventure.
Unfortunately, every coin has another face and traveling it’s not the exception. Despite being such a striking and colourful idea, it requires a precise planning to align our desires with our budget and time requirements. From the moment we choose to make our bags, crucial decisions need to be made: when do I leave? In which airline do I go? What season? And the most important question: where do I want to go? Choosing the right destiny is, without a doubt, the core and centre of our trip.
If we want to live an amazing experience, we need an amazing destination
The main challenge doesn’t lie then in the search for a great destiny, but in choosing one among the endless possibilities that the world offers. And like selecting a movie from Netflix, this can be a colossal task. To decide between the view of New York City from the roof of the Empire State and the sound of the falling water in the Niagara Falls put things in perspective. At the end of the day, there is only one thing that matters: who we are.
Our destination must excite us. If you are an adventurous person, contemplating the roof repair of the Sistine Chapel maybe it’s not your thing, although for an art history teacher it can be a life-changing experience. Seeing the world isn’t just a matter of having a good time, but it’s more about putting in perspective our place here and making our lives an unforgettable journey.
Safety Tips for Female Travelers
When women are travelling alone they are at a higher risk than when they are accompanied by their male companions or travelling in a group. This article will give you some tips that can help keep you safe during your travels.
You should always ensure that you look confident even when you know that you are lost. Never let other people know that you are nervous as they are more likely to take advantage.
When you wear very short skirts and dresses you will attract the attention of men and not all of them are gentlemen. When choosing an outfit to go out, be it day or night, you should ensure you consider you environment and the norms of the people there. Choosing the right outfit will help you blend into your surroundings and not pull too much attention to you.
Don’t over drink
It is fun to go out for drinks and bond with other travellers and locals but never overdo it. When you are intoxicated you are more vulnerable to danger especially if you are travelling alone. You should know your drink limit and don’t exceed your limit especially when in a foreign place. Most importantly never accept drinks from strangers because you can never know what is in it.
It is important to ensure that you start a workout regimen before you travel. Exercising will not only improver your travel experience as you will be able in more activities without getting tired, but you will also be able to ward of an attack in case it happens. It is also important to continue with your exercises even when you are on your travels.
Avoid engaging in any action that will draw attention to you. Do not wear expensive jewellery or flashing too much cash when you are out and about. Try to maintain a low profile throughout your trip to reduce your risk factor.
Wear a fake ring
When you get to some countries you realize that the men are quite aggressive and forward. As a female who is travelling alone you are at a higher risk of getting harassed. You can wear a fake wedding ring when you are out in town to discourage anyone who might want to hit on you as they will assume that you are probably there with your spouse.
You should always be aware of your surroundings no matter where you are. This will help you sense when there is danger and know how to avert them. You should always keep your belongings close to you and keep your valuables such as camera, phone and money hidden. As a single female traveller, you will always be targeted.
When going out at night it is important to join a group of other visitors from your hotel. Never walk on the streets alone as your probability of getting attacked will be high.
Safety especially on travels is critical for everyone, but more so for women who are generally vulnerable and can make for easy targets. These tips should give you a head start for your safety as you travel the world to different locations and as you interact with varied cultures and people.
Scams to Avoid while Travelling
The taxi overcharges
It starts right from the airport. The driver may give an excuse that the meter is defective or have one that is faster. Know the cost of travels so that you can use it as reference.
The shell games
This may involve a street card game or hiding a ball in a cup and someone guessing where it is and winning money. The temptation to bet more money may result in huge losses.
The wrong change
Some countries’ currencies look the same. Given a bunch of similar colors it’s easy to mistake the currencies. Make sure you count your change immediately.
“Come in for tea and help me write a letter!”
Someone will entice you into their business premise then pressurize you to buy their goods since they have given you tea. Do not follow people into their premises.
Owners of rented bikes may demand payment for alleged damage on the bike. Capture using a photo the state of the bike before you start using it. Keep the bike safe.
The flirtatious woman
Such women will make you pay exaggerated bills or even orchestrate your drugging and robbing. Do not entertain such women.
Your attraction is closed for lunch
Someone will tell you that your preferred attraction is closed then directs you to an alternative place where you’ll be forced to pay highly. Ensure you know how the attraction operates.
The “found” ring
Someone will pick a ring on the ground, ask if it’s yours and when you say no they’ll try to sell it to you claiming it is gold. When you buy it and try to sell it back home you realise it’s fake. Do not buy the ring if the deal seems too good.
The drug deal gone bad
Someone may offer to sell you drugs; a cop appears and asks for a bribe to let you go. Don’t buy drugs in foreign lands.
The fake petition
Someone will come to you with a petition to sign, in the process they ask for cash. They may pick pocket you. Ignore anyone coming to you to sign a petition.
You purchase a designer item at a low price but just before it’s packed a switching is secretly done. Watch out always what’s being sold to you while avoiding deals that look too good.
Your accommodation is “closed”
The taxi driver may give this information or opt to take a longer route to your destination. Insist on going to your original destination; use your phone’s GPS/Google maps to identify the shortest routes.
Free bracelets/rosemary/anything they can put on you
Money will be demanded for the item and a scene created when you refuse so that you just pay to avoid embarrassment. Reject the items firmly and politely.
The spill on your clothes
Someone intentionally spills something on you, and then begins to clean it off apologetically aiming at pick pocketing you. Avoid very close contact with people. Insist on cleaning up yourself.
These are some of the most common scams targeted at visitors, tourists or travellers. Do not fall victim to these scams on your travels; always be on the lookout for people who are out to take advantage of you.