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Female friendly places

Female friendly places

If you are a woman travelling by yourself, try to stay at female-friendly properties. Youth hostels are often a good choice, particularly for younger women; some offer private rooms. Or look for bed-and-breakfast establishments or small locally-owned hotels with communal areas where you can easily meet other guests. All-inclusive resorts can be lonely places for women not interested in partying. It’s easy to have casual chats with others over breakfast or while making a meal in … Read entire article »

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Women travelling on their own

Women travelling on their own

It seems more and more women want to travel internationally and if they can’t find someone to go with them then they’re doing it on their own. I’ve been travelling solo for years and while it’s not always easy I now look forward to doing it at least annually. Many of us travel differently when we’re on our own for we shape the itinerary according to our own interests and not someone else’s. I tend to … Read entire article »

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Taking care of your health

Taking care of your health

If you’ve been really sick on the road because you were careless about what you ate and had to spend your time in disgusting washrooms because you had the runs you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say be careful about what you put in your mouth. In a letter I wrote home from Bali I joked about how we were eating at the local stalls and would try just about anything. The last laugh … Read entire article »

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Taking care of your valuables

Taking care of your valuables

Travellers who are careless about their valuables are most annoying because theft casts such a negative aura. If a tourist walks around with his camera strung loosely over his shoulder he shouldn’t be surprised if it’s snatched. If he keeps money in a back pocket or fanny belt he should be prepared to lose it. If she drops her purse on a nearby chair in a restaurant or leaves her baggage unattended in a bus … Read entire article »

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Meeting the mob

Meeting the mob

Recognize and plan for those times when you need to be particularly careful such as when you arrive by bus, train or plane and the crowd in the arrival area suddenly mobs you, wanting you to take their taxi, their hotel room, their tour. Here are some tips for surviving the mob: Think about what you’ll do when you get off the bus/plane/train such as: look for a money exchange bureau; find the authorized taxi stand; find … Read entire article »

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Worried about travel warnings?

Worried about travel warnings?

If you listen to all the chatter about what could possibly happen when you travel to foreign destinations then you’ll never leave home. Travel books devote pages to health and safety issues. U.S. government travel advisories are particularly discouraging. You really need to put these warnings into perspective. There are travel snobs who see themselves as intrepid and don’t want ‘just anyone’ to follow in their footsteps. A co-worker of mine kept saying I was a … Read entire article »

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