Women Traveling Solo Realities

I’ve previously posted about why you should travel solo, at least once in your life, and also provided some tips in another post for traveling alone.  This time I decided to post about Women Traveling Solo realities by asking some ladies who often travel alone regarding the realities they face and combined this great collaboration post. There's a variety of advantages and disadvantages for female travelers who travel solo. I've read a lot of stories which have raised a lot of interest to the related subject, like the one of Alyssa Ramos who posted about 'How Traveling Solo Destroyed My Dating Life'  which has changed here life. Sadly travelling alone might also end up in a bad way, like the recent story of Maria Coni and Marina Menegazzo, the two girls, who although weren't travelling alone they had a sad ending.  It's always good to make a small research before travelling alone somewhere. There are a lot of places which are not consideres as a safe place for a woman to travel on her own. As  TravellerAU reports, India, Brazil, Turkey, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Kenya are some of the countries considered dangerous for women travellers. I've gone through situations where I had to deal with aggressive men who came up to asking me where I'm from and why I'm alone but I've managed to take care of this without getting in to trouble. Just by being nice and eventually walked away by ignoring them. Also walking in the Brussels tourist area I once had someone shouting at me and following me but I ignored them. He continued to follow me up to the metro station where I eventually got lost in a packed tube station. I was once walking in Palermo and there was a fight with 2 men throwing empty glass beer bottles to each other and shouting. So I turned back and got a different route for my way back to the centre. I've never thought of couchsurfing just because I prefer to avoid surprises. You need to be extra careful if you decide to stay in a stranger's house so I always [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:23+03:00May 17th, 2016|

Travel Investment: why it’s worth spending on travel

“I enjoyed a cruise in the Norwegian fjords, had a dinner 327 meters underground at Wieliczka salt mine in Krakow, felt sad at the Auschwitz concentration camps in Poland, waited for a delayed train in snowy Myrdal in Norway (altitude 866 m) at -15 degrees Celsius, got on the Flam Railway, one of the world’s steepest railway lines, went on a 7 hours road trip from Paris to Perros-Guirec (580 km) in one day, stepped on the Pink Granite Coast in France, walked from Germany to Poland (Slubice) by crossing the boarders in Frankfurt Oder, watched the Disney parade in Paris Disneyland, tasted a 50 years aged wine in Lisbon, felt amazed by seven million tulips in Keukenhof in Holland, I’ve almost fallen off a Yatch in Milos on a windy day, twisted my ankle in Milan, got the train from Newcastle to Liverpool and back on the same day (8 hours travelling), had a drink at an ice bar in Stockholm, tossed a coin in Fontana di Trevi, enjoyed the best sunset in Santorini, toured 3 Greek islands on a motorbike, experienced an opera in Verona.” I hear people saying they would love to travel and explore new cities and countries however money is an obstacle. We have money to spend on expensive clothes, shoes, handbags, hi-tech accessories; gadgets etc, but think, what’s more important? Investing in life experiences or having the latest designer stuff? Well my theory is: invest in life experiences, and more specifically, invest in travel. Travel investment will make you happier. If you don’t travel you won’t have the chance to see what’s out there. Just reading books, travel guides, watching videos, photos and listening to other’s travel stories has nothing to do with experiencing it yourself. In school, history was one of the most boring lessons. Now, I love learning about history of a place I’m travelling to. I remember they taught us about Rome history but I didn’t really care. However, when I visited Rome I was amazed by the history and architecture and the fact that it’s an ‘open air museum’. I visited the [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:23+03:00February 15th, 2016|

Why You Should Travel Solo

I don't mean all the time, but you might try it at least once. I've done it quite a few times. It's much easier than you think and it's a life experience. Of course my post doesn't mean that I'm against travelling with friends or your other half, but alone it’s something different. Here I’m listing some reasons why you should travel solo, at least once in your life. 1. Travel Arrangements are easier Think about how many times you wished to travel with friends, family etc and had to organize everyone together so that your schedules, budget and interests matched with each others. When you plan to travel alone you just book your travel based on your own needs and budget anytime you want. 2. Enjoy time with YOU We all need some time to spend on our own and travelling is a good opportunity to reflect on your character and see that you can have fun without relying on others. Most of all you will discover that you are independent and this will boost your confidence. 3. You make your plans Travelling on your own will allow you to plan your trip according to your wishes and be spontaneous any time you wish. You don't have to rely on others to decide where to go or what you'll be having for lunch/dinner. Instead, you will do whatever you wish. You decide what you'll see, how much time you will spend at each place, what you are going to eat, when you're getting up and when you're going to sleep. 4. You meet new people With English being the universal language you won't have many issues communicating with people. Of course you don't have to make new friendships or talk to strangers if you don't wish to. But it's easier to meet new people, tourists or locals, and find out things about places which are not written down in the tourist guides. 5. You have time to document your experiences When travelling on your own you'll have more time to dedicate on things you like and document your experiences [...]

2018-02-23T09:14:25+03:00January 17th, 2016|
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