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10 Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone

10 Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone

In fact, many people want to travel alone, but they are usually worried about many things including awkward situations related to sexual harassment. These are some useful advice for those traveling alone that will help them stay focused on their safety while enjoying all that the destination has to offer. If you are a women and want to travel alone, these tips will help you enjoy a safe and unforgettable trip.

1. Choose a Good Place to Visit

This step is the first and the most important step for travelers. Choose your destination with care. Besides thinking about where you want to go, you should consider whether the place is safe for you because there may be disturbing internal issues like communal tensions happening at the location you desire to visit.

    2. Research Carefully Before the Trip

    Before deciding to visit a place outside your country, you should find out all the related information about the place as well as ask other travelers for information on the culture, religion, the current situation in the country and so on.

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    You can find the necessary information on travel blogs or websites like Travelfish.org and Tripadvisor.com. For example, what is the attitude of men towards women in that country? How do women dress there, modern or traditional? You should not think that it’s a nonsensical thing to do because if you prepare carefully, you will be safer.  Furthermore, you should pay extra attention to traveling tips for Buddhist countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos.

    3. Ignore the Whistling

    In some countries, whistling considered as a normal thing. But in some places, if you react to the whistling of eve teasers, you may get into negative situations like fights or sexual harassment. Therefore, the best way for you to handle such a case is to stay in control of your temper and quickly get out of that area to a more crowded place. Moreover, you should not enter shantytowns unless you know the local people very well.

    4. Risk and Harassment Happen Everywhere

    If you think that the travelers getting raped only happen in the Middle East, Asia, and India, it is an erroneous conception. A short survey on the Internet shows that similar situations occur even in developed countries such as South Korea, Australia, Spain, England, and New Zealand. We cannot predict when the worst circumstances will appear, but you should pay attention to what is happening and believe in your own hunches to ensure your safety.

    5. Catch a Safe Transport

    Safe and cheap flights are always the most interesting to women when traveling. You should book your flight ticket before traveling about 1-2 months in advance to avoid an unavailable ticket situation, especially during the peak tourist season.

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      The popular transport choice of tourists is a taxi. However “Taxi scams” is the hottest word on travel forums recently because a lot of tourists get into bad situations with taxi drivers such as paying much more money than usual or even fighting. Hence, you should find a reputable taxi branch to call for one. You can ask receptionists in your hotel to help you call the taxi or give you the phone number of a reliable cab service. It is advisable not to catch a taxi on the road to avoid getting scammed.

      6. Say ‘No’ Strongly

      Sometimes, you will hear enticing words such as invitations to the park, a terrace with scenery, beautiful views, or even a free stay in their homes. In such cases, you should say “no” boldly and not worry about seeming unfriendly or impolite.

      In fact, there are a lot of kind local people who really want to help you from their heart, but vigilance is never redundant while traveling alone because you cannot easily distinguish between good and bad people.

      7. Do not Go to Another Place with Strangers

      Most perpetrators of sexual harassment will take their victims to another place where they feel safe to perform their acts.

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      Therefore, when someone who is stranger offers to take you somewhere alone, you should refuse resolutely and remain in a public place or go accompanied by another person you know clearly.

      8. Choose a Safe Residence

      Homestay is popular with tourists, especially people traveling alone on a budget. In fact, the “hostel” type is quite a favorite with tourists, but it has a lot of problems which you should be careful about.

      Homestay means that you will stay with local people and other travelers who you don’t know. Additionally, when deciding stay with local people or in a hostel, you should find more information about the place to make sure of your own safety.

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        9. Do Not Share a Bed with a Stranger

        Despite the advantages of a homestay or hostel, you should think more about other boarding options if the house owner asks you to share the room with a stranger. It may seem like the best time to make new friends with other tourists, but it also puts you at risk of dangers such as theft or sexual harassment.

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        10. Go to the Embassy if Bad Situations Occur

        If anything bad happens, you should stay calm and go to the embassy of your country before you go to the local police. In some countries, the local police may be unfriendly and the rules may not be in your favor. Therefore, you should go directly to your embassy to get the advice and protection to get you home safely.

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        Last Updated on September 28, 2020

        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

        The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

        At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

        Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

        One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

        When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

        So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

        Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

        This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

        Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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        When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

        Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

        One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

        Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

        An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

        When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

        Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

        Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

        We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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        By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

        Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

        While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

        I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

        You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

        Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

        When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

        Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

        Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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        Con #2: Less Human Interaction

        One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

        Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

        Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

        This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

        While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

        Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

        Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

        This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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        For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

        Con #4: Unique Distractions

        Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

        For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

        To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

        Final Thoughts

        Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

        We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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