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Last Updated on December 2, 2021

10 Safety Tips for Women Traveling Alone

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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 January 13, 2022

10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

1. Camping

A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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2. Staycation

You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

3. Island Getaway

People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

4. Fancy Resort

Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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5. Road Trip

The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

6. Charter a Boat

If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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8. Themed Retreats

There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

9. Working Honeymoon

Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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