Have you ever traveled alone? Especially in the places where you are warned not to go alone because of the safety issues?
Definitely not something I was thinking about in much depth when preparing for my first solo trip, but it was bound to happen at some point. Excitement, adrenaline, endorphins. All the best feelings that boil over in that restless long-haul flight into the unknown. On a completely unrelated note—Dad, please don't read this one.
Road trips are a perfect adventure you can plan with your girlfriends to have fun and see amazing places. You should start preparing for the trip at least a few days in advance so you make sure you have everything you need. It is important to have fun and enjoy the process, however, staying safe is a must. So, before you go, make sure everything is in order, and if you need help, read our little guide to figure out what you should keep an eye on.
The global travel industry has witnessed significant expansion in the female solo traveling community.
If you're anything like me, then toughing it out in the wilderness is new, uncharted territory for you. While I love being out in nature to hike for a day and enjoying the view, I'm not afraid to admit that I'm high maintenance. That being said, when it was suggested I camp at Boundary Waters and truly tough it out in the wildness, I was a little apprehensive.
A year ago, on April 29th, 2018, I realized my dream of going to India. It was the dream of my life. It was my project. I was studying with the ambition of going to India at the end. I was working and saving money with the goal of making my dream come true. Finally, the end of my studies two years ago, and the accumulation of small jobs, made my dream come true much faster than anything I could have planned.
While the first time around can be intimidating, travelling alone can be really rewarding. For female solo travellers, there are a few extra precautions that are worth taking, but you can still travel very safely in most areas.
There are lots of people who decide to try themselves abroad. They are trying their luck—with balls—in the world. They stand up to the challenges. Then all of the sudden a feeling hits them stronger than any adventure and devotion: the homesickness. Far away from home we become astonishingly nostalgic and everything becomes better at once—our childhood, our hometown, even the housing estates and the raunchy corner shop. They miss the Hungarian flavors like Petőfi* misses brown bread.
Bali, Indonesia; full of beaches, palm trees, smoothie bowls, surfing and good times. A dream destination for many, especially me. When I realized how accessible Bali was going to be to me whilst in Thailand this fall, I decided to book a ticket from BKK to DPS and explore the island. I wasn't nervous, of course. I had travelled both Vietnam and Thailand by myself, and knew that Bali was going to be a walk in the park. The only thing I was nervous about was that it was going to be absolutely packed with tourists, which let's just say isn't my favourite. As per usual, I was right. Tourists everywhere! (Mainly Aussies) But to be quite honest, it wasn't horrible. The tourists were usually friendly, understanding, and not intimidating. I talked to many people that said they felt bad for vacationing in Bali because they felt as though they were using the Indonesians and bragging about their wealth to them. When you are in Indonesia, it does feel like the locals are catering to your every need. The whole island is a part of this massive tourism industry and I'm sure not one local is not affected by it somehow. In my opinion, I think that it's great; Bali is somewhat of a poverty-stricken island, with many people living in either concrete or bamboo shacks if outside of a city centre. When you are in Bali, you do get hit with this wave of realization that you are vacationing in what you see as heaven, but what locals may see as hell. That is why there are a lot of escorts in Bali; the women want to meet white men with money that can get them off of the island. Now, other than escorting, most people feed into the tourism industry by owning souvenir shops, restaurants, hotels, or transport services. It's great that they have a way of making ends meet and that they are allowing more tourists to visit Bali, but the effect of the poverty-stricken island follows them and the tourists no matter what.
I recently went on my honeymoon to Cairo, Egypt, and was mindful of the fact that it is a country with different views on what is considered appropriate to wear, especially for women. Whilst these may not be views that I can relate to, I wanted to be respectful to their views while I was visiting but still be comfortable in the heat.
The first time I travelled by myself (other than to my grandparents an hour away from home) I was 16, naive and ready to take on the world head-on. Of course I decided to choose the beautiful country of Thailand to travel to by myself, but I didn't take into account how much of a culture shock I was getting myself into. Of course I knew the food was going to be different, and the language was going to be foreign, but I never estimated how differently I would be treated in Thailand compared to my home country of Canada. Luckily, my travels were a part of a Rotary Youth exchange program so I had a local family that I lived with and my host-mom would travel with me absolutely everywhere. But, despite having a great inside to the world of Thai people, I was still hit with an extreme force of what I had gotten myself into. Constantly being stared at, men and women coming up to me and saying that I was "S̄wy" (meaning "beautiful" in Thai), swimming in the ocean and being swarmed with groups of people asking for a photo with me, and many other incidents that left me shaken and worried for what was to come next. Although all of these strange occurrences happened to me, I was surprised, but still felt a sense of security knowing that I had someone to travel with, and thought that it was great that I had these stories to bring back to Canada.
I recently traveled to Texas and obviously flew, you know like being in a plane. I absolutely love traveling and in my seasoned 17 years of flying experience I've learned a few tricks that make flying much more enjoyable.