Location: Safety first! As a single girl, it’s important. Vacation at a place that is safe. Sure, you can go off the beaten track, but then also make sure that you know the place and the locals well. The place should be well connected by air,sea or land. Whatever the transport, make sure you have one ready at any time in case you need to exit fast. As they say, prevention is better than cure.
Culture: Respect the culture of the place that you visit. Try to blend with the locals. In certain countries women are suggested to dress conservatively, especially at religious sites. It is offensive in some places to wear shorts, short skirts, sleeveless. Therefore, dress appropriately according to the place that you visit. Carry a spare skirt or long scarf. That way, you can always “dress up” for the place.
Important contact numbers: Keep all your important numbers handy. The embassy number, the nearest hospital,ICE (In Case of Emergency) number,friends,loved ones. Make it a point to write/call regularly. This is to ensure that your loved ones know that you are still around. Keep a little diary of all important contacts as backup.
Lodging: Stay is very important. If you are single, and travelling on a budget, what you should consider are hostels, couch surfers, etc. Try the search engine for like minded travellers would have posted their experiences along with photographs of these places.This will give you a brief idea of the amenities and type of place that you would like. If you are the frequent traveller, it would be a good idea to look out for a hostel chain. This way you don’t need to research again and are assured of similar quality and services a new vacation spot.
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