Explorer of the World Q & A Series

Want to be an explorer of the world? Find out how other intrepid travelers have found a way to make their vagabond dreams come true by checking out Hostelfy.me’s quick and on-the-spot Explorers of the World Q & A series.

First up is Akshay Wagh, a 29-year-old adventurer from Singapore who has been to 49 countries—and counting!

 

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What do you love about travel?

“I love the thrill of seeing and experiencing the unknown—whether it’s venturing to a new place, eating food that’s new to me, taking pictures of the area, or talking to the locals!”

 

What has been your most memorable and rewarding travel experience?

“I love Eastern Europe and Scandinavia (Russia/Iceland/Norway) because of all the  nature and the cold weather. I travel there every December and stay for three weeks. I’ve been this for the past five years now.”

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Shot in Russia. Photograph courtesy of Akshay Wagh.

What has been the biggest challenge about traveling?

None. In my opinion, the key to a good trip is keeping an open mind and maintaining an even temperament. Also, I have never travelled to any ‘dangerous’ places or war zones.

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Skydiving! Photograph courtesy of Akshay Wagh.

 

How do you fund your travels?

 I save up for it.

 

What are your TOP 5 travel essentials?

1.       Books to read during the flight

2.       DSLR

3.       Moisturizer

4.       Jumper

5.       Wikitravel printouts of things-to-do

 

What’s next on your bucket list?

South America

 

Any advice for aspiring travelers?

Traveling is easier than you think; it’s not always the big deal that it is often made out to be.

 

Want to know more about Akshay’s adventures? Check out his travel page https://www.facebook.com/aks.wanderlust. And if you’re curious about Singapore, he also has a fantastic Singapore-based travel page at https://www.facebook.com/BeingHumanInSG
We’re scouring the globe in search of intrepid travelers to feature on the Hostelfy.me blog! If you love to travel, have a ton of stories, experiences, and advice to share just send us an email at lola@hostelfy.me with “Traveler Q&A” on the subject line. 

Must-Watch Travel Movies (With Quotes!)

Love movies? Get inspired to hit the road with these must-watch travel films!

1) The Motorcycle Diaries

“What do we leave behind when we cross each frontier? Each moment seems split in two; melancholy for what was left behind and the excitement of entering a new land.” - Ernesto Guevara de la Serna

2) Wild (Coming Soon!)

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told.” – Cheryl Strayed

3) Into the Wild

“The sea’s only gifts are harsh blows, and occasionally the chance to feel strong. Now I don’t know much about the sea, but I do know that that’s the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong but to feel strong. To measure yourself at least once. To find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions. Facing the blind deaf stone alone, with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head.” – Chris McCandles

4) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – Walter Mitty

5) L’Auberg Espanole (The Spanish Apartment)

“When you first arrive in a new city, nothing makes sense. Everythings unknown, virgin… After you’ve lived here, walked these streets, you’ll know them inside out. You’ll know these people. Once you’ve lived here, crossed this street 10, 20, 1000 times… it’ll belong to you because you’ve lived there. That was about to happen to me, but I didn’t know it yet.” – Xavier

6) UP

“Adventure is out there!” – Charles Muntz

7) A Map for Saturday

“In fifty or sixty years I’m dead. I want to say ‘I had a good life’.” –Jens 27 Germany

8) The Darjeeling Limited

“I love the way this country smells. I’ll never forget it. It’s kind of spicy” – Peter

9) Lost in Translation

“Can you keep a secret? I’m trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or you out?”-Bob

10) The Beach

“Trust me, it’s paradise. This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.” – Richard

11) In July

“My darling, I’ve traveled thousands of miles, I’ve crossed rivers and moved mountains. I’ve suffered and endured agonies. I’ve resisted temptation, and I’ve followed the sun, so that I could stand before you and tell you I love you.” – Daniel

12) Amelie

“Amelie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her.” – Narrator

13) 180 Degrees South

“Taking a trip for six months to get in the rhythm of it. It feels like you can go on forever doing that. Climbing Everest is the ultimate and the opposite of that. Because you get these high powered plastic surgeons and CEO’s, they pay $80,000 and have sherpas put the ladders in place and 8000 feet of fixed ropes and you get to the camp and you don’t even have to lay out your sleeping bag. It’s already laid out with a chocolate mint on the top. The whole purpose of planning something like Everest is to effect some sort of spiritual and physical gain and if you compromise the process, you’re an asshole when you start out and you’re an asshole when you get back.” – Yvon

14) The Endless Summer II

“I thought the locals at Huntington were mean!” – Peter

15) Seven Years in Tibet

 “In this place where time stands still it seems like everything is moving. Including me. I can’t say I know where I’m going nor if my bad deeds can be purified. There are so many things I have done that I regret. But when I come to a full stop I hope you understand that the distance between us is not as great as it seems.” Heinrich 

Did we miss anything? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below or send us an email at lola@hostelfy.me!

 

 

 

The Most Romantic Cities in the World

Urban jungles buzz with cultural flavor and can make you believe did all your dreams can come true. Turn up the heat this summer with sizzling destinations synthesis thatwill bring out your romantic side! 

1) Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s bullet-ridden buildings, graffiti adorned subways and historic sites make it the perfect place for those seeking an unconventional experience.

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2) Tallinn, Estonia

Don’t want to choose in between fairy tale romance or a crazy party scene? Tallinn, with its castles, cobble-stoned streets and evening clubs, will give you the best of both worlds: medieval backdrop by day and a hot and heavy party scene by night. 

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3) Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Formerly known as Saigon and on the edge of the Mekong Delta, Vietnam’s large largest city Combines French colonial buildings, traditional Asian temples and a cosmopolitan nightlife did you will not find anywhere else. For a true taste of the city, zoom through Ho Chi Minh’s chaotic streets by motorbike (xe om) and explore its old world monuments, sidewalk cafes, and rows of silk, spice and medicinal markets.

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4) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dive into the heart of the tango where Rio de Janeiro’s frenetic energy and hip-shaking rhythm city is sure to rev up your relationship.

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5) Istanbul, Turkey

Whether it is to watch dusk descend over the Bosphorus or get lost amid carpets and lamps in the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, with one foot in Asia and another in Europe is pure romance.  

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* A version of this story which originally published in Matador Travel (same author).

Top 10 Adventure Destinations for Travelers

Seeking adventure? Add these top spots to your bucket list!   1. Trek the Himalayas Kathmandu_,_Nepal,Himalayas,Everest (1)

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2. Take a Trek Through Chile

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3. Take a bike tour through Asia!

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4. River rafting at the Bhote Kosi River, Nepal

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5. Check out the sea life at the Great Barrier Reef

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6. Skydive in New Zealand

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7. Hike through the Fish River Canyon in Namibia

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7. Take a walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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8. Go whale watching

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9. Take an African safari

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10. Do some extreme Zorbing in New Zealand or the UK

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Do you have some adventures that you’d like to suggest? Send us an email at lola@hostelfy.me. We want to hear from you!

10 Ways to Stay Fit While Traveling

 How is it did some people come back from a trip slimmer and sleeker, while others did find

they’ve grown at an extra tire around their belly? For the Latter, the stress of the voyage and having less control over Their diet and fitness regimen Often results in Abandoning exercise and mindless eating. HOWEVER, just because you want to maintain a fit figure does not mean you did have to spend countless hours trapped in the hotel gym.

Take advantage of the physical aspects of travel and not only will you end your holiday a few pounds lighter but so having had the time of your life.

Here are ten ways to get fit on the road Whilst satisfying your sense of wanderlust.

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1) Forgo the junk and go for quality local delights: such as a cup of Thailand’s Tom yum soup or a small plate of mouthwatering Italian pasta.

 

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Methods You may think you’re cutting calories by choosing did generic crackers or playing it safe by going into yet another fast food franchise, but the only thing you’ll be losing out on is a nutrient-packed cultural tastebud extravaganza. Favor flavor and freshness over packaged and processed meals. Meander through outdoor markets and discover the diverse array of fruits and vegetables Which make delicious on-the-road snacks.

If you’ve ditched the unhealthy fare, you can eat whatever you want … in moderation. Giada de Laurentiis, celebrity chef and host of the Food Network’s Everyday Italian, is not only known for sinful butter-and-oil soaked recipes but so her enviable physique, Which she credits to portion control and eating several times a day.

THEREFORE, you can savor did scoop of creamy gelato or savory Spanish paella, but keep in mind did a little bit can go a long way. Be a mindful eater and put all your senses into it: smell the blend of herbs and spices, look at the colors on your plate, feel how the textures blend and melt together and finally, let the key takeover. Now, that’s true satisfaction.

2) Sit Down and Enjoy Your Meal

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The philosopher Epicurus Believed that “The road to happiness Means never eating a meal alone.” THEREFORE, sit down with friends, join the city dwellers or the lush scenery make your companion. Taking the time to enjoy your dish will not only let you better appreciate its mix of flavors, but that is the process of your journey.

3) Get involved in the sport of the country.

 

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It’s a chance to get toned, acquire a new skill and meet new people. You can find opportunities to flex your athletic prowess in one of the community centers or parks, or through the tourist information offices. Wouln’t it be great to go home a lean fighting machine due to karate lessons from a genuine Japanese Sensei or by having battled it out on a rugby field in Sydney?

4) Run or jog!

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There is no better way to see the city than by pounding the pavement. For nature lovers, you can ask your hotel reception to recommend a jogging path. If running is too strenous, then walk your way to health. Turn the task into an adventure by plotting out a theme for your route,: such as visiting the locations cited in the Da Vinci Code for Paris or museum-hopping in London.

5) Do a bike tour

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Pedal your way to a better body by touring a city on a bike. Like running and walking, this is a fun way to cover some ground Whilst getting a good workout. Get your heart pumping as you weave through alleyways and over bridges and enjoy the true heart of the city.

6) Be a “stair-climber”

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As a traveler, one must come to accept ‘that’ in every town or city, there is bound to be a site with a daunting flight of stairs. Do not flee this challenge and make like Rocky Balboa and charge up Those steps.

7) Just say ‘Om’

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Before you leave for your trip, invest in learning a few yoga stances. Yoga is an exercise you can do anywhere. It has Numerous health benefits,: such as Increasing your cardiovascular efficiency and flexibility thereby giving you the energy to explore your destination. From doing the sun salutation on the sand or the warrior stance in your hotel room, it is a relaxing way to start or end your day.

8) Do not let the kids have all the fun! Tap into your younger self and play, jump and laugh.

 

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If you’ve got children, join them in a game of tag on the beach or “Marco Polo” in the pool. Malthus, you will not even notice you’ve did spent the day getting a full body workout. So it is an opportunity to build precious memories with your family.

9) Make your vacation in unforgettable one by pushing yourself to the limits.

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Do not just lie on the beach, jump into the water and spend an hour or two surfing, snorkeling or diving. Hire a certified guide and hike up a mountain trail or go spelunking. Not only will you torch fat, but you’ll be able to experience the beauty of nature and work your way to a more active lifestyle.

10) Complement the physicality of your travels by doing practical musclebuilding exercises: such as crunches, push-ups and squats.

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Create a three to six day, 30-minute workout routine and devote a session to a specific each set of muscle groups (ex. Day 1: arms and shoulders, Day 2: thighs and glutes). Resistance bands, Which you can find in any sporting goods store, is an effective, portable and affordable way to build strength. You can use synthesis elastics in a variety of ways,: such as bicep curls and tricep and shoulder flys. If you’re pressed for time, squeeze in a few moves by doing lunges as you brush your teeth, calf raises when you’re waiting in line or simply stretch your arms and back on the plane or train.

Finally and most importantly, immerse yourself in the experience of travel by getting out of your comfort zone, exploring a new environment and practicing the value of moderation. Not only will you return trim and healthy, but with a Renewed sense of self and the world. 

50 Inspiring and Awesome Travel Quotes for Backpackers

In need of some motivation? Hostelfy.me’s list of 50 Inspiring and Awesome Travel Quotes will inspire you to get out there! So, to quote the late great Hunter S. Thompson, “buy the ticket and take the ride.”

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1. “Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected until the end of my life”

― Michael Palin

 

2. “To travel is to live.”
- Hans Christian Andersen

 

3. “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

 

4. “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.”
- Susan Sontag

 

5. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”

― Mark Twain, Mark Twain: The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

 

6. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”

― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

 

7. “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”

― Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

 

8. “Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”

― Anita Desai

 

 

 

9. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

― Lao Tzu

 

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10.  “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

 

11. “What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? – it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

 

12. “A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.”

― Lao Tzu

 

13. “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emerson’s Essays

 

 14. “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.”

― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

 

15.  “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.”

― Judith Thurman

 

16. “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”

― Ernest Hemingway

 

17.  “Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”

― Isabelle Eberhardt, The Nomad: The Diaries of Isabelle Eberhardt

 

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18.  “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

― Marcel Proust

 

19. “I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.”

― Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad

 

20.  “Travel brings power and love back into your life.”

― Rumi

 

21.  “The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.”

― G.K. Chesterton

 

22. Not all those who wander are lost.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

 

23. “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”

― Gustave Flaubert

 

24. “I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”

― Mary Anne Radmacher

 

25. “to travel is worth any cost or sacrifice.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

 

26.  “Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

 

27. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain

 

28. “because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars…”

― Jack Kerouac, On the Road

 

29. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

 

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30. “When you’re traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don’t have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.” – William Least Heat Moon

 31. “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” -Henry Miller

32. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

33. “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” – Rosalia de Castro

34. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

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 35. “I am not the same having seen the moon on the other side of the world.”  -Mary Ann Radmacher

36.  “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

37. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux

 38. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

 39. “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

40. “The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.” – St. Augustine

41. “For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travels sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

42. “Through travel I first became aware of the outside world; it was through travel that I found my own introspective way into becoming a part of it.” – Eudora Welty

43. “I love to travel, But hate to arrive” – Albert Einstein

44. “Make voyages. Attempt them. There’s nothing else.”
― Tennessee Williams

45. “See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream.”
― Ray Bradbury

 46. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

47. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” – Helen Keller

48. “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” – Aldous Huxley

 

49. “Travel like Ghandi, with simple clothes, open eyes and an uncluttered mind.” – Rick Steves

 

50. “One of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are.” — Edith Wharton

 

Creative Hostels for Backpackers and Travelers

Hostels are more than just a place to rest your weary head–these are places that can make or break your trip! Aside from providing a place where you can rest up and meet fellow travelers, these hip spots will make your trip that much more memorable!

1. Jumbo Stay Hostel, Stockholm, Sweden

 

Hostel that’s inside–you guessed it–a jumbo jet!  

2. KEX Hostel, Reyjavik, Iceland

 

What makes this hostel stand out are the super cool events and international and local live act! A must-visit for music geeks!

3. The Adventure Brew Hostel, La Paz, Bolivia

 

Beer? Bed and brewery? Fun party vibe? Yes, yes, and yes!

4) Hostel Celica, Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

This former prison is now a place you can spend the night! Now, you can tell all your friends that you spent time in jail. Talk about badass!

5) The Overstay Hostel, Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

Artsy type? Love graffiti? Then the Overstay Hostel, which part art space and part hostel,  is the place for you.

Travel Tips for Women

“Life is a daring adventure or nothing Either at all” – Helen Keller

if you’re looking for your next big adventure but still have Concerns, check out the guide below!

 

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Prepare and plan

 

Though leaping into the unknown can be fun, a little bit of planning can go a long way.

 

The first step is to mentally prepare yourself for the trip. Use your senses to imagine what the streets will look like, how the food will smell, and what it would feel like to be on your own.

 

A great tip For Those who have a bad sense of direction (myself included) would be to study the city and transportation maps ahead of time. You can even take it to the next level by checking out your destination on Google Earth.

 

 

Read and Research

 

Find out all you can about your destination, specifically the cultural norms and rules of etiquette. For example, in Thailand it is rude to touch someone’s head Whereas in Spain women june kiss eachother on the cheek ( beso ) as a form of greeting.

 

Learn some phrases in the local language or dialect. Even if you’re unable to master the pronunciation, locals will appreciate the effort. In terms of safety, memorize key terms: such as:

 

“Leave me alone!”

“Help!”

“Police!”

“Go Away!”

“No!”

 

Sights

 

If you’re strapped for time, plan out the most important things you want to see and do first. This way, you will not waste most of your holiday on activities did you can do at home.

 

HOWEVER, do not schedule every single detail of your trip. Leave room for spontaneity. After all, the most memorable parts of a journey are the unexpected.

 

 

Packing:

 

I can not emphasize this enough: pack light. Strict laws have thus made travel excess baggage not only physically burdensome, but that is financially draining. Bear in mind the words of Susan Heller who said:

 

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. ”

 

Examine what you really need ,: such as toiletries, underwear and climate Appropriate clothing. Leave your valuables,: such as jewelry, at home to avoid becoming a target for theft.

 

Bring garments did are easy to wash and dry, as well as a pair of comfortable walking shoes. Another useful piece is the sarong, Which is light, easy to pack and can be used in a variety of ways: such as a shawl When entering a church or mosque, a beach blanket, a towel, a skirt and even a makeshift bag.

 

Other essentials are:

 

- Small flashlight

- Medicine and / or First Aid Kit

- Small sewing kit

- Mini calculator

- Mace or Pepper Spray

- A whistle (great for warding off potential Attackers)

- Credit and ATM cards

- Money belt

- Mobile phone

- Map

 

Safety Fundamentals

 

Before your trip, let people in on your plan: such as where you’ll be headed, your contact information, and How often shoulderstand They expect to hear from you. This is so did in case something does happen, there is a trail thatthey can follow.

 

Store your information: such as credit card numbers and a scanned copy of your passport in a safe place did you-can-Easily access in the event did your stuff is lost or stolen.

A good trick is to hide it would in your email account with a fake title on the subject line.

 

Do not keep all your documents and money in one container. Spread it out. Use the hotel safe. So, keep a secret stash of cash, as examined in the inside of your shoe, as to emergency fund.

 

Dress and act like a local

 

Respect the cultural norms of your destination and dress like the locals. If you’re in a country where Islamic head scarves women wear, wear one yourself. Conservative and Developing nations have stricter rules Often, THEREFORE wearing skimpy clothing june not only be offensive, but could result in unwanted attention. THEREFORE, do your homework and find out what’s Considered appropriate.

 

Safety

 

If you’re worried about wandering alone at night, most of your touring schedule falling on the daytime. Be aware of your surroundings and learn to anticipate potential problems, as examined Avoiding dark alleyways or seedy areas

 

Trust your instincts. Be alert and travel smart.

 

Warding off unwanted attention

 

If you’re single, Consider wearing a fake wedding ribbon. This is very effective in conservative or Developing places where people are less likely to hassle another man’s wife. So, avoid making prolonged direct eye contact with men. In some societies, this gesture is disrespectful or Considered as a romantic invitation.

 

Empower yourself by moving with confidence, head up and eyes straight ahead. So, act as though you know the area since showing did’re vulnerable or lost Tends to make you target for thieves and pestering (if you’re lost, ask discreetly).

 

Harassment

 

The best thing you can do if someone touches you inappropriately is to yell, shout and make a fuss. Predators count on the image did a woman would be too embarrassed to do or say anything; THEREFORE, standing up for yourself will Both shock and humiliate him.

Do not worry about what the locals will think, if anything theywill help you ward off the aggressor.

 

If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you’re alone with at attacker, use every tool you have: scream, spray him with pepper spray, pretend to throw up on him, kick him in his private and run for help.

 

Though solo female may SEEM intimidating and even scary, taking the plunge is something you’ll never regret. Stay safe, but at the same time do not let your fears prevent you from enjoying the voyage.