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Traveling Alone - How to Really Enjoy Yourself
Want to go to a new exciting place, but don't have anyone to tag along? There may be times when you have to travel alone in a foreign land. Whether just for fun or on official business, you have to take safety measures. Traveling alone need not be lonely. It could be fun in more ways than one. Don't be reluctant to travel just because your on your own. Just remember these things:
Research and read about the place you're heading to. Know where's the nearest hotel, restaurant, and such. Make reservations too, if possible. That way, your travel is on a good start.
*Take a city map
You better study how to read maps. Needless to say, these can guide you where you are going, especially if it's the first time you're going to that place. Relying too much on the cab driver is not a good idea.
*Learn the language
Just study the basics, and the most common things you're likely to ask a local. Learn it before you arrive.
*Hide your valuables
Put your guard up. Don't invite muggers to come and get you. Don't wear too much jewelry outside the streets. Use inexpensive accessories.
Check what the locals wear on a given time of day. You don't want your clothes screaming you're a tourist. The lesser attention you draw to yourself, the better.
*Don't be afraid to ask for directions
It would be okay to ask someone for directions, but be sure you are going to choose who to ask. You can ask a waiter in restaurant, or the receptionist in your hotel. Just be sure you get all information. Asking from a complete stranger outside is not advisable.
*Bring some cash
Take just enough. Traveler's checks and credit cards are good, and it could be your primary mode of payment, but you might want to keep a few extra dollars in your pocket with local money.
*Enjoy your self
Well, you are traveling alone, so make the most of it. Make friends with a local. Talk to somebody over lunch in a café. Get the addresses of the friends you make to send them a thank you card. Maybe next time, you'd be their host.
Traveling alone can be your best experience. With solo traveling, you will definitely learn more about your self and what you can do. Try it. It would be fun!