Traveling Alone?

By First Posted: Sep 29, 2007 Sat 10:30 AM Updated: Dec 7, 2007 Fri 12:26 AM

Business chores, socialising, holidaying or personal affairs, women no longer wait for someone to take them Sheher Ke Bahar. Now more than ever, women are travelling by themselves.

Though your reasons for travelling are similar to your male counterparts, you have very different concerns. From safety issues to cultural variations, you may encounter a variety of difficulties that can be avoided if some basic precautions are taken.

Know Your Destination
Learn as much about the destination as possible, especially when travelling to a foreign country. An areas religious or cultural beliefs can directly impact you, compelling you to adapt your dress and demeanour to comply with local customs. Also, what is regarded as sexual harassment in one country is part of the social fabric of another, so avoid being overly friendly to new people.

Travel Documents
Make two copies of important travel documentsone set for the trip, and one for friends or family to keep at home.

Packing Smart
Pack light so you wont be weighed down and look weighed down, both of which would make you an ideal target for pickpockets. Avoid expensive looking baggage and clothing and lock all suitcases. Carry only one credit card, and dont keep all your money in one place.

Explore transportation options available at your destination ahead of time, especially if you will be arriving late in the evening. Travel agents can help determine the safest choice and make the necessary arrangements. If renting a car, carefully examine maps, write out directions in advance and always carry a cellular phone.

Know Your Surroundings
Study a map of the area you will be visiting. Learn as much as possible about getting around the streets to avoid looking like a lost tourist. You cannot afford to look vulnerable in an unknown place. Ask your relatives, friends, known people there about where, and, more importantly, where no to go.

Bring home safe memories! With some advance planning and the advice of a professional travel agent, your vacation or business trip can be safe, hassle free and memorable.

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