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What Are Your Tips For Traveling Solo?

What Are Your Tips For Traveling Solo?

Nearly 70 percent of you said all you'd need to travel abroad was a map, money, and passport — no people necessary. Now OnSugar user GuideAfrica is putting that promise to practice and planning a trip to either Namibia or Rwanda. Alone. But, first, she wants advice from us.

She'd like to know how to prepare and still have fun once there in the TrèsSugar group Girls Guidebook to Life. If you've traveled alone anywhere, but especially somewhere remote, tell us what you'd do again and what you wouldn't.

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aistea311 aistea311 6 years
Though it may be scary to ask a complete stranger to take your photo, then ask a couple or someone with kids so you dont feel like they are running away with your camera. It's nice to see yourself in a place outside of your hometown.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
Make a plan to see a few sites that you really want to see. Then, fly by the seat of your pants for the majority of the trip. The locals are the best source for must-see destinations and restaurants.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I've never traveled to as remote an area alone, but I have traveled internationally alone and one of the things I'm really glad I did was stay at smaller, boutique hotels. Of course you can get good customer service anywhere, but I found that the staff at these hotels took more of a personal interest in what I was doing (but not in a creepy, needing to know way, more in a advice-giving way). Maybe I am just paranoid, but I also felt safer knowing that they recognized the people staying at the hotel and would have been more likely to notice if, say, I didn't come back for two days or something. Not to be contrary, but I would actually advise against taking something like an iPad to Namibia or Rwanda. I've heard from countless travel agents that having a piece of technology like that makes you a huge target for crime. I would just go with a basic smartphone because it is nice to have maps at your finger tips. But, I think that is more general travel advice as opposed to advice on traveling alone.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I've never traveled to as remote an area alone, but I have traveled internationally alone and one of the things I'm really glad I did was stay at smaller, boutique hotels. Of course you can get good customer service anywhere, but I found that the staff at these hotels took more of a personal interest in what I was doing (but not in a creepy, needing to know way, more in a advice-giving way). Maybe I am just paranoid, but I also felt safer knowing that they recognized the people staying at the hotel and would have been more likely to notice if, say, I didn't come back for two days or something.Not to be contrary, but I would actually advise against taking something like an iPad to Namibia or Rwanda. I've heard from countless travel agents that having a piece of technology like that makes you a huge target for crime. I would just go with a basic smartphone because it is nice to have maps at your finger tips. But, I think that is more general travel advice as opposed to advice on traveling alone.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
Ask James Franco ;-)>
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 6 years
Ask James Franco ;-)>
ocgrl527 ocgrl527 6 years
To be the on the safe side, email your itinerary to a friend/family member in the United States and have a rule that you'll check in via email everyday or every other day.
mrsld mrsld 6 years
toilet paper and granola bars. TP can be used for its obvious purpose and also as a tissue, a plate, and a thousand other things. Granola bars because then no matter the travel hold ups or otherwise you have something to get you by. Also, when you get a bad belly from travel foods or water your body always does better with something bland and familiar.
mrsld mrsld 6 years
toilet paper and granola bars. TP can be used for its obvious purpose and also as a tissue, a plate, and a thousand other things. Granola bars because then no matter the travel hold ups or otherwise you have something to get you by. Also, when you get a bad belly from travel foods or water your body always does better with something bland and familiar.
provocative provocative 6 years
If you're visiting a non-English speaking country, make a point to learn some local words and phrases like "Hello, How much? Water? Toilet? Thank you". They're useful during emergencies and the locals are more willing to help you when they see you make an effort.
provocative provocative 6 years
If you're visiting a non-English speaking country, make a point to learn some local words and phrases like "Hello, How much? Water? Toilet? Thank you". They're useful during emergencies and the locals are more willing to help you when they see you make an effort.
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