07/24/13

Safety for Women Solo Travelers

Safety for Women Solo Travelers

Women solo TravelTraveling is one of the best gifts you can give yourself.  As a young person, the world is your oyster and you can pick and choose the life you want to lead and this often includes dreams of travel.  As an older person, you find yourself thinking about living and possibly retiring in an exotic foreign land, but many people think of travel in terms of traveling WITH someone.  What if you were to travel alone?  And what if you were a woman traveling alone?

There are many dangers to traveling, just as there are many dangers to being a race car driver, each has good points and bad points.  A number of women have made the decision to travel alone, and because they are alone there are some special considerations to keeping safe.  These articles below were compiled from around the web to provide some basic safety tips.  You will also find a few blogs from women around the world that have decided on solo travel, check out their blogs posts and follow their progress.  Be sure to comment and let us know what you think about these articles.  Also, if you’d like to add your two cents to this blog with your own travel experiences please let us know…and ALWAYS be safe.

 

 

Solo Female Traveler Blogs

 

Adventurous Kate offers great tid bits of information on her blog.  She states on her blog “At age 26, I quit my job to travel the world alone. I spent six fantastic months in Southeast Asia.”  This is impressive and her insight to travel is priceless.  She offers subscriptions to her blog, and if you’re a woman considering solo-travel, then consider signing up to be on her list.

ALittleAdrift is another female traveler that has parlayed her travel experience into working as a travel writer.  Her bio reads: “Shannon here! I’m a traveling writer (or perhaps a writing traveler) and web consultant. In 2008, I left my home in the States to travel solo around the world … hoping to redefine my story of myself and my story of the world. Years later, I’m still on this journey—sometimes with my niece in tow—traveling slowly and sharing stories of life, culture, and vegetarian eats.”

TheTravelChica has several posts about safety.  Stephanie started her solo travel at 29 through Latin American and continues to explore the world alone and sometimes with friends.  Her adventures and her safety tips are a great intro to some of the places people only dream of traveling to.

Anna has some Badass” tips in this blog for those of you traveling as a solo female – she should know, she’s been living the dream and can offer tips to help your next travel.

 

Articles of Interest

 

These articles listed offer some insight into travel for the solo traveler.  Take some time to read them – they come from different places around the web and offer different points of view.

 

The Most Wonderful Problem For Solo Female Travelers To Have

It is the most wonderful of irritations and problems to have.

That people care enough about my life and well-being and happiness (and the well-being and happiness of my family) to voice uncomfortable questions and concerns in an effort to understand why I would pack up my hiking bag and hop flights all over the world.

I remind myself of this every time I want to pinch the bridge of my nose and let out an exasperated sigh.

Read more—>  http://www.forbes.com/sites/elisadoucette/2013/02/07/sarai-sierra-emphasizes-that-women-need-to-keep-traveling/

 

10 Simple Tips to Keep Yourself Safe on a Solo Adventure Abroad

By  on July 1, 2013

By Megan Hettwer

Solo adventures have a bad reputation – especially for women. But, there’s no reason that us girls shouldn’t enjoy a trip abroad by ourselves. In reality, many destinations abroad are just as safe (and sometimes safer) than our hometowns. If you use the common sense and street smarts that you’ve likely acquired over the years, you can easily have a fantastic solo trip.

 

YES IT IS SAFE TO TRAVEL SOLO AS A FEMALE

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Me traveling solo in Berlin.

Due to recent events in the news of a young 33 year old American mother being found murdered in Istanbul while traveling by herself, the public is questioning “Is traveling solo and especially is traveling solo as a female a safe thing to do?“. The answer that I give you (as a frequent solo traveler myself) along with an overwhelmingly LARGE response from the travel community is YES. Yes it is safe and you will quickly learn from the posts I share below that the problem here that we should focus on is violence against women at home and abroad and has nothing to do with traveling solo or not.

 

10 Safety Mistakes Women Shouldn’t Make When Traveling Alone
August 27, 2012 9:06 am by Caroline Morse

Solo travel can be exhilarating, freeing, and helpful in learning new things about yourself. But solo travelers, especially females, can also be more vulnerable while alone on the road. We spoke to some solo women travel experts who shared their top mistakes to avoid when traveling alone.

 

10 ways for women to stay safe when traveling alone – TechRepublic

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things
Women traveling by themselves need to take some extra precautions. Here are a few practical pointers to help women stay safe on those solo business trips. About half of business travelers are women. Although the travel 

 

07/24/13

Travel to Honduras

Travel to Honduras

Safety should always be a concern when traveling, but it should not be the only reason you decide not to go on that trip you’ve been dreaming of.  There are many places around the world that can seem dangerous and this is usually due to a generalized stereotyping of a certain country or peoples.  The truth is that there are dangerous places, but not as many as people think.  Of course you may not want to walk into a war zone, but many exotic locations have gotten a bad wrap simply because of one or two incidents.

Here are a few posts from around the web and some video you might be interested in.

 

Is Honduras Safe To Travel To?Is Honduras Safe To Travel To?
More than 350 volunteers from all over the world worked together to build schools in northern Honduras this January. We interviewed the volunteers at the wor…

Travel WarningsWarnings to Ensure Travel Safety
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Travel warnings are an attempt to save you … Four of the most-consulted English-language warning sites are … How to Find International Travel Safety

07/24/13

Which airline is better for a Transatlantic Flight

Points and Travel

If you haven’t used your points for travel, then you could be losing out on some great benefits.  This post is from thepointsguy and offers some information you may find useful.  Check those credit cards and find out if you are getting miles for your purchases and if you are then its time to start planning that vacation you’ve been putting off.

Which Product Is Best For A Transatlantic Flight- American, British …
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Without considering frequent flyer miles or anything of that nature, the best product for a transatlantic flight in my opinion is the new American Airlines First Class, which I recently flew from JFK to Sao Paulo in April. I thought it The Boston to Heathrow flights on AA are terrible (old, noisey and poor service) as they still use the old domestic planes and not a transatlantic plane. This is my regular route and BA wins every time and is a good product in all classes of travel.

07/23/13

Sales and Specials

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Lost Luggage Credit Card Protection and The Lack of Coverage …
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Low and behold, even Team TPG is not immune to that predicament and TPG Managing Editor Eric found himself missing his luggage while flying on Air Berlin from Warsaw to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland this week So we called American Express since I had booked Eric’s ticket for 10,000 American AAdvantage miles on AirBerlin and paid the taxes and fees with my Premier Rewards Gold. …. items purchased while the luggage is delayed by the airlines.

07/23/13

Travel News

Press Releases | U.S. Travel Association

http://www.ustravel.org/news/press-releases
Senate DHS Appropriations Bill Will Make Travel Safer, More Efficient Kinzinger that would leverage the benefits of international travel to the United States to create jobs and boost tax revenues. Travel Association, provides analysis on today’s Commerce Department announcement that the U.S. Travel News RSS

 

For only $85 TSA is willing to get you through the line at security with a faster system.

For only $85 TSA is willing to get you through the line at security with a faster system.

It’s late and you’ve a flight to catch, but before you can even begin to think about boarding the aircraft, you have to contend with TSA.  The stories are many and the horror is real but there may be a silver lining, or at least a tarnished one.

The TSA announced a new system that would allow people to make it through security with voluntary background checks and another check for $85 (or $100 for Global travel).  The speedy service will allow you to speed through security like a VIP for a 5 year period.

TSA to expand speedier screening — for a fee

USA TODAY, on Fri, 19 Jul 2013 10:00:51 -0700
Under the expansion, Pre-check would resemble Custom and Border Protection’s popular Global Entry program for international travelers. Participants in Global Entry pay a one-time fee of $100 for five years, fill out a travel questionnaire and submit to

 

 

 

07/22/13

United Airlines Sales

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On the heels of some legacy airlines revamping their elite status programs to include a revenue-based element, with United Adding Premier Qualifying Dollars and Delta Adding Medallion Qualifying Dollars, I wanted to give readers an United currently has a special challenge program for Delta Medallion members: Within 90 days, you will need to fly 7,000 qualifying flight miles or 8 flight segments to retain Premier Silver status, 12,500 qualifying flight miles or 15 

07/22/13

Meet South Africa Trip 2013

 

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Payment provider CSI appointed Robert Lawrence as vice president of travel solutions as part of its “new entry into the corporate travel space,”…

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Australian Travel Bloggers Announce Milestone: 500 Days Of Perpetual Travel
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QUEENSLAND, Australia, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Nicole Connolly and Michael Wright, founders of affordable luxury travel blog Suitcase Stories, are celebrating 500 days of continual travel. With an insatiable desire to travel, this unconventional 

Cathay Pacific enters Latin America market for first time | News …
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Cathay Pacific Airways announced today that it will launch its first ever destination in Latin America with a new scheduled freighter service to Guadalajara, Mexico in last quarter of 2013, subject to government approval. lane between the two regions. “At the same time it will help to further strengthen Hong Kong’s position as one of the world’s busiest international airfreight gateways.” Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa to host glittering World Travel Awards.
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