Must have, no if’s and no but’s …. A lot of people think it is a waste of money. . Make sure your insurance includes medical and loss of property. Shop around for a the best deal. Better be Safe then Sorry
This is an excellent way of carrying all different currencies on one card, you can change the currency when the exchange rates are good and you can reload your money while you are overseas. It is safe and simple to use. It works like a credit card with a pin number. You can withdraw money from cash machines. If you use credit card or debit card, it will accumulate bank fees and on the day exchange rates which ends up being quite expensive
Travelling alone, requires you to be organised and safe. If you have a prepay phone, you need to make sure you have enough credit to last you for the time you are away. Charger is very important, once the battery is flat thats that. Charges are expensive to buy overseas and cheap ones can damage your phone.
Solo travellers need to Travel smart, that means a daily reporting system, it can be a simple SMS or Email or Facebook or Viber, message to a friend. If the friend or family can not get hold of you OR haven’t heard from you at least they can call the hotel or police for help.
Solo travelling means you are going to have to carry all your own bags and in some cases for a fair distance. If you are travelling on Trains, Ferries and Buses you will have to be able to walk in and out of the terminals without breaking your back, be very very careful when asking for help, you might not see your bags again.
Shoes that look like sports shoes (runners/sneakers), spells TOURIST from miles, as a solo female traveller you want to blend in the crowd. Shoes are the biggest give away. You see girls dress up really nice and then they go and put on runners with a nice dress or skirt. What is all that about? I know as tourist we walk a lot and I love walking but I am anti sports shoes, specially when you can get so many comfortable, good quality, stylish walking shoes.
One to carry your things like water bottle, umbrella, makeup, camera etc and one small one that you can hang across your shoulder and chest for your cash, card & passport – pick pocketing is big in Europe, Asia, parts of America etc. The last thing you need is to been a victim of pick pocketing. I found having two bags works really well.
Leave this with the friend or family you will be reporting daily to and email a copy to yourself. This is only in case of emergency, if your friend or family is not able to contact you, they will have all the documents that will help with insurance, police etc
This is what I say to all my friends and family – follow your heart , live your dream but please take your brains with you…..TRAVEL SAFE, TRAVEL SMART, TRAVEL SOLO