Solo Female Travel Safety Tips

Prior preparation and planning

Researching your destination is vital and time spent researching is never wasted. Study the culture and get a general feel for the country. Is it a Muslim country? If so then ensure you have packed the correct clothing, think about how to dress and blend in accordingly. Does the country have strict laws on how a female should ‘behave’? As individual travelers we may not agree with particular country views but it is extremely important to be a respectful traveler in a foreign country to avoid trouble. Does the country have a culture of ‘hassling’ females, is there a history of sexual attacks against females, all these issues need to be identified prior to departure. With prior knowledge you can then plan to adapt to the environment.

Interact with fellow travelers

When one heads out on travel ‘alone’ it is rare that you remain alone once overseas (unless solo travel is actively pursued). There will always be people traveling the same ‘route’ or solo travelers in the same hostel or accommodation. Friendships are made and bonds formed through the mutual interests of travel and adventure. These new connections can provide additional safety, for example through other people watching out for you, other people to travel with, new friends to share taxis and buses with. While it is necessary to be open to new friendships it is essential to your personal safety to keep up situational awareness at all times.

Lose the jewelry

Try and avoid shiny or expensive looking jewelry and accessories. Nice watches, bracelets, necklaces and alike should be avoided. The same goes with top of the range phones, laptops and cameras.

Plan routes

Whether you are coming home from a bar, beach or museum think about what route you will take. Avoid quiet areas, alleyways or other perceived areas of risk. Always think about using a taxi and make sure it is from a reputable company that you have been recommended.

Don’t be misinterpreted

Sometimes it is necessary to think about what signals one may be giving off and ensure they are not interpreted incorrectly. Try avoiding prolonged eye contact with strangers, chatting excessively and being ‘overly’ friendly. For example, sitting in the front seat of a taxi and over sharing with the driver on a way back from a bar may give the wrong signals in some foreign destinations. If you are eating alone, perhaps take a book so as not to invite unwanted conversation.

This is not about one’s actual intentions; it is not about whether a woman should have to curtail her normal daily practice of smiling, talking freely and just being happy. Unfortunately in different cultures certain behaviors we define as ‘normal’ or ‘friendly’ are interpreted differently. Changing particular behavior is about being grey and not drawing too much unwanted attention. It is not for us to discuss the rights and wrongs of culture and practices in certain countries and regions, merely to adapt and decrease risk to ourselves.

Follow your gut

The trick to avoiding danger is to pre-empt situations and allow yourself time to react. This comes down to training and practice, we strongly advocate learning from professionals about how to identify risk and react accordingly, but a good rule of thumb is: Follow your instinct. If something feels wrong, there is a good chance it is wrong. React immediately to ensure your safety and worry about whether you were right or wrong later, when you are a 100% safe.

Pre-empt and visualize

We advise women that to survive situations they must pre-empt dangers, allowing time to react and visualize their next actions to allow for an effective response. What do we mean by this? We will use a nightclub fire as an example. In times of life and death, chivalry has been proven to fly out the window 9 out of 10 times. Panic sets in and a stampede effect can occur. If men and women are panicking, rushing to the one main exit that everyone had come in from, then men will by majority overpower women and the inevitable crushing and trampling will occur. What if as the solo female you had taken two minutes to pre-empt a risk and visualized an effective response. In this case identified secondary fire exits and visualized using them in an emergency. By pre-empting and visualizing a reaction in this case of the nightclub fire, whilst everyone was stampeding for the main doors, one would have been able to utilize a secondary exit and ensure survival through forethought and planning, not strength and speed.

Situational Awareness

Being aware of one’s surroundings is of vital importance to identify threats early. This is why we teach basic anti-surveillance to all our students. Criminals and predators may stalk their prey for a short time prior to an attack to provide the best opportunity of when to strike. With increased observational skills and awareness, chances of spotting an attack or threat are significantly heightened and allow a person time to react. This is also useful in avoiding pick-pockets, muggers, opportunistic criminals and many other dangers.

Hotel and Accommodation Security

Choose accommodations wisely by researching areas through travel forums, hotel websites, etc. Is the hotel or hostel well managed? Is the surrounding area safe to travel after dark? Does the hotel or hostel have good security? This does not mean stay in a 5 star hotel everywhere; it can mean spending a few dollars more to be in a reputable area but still in a backpacker hostel. We can provide extra layers of safety for ourselves, for example when traveling we advise carrying a secondary door lock ($5 worth and small enough to put in your pocket) providing this secondary layer of security. In addition never open your hotel or hostel door unless 100% certain, even if the claim is housekeeping.

Final Thought

Everything discussed above are merely tips and tricks of the trade. I have traveled extensively throughout my life and am still learning new ways to adapt and handle situations. This is why we have developed our travel safety courses. Professionals from all walks of life train constantly to ensure peak performance and to be prepared. We believe it should be the same for travelers. Take control and be responsible for your own safety through prior preparation. Travel is one of the great adventures life has to offer; it is worth taking the time to prepare accordingly to eliminate potential threats and ensure you have an experience of a lifetime.

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How Travel Directories Are Helpful for Common Travllers

It’s vacation time already and you are still undecided about your destination.

More and more people are now looking to go to exotic and adventurous tourist spots. International travel numbers for 2012 have already hit one billion. This excludes people who travel to domestic locations in their own countries. Now, more than just exploring the sights themselves, people would also like others to share their experience to others. People from around the world are now maintaining regular blogs, twits, pictures, and posts on their travelling experience.

Irrespective of such optimistic numbers, there are several thousands of people who still consider travelling abroad as risky. They wish to be intrepid and adventurous travelers but are scared of a potential bad experience, losing their money, or general safety when travelling to new and unexplored places.

For such people and even for regular travelers, travel directories are very helpful. A travel directory is a directory which contains a list of travelling sites, including hotel booking, travel guides, flight reservation, car rentals, and so on.

Some popular uses of travel directories are:

    • To choose a destination for your vacation: You want to visit a beach resort. With a travel directory, you can browse all the available beaches in the world which offer unparalleled fun and relaxation. You can read users’ feedback and get an idea of the cost, facilities, and location of various destinations.
    • To view potential tour sites or hotels: Whether you are booking a hotel or a resort, you would like to get an idea of what it looks like inside and outside. Travel sites in a travel directory offer 360-degree view and real photographs of different sites. So before you spend money, you can get an idea of what that hotel or tourist site really looks like.
    • To view videos of a tourist destination: People now also post videos of the places they have visited in travel directories. Instead of promotional videos, you can view real-life videos posted by travelers to get an idea of the location and have a general feel of the place.
    • To read personal experience of travelers through blogs: Most People are now in the habit of creating and maintaining blogs. There are so many travel blogs on the Internet today that the challenge is to identify the one that provides the most relevant information. With travel directories, you can identify the most popular and useful travel blogs and follow them.
  • To post your individual holiday information: Not only you can follow travelling sites and blogs, but you can also upload your personal experience in a travel directory. You will be very satisfied when you will see a lot of strangers gaining from your personal travelling tips and feedback and be able to build an entirely new network of friends with regular travelers who share your taste. To save time, you can just upload pictures and videos of your travel on the directory and give a brief label. Even that would be very useful to fellow travelers.

Finally, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. Travel directories are very important in helping you arrive at the next place you intend to visit so that you can plan your travel effectively and prudently.

Author is a professional content writer with an expertise in travel content writing.

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The Pros and Cons of Tour Travelling

There are pros and cons to both taking a tour and to planning a trip on your own and being in control of your own destinations. I have done both and have enjoyed each one.

Pros of Tour Travelling:

– Everything is looked after for you, i.e.: your large pieces of luggage. You just have to look after your personal items and get where you’re supposed to be on time. When travelling on your own, you are in charge of all your luggage and it can be a lot of hard work depending on the type of travel and places you are going.

– Many of the meals are included. You don’t have to scout around or find suitable restaurants. For the meals not included, restaurants, or at least areas, will be recommended to you with suggestions of places to stay away from.

– You have a pretty good idea of what your trip is going to cost you. There will be extra costs but you can limit them because you know what they will be, i.e.: optional tours, the meals that are not included and of course, souvenir shopping and general spending money.

– You have many friendly (hopefully) travelling companions, especially if travelling on your own. And often there is the option of room sharing to cut down on the costs.

– When travelling in a group there can be a lot of laughter and camaraderie adding to the enjoyment of the trip. I definitely found this to be the case.

– Your various modes of transportation have been taken care of for you. You don’t need to find out train schedules and prices, metro stations and if in a foreign country, how to get along with a language unfamiliar to you. All will be taken care of for you.

– There are explanations and historical commentary about the areas you are travelling through. It’s always nice to get to know the area you are travelling in. Tour travel means you will know without having to search it out for yourself either before your trip or after.

– The included meals are usually quite good and almost always includes breakfast and many of the dinners.

– Besides the optional tours you can choose to take, being on a tour includes many interesting places you may not have been able to get to on your own or have known about. An example of this was when we were in the Outback of Australia and we went into the bush and had dinner; when we were able to try some bush food of the variety that the Aboriginals eat, and the opportunity to be able to try and throw a boomerang.

– During free time, you have the option of staying with your tour group or of exploring on your own. The choice is there to be able to do what you want.

The Cons of Tour Travelling:

– The destinations may not be exactly what you would have chosen on your own. Tours include certain areas, i.e.: you may go to a particular park, a certain area in the city or a factory that you may not have wished to do had you been on your own.

– The trip is generally more rushed than it may be if you were travelling on your own. You are more in control of your travel decisions if you have planned your own trip.

– You have the opportunity to change your mind about what you’re going to do on any given day and do something else. You are more able to be a free spirit.

– Your time is your own and your decision whether to spend the day relaxing on some wonderful beach you’ve just found or enjoying other experiences. When travelling with a tour group you don’t have this opportunity. You go where they go, when they go, or you get left behind.

– You can better make the decision about how you are going to spend your money. When travelling on your own, you may decide to stay at budget hotels or even hostels which is not done when travelling with a tour group. You may decide that by doing this, you’ll have extra money to be able to see more of the sights. This is also the case when travelling by train and public transportation versus flying or going on tour coach buses.

For myself, visits to different countries would determine which way I decide to travel. I think on a trip to African and going on safaris, or if going to Brazil, I would choose to join a tour group. But if I was going to visit Ireland and Scotland, I would rather plan my own trip, choosing my own places to stop and possibly rent a car for travelling. Any decision would have to be, by necessity, based also on whether it is a single person, a couple or a family and even the age of the travellers would need to be a consideration.

When I went to Europe with my daughter-in-law, we planned our own trip, staying in hostels and travelling on public transportation. It worked well for us. The only tour we signed up with was one to Pompeii. Both ways of travel, however, have their pros and cons and each must be evaluated on their own merits.

Sylvia Behnish has had numerous articles published in magazines and newspapers in both Canada and the United States on subjects relating to travel.

She has also published a non-fiction book entitled ‘Rollercoaster Ride With Brain Injury (For Loved Ones)’, ‘His Sins’, a three generation family saga and, ‘Life’s Challenges, A Short Story Collection’.

For more information on travel, near and far, go to: http://sebehnish.blogspot.com. Pictures of the various places are on the site as well. Enjoy!

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Why International Business Travellers Need Specialized Travel Insurance Cover

In this work driven world, people are goal-oriented and often financially driven; and sometimes people take for granted the importance of physical safety. Insurance makes security tangible. The insurance industry has delved its hands into various aspects of life, securing animals to kids to education to cars. You name it, insurance can secure it. Insurance has become so important in our everyday life that it’s now considered an imperative need.

The largest group of insurance companies are engaged in the travel insurance business. These insurance companies typically offer specialised policies to business travellers. The policies cover risks associated with international or domestic travel which include accidents, deaths, trip cancellations, lost tickets, damage to properties like car rentals and other concerns related to travelling. Procuring this type of insurance is important because it provides security not only to the traveller but also the employer.

Business travellers, especially those travelling internationally, are people on the go. Their employers are potential policy holders. Business travellers are exposed to more risks. The risk covered by the corporate travel insurance is unique to the business the traveller represents. For example, a business traveller working as a car dealer meets an accident while on a Cessna plane can be compensated by a travel insurance covering the risks of medical expenses while working on the job. In getting a corporate travel insurance policy, it is important to tailor the policy in order to cover all the risks that the business traveller is exposed to in relation to the work he’s involved in. Equity dictates that tailored fit policies are necessary for the safety and security of both the employer and the business travellers because of the basic reason that their travels are considered work; it is but a natural obligation for the employers to compensate and insure them.

Corporate travel insurance differs from the usual holidaymaker insurance because it cover more risks and could be specialised in accordance to the type of business the business traveller represents. For example, if the business traveller is working for mining company, the travel insurance policy can include accidents met while visiting a mining site. Because of this specialisation feature, the premium paid for these corporate travel insurance is higher than the usual travel insurance.

A tailored corporate insurance policy is being offered by various insurance companies. One of the most comprehensive policies is the group business travel insurance. For this type of insurance, it is important that the insured or the policy holder is the employer and the beneficiaries are the employees or group members. As to the requirements, each insurance policy provides for different requirements; basically if the employer can pay the premium and the insurance company is willing to cover the risk then a tailored group business insurance policy can be issued.

People work to earn a living. Often than not their work is the cause of their injuries. It is important for employers as well to prevent lawsuits filed by employees they send for travel. The best and equitable solution is to procure corporate travel insurance.

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Dangerous Travel Safety Checklist

The world is never going to be completely safe for travellers. It is actually one of the benefits of travel that it requires a somewhat adventurous spirit as one ventures outside of their comfort zone. But travellers also want to have an experience that engenders as few possible unforeseen problems as possible, and that requires some planning. Following some basic safety tips prior to travelling to a more remote, or in any other way dangerous destination, will provide a more enjoyable trip.

Travel Information

One of the keys to survival, no matter where a person may be travelling, is that the traveller informs friends and family where they are going and provide a travel itinerary. Although the itinerary may be sketchy, it is always best to alert someone as to probable destinations and possible times of arrival and departure. This way, if something does happen, someone will be aware that something has occurred.

Money

It is always necessary to ensure that one has enough money available to both enjoy the trip and return once the trip is over. This means that there are funds available to cover anything from a medical issue to lost or stolen money. If travel is to a very out-of-the-way location, it may be difficult to recover finances immediately. This means that the travellers need to be creative with the way they finance the trip and carry the money for it. The travellers need to make sure that they always have money on hand in different locations in their luggage and on their person. Since travellers check are insured this is an excellent location for some funds, but since they are not recognized everywhere in the world, the country’s currency is also a must. Carry some home country money, some in the form of plastic, a substantial amount in the visited countries currency and some travellers checks.

Buy Travel Insurance

Many different companies are now selling travel insurance for individual adventures because vacationers are more likely to choose a dangerous destination than in times past. Though many will seek out resorts that guarantee safety (at least to a large extent), many would rather have the true eco-experience and seek the interior. Travel insurance can cover a variety of issues that may arise, depending on the needs of the individual. This can include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Lost or stolen item insurance
  • Repatriation if identification is lost
  • Monetary coverage if money is lost or stolen

Many more specific items can be covered depending on the needs of the consumer, the travel destination and the expense of the policy.

Watchfulness/Be Aware

One of the best tips for staying safe while visiting a dangerous destination is to stay alert to surroundings. There are times when even the most dangerous locals will seem sedate, but these are the times when a traveller should be the most aware. Make sure that money is readily available for any eventuality and that travel insurance cards are kept where they will not be lost or stolen (at least keep the travelers insurance providers number handy). These tips can make even the most dangerous destination pleasant.

Neil Clymer is the Web Architect of Globelink International Ltd. Their insurance website, Globelink.co.uk, offers travel insurance and an easy quotation wizard to arrange comprehensive cover online.

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Massage in Bucharest

Recognize it! You’re busy! And so must be! That’s what life is like! But you want more than that, you want to do more for yourself and massage can help. Because massage makes more than a simple relaxation of the mind and body. It keeps your body in shape and gives you enough energy to make you enjoy a longer life better than you do it today.

Massage releases stress. At the moment, stress is a universal evil. Every time you are late, every time you avoid a car in traffic, every time you have trouble working, stress is doing his job. Each time adrenaline increases heart rate and cortisone levels and organs respond to the measure. You will be in a state of nerves and constant agitation.
When there is no release of stress, serious problems such as an upset stomach, hypertension, sleep disturbances, chest pain, or existing illness may worsen.

Some of the changes that may occur are: Anxiety, lack of concentration, depression, permanent fatigue, muscle or bone pain, sexual dysfunction, excessive sleep or insomnia

All these stress-related problems can be diminished and some can be totally eliminated by massage. The researchers concluded that a massage session can lower heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase endorphin production. The massage also releases serotonin and dopamine and the result is a general relaxation, both physical and mental.
Our body care must be at the top of the priorities.
By adding the massage to your routine you will look much better and you will be much healthier and relaxed. Massage can improve your vitality and mood. Massage can prepare for a long and beautiful life.

Our masseuses personalize each massage session according to the needs of the individual.
Our massage parlors offer a variety of relaxation styles and techniques to help you. Apart from relaxing, massage can be a powerful ally in reducing pain, increasing energy levels, improving mental and physical performance

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After a massage session, you will see how the mental prospects are enriched, the body allows easier handling, better pressure resistance, relaxation and mental alertness, calm and creative thinking.
When you have the impression or force yourself to stay straight, your body is not actually aligned properly. Not only does the posture look bad, but it forces some of the muscles to go muddy all day, while others become weaker. After a long time, the incorrect position may cause other drops. For example, internal organs press on what affects digestion, breathing ability is also diminished, which means that much less blood and oxygen reaches the brain and hence all sorts of other complications.

Massage allows you to return your body to the track. Allowing the body to make healthy and accurate movements is one of the greatest benefits of massage. Massage can relax and restore muscles injured by bad posture, allowing the body to position itself in a natural, painless position.
Apart from posture, there is also anxiety. One of the signs of anxiety and stress can also be heavy breathing. When the body begins to breathe too little and deeply instead of breathing at a natural rithm, it is impossible for one to relax. One reason may also be that the chest muscles and the abdomen get tightened and the air gets harder.

Massage plays an important role in learning the body how to relax and how to improve breathing. Respiratory problems such as allergies, sinuses, asthma or bronchitis are a group of conditions that can benefit from massage. In fact, massage can have a positive impact on respiratory function.

Many of the muscles in the front and back of the upper part of the body are breathing accessory. When these muscles are tight and shorten they can block normal breathing and interrupt effective breathing natural rithm. Massage techniques for stretching and relaxing these muscles improves breathing function and breathability. Massage leads to an opening of the chest as well as structural alignment and nerve dilatation that are required for optimal pulmonary function. A good way to treat respiratory problems with massage is the taping made in Swedish massage. When done on the back, along with vibrations, it can detach the mucus from the lungs and can clean the airways for better later function.

Massage not only relaxes muscles, but helps people become aware of daily stress levels. Once the body recognizes what really means relaxation, the mind can rest easily relax before the stress becomes cornice and harmful. This will help you enjoy a balanced life. Massage controls breathing, allows the mind to re-create relaxation before the occurrence of chronic and harmful stress and increases the level of energy.