They may say that this is a man's world, but there is no reason why we ladies cannot conquer it. In fact, thousands of British women every year gather in nine to five people and go in search of wild parties, emerald shores and captivating cultures. But if it all seems a little intimidating, here are some tips on how to get started on your journey.
The choices you make before you even leave the front door can really determine the success of your journey. One of the most important kit items to get it right is your the bag... Most serious travelers prefer a backpack to their regular luggage, because lugging a suitcase through everything but the shiny airport floor isn't really fun. When it comes to backpack selection, size definitely matters. Almost every traveler you will ever meet would like to buy a smaller bag.
For most women, trying to bring more than a 70-liter backpack with you when full will not only backfire, but it can also affect your trip. Trying to squeeze your life into a 50- or 60-liter bag may seem a little intimidating, but you'll be glad to lug it across the beach in the 40-degree heat. Look for a backpack specifically designed for women, especially if you have a smaller frame. Many backpacks now come with a convenient detachable backpack attached to the front; they are not only useful for day trips, but also as a storage space for easy access.
Backpacks with wheelshowever, are not only impractical in most situations, but add weight to the bag.
Think carefully about what you are taking with you; will you really need your Ugg boots, ski jacket and robe in Thailand? Remember that you can buy most of the essentials on the road if you are missing something, but do not forget the charger and adapter if you are carrying a cell phone or mp3 player, and a spare memory card if you are carrying a digital camera, just in case you can't get to your computer.
Packing things in small bags can make finding things much easier, but stay away from noisy plastic unless you want enemies in your dorm rooms.
Of course, the most important thing before a trip is to plan it. Some travelers like to ride with the flow, while others like to book all hostels and travel by train before traveling. Whatever you want to do, make sure someone knows the route at home, which countries you plan to visit, and do a little research before you travel so you don't waste your entire trip headlong into a travel guide.
Remember, other travelers will likely have the same bag as you. Whether you're tying some colorful tape to a strap, sewing on some badges, or using a luggage tag, you need to make sure you can identify your backpack.
Safety first of all
It can be quite difficult to hop on a plane to the other side of the world, especially when our newspapers are full of horror stories from abroad. But remember that the vast majority of women return home completely unscathed, worrying about nothing but how they are going to afford their next trip. Some people prefer to enroll in self-defense courses to give them extra confidence, but even if you don't like it, there are some pretty simple things you can do to email your home tales of partying and finding inner peace without spending two days. at the British embassy and without knocking on the local police.
Flashing cash is a surefire way to get unwanted attention abroad. Don't be lethargic, muggings do happen, so keep your purse hidden. Cash belts are an easy way to hide valuables under your clothes, or if your budget isn't stretching too much, you can always tuck a few banknotes under a tubular bandage or even in a bra. Wearing high-profile jewelry won't do you any favors, but a fake engagement ring can prevent unwanted fans from emerging.
“If you think you’re in danger, turn on your personal alarm, shout loudly, or just convince the world that you are completely insane,” says Tom Griffiths, founder of Gapyear. “If you do find yourself in a robbery situation, having a fictitious wallet with a few old notes in it will make the attacker think you are giving them everything you have and save you the hassle of losing such important things , as:
- bank cards,
- identity cards,
- not to mention any money in your real wallet. "
Mingling with new people from all over the world is part of the appeal of travel, but no matter how close you are to someone, keep them in sight - you probably know very little about your new best friend, so keep yourself in control especially if you are drinking.
And don't let your guard down in the dorms. You may have the key to the hostel, but the option that 5000 others had this key before you is inevitable.