Bangalore, 2 March, 2015 – More women are discovering the adventure and benefits of travelling alone than ever before. As International Women’s Day approaches, Wego.com gives some tips on how women can travel solo safely and happily, all year round.
“Travelling alone can be a deeply satisfying and enjoyable experience,” said Jackson Fernandez, Managing Director of Wego India. “Whether you’re travelling alone or with a friend, there are always sensible measures you should take to limit risks so you can focus on enjoying all that a new destination experience can offer.”
Fernandez recommends doing as much research as possible before your trip which includes local customs and culture, location and neighbourhood of your hotel and transport options while at your destination.
“If you research your intended destination and find out as much as possible before you travel, there’s less likelihood of being caught unaware or in a difficult situation,” he said.
“Situate yourself in a neighbourhood that has easy access to transportation, and in a hotel that is established to ensure you feel secure. A fully serviced hotel will have a concierge who can also help with advice on locations that you’d be comfortable with visiting alone,” he added. “Better still, communicate with the property before you arrive to get their recommendations on how best to navigate sightseeing, shopping and getting around on your own.”
Fernandez says that much of the advice you’d expect for a solo traveller, also applies to travelling with others.
“Learning as much as you can about a destination is a smart move no matter what the circumstances, but especially important when you’re alone,” he continued. “Simple preparations will put you at ease on your journey so you can focus on enjoying your trip.”
Packing lightly enables an added ease of movement and being mindful of what you pack is just as important.
“Take comfortable clothing that would be considered respectful of local cultures,” Fernandez advised. “Always hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign on your hotel room, whether you are there or not, and talk to the hotel concierge about local tours so you can explore some of the destination highlights in a small group. Many cities offer wonderful walking tours so you can experience the true essence of a place with accompanied guidance.”
A number of other tips include ensuring you have all phone numbers you might need, including local authorities, the hotel you’re staying at and local transport contacts such as a reputable taxi service.
“Be prepared so you can relax, travel confidently and have an awesome Women’s Day holiday,” Fernandez concluded.
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