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Tips on Traveling Alone

There is a Social Intelligence and Empathy that is gained through visiting other cultures.  The unending patience that comes with hours of negotiating on everything from meetings to the price of your food.  And most importantly the sense of humor that is gained when you get food poisoning in Ecuador and how you decide to mentally handle it.  Traveling alone is sure to show you the big picture and what life is all about and I am excited to share some of my tips on how to experience it all safely when alone!  

When I tell people I am going to be taking a trip alone, their reactions are normally very similar. “Wow, that is very brave of you!” “Aren’t you scared?” “Will it be safe?” “Alone? I could never do that.” I think most women are afraid of looking lonely, of being scared and looking like they don’t have anyone that wanted to be there.  This is meant to help you feel like you not only can survive, but thrive, and have the time of your life while doing it.

 

Valuables & What To Have On Hand

Anything to do to draw less attention to myself while I am traveling alone is a plus!  This includes everything to do with jewelry and money.  If I am traveling out the country, I usually leave my ring at home and just wear a simple band. Think simple even down to your purse and luggage.  Nothing needs to be flashy unless we are going to speak on trends!

 

For overseas travel, I only leave the hotel with enough money for that day.  I’ve had a friend with a great story of still being alive but losing a few hundreds when his money was taken by some woman none the less…The full story is HILARIOUS but Ill let him tell you!  I chose to learn from his lesson.

 

Also, I always pack a 2nd copy of my passport while I travel outside of the States just in case it gets stolen I can show I am who I say I am.  If I am traveling to a 3rd World country, I will actually pack a 2nd copy of my passport picture as well.  

I never leave the hotel room without a full charge on my phone and my portable Battery Pack that will charge my phone twice.  If I drain both of them then I go back to the room and charge them up.

Don’t Tell Others You Meet Where You Are Staying

After a long day of meetings and negotiations or you are traveling for pleasure you may be ready to relax.  Just be wary of new friends unless introduced by a friend or colleague.  I don’t care how nice they seem NEVER let anyone know where you are staying while you are traveling!  I send my itinerary out to my family and Rebekah before I leave and those are the only people that need to know.

They may seem like the sweetest person you have ever met and possibly your new bff but the truth is you know nothing about their background or what their motives are.  Better not to risk it till you can Google stalk them. It's not rude to be cautious!

Choose Your Hotel Wisely & Create Hotel Family If You Travel Often

When traveling I will always pick a hotel that is near the location that I will be having meetings or events and that has good reviews.  If it is a city that I travel to a frequently I stay at the same place each time to create a sense of community.  In NYC and Germany, I have become like family in the hotels I frequent. Everyone from the Doormen, Managers and Room Service think of me like their little sister and are very protective which I love!  

Well, those are my beginning tips! Stay tuned for more tips for traveling the world on your own! Don't be afraid, go with an open mind, and you might find more than what you were looking for. 

 

 

Don't forget your trustee hydration bottle for travel!

Darbie Angell

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