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Old 03-20-2006, 09:42 AM   #1
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Okay....so, this new t-punk THINKS she has her "wits about her".....but....can we make a list of those important common sense things that people (especially women) travelling alone need to practice?

Could be a good reality check for some of us new travellers who THINK we have common sense.


p.s. I grew up in Utah (no I'm not mormon)...I mean come on...I could be lacking.
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Whenever carrying a bag (daypack, purse, etc) keep a hand on it at all times. When sitting down to eat, don't let your guard down. Put a foot through the strap. Any moment of unawareness could be the moment when your bag is stolen.

Do not wander alone at night after drinking. Your guard is down and so are your inhibitions.

Women are generally seen as more sympathetic. People will try their sob stories to get money or set you up for a robbery/pickpocketing, and if you even acknowledge them in the slightest, they'll be all over you. Be a cold hearted bitch when it comes to these people.

Act confident, even if you find yourself in a nerve wrecking situation. Walk with your head up and seem/be very aware. Make that very apparent.

If you feel threatened, like someone's following you, turn around and make eye contact with them. Let them know that you realize their prescence. Try to stay in well lit, populated areas.
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Do not let any of your drinks out of your sight for even a second. It's quite likely that if you're even moderately attractive you will be propositioned (in one way or another) by various and sundry types of men while walking down the street. Just ignore 'em, they're generally harmless and will eventually go away. Try not to wear really flashy/sexy/flesh-baring clothes when out and about. Save it for clubbing, unless you enjoy being stared at and followed down the street. And for god's sake try to dress somewhat modestly-- meaning shirts with sleeves, even if only short sleeves, and no shorts / no bare midriff-- if you're planning to go inside any religious sites like cathedrals. It's just a respect thing.

Try to keep a level head (har har) about shagging whilst staying in hostel dorm rooms-- meaning try to be respectful of other people sleeping. And it may not be the best idea in the world to hook up with one guy while another guy you've already shagged is [theoretically] sleeping in the bunk across the room. Unless he's busy with someone else, that is.

Try to get out of the backpacker/hostel mentality and meet some local people. Don't get me wrong, hostel life can be big fun, but your trip will be much more interesting if you soak up some local culture even if it's just sitting in a residential area park watching the neighborhood locals hang out and do their thing.

And most importantly: keep an open mind, don't assume that everyone (especially men) are out to get you because the vast majority aren't.
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Make sure you know where your embassy is-you may need them. Also, photocopy your passports and tickets and leave them at home with a friend or family member incase anything happens to them whilst on the road.

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Women are generally seen as more sympathetic. People will try their sob stories to get money or set you up for a robbery/pickpocketing, and if you even acknowledge them in the slightest, they'll be all over you. Be a cold hearted bitch when it comes to these people.
this is something im certainly not sucker!

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I agree with the cold hearted bitch thing. you've got to be one and with no regrets!

I'm also a little nervous about my upcoming lone trip to NYC, although i've been out traveling lots in my life. Just not too much alone, and I'm used to my safe little Hawaii.

Also, "live by the sword, die by it". Meaning, if you hang out in shady places, with shady people, and go out drinking and walk around drunk by yourself in dark streets, etc.. You're only inviting trouble.
Being gullible around any ole good looking guy at the bar who so badly wants to be your "tour guide" etc.. yeah. trouble.
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Make sure someone at home knows where you are going to be. Keep them updated.

Stop drop and roll.

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A word on updating people- if I go a week or two without updating mum while Im overseas, she sends me an email threatening to contact the embassy if I dont write back saying Im alive and etc. I really really think she would, too. Its good though, I think. I mean, how many times have we heard of someone at uni being murdered and when their roommates were interviewed they said "oh yeah you know hadnt seen him for four or five days but we werent worried..." Anyway, I guess Im saying make sure there's someone back home who will kind of worry about you.
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