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text 2014-04-05 02:52
How to stay safe and enjoy travelling alone

The Corliss Group World Travelers

 

The most important thing to consider when travelling alone is safety. While today’s world of smartphones, instant communications and i-everything provides some comfort, there are still some more ' traditional ' ways to stay safe.

 

Here are some tips when traveling solo...

 

Keep up communication

 

Always inform family and friends where your heading, how you can be reached and provide them with a full itinerary of flights and transport.

 

If you’re being collected from the airport, ask the tour operator or hotel sending the transportation for the name of the person or service picking you up along with their phone numbers as well as those of the destination.

 

Also, select flights that arrive during daylight hours, and try to connect with people on the other side using social media.

 

Leave valuables at home

 

Apart from your passport, wallet and any other travel documentation you might need for your specific destination, it's best to leave valuables in the form of expensive jewelry and gadgets at home.

 

Keep the trip light and casual, leaving more room to pick up souvenirs from the destination itself.

 

The same rule applies for large sums of cash. We all hate bank charges, but not as much as getting a a load of money stolen, so withdraw money when you get there. It's just not work the risk.

 

Choose your destination wisely

 

Those traveling solo for the first time may want to choose a destination that doesn't feel too foreign-we know that sounds absurd, but when you’re starting out language barriers and distance can be more of a challenge.

 

For UK travelers, European destinations such as Italy and Spain are a great for distance, while Australia and the US will have the benefit of being English speaking.

 

Prepare to dine alone

 

Whether it's in a foreign land or your home country, dining out alone is almost always a daunting prospect.

 

If you’re travelling as part of an organized trip, mealtimes might already be pre-determined, but if not, decide if you’re in the mood for company or just want tasty food and a good view for people watching.

 

If you do want chats think about where your eating-hostels will have lots of lone travelers so if you stay there you’ll have plenty of friends in no time.

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text 2014-04-03 07:04
The Corliss Group World Travelers on How to stay safe and enjoy travelling alone

The most important thing to consider when travelling alone is safety. While today’s world of smartphones, instant communications and i-everything provides some comfort, there are still some more ' traditional ' ways to stay safe.

 

Here are some tips when traveling solo...

 

Keep up communication

 

Always inform family and friends where your heading, how you can be reached and provide them with a full itinerary of flights and transport.

 

If you’re being collected from the airport, ask the tour operator or hotel sending the transportation for the name of the person or service picking you up along with their phone numbers as well as those of the destination.

 

Also, select flights that arrive during daylight hours, and try to connect with people on the other side using social media.

 

Leave valuables at home

 

Apart from your passport, wallet and any other travel documentation you might need for your specific destination, it's best to leave valuables in the form of expensive jewelry and gadgets at home.

 

Keep the trip light and casual, leaving more room to pick up souvenirs from the destination itself.

 

The same rule applies for large sums of cash. We all hate bank charges, but not as much as getting a a load of money stolen, so withdraw money when you get there. It's just not work the risk.

 

Choose your destination wisely

 

Those traveling solo for the first time may want to choose a destination that doesn't feel too foreign-we know that sounds absurd, but when you’re starting out language barriers and distance can be more of a challenge.

 

For UK travelers, European destinations such as Italy and Spain are a great for distance, while Australia and the US will have the benefit of being English speaking.

 

Prepare to dine alone

 

Whether it's in a foreign land or your home country, dining out alone is almost always a daunting prospect.

 

If you’re travelling as part of an organized trip, mealtimes might already be pre-determined, but if not, decide if you’re in the mood for company or just want tasty food and a good view for people watching.

 

If you do want chats think about where your eating-hostels will have lots of lone travelers so if you stay there you’ll have plenty of friends in no time.

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text 2014-04-02 01:59
Luxury cruise and biking a surprisingly good combo by The Corliss Group World Travelers

I fancy myself a backpack-carrying, adventure-seeking traveler, at home in hostels and on hiking trails. But there I was, on a luxury cruise ship, sipping wine with silver-haired foxes, fox-trotting with male escorts in the ballroom, and escorting myself on a tapas-like tour around Europe, sampling cities for a day via ship, bus, foot and bike.

 

It was the biking aspect that had led to my unlikely sojourn on the ship, Crystal Cruises ' Serenity. Months before, my cyclist-enthusiast ears perked up when I heard about the cruise, with biking-based itineraries in several port cities.

 

The regimented itinerary of a cruise with its scheduled ports of call, and the idea of spending that much time on a ship, wasn't all that appealing to me, but the prospect of biking around a few different European cities was. So I packed my sneakers, some cute bike shorts and an open mind.

 

Embarking in Dover, England, I was sure I was the only passenger hauling a backpack on board when the butler assigned to my cabin floor did a double-take at the sight of my luggage. But after a restful sleep, rocked by the waves of the Atlantic and the gentle hum of the ship's engine, thoughts of hostels were but a distant memory.

 

On the first of my 10-day adventure hitting seven cities in four countries, my cousin and fellow cruiser Olivia Female, I, and a few other cyclists biked around Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, on cruisers we were given. We traversed the quaint, compact island, two-wheeling by fawn-hued cows, primary-colored fishing boats and World War II bunkers.

 

The next day we sampled wine on an evening walking tour in Bordeaux, France, as we learned about local history. In the hopes of working off some of that vino, I pedaled around the cobblestoned streets and lush wineries of Saint-Emilion the following day. Continue Reading.

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