Expert's Safety Tips for Female Travellers
TO HIDE YOUR MONEY -- Journeywoman carries
a small, soft covered photo album (bought at a dollar store)
that holds a dozen photos. In it I carry pictures of my
family and family pets. These are fun to share with travellers
you meet along the way. However, what nobody knows is that
there are $20 bills hidden between each of the two photos
displayed. This is just backup emergency cash which adds
to my solo traveller's peace of mind.
||MAKING CONNECTIONS, DISCOURAGING
CONNECTIONS -- When on holiday, leave those
formal business cards behind. Instead carry colorful postcards
from home and give your new acquaintances a glimpse of the
city or town where you live. Relevant contact info can be
printed on the reverse. For example, there is no need to
give a stranger your home address or phone number. Instead
a hotmail email address is perfect for testing out new relationships.
DESK CLERK IS A WOMAN'S BEST FRIEND -- Whether
you are staying at a bed and breakfast, hostel or hotel,
the people in charge know their surroundings and can tell
you which areas are best to avoid. Discuss going out at
night unescorted with them. You'll find that in some cultures
a women alone is considered a prostitute and therefore fair
game for the local men. Sometimes it's just best to have
your big meal at lunchtime and to picnic in your room in
the evening. There's no harm in going to bed early so you
can be up bright and early the next day ready for sightseeing
in broad daylight.
||TRICKS FOR WEARING YOUR
PURSE -- Always wear your purse strap slung
across your body so it can't be easily slipped off your
shoulder. Many purses have exterior zippered pockets which
attract deft-fingered pickpockets. Journeywoman suggests
that you turn your purse around so that these pockets are
flat against your body and inaccessible to anyone but you.
Often thieves will walk by, cut the strap of your purse
and run off with it before you know what has happened. If
you are wearing a daypack keep all zippers closed with a
safety (diaper) pin. This will foil thieves who might fiddle
with your pack on an escalator or crowded bus.
||JOURNEYWOMAN RECEIVED A
GREAT TRAVEL BAG TO REVIEW -- Pacsafe's
'Metro Safe 200' secure shoulder bag passes the safety and
good looks test with flying colors. It's designers have
thought of everything. It's slashproof shoulder strap has
stainless steel wire embedded in it. The front of the purse
has a layer of stainless steel wire mesh that stops contents
from dropping out if the material is slashed. The shoulder
strap unclips and secures around chairs or other fixtures
to foil bag snatching when dining or relaxing. The zipper
that keeps the purse closed stays closed with a security
clip on the side of the purse. Finally, it's roomy, not
too heavy (the metro safe 100 model is smaller and lighter),
and has a zippered pocket in the back of the purse that
is a welcome added safety feature. Safety conscious travellers
love this bag -- pickpockets hate it. Available in sage,
black and choco brown. Website: http://www.pacsafe.com
||CHECK YOUR GOVERNMENT'S
WEBSITE FOR GLOBAL TRAVEL ALERTS -- Often
governments post information on safety and security, local
laws and customs as well as health issues in foreign destinations.
A smart traveller will take advantage of these services
by doing their pre-trip research at these sites. Examples
of assistance offered are: Canadian
||ALWAYS TRUST YOUR OWN GUT
FEELINGS -- A well-informed female traveller
listens to experienced travellers' opinions, does her own
research and reads what the experts have to say. Then, with
all of this knowledge under your belt, we suggest you check
in with your own gut feelings. If you feel something doesn't
feel right, just don't do it. In the majority of cases you
will have made the absolute best and safest decision. You
for your credit card provider...
2001, authors Catherine Comer and Lavon Swaim wrote a very
practical how-to guide entitled, 'The
Traveling Woman, Great Tips for Safe and Healthy Trips.'
Here are a few excellent questions from that book to ask
your credit card provider prior to travelling. Their answers
will help you to handle any financial difficulties you might
encounter along the way.
1) Can I use this card in _____________country?
2) What is my spending limit?
3) What insurance benefits are provided with my credit card
membership? (Lost or broken items, rental car accidents,
life insurance, etc.?)
4) How can I contact you if I lose my card?
5) Get a local as well as a toll-free number.
6) If my card is lost or stolen, can you issue me another
card immediately and where can I get it?
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