Top three travel tips
- Be mindful of yourself and your surroundings. If you stumble across something or someplace and you feel unsafe, trust yourself. There is a fine balance between going outside of your comfort zone and ignoring danger. If you meet someone whose attention makes you feel uncomfortable, it’s ok to excuse yourself from the situation.
- You might find that some men you meet on your travels will feel “protective” of you when they discover you’re traveling alone. Generally I really do feel that their heart is in the right place, but don’t feel pressured to justify your choices to them or accept their help unless you really want it.
- There are plenty of options for affordable accommodations, so if bunking up in a co-ed dorm doesn’t sound appealing to you I would suggest exploring options like house-sitting or home stays. I’ve done one home stay in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala and can’t recommend it enough for a truly immersive cultural experience. A lot of language schools can arrange these but I also know people who have arranged them informally – just remember to at least offer to reimburse your host in some way for their hospitality.
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P.S. Megan says always bring a notebook (for journaling, budgeting, doodling etc,). She also recommends packing light (imagine flying by other passengers bogged down with giant suitcases!).