Going Solo

Going Solo

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A useful reference for individual women travellers, this guide features first-hand accounts of many solo travellers' experiences and includes information about many destinations and cultures.show more

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  • Paperback | 372 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 25mm | 346g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0140277161
  • 9780140277166

Table of contents

Part 1 Why travel solo?: travel with a purpose; simple solo trips; one woman's story. Part 2 To go solo or not to go solo: travelling with another person; semi-solo trips; travelling with a group. Part 3 Pre-trip planning: getting informed; deciding on a destination; planning your itinerary; getting healthy; organizing your finances; putting documents in order; getting insured; gathering contacts; keeping in touch. Part 4 Practical packing: clothing; footwear; dress codes; toiletries; medicines; practical basics; luggage; packing; laundry; mending. Part 5 In transit: departures; en route; arrivals. Part 6 Orientation: dealing with culture shock; familiarizing yourself; getting your bearings; asking for directions. Part 7 Getting around: urban transit; longer journeys; road travel; hitch-hiking. Part 8 Accommodation: types of accommodation; homestays; avoiding harassment at your hotel. Part 9 New cultures, new customs: minimizing culture shock; exploding media myths; looking and listening; crossing language barriers; observing personal space; pacing yourself to suit the culture; eating in company; festivals and ceremonies; coping with curiosity; accepting hospitality; handling poverty; being politically sensitive; an open-hearted attitude. Part 10 Meeting people: meeting other travellers; meeting locals; interacting with local women; interacting with local men; whom do you trust?. Part 11 Personal safety: sexual harassment; defending yourself; streetsmarts; avoiding petty crime; trouble spots and safe havens; dealing with authorities; getting help; coping with crises. Part 12 Staying healthy: health in transit; acclimatizing; common traveller's ailments; common ailments of women travellers; menstruation; contraception; STDs; pregnancy; abortion; breast self-exams; hazards; hygiene; toilets; bathing; medical supplies; what to do if you get ill; psychological well-being. Part 13 Work, study and doing business: work; women who did it; study; business travel. Part 14 Women with special needs: lesbian travellers; non-caucasian travellers; older travellers; pregnant travellers; travellers with children; travellers with disabilities. Part 15 Making the most of your trip: dealing with change; appreciating what you've learned; reviving your travelling spirit.show more

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