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Solo Female Travel in Europe: Complete Travel and Safety Guide

Solo Female Travel in Europe: Complete Travel and Safety Guide

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Kate in Copenhagen Looking to travel solo in Europe? You’ve come to the right place! My name is Kate and I teach women how to travel the world safely on their own. While I’m American and I travel all over the world, I’ve spent the most time in Europe. Several years, when you add it all up. I have traveled to every single country in Europe and have lived in two of them (Italy and the UK). This continent has given me so many happy travel memories and I want you to have them, too. And yet…you have doubts about your trip. You may have well-meaning friends or family who have convinced you that a woman shouldn’t travel on her own in Europe. And you’re Googling…hence, you ended up here. This guide will tell you the truth about what it’s li...
Solo Female Travel in Paris — Is it Safe?

Solo Female Travel in Paris — Is it Safe?

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Is it safe for a woman to travel alone to Paris? Absolutely. Under most circumstances, with the right preparation and precautions, visiting Paris can be as safe as staying in your hometown. Paris is a place where I’ve been traveling alone for years! I first fell in love with Paris when I was 16 years old and on a school trip, and I’ve returned more than a dozen times since, often solo. It’s a city that I love dearly, a city where I frequently play tour guide for my friends and family. However, Paris is very different from people’s idea of it. It’s a beautiful city, yes, but it’s also a city where tourists are targeted. You need to look out for that. And so here’s a guide that I’ve put together to make sure you have the best trip to P...
Solo Female Travel in Colombia — Is It Safe?

Solo Female Travel in Colombia — Is It Safe?

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Is it safe for a woman to travel alone in Colombia? I wanted to find out for myself. One of the main reasons why I traveled to Colombia alone was to report for you, dear readers, on what it was like to experience the country as a solo female traveler. I visited Colombia for just under three weeks and explored Cartagena, Medellín, Guatapé, El Peñol, Salento, the Valle de Cocora, Bogotá, and Zipaquirá. In a single trip I hit up most of the major tourist destinations in the country. Tell your family that you’re going to Colombia, though, and they’ll probably freak out. “It’s not safe!” is usually the first thing out of people’s mouths. And it’s understandable why they would say that — for many peo...
Solo Female Travel in South Africa — Is it Safe?

Solo Female Travel in South Africa — Is it Safe?

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South Africa is one of my favorite places on the planet — especially to travel alone. It’s a country I fell in love with instantly, a country I’ve gone on to travel extensively on three different trips. South Africa fills me with a deep happiness that I’ve found very few places in the world. But is it safe? That’s the question most people ask about South Africa. And for good reason — South Africa has a high crime rate and you have to guard against theft and assault in ways that you wouldn’t even need to think about in other countries. Is it crazy for a woman to consider traveling to South Africa alone? No. It’s not crazy. I firmly believe that with the right research and preparation, almost any destination on the planet can be traveled sa...
Top Things to Do in San Diego

Top Things to Do in San Diego

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From Cherry Blossoms to butterflies, here are 8+ things to do in San Diego this weekend that are worth the trip. When: March 22 – April 28, 2019Where: The Old Globe – 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101Britta Johnson’s Life After is a bittersweet, witty, and life-affirming new musical that explores the mess and beauty of loss and love. Through the vivid imagination of a young woman looking for the facts, we find a more complicated truth instead. The Old Globe’s Barry Edelstein directs the American premiere of this rapturously beautiful and stirring new musical from a composer the Toronto Star calls “a startlingly talented emerging voice.” BroadwayWorld dubs Life After “musical theatre perfection…exquisite from start to finish.” When: March 22-24, 2019Where: Japa
Solo Female Travel in England, Scotland, and Wales — A UK Guide

Solo Female Travel in England, Scotland, and Wales — A UK Guide

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I have spent a LOT of time traveling alone in England, Scotland, and Wales. Much more than I originally intended. I went to Europe without a plan, ended up living for months at a time in two different cities in England, and used them as a base to explore the country. I never thought the UK would become one of my most extensively traveled countries. At the time, I was more interested in warmer, sexier, more exotic travel destinations — the UK seemed so boring compared to Thailand or Italy or South Africa. And yet I completely fell under its spell. Traveling in the UK is seen as an “easy” option. I can’t deny that — it’s one of the easiest possible countries for newbie travelers. But that doesn’t mean more experienced travelers can’t enjoy
Iranian Food: A Culinary Travel Guide to What to Eat and Drink

Iranian Food: A Culinary Travel Guide to What to Eat and Drink

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Although this ultimate guide to Iranian food could also be entitled Persian Food, today’s Iran is ethnically broader than its Persian roots. So too is its cuisine. Influences on Iranian food draw from across Central Asia, Turkey, former Mesopotamia, and from Iran’s own Azerbaijani Turkish population. This yields a cuisine that is influenced by it all, yet is distinct. This Iranian food guide is drawn from our experiences traveling across Iran — including visits to local markets, meals in restaurants and family homes, and street food adventures. It offers an extensive list of traditional Persian food, modern day Iranian food specialties and tips on what to eat and drink when you visit. Spice mountains at the bazaar. Shiraz, Iran.Traditional Iranian food combines the savory of fresh herb
Volunteering and Voluntourism: The Good, The Bad, and The Questions You Should Ask

Volunteering and Voluntourism: The Good, The Bad, and The Questions You Should Ask

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If you are interested in volunteering internationally or going on voluntourism trip, what are the ethical considerations you should be aware of? Which questions can you ask to better ensure that your actions and any financial contribution are aligned with your values and expectations? That you don't end up doing unintended harm with your goal of helping or “doing good”? That’s what this article aims to unpack. But first, a story. As we rounded a busy Port-au-Prince street corner on our way to the southern coast of Haiti, I checked my messages and noticed a Tweet from one of our readers, a young woman: @umarket I'm planning a trip to Haiti to help at an orphanage. Do you feel safe? Sort of worried. Would be nice to hear from someone there! On all accounts I was in a position to respond,
Trekking Around the World: 13 Best Offbeat Treks

Trekking Around the World: 13 Best Offbeat Treks

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After over a decade of traveling around the world and going trekking on six continents, what are some of our favorite treks and hikes? This Offbeat Trekking Guide includes 13 of our recommended unknown or lesser-known treks — some multi-day, others daylong — that you might not be considering, but should. These treks and hikes are worth a look if you are interested in unusual and immersive experiences, both in nature and local culture. I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. — John Muir Feeling good on the highest peak in Kosovo, Mount Gjeravica.When we first set out on our journey years ago, trekking — especially of the long, multi-day trek variety — weren't a priority on our activity list. Sure, we enjoy
Offbeat Travel: 11 Destinations You’re Not Considering…But Should

Offbeat Travel: 11 Destinations You’re Not Considering…But Should

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There is certainly no shortage of “Hot Travel Destinations” or “Best Places to Visit in 2019” lists circulating these days. But, we find that most of these lists include many of the usual or well-known travel destinations. As we field questions about our own favorite destinations, most memorable experiences and where we recommend people to travel, we thought we’d add a twist to the traditional travel destination lists and share some unusual, lesser-known or unconventional destinations that might not be on your travel radar — but maybe should be. In travel marketing speak, one might call these emerging, recovery or even under-discovered destinations. But in our experience, they are simply fascinating places that travelers are either unaware of completely or sometimes actively avoid from
A Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro: How to Do One Respectfully and Responsibly

A Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro: How to Do One Respectfully and Responsibly

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In this piece, we explore the nature and meaning of favelas in Brazil and the ethics of favela tours. Through conversations with residents and community leaders in Vidigal favela in Rio de Janeiro, we consider how community-driven favela tour experiences can create positive social impact and reduce the exclusion and separative otherness of marginalized communities. “I used to see guides from other places taking travelers around the favela,” Russo, our local guide, said as he began his story at the entrance to Vidigal favela. “What are they saying about my community if they don’t actually live here? I thought I could be a better guide. This favela is my home. I’ve spent my whole life here.” A view from Vidigal favela to nearby Ipanema Beach, Rio de Janeiro.We kicked off our recent trip

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