When you first step foot in a new and exciting country, it’s instinctive to want to throw caution to the wind and forget about potential dangers, as well as the religious customs and unfamiliar cultural expectations that can slip up a novice traveller. However, for anyone planning an exotic holiday to sunnier climes, it’s wise to do your homework and it's a fact that women need to travel with a little special care.
Be sensible if you’re wanting to explore a country alone. Pretty much all hotels and resorts offer organised group excursions, which are a much better bet than venturing off into the unknown. Some destinations such as the Caribbean are especially geared up for independent travellers, as most visitors opt for hotel-arranged rather than independent excursions. In addition, know what the dress etiquette is before you head out on an excursion or to the beach.
A country’s religion is a good indicator of its propriety. As a general rule, if a country is Muslim, stick to the resort/hotel beach if you’re sunbathing and don’t go topless. And for religious sites such as the Vatican in Rome, make sure you cover your shoulders and wear a long skirt or trousers.
There are some particularly great countries for lone female travellers. These include Vietnam, which has really opened up to tourism over the last few years, and is now known as an off-beat alternative to Thailand. It’s very friendly and welcoming. What’s more, the shopping and spa treatments are out of this world! The small city-state of Singapore is also a great place to travel, with one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
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