Need some advice people. I'm a first timer hoping to go travelling early 09. I've been researching non-stop where to go, what to do and what to take. Now if you have seen my wardrobe you will know my dilema!
One person, one bag. Mary poppins i ain't. So what have i read ?
1. Basically you don't want to look attractive in any way, shape or form in case you get unwanted attention. So i have read that what clothes i should bring should almost cover me from head to toe and be bland plain clothes so you blend in. Now respecting different cultures i have no problem with that but i do like to wear nice clothes and maybe show a wee bit leg now and again. I understand i won't be ble to bring my party outfits. So if i have my basic everyday stuff what do i wear to go out clubbing?
2. what about this wearing a wedding ring to distract attention do i really have to? I know it's maybe for my safety but is it really as bad as the books are saying. I planning to go to Oz, NZ and the surrounding areas.
3. I'm a nervous wreck about this passport / important documents malarky. now i have read that i should get a waterproof bag for these and take them into the shower with me and sleep with them under my pillow. Some hostels i see have lockers /safes. Is it safe to keep this stuff there?
You know i could go on all night with the stuff i have read. It is great people give you so much advice but it is actually a bit off putting. I need some reassurance and a wee bit of advice please
I really just had to tell you to take a deep breath and relax. You do not have to do everything all those books/websites tell you. Take everything with a grain of salt. If not, you'll go crazy!!
You can just wear normal touristy clothes without standing out in a crowd. I would think that you stand out more if your the only one covered from head to foot in 30+°c heat! So wearing shorts and a t-shirt is fine. You'll just look like everyone else. Just try to refrain from, you know, wearing your bikini to a restaurant and you should be fine. Skirts should also be fine, unless they are so short they could be defined as belts...
Party clothes are ok, just don't dance on the tables or get drunk out of your mind. That would attract unwanted attention.
I think the dress sense is way more casual in Australia, which is cool, don't know about NZ.
The guys and girls i knew when i was over there just wore fairly casual clothes for most occasions i think.....well the guys definitely did, just a smartish teeshirt and pair of jeans.
Britain is way more dress conscious than Australia and probably any other country in the world for that matter, particular for social evening stuff, but remember that the population of Australia is actually tiny considering the size of the country and very spread out so i think that's a factor there. Also our colder weather probably makes us think about clothes more..... <-----ramblings
Nightclubs aren't really a big thing over there, more pub than club...
If you lose your passport then report it to the police right away and order a new one from British embassy, will probably give you a year of shorter passport.
As for safety, a padlock on your suitcase / backpackt or locker would be good ideas, but shower thing maybe bit too far.... ?
I think your pretty paranoid about the attraction thing, again Britain is far worse...
You are waaaayyyy over the top in your fears. Bring some clothes that you are comfortable in and wear them. Show leg and enjoy it. The world isn't filled with crazed rapists, and the rapists that ARE out there aren't doing it cause you're hot.
Keep an eye on your passport. That's it. Don't need to strap it to yourself with duct tape or anything. Just keep an eye on it.
The wedding ring thing for a packer is about as blown as the Money Belt. Just say no, gal, just say no.
Thanks guys i know i sound a bit crazy but i'm not really! I'm getting a wee bit more relaxed about it as the weeks go by.
Thanks for the advice!
oh.. since you're going to OZ and NZ... need not have to hesitate on your clothing as they are as westernized as they can be... compared when you fly into South East Asia which is more conservative...
Just looked at your profile and your situation very similar to mine a couple of years ago. I had the same dilemmas! Now from experience, just a few things I would never leave home without...
Sink plug, sewing kit, small penknife, bottle opener, a roll of those cheap sandwich bags from tesco, ideal for all sorts believe me, plus one of those bags with zip type closure to keep docs safe and dry, a bin liner (keeps pack dry or something to put all your stuff in case pack breaks etc.), small maglite (doubles as a lantern) and a pair of combats with a pocket half way down you calf with button or zip (harder for pickpockets and not so obvious as money belt) and a small pack of wet wipes.
Have an awesome time!