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Requesting suggestions about travelling alone

Travel Forums Central/South America & The Caribbean Requesting suggestions about travelling alone

1. Posted by Cr4nberry (Budding Member, 3 posts) 22 Apr '12 11:38

Hello travellers,

I need some of your practical knowledge about travelling alone, to reduce a little bit my paranoia This is gonna be my first time.

For example: How safe is a hostel to go outside and leave the baggage there?
I guess that as long as the people has good opinions about, its fine, but what you say?

Where can you leave your belongings when you go to swim at the beach, a river [backpack with ID, gadgets, passport, anything you could be carry etc..]. I dont really have the trust to leave just there while i am swimming. But, may be is not so bad haha

Do you recommend to change money to local currency arriving the country or is better have it from advance?

I want to travel with light baggage, so what about washing the clothes? Does usually a hostel has that service? or you need to look for a lavender?

Any kind of basic, kindergarten, advice you can share with me would be appreciated very much.

:D

2. Posted by Cr4nberry (Budding Member, 3 posts) 22 Apr '12 11:44

Also: is there a kind of medical insurance you can advice to have while I'm there?

3. Posted by Niels1303 (Full Member, 131 posts) 22 Apr '12 14:26

Hi Cr4nberry,

I used to be really worried when I started travelling alone and that really hindered me to fully enjoy my trip. Of course staying safe is better than being sorry but no need to overdo it.

Of course it always depends on the place you are travelling to. Try to avoid being an easy target by looking too much as a tourist and try to blend in with the locals as much as possible.

Almost every hostel has a secured location where you can put your valuables. And you should really use it to be able to enjoy your vacation without worrying. Of course if you are swimming in a river it´s a different story. If you are alone I guess the only thing to do is to stay close to your stuff.

Many hostels have washing machines but some don´t. If you book the hostel through a website you can usually see if they provide this service or not. Actually I also like to travel light and always wash my cloths at the hostel. If you only stay one night at a hostel it might be tricky tough, since your cloths need time to dry.