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First Solo Travel- Do’s And Don’ts

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“ I’m in love with the cities I’ve never been to and people I’ve never met.” – John Green. Yes, Travel is an investment in yourself. A solo travel all by yourself is frightening, but it is also empowering.It is going to teach you how to rely on yourself , build up confidence and show you that you’re stronger than you thought you were. On your first solo travel or the one’s you take after them, You are in control of your time; you decide how to spend each day; you choose where to eat and what activities to do. Flexibility of a solo travel is it’s greatest benefit. However, travelling solo comes with additional responsibility because you are sole in charge of your safety and whereabouts. Here, we give you The Do’s and Don’ts of your first Solo Travel to help you minimize the worries and last minute hassles during your travel and to maximize the joy and happiness of your first solo travel.

Do’s

1.Tell your friends and family

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It’s understood without saying that you should have a working phone with a potable charger while you are traveling alone. Make sure to call your telephone provider and set up international roaming on your device or buy a sim card that works overseas. Equally important is telling your friends and family members about your whereabouts and schedule. Your family or friends can  always establish a “cue” word, so in case anything happens to you, you can send the cue word and they can take action.

2. Prepare a schedule

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Though spontaneity is the key for solo travelling, preparing a basic schedule of your places to visit and things to do is a must as you do not want to end up getting confused about the wide range of options or not miss out any important places. Depending upon the schedule it is easier to pack the itinerary. google your place of visit, learn everything possible about the weather, people,language, places to visit etc. Plan your visits accordingly depending upon the time and number of days you are travelling. Plus knowing your plan for the day in advance gives you confidence and less time to hassle around.

3. Learn a local language

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A multilingual person is always welcoming. It might not always be possible but learning a local language of a place that you’re about to visit is very helpful as it is a great way to increase your communication with the locals. They are of great help to explore new places. If you can’t learn much of the language always try to learn small phrases like “Thank you” “Please” and “Sorry”as they are always helpful for shopping and getting back if you are lost. Having a translator app in your phone is also a good choice.

4. Document the whole journey

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Solo traveling turns you into a storyteller. Documenting is a great to have a memory of your first solo travel. Make sure you take lots of picture and videos of your best moments out there. Collect tickets, tissues from local restaurants and similar things for your travel journal. This is the best way to relive those amazing moments you spent not worrying about the rest of the world. Also do not be too engrossed in this process as you need to take some time out for quiet and peaceful ‘you’ time.

 Don’ts

1. Be Alone

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I mean that’s the whole point of traveling solo right? But staying in public places will help you feel safer and grounded besides lurking out in unknown places especially after midnight is a little risky. Remember that someone back at home has to know about your whereabouts at all times. and if you ever feel like you are trapped in an uncomfortable situation and want to get out of a conversation you should always say something along the lines of “I’m meeting my friends here, was a pleasure to meet you though!” or “My parents are meeting me here for dinner so … BYE!” and get going

2. Put out real time images on social media 

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Posting real time images on social media can get a little shady when stalkers are out there on the internet. Always post images where you does not show the name and place of the hotel you’re staying during the trip. Post images and videos after you leave that particular place or posting after you return back also is helpful. By doing this, you wont be inviting any trouble and your safety and privacy will be ensured.

3. Share secrets

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Although making new friends on your solo trip is great, make sure that you are drifted away from the purpose of this trip. Never share any information about your workplace, parents or your address. Things like religion or political interests should be avoided during any interaction either with the local people or other travelers. Just interact casually and be diplomatic wherever you can. This will help you to enjoy a worry free trip.

4. Get intoxicated 

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None but you are responsible for your safety during your voyage. Drinking or doing drugs is not advisable as it could lead to dangerous situations. Knocking down one or two drinks to celebrate is allowed but as long as you can go back to your hotel room safely. Why take the risk of getting drunk and embarrassed in front of unknown people, Besides you can utilize the time and money in a more efficient way. Say no to alcohol and a big fat yes to adventure.

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Top 8 LGBT-Friendly Holiday Destinations In The World!

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The world has been extremely cruel to people with queer identities. However, there are nations that embrace such humans and support LGBT rights. People in love have often found it hard to convince the world around them, making them understand their love. Meanwhile, there are nations that have always celebrated love for the sake of love, and not discriminating it from “defined notions” of the same.

There are some exotic places on the face of the earth that’ll add to the wonder of your trip with your partner, whoever, they may be. Let’s thus get into naming these amazing places on the face of the earth that’ll be super-fun to be in!

1. The Canary islands

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The Canary Islands are much known European destinations for the LGBT community. The place is a perfect escape for the people in love with the beaches, the scorching sun and an aesthetic landscape.

The islands across the Spanish archipelago are extremely  liberal to sexuality, which means that you’ll be able to enjoy the LGBT beaches, bars and nightclubs without someone to interrupt you! Moreover, the annual Maspalomas Gay Pride event in Gran Canaria, attracts up to 100,000 attendees, includes a mammoth 10-day celebration that consists of LGBT parades, pool parties and organised boat trips.

2. Berlin

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Well, Berlin is the dynamic Gay Capital of Germany, and is known for its rich cultural history. The partying atmosphere is way too happening. The bars, clubs and carnivals rather get you hooked in!

Berlin Pride, known as “Christopher Street Day”, is one of the biggest events on Berlin’s LGBT calendar and sees thousands march proudly through this great European city.

3. Zurich

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Zurich is one of Switzerland’s largest city. Moreover, it offers visitors a colorful sight of LGBT-friendly bars and nightclubs, further complimented by snow-capped Alps in the back drop. The “Zurich Pride Festival”, which takes place between June 15 to 17 this year, is a multi-day event that brings people from all nooks and corners, in to the very heart of Zurich every year. Festival highlights include grand parades, concerts and pro-LGBT rights demonstrations.

4. Sitges

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In Spain’s Catalonia region, to the southwest of Barcelona, lies the coastal town of Sitges. Your go-to events in Sitges include the annual “Gay Pride Sitges” which includes a customised enticing, little village with places to eat, drink and party, right in front of the setting and the rising sun.

5. Israel

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Israel be the only tolerant places in the Middle-East that is notoriously gay-friendly. Tel Aviv is the country’s second city, famous for the queer nightlife, and also for the fact that it hosts a grand Pride Celebration, that too, funded by the Government. Same sex people can be seen doing all the normal things, enjoying the aesthetics, the beaches, and parties.

6. Sydney

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Sydney has its own queer, cultural history that keeps reiterating itself. Newton, the city’s primary area for queer women, is a true revelation. Moreover, The Mclver’s Ladies Bath are the only women-baths remaining in Australia, and a big hit with the Sapphic set. However, the main hub for LGBTQ+ activity is seen around Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, but shopping, bars, and venues for queer interests are found across in the inclusive city!

7. Brighton

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It’s the “hippy” city in UK that welcomes each and everyone falling under the rainbow flag. The nightlife is super duper fun, along with the Pride festivities. Even Britney Spears seems to have made her appearance in the festivities, in one of the August parties.

8. Lesbos

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Women seem to have migrated in this ancient city, and have rather served for the name, “Lesbos coming from Lesbian”. The annual Eressos International Women’s Festival is a two week celebration embracing women in love with other women.

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Wardrobe Essentials You Need To Pack On Every Trip!

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Who doesn’t love to travel? I highly doubt there’s any person out there who can say that he/she doesn’t enjoy traveling. If you’re someone lost in Wanderlust and loves exploring new places, you must have to pack a lot. And packing can be quite the task. However there are a few essentials that you need to pull out of your wardrobe and pack every time!

These, basically are wardrobe essentials that you need to pack on every trip. So, you too can pre-plan a capsule travel wardrobe that is all-weather- and all-occasion- appropriate! Stock up on these travel essentials so that you, too, can eat, pray, love your way through any travel destination without any stress.

These are the wardrobe essentials that you need-

1. All Rounder flats

Let’s start with the shoes. You need something comfortable, that you can wear on the plane or that doesn’t take up too much room in your suitcase, and that goes with multiple outfits. Versatile flats are the best option! They are nice enough to wear out in the evening and super comfortable to double as a minimalist daytime walking shoe.

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2. Black pants

Next up on our list is the perfect fitted black pant or tights. Slim black pants that you can dress up for a night out and that are comfortable enough to wear on the plane  are a necessary component of your wardrobe essential travel bag.

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3. Neutral tee

Of course you’ll need a basic tee that’s a perfect layer and also nice enough to be worn alone. The key to this piece is to find a tee that won’t stretch out easily and that has a slightly fitted shape.

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4. Little Black Dress

The little black dress is so often named as a wardrobe essential, that listing it in our recommendations for a travel wardrobe will come as no surprise. Think of the simple black dress as your foundation to layer upon your personality with jewelry and scarves —  items that take up very little room in your suitcase.

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5. Tote bag

Next you need a large tote bag to carry on the plane. And also, to hold all of those fabulous souvenirs you’ll no doubt pick up on your travels. You can go for a zippered one, or an open tote for easy access.

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6. Over sized wrap

An over sized wrap is the smartest thing you can carry with yourself on a trip! It can help you stay comfortable and keep you warm, and at the same time make you look chic and stylish! This is a must have.

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So, do you think these items made it to your travel essentials list? For other travel related articles check out https://littleletterslinked.com/category/travel/

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Travel Podcasts That’ll Give You Serious Wanderlust

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Finding a good reason to travel isn’t hard. Actually getting out on the open road and committing your time and hard-earned money to travel is where it gets a little more difficult. Where to go? What to do? Can I really sleep in a hotel with 20 other people? Is street food safe? These are all legitimate questions to ask. For the answers, there are scores of travel podcasts out there to help you plan a trip, large or small. The best among these answer the hardest questions honestly. They’re where practical guides meet some enchanting storytelling.

1. Flight of Fancy

Hosted by travel journo Ben Groundwater, Flight of Fancy offers 30-minute episodes on just about everything you could want to hear in a travel podcast. Listen to Aussie Ben who talks about everything from scary travel moments to various travel tips & hacks in 30 or 40-minute podcast sessions. Very easy to listen to and it won’t take much of your time. Each week he interviews travel professionals on topics like terrifying border crossings, cliched travel experiences (that are still totally worth doing), and how travel can mend a broken heart.

 

2. This week in travel

This Week in Travel is a weekly travel podcast hosted by Gary Arndt, Chris Christensen, and Jen Leo. Started in 2009 it has become one of the most popular travel podcasts on the internet. It is a three-time NATJA medalist for “Best Podcast”. This Week in Travel keeps up with all the industry gossip and news, via a weekly chat with travel industry heavyweights. If you want to keep your finger on the travel pulse, tune in to Chris, Gary and Jen as they chew the fat on what’s going on in the world of adventure and travel trends.

 

3. Amateur Traveler

The Amateur Traveler is a travel show that focuses primarily on the question -where to travel to and what to do when you get there. It includes both a weekly audio podcast and a twice-monthly video podcast. It also includes travel news and resources. Amateur Traveler is all about destinations, which makes it pretty handy for those suffering from the travel version of Kid-in-a-Candy-Store Syndrome. Chris started the show in 2005 and he’s racked up an amazing database of over 600 episodes, all chock-full of useful info on a particular spot.

4. Zero to Travel

If your ears are after something a bit more esoteric, Jason from Zero to Travel regularly digs down into what travel is, why we do it, and how we can do it better. Throw in a few tips on offbeat travel methods and episodes devoted to answering listener questions and you’ve got an inspiring mix for the train commute home. Whether you’re a travel newbie trying to figure out a way to explore the world, an occasional traveller longing to make your holiday every day or a seasoned traveller seeking unique ways to continue wandering you’re all welcome here!

 

4. Women Who Travel

Hosted by the editors of Conde Nast Traveler, Women Who Travel is a high-five to globe-trotting women around the world, and deep dives into what it’s like travelling as a woman. It started out as a Facebook group, where women could share stories, advice and ask questions, but quickly grew into a fortnightly podcast about the highs and lows of travel. It’s fun and informative and covers a huge range of topics. This podcast once started out with a Facebook group where women across the globe could exchange travel experiences. It became so popular, that they decided to create this hub of travel information. From planning the ultimate road trip, why to travel solo, to the best destinations for 2020.

 

5. The Budget-Minded Traveler

Are you interested in travelling more this coming year but don’t want to break the bank? Listen to The Budget-Minded Traveler. Jackie interviews guests on interesting (and cheap) travel destinations anyone can take with practical tips on how to travel the world on a budget. The Budget-Minded Traveler offers listeners destination inspiration and practical tips to get their travel goals off the ground, without blowing their whole budget. Hosted by Jackie Nourse, each episode interviews guests about their super-interesting travel experiences. Travel the world pocket-friendly using some of the best ideas through these podcasts.

 

6. The Thought Card

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Hosted by Danielle Desir, this podcast focuses on world travel, paying off debt, and building wealth. Danielle gives her audience the confidence to make smart financial decisions that will allow them to accomplish both their travel and financial goals. Give the episode with Denis O’Brien a listen. He is the founder of Chain of Wealth and shares his tips on how to create passive income. Danielle shares with her readers and listeners how to creatively save money, and also gives practical travel and budgeting tips. Based in Connecticut, Danielle is a Grants Manager who managed to pay off 44 lakhs worth of student debt in just four years while still managing to save for a house and travel the world on her own terms.

7. Chronicles Abroad Podcasts

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Hosts Nubia Younge and Frantzce Lys highlight their experiences living abroad as well as those of others who took risks to live their dream to be location independent. Don’t miss the episode with Yan and Lee, a couple who decided to pay off their debts and live abroad. They had graduated from college but found it difficult to find jobs in the United States, so they took matters into their own hands they got jobs overseas! Even though they initially had little travel experience, In 2016 Frantzces embarked on a journey half-way across the world and lived abroad for three years. They’ve been to 17 countries.

8. Extra Pack of Peanuts

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What happens when you get two people passionate about travel together for an audio interview? They talk. A lot. So much that it requires few podcasts to get through. Gotta love the podcasts whose host who knows when to keep the tape running, and how to make it fit the format of his audience. This is a great podcast for travellers who want to stay on a budget while on the road. Travis, who hosts the show, interviews nomads, bloggers, and entrepreneurs who give insight and firsthand tips on how to embark on your own affordable adventures. Give the -7 Lessons Learned episode with Travis and Heather a listen. They share what they have learned from living a location independent life for seven years.

 

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