Wednesday, July 08, 2015

2 out of 30: 10 Tips for Traveling Alone

Top: from Korea | Necklace, Skirt, Bag: Forever 21 | Shoes: Payless

If you still remember my bucket list (which you can read on this post), traveling alone is one of them. I have always admired people who travel alone. I admire their liberty. I admire their independence. I admire their experience. I have talked to my parents about it but they refuse to let me travel on my own. Let's just say that my mom is a bit of a paranoid. She thinks the movie Taken will happen in real life. And my dad simply replied that he is no Liam Neeson and he won't be able to save me in case that happens. They do have a point. Even when you travel in groups, Taken can still happen. But my rebuttal would always be that I am not stupid and I can take care of myself. I will be at the hotel by 6PM and they have my word for it. But parents will always be parents and they can't help but worry about their children even if they are already adults and don't need looking after. So when my boss approved my training in Bangkok, Thailand I was over and beyond the moon excited. This is my chance to travel alone. My parents won't be able to say no because this is work-related and the trip will be sponsored by my employer. Now I have crossed out 2 in my bucket list. I still have 28 more to go and I am really crossing my finger I will accomplish it in 3 years and 2 months as I am turning 27 soon.



What I realized as I was in Bangkok is that traveling alone is not for everyone. If you are the type of person who depends on other people too much e.g. itinerary, getting around the city, taking pictures, etc. you will not enjoy traveling alone. The latter is for people who are comfortable on their own, who are okay to be alone, and don't need other people to get around. This is for people who can go to their destination even in a place where language is a barrier. This is for people who are seeking adventure. I learned a lot of things traveling alone and I really hope I can do it again. Maybe I should sneak out or something pretend to my parents I am traveling with someone when I am actually not? Kidding aside, I really enjoyed the solitude, independence, and the adventure of meeting new people from traveling alone.



Top: from Korea | Necklace, Skirt, Bag: Forever 21 | Shoes: Payless



Tips for traveling alone:

  1. Do your research beforehand - I cannot stress to you enough how important this is especially if you are traveling to a place where language is a barrier. From my experience Thai's can generally communicate in English but there are still a lot of them who don't. And some of these people who can speak in English are a bit difficult to understand because of the accent. If you don't do your research beforehand on how to get to a certain place, you might encounter difficulties and end up getting lost - which you do not want because you are alone. With technology these days, it is very easy to get directions. I read blogs before I go on travel to get information on the directions. I also download a subway/train/MRT map for easy reference. It always pays to be prepared. 
  2. Make sure someone knows where you are - when you travel alone, you are prone to getting lost hence it is important that someone knows your whole itinerary. My mom knows where I was going so in case something goes wrong, she knows where I could possibly be. This person could be anyone if you are not comfortable letting your mom know your whereabouts. But I would suggest though that at least 2 people know your whole itinerary because if one person is not be reachable at least there is another one people can reach in case anything bad happens.
  3. Make sure your mobile phone is on and charged - in case you need to contact someone, you have your mobile phone to use. Make sure though the roaming service is turned on or purchase a local sim card.
  4. Leave the contact details of the hotel to your emergency contact -make sure your emergency contact knows the address and telephone number of your hotel just in case they can't contact your mobile phone. 
  5. Do not stay out late - for obvious reasons.
  6. Do not go to dark alleys and areas where there are very few people - for obvious reasons again.
  7. Take note where your embassy is and save their contact details - in case you need emergency consular assistance, you know how to contact your embassy. Make sure you have their contact details printed out as well in case you lost your mobile phone (you are a victim of robbery or theft). Save their phone number, emergency number, and address. It would also pay to research beforehand on how to get to your embassy from the hotel you're staying at for easy reference.
  8. Bring enough cash and credit card - just bring enough cash and use your credit card when you no longer have cash. In case something goes wrong, the first thing the police will look at are bank records. If you used your credit card abroad, they will be able to trace easily where you were last seen. It makes everything a whole lot easier because you are leaving footprints behind so people can easily track you down.
  9. Always carry an identification with emergency contact - in case anything happens, people know who to contact.
  10. Make sure you have a photocopy of the biopage of your passport - in the event that you lost your passport, one of the most important details you will be asked of is your passport number. If you still haven't memorized your passport number, keeping a photocopy of the biopage will come in handy.
I really hope I will be able to travel alone again someday. In case you are, please keep the tips I shared in mind to keep you safe and so you know what to do in case of an emergency.

Safe travels everyone!


Top: from Korea | Necklace, Skirt, Bag: Forever 21 | Shoes: Payless



29 comments :

  1. nice place!! and love your skirt :)

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  2. I love your top and your necklace!
    Your necklace turned out so lovely!
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    1. I know! This necklace is one of my favorite accessories.

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  3. Sweet :) Beautiful skirt
    Kiss

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  4. I love your look, and live by these tips! I love travelling alone, but you must follow rules when you do. xx

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    1. I agree. It is quite dangerous if you just do what you want to do. Since you are alone, you are attractive to thieves and scammers.

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  5. Wow...it look super amazing...thx for sharing honey...:-)

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  6. I've always wanted to travel alone but I guess I don't have the time to do so pa and same... PARENTS. I was once about to book a trip to Hongkong on my own then my mom stopped me and did all sorts of things just so I will miss the seat sale (because I had limited fund way back). But I'd love to do that before I turn 30. Although... Yeah, I already travel on my own for work but would love to do that outside of the country naman. :D


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    1. I guess it takes a lot of guts and a lot of convincing to your parents to allow you to travel alone. I have traveled before also when I was still living in Baguio. I was only 16-17 then but they didn't have a choice because of school. But I guess they are worried because it is a different country we want to go to. The culture is different and when something happens, they won't be there for you. It is just them being parents. But as they say, they gotta let go of their children at some point. Their children are not theirs. We have our own lives and they have to let us live it. I think we just have to prove to them that we are responsible enough and that they can trust us.

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  7. This look is so cute, I love your skirt
    xo
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  8. You look amazing! I really love your shoes! Been looking for one but sadly I can't find one here in our city.

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    1. Thank you! It's just from payless though I am not sure if they still have this.

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  9. Your outfit is so adorable. I really love your skirt and your top is beautiful. Thank you for these tips :)

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    1. Thank you and you're most welcome.

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  10. I love your great outfit :) It looks so pretty

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  11. I'm really glad you liked it. It's very important to me to know this, believe!
    I hope you have managed to retain some inspiration :D

    I really love your outfit and this colors looks amazing on you <3

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  12. What a nice skirt ! Love your entire outfit :-)
    Kisses from Paris XxX
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  13. Thanks for the amazing tips! Your outfit looks adorable, too!

    xoxo, Christina

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  14. I love your necklace..
    Thanks for the amazing tips :)
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  15. Thank you for sharing, great blog post and llove your style

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    xoxo

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