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9 Travel Safety Tips for Couples – While Travelling

Using a few basic travel safety tips for couples, and solo travellers, you can cut down your risks while you travel the world on your next adventure.

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Note: We actually wrote these travel safety tips for couples before we heard about the tragic killing of the solo female traveller Sarai Sierra in Turkey. Our travel safety tips can also be used by solo female travellers and males.

This post is a follow up to our previous article: Travel Safety Tips for Couples, Before you Travel.

We felt obliged to write about travel safety because we get asked a lot of questions regarding travel safety. We travelled to Egypt over a year ago and still get asked “is Egypt safe to travel to?”

Egypt Pyramids of Giza

Of course travel in Egypt is safe

We basically consider that everywhere in the world is safe to travel to, as long as you are sensible and take precautions. It is like I said in our previous post, you don’t want to listen to everything others say, especially the media.

The world is NOT dangerous or unsafe. Sure there are dangerous people and destinations, but they are a really small percentage of the world.

And most of the unfortunate bad experiences that happen to travellers arise from them being stupid, drunk or just in the wrong place at the wrong time. By using a few simple travel safety tips, you can cut down your risks.

Travel Safety Tips for Couples

After 3 years of travel we haven’t had anything stolen and have NEVER felt unsafe because we follow our basic travel safety tips for couples, and solo travellers.

Travel Safety Tips: Blend in

One of the keys to travel safety is to limit drawing attention to yourself.

The closer you resemble a tourist, or more specifically the less you resemble other tourists, the better it is for you. Wearing sandals with white socks or sneakers with a large camera dangling from your neck is kind of a giveaway.

Similarly if you are waving around a map you may be targeted.

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Basically, don’t look like me.

Travel Safety Tips: Dressing appropriately

Once you have stopped acting like a tourist you want to dress appropriately.

By leaving your valuables at home you should be carrying less stuff as you explore the streets. Everything you carry should be able to fit into your pockets or be within your bubble of “personal space”. Any time someone gets within that bubble you know to keep an eye on things.

There are always situations where this is unavoidable such as tightly packed public transport or local markets. To reduce your risk and avoid being pick-pocketed you want to keep your wallet in your front pocket, preferably buttoned up. Or use the inside pocket of your zipped up jacket.

You might also want to consider buying a “money belt” (examples here) that wrap around your waist underneath your shirt.

Finally, if you are a travelling couple ensure that you both carry your money and that it is not all in the same place. By spreading it out you won’t lose it all if one is stolen or lost.

Travel Safety Tips: Gather your gear

On arrival, or departure you are most likely to lose something.

At the airport you are tired from travelling and rush through customs eager to go exploring. Simply stuffing your wallet or passport at the top of your bag or in your back pocket is not good enough.

Use a money belt or secret compartment in your luggage to store valuable items.

It’s the same situation in a restaurant, accommodation or at an attraction. Take a moment to stop, gather yourself, and your belongings. As you walk away check behind you to see that you didn’t leave anything behind. I always do a quick “pat down” to check my camera, wallet, phone etc are in the right places.

If you know where everything should be then it becomes very easy to make this a simple routine ritual.

Travel Safety Tips: Don’t leave it unattended

We see this all the time. Someone sits down at a cafe and promptly ignores their bag or coat because they feel safe.

Always keep your items in your line of sight and within that personal bubble of space. It isn’t hard for someone to wander by and take something from your chair, or table, when you are distracted by delicious pastries and coffee.

Coffee and cake around the world

Travel Safety Tips: Stay Alert

Before leaving your accommodation ask the staff if there is anywhere in the city they recommend not going. While you don’t necessarily want to stick to the boring tourist trails, you also don’t want to end up in seedy areas.

It is easy to unwittingly wander up the wrong street when you are gazing at all the sights. Just retrace your steps (guys are a little better at this than girls for some reason) and carry on your way.

The important thing is that you see what is going on around you. Take notice of what strangers are doing because it’s common practice for thieves to work together.

Kids with signs may try to distract you while the others pickpocket you. Or women will beg for money while pushing a crying infant in your face. While we feel bad doing it, we always just ignore them and keep walking. Once you stop, you become a sitting duck.

Our only rule is that if someone outright robs you then NEVER FIGHT BACK. Insurance will cover anything stolen and it is better than getting injured or worse.

Travel Safety Tips: Lock your luggage

While you should travel with minimal stuff, anything you leave in your accommodation should be locked away. Most hotels and hostels provide safes or lockers.

Our small padlocks probably wouldn’t stop a determined thief, but it will make them think twice and/or slow them down. Stealing your stuff is all about speed, so most won’t take that risk.

Travel Safety Tips: Walk away from confrontations

Everyone has been in a situation where someone upsets you or makes you angry. They might have accidentally bumped you or tried to chat up your girlfriend. Some ridiculous people might just be looking for a fight.

Unless you are Chuck Norris, walk away calmly. You never know who that person might be associated with. If they follow you then stick to public areas and find a local spot to ask for assistance.

And by no means are we telling you to avoid people. Meeting people is a main reason to travel!

Travel Safety Tips: Know your way out

Memorising maps and routes comes naturally to me but there are still many times I have gotten lost while wandering small streets in Italy, Egypt and Turkey.

Besalu Village Alleyways

Familiarising yourself with local landmarks as you wander around the streets of a foreign city can be very helpful for when you do take that eventual wrong turn.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you have taken the time to learn a little bit of the local language then someone will be willing to help you out. Our favourite experiences have been after we have gotten lost then shown where to go by a friendly local.

Travel Safety Tips: Don’t try this on holiday

While we love to step outside our comfort zones, we don’t take unnecessary risks. Especially when something looks a little dodgy.

There are way to many stories of travellers getting injured, or killed, while taking part in something life threatening. Sure we have run with bulls, driven scooters in Italy and scuba-dived in Egypt. But we consider these calculated risks. And we had great travel insurance.

Running with the Bulls Pamplona

If you want to take part in adventure travel activities then always check that the operators have legal qualifications and a good safety record too. The cheapest option is usually that price for a reason.

Travel Safety Tips Summary

No we are not trying to scare you away from travelling. We just know from experience that people seem to go on holiday without their brains. By showing you examples of worst-case scenarios we hope that we can limit your risks.

Travelling is safe when you reduce your risks and take precautions.

The important thing to remember is that if you do suffer a loss or a problem, don’t let that ruin your trip!

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  1. Theodora

    February 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Not sure I agree with you on the luggage locks thing, Cole, but blending in is definitely important.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Why don’t you agree with me on the luggage locks? Do you mean because you think it draws attention to your bags indicating that there might be something valuable within? Agree on that part, but when you are out of your room then I think you should lock up 😀

    • Matthew Karsten

      February 21, 2013 at 8:03 AM

      I’m currious why too Theodora. Locks are especially important for insurance reasons. If a guesthouse/hotel employee goes into your room, steals something out of your unlocked back, there is no proof of it, and you’ll have a hard time with some insurance companies.

      At least if there is a lock, there will be some kind of damage to your bag from them breaking into it — and will be a breeze to get it replaced with insurance.

      A lock is a huge deterrent for most would-be thieves. A lot of theft is opportunistic, not done by professionals — regular people who were tempted by an easy opportunity. I lock by backpack even though anyone with a knife could get in no problem. It keeps the non-professionals out though.

      • Cole Burmester

        February 21, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Completely agree 100% Matthew! Like I said in the post and as you mentioned, when you make it easy for them they will target you. A few simple travel saftey precautions go a long way.

  2. Laurence

    February 18, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Wait… you’re telling me my white sock / sandal approach isn’t the foolproof local disguise I had always thought it to be? Dang!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Only if you are travelling in North America should you wear the white sock / sandal attire 😉

    • Cat of Sunshine and Siestas

      February 18, 2013 at 11:23 PM

      I respect this comment as a North American!!! I live in Southern Spain, and when it’s 60 degrees out here, even the dogs are out in sweaters, but the Americans have on flip flops and short sleeves! Brrr!

      • Cole Burmester

        February 19, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        Haha it was a bit tongue in cheek of course as we LOVE Americans from our time spent travelling there 😉 They are just a little bit easier to stereotype (in a fun way)!

  3. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    February 18, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    We agree that an effective overall goal should be to become the most difficult target in town – us the lockers, use locks, keep your eyes open, etc and any thieves shopping for a target will move on to the rube with cash hanging out of his pants and his head in the stars. Remember, thieves are basically lazy. That’s why they’re thieves.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      Totally agree Karen. Like the point about becoming the most difficult target! Even by making it a little bit more difficult for a thief, you are probably harder than most other tourists so they will move on.

  4. N. Song

    February 18, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    I love to travel with my wife a lot. I’ve never considered such type of travel safety tips before, but I’m thankful to you for giving chance to learn such effective tips. To have a safe traveling I’ll definitely follow these tips. Thanks very much. 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 5:38 PM

      Good to hear that you will follow them 😉 Enjoy your travels!

  5. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    February 18, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Most of these apply to solo travellers too! You should add “Stay away from bars/nightclubs” to your list too (although that would cut down on a lot of fun.) 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      Definitely don’t stay away from bars and nightclubs, unless you want to save money 😉

  6. Bethaney - Flashpacker Family

    February 18, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Blending in and not looking or acting like a naive confused tourist is key. I go as far as to tell people who approach me on the street (touts, scammers etc) that it’s not my first time in a city, in fact, I’ve been here three times before. That usually makes them shy away from ripping me off.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM

      Good point about telling them that it is not your first time. That is why it is also useful learning a little of language before you get there as well. Then the shock on their face when you tell them “no thanks” in their language is priceless and they walk off!

  7. Elle Williams

    February 18, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I’m not sure I agree with the “ask them where you shouldn’t go” – you often find that people who live in a city are much more judgemental about places than you would ever be. In Sydney we stayed in an awesome hotel in the red light district over new year – people told us not to, that it would be unsafe and that it wasn’t a nice part of the city centre – but we went anyway and had an awesome time. The nightlife was actually comforting – as it meant we could come back late at night and not worry about being on our own on a street. All the kebab shops and bars actually made it feel safer at night time! 🙂

    Sure, if there is an area that is dangerous that’s a bit different – but sometimes the “bad neighbourhoods” get a bad rep just because some locals and tour book writers wouldn’t live there. The east end of London is a bit like that – when actually – if you go there you find Brick Lane, Vintage markets and quirky shops and nightlife. As a tourist in London though – people would warn you off the east end.

    Aside from that though – great article! Thanks for writing! I’m gonna take a look at some of these body bags you hide under your clothes… perfect for avoiding that panic when you think you’ve lost something!

    xx

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      Definitely a good point Elle! I guess my point was that you shouldn’t just rely on one persons advice either. Everyone has had bad experiences, even in the nicest places in the world. So ask a few different locals opinions and hopefully you can sort through the good and bad spots 😉

  8. Jade Johnston - OurOyster.com

    February 19, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Great tips. I find it amazing how so many people think that travelling is the best excuse to get plastered drunk and wander around strange cities at night! – it is that sort of attitude which gets people hurt. Responsible tourists rarely have issues.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      I always find that we drink a lot less when we are travelling. I can’t stand waking up somewhere with a hangover and then missing out on seeing everything because I just want to sleep! We see so many people stumble into Hostels at 5am and don’t leave bed until the evening. Ridiculous!

  9. TammyOnTheMove

    February 19, 2013 at 4:01 AM

    Some great tips there. Blending in can sometimes be difficult. I am tall, pale and blond, so will always stick out in South America or Asia. One tip for the ladies, always wear your handbacg across your chest (not just on one shoulder) and hold onto it. Someone on a moped tried to rip my handbag off me in Cambodia once, but because I held on to it with my hands as well, he never got it. Only the string. Oh and he nearly fell off his bike too. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 8:36 AM

      Lucky that you managed to keep hold of your handbag! Well done 🙂 The only problem is that sometimes if you have it over your chest as well they might still try to rip it off and you might get injured. But still a good point! Better just to carry less stuff in my opinion 😉

  10. Jeremy Branham

    February 19, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Very good list of tips. Happy to say I follow most of them. For me, I think #1 is huge. It’s a personal thing but I hate looking like a tourist. For me, it’s more than just a safety thing.

    A lot of this stuff is common sense for most of us who travel. However, they are very good reminders for all travelers. However, I’ve never been in a fight in my life. I definitely don’t plan on starting one when traveling 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      I am pretty sure I would get my ass kicked in any fights so always steer clear as well! Had a few misunderstandings with locals before, but usually only because they have been too drunk and their friends have sorted them out quickly 🙂

  11. Jennifer

    February 19, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    Good tips! I would add that you should have a place that you both agree to meet at if you get separated for some reason.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Excellent point! We always do that when travelling on public transport because we have had a few close calls with people nearly getting left behind on train platforms etc haha.

  12. Jonathan Look, Jr.

    February 19, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Great advice! Also I might add, when it comes to safety, make it a habit. Avoid those panic moments where you wonder if you locked up of have your money-belt.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      Exactly Jonathan! As soon as it becomes a natural habit it is very easy to stay safe while travelling. 😀

  13. Ali

    February 19, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Yes, the world is NOT a scary, dangerous place! The “don’t look like a tourist” thing isn’t always to achieve, but I do my best to dress respectfully. I think in certain parts of the world, no amount of dressing like the locals will make me blend in, but I always cringed seeing backpackers in Laos walking around in short-shorts and bikini tops.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Dressing respectfully is definitely one of the main ways to not draw attention to yourself. I couldn’t stand it when we were in Egypt and Morocco where tourists were dressing inappropriately too! Not hard to wear a light long sleeve top and cotton pants, even if it is hot.

  14. Larissa

    February 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    A great summary Cole. When we returned from our RTW people would ask us if we there was anywhere in the world we felt threatened or unsafe. After thinking for a moment, our response was “No-because we made it a point to always be AWARE”.

    On the subject of fitting in, my husband like to pick up a newspaper in the local language and walk around with it tucked under his arm. If a tourist comes up and asks him for directions, he considers himself to have “arrived”. 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      February 19, 2013 at 7:47 PM

      We are the same Larissa. We have never felt unsafe, but maybe that is because we take these precautions too. I know it does come down to a little bit of luck too. Also, the tip about carrying around a local newspaper is a great idea! Definitely using that next time 😀

  15. Fahmi

    February 20, 2013 at 3:59 AM

    Stay alert is the best way to keep safe when you travel, as for the map stuff? how can you not travel without map? i use maps a lot when traveling to new place, especially using Google Map on my phone 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      February 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      We use maps as well, we just try not to wave them around in public because then you definitely don’t blend in 😉

  16. Mary - Green Global Travel

    February 20, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Great practical travel tips. I think you advice is useful for when you’re in your hometown as well as when you travel.

    • Cole Burmester

      February 21, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      The travel safety tips can definitely be applied to all situations and taking precautions never hurt anyone! 🙂

  17. Christie

    February 21, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Common sense… thanks for this article. I hope it makes more people aware that its OK to go to”dangerous” areas… just be a safe traveller!

    Safe travels!!

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  19. Gail Monique Mallo

    March 13, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Ahhh this blog is so inspiring! How do you guys do it? My husband and I are a newly wed couple and we’ve always wanted to travel but work responsibilities keep tying us down.

    Will definitely be back reading your adventures for sure!

    • Cole Burmester

      March 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM

      Thanks Gail for dropping by the blog and commenting 😀
      It has been a really long and hard road to get to where we are now but you just have to stick at it! Good luck.

  20. PAR-SEC

    July 2, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Good post. Mostly common sense advice, which is awesome.
    Of course travel in Egypt is safe. A few exceptions would include urban areas, the Sinai peninsula, avoid crowds in Cairo, Alexandria, etc. Luxor is to be avoided at this time…. Egypt, despite of all normal concerns can be enjoyable nonetheless. One must do his/her homework!!!

  21. jennifer

    September 4, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    Good advice – although I still think I’ll avoid running with the bulls. When I’m in a new city I check to see if they have a free walking tour. Good way to get an introduction to the city and to meet a local. They usually have great advice about areas to avoid in their city if there are any. Happy travels!

  22. Katie Featherstone

    March 22, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Great advice- it’s mostly common sense, but I feel like most of the times travellers have problems it’ when they let their guard down. Walking away from confrontations is a very good point. You’ll never see them again, so it doesn’t matter if you loose an argument or whatever people think of you as long as you’re safe!

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10 Reasons You Should Be Doing Your Yoga Teacher Training In India

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There are a lot of reasons you should choose to do your yoga teacher training in India. You will gain a lot in terms of knowledge, conscious thinking, and credentials. Yoga training in India is revered for good reason. It is the birthplace of yoga and is highly honored. They do things in the more traditional and authentic way that is often lost in translation in the West.

India is a very spiritual and sacred country with roots of yoga that have existed for thousands of years. This is the place to do yoga teacher training and you will highly benefit from the experience as a whole.

1. It’s the Birthplace of Yoga

There is just something special about doing yoga teacher training in India. It is the birthplace of yoga and they very much care about retaining the value of the original philosophy of yoga. They take it very seriously here and it is a way of life. That puts you in a position of soaking up some of this passion for yoga. It could change the way you see life and change you in wonderful ways. This country was the inspiration for yoga. You’ll see why when you come here.

2. A Deeper Learning Experience

Doing yoga training in India will give you that deeper learning experience you might not get in the West. The yogis that are teaching you will likely include some local Indians that have grown up under this philosophy of living. Most yoga teacher training in India are going to be about 1 month immersive. This also gets you living and breathing yoga on a daily basis. Then you really begin to understand how it feels to be a devout yogi. When you feel this, you can also transform in ways that make you a better teacher to the practice. You will learn all the things that matter such as anatomy and how to instruct but you’ll get more out of the training.

3.An Inspiring Backdrop

When you do your yoga training in India, you’ll be inspired by the nature that surrounds you. You may end up in the jungle, or at the base of the Himalayas, or maybe near the Ganges. All these things can be deeply inspiring for your own practice. The sounds of birds and other wildlife or the sounds of locals going about their day to day life.

4. More Value for Your Money

The kind of training you’ll get to prepare you to become a yoga teacher is high quality. It is also usually much cheaper than most places around the world. The yoga training in India are often going to include your accommodation, all your food, and the full teacher-training curriculum. You will be getting great education for a fraction of the cost, this is even when you equate your plane ticket and getting there once you’re in the country.

5. You Become More Worldly

There is something that happens when you travel. India is one of the most dramatically different cultures you’ll ever experience. It is beautiful, it is busy, it is dirty at times, but also blissful. The culture is old and they hold onto this so you’ll get a taste of it when you’re there. It is a place you come to really feel like you’re out of your comfort zone. While a bit scary, it is also extremely exhilarating.

6. A Taste of the Authentic

As you immerse in yoga teacher training, you will also immerse in the culture. What you’re learning, locals have known since they were little. They do things mindfully and have a sense of life to them that will be an inspiration to what you’re learning. This authenticity of the real life that inspired yoga in the first place will bring you to a greater place of understanding within your own practice.

7. It’s Good for Your Career

When you take your training in India, it will be recognized. For all the reasons addressed so far, getting your yoga teacher training here is going to get you far. You have established yourself as someone committed to the practice. People will know that you know the various aspects to yoga that perhaps are missed when taught in the West. If you’re opening up your own studio or offering private lessons, you’re more likely to get interest because you did your training in India.

8. Easy to Get Spiritual

Part of yoga is in it’s spiritual teaching. There are many ways yoga can help you to feel good and allowing your soul to shine through is one of them. In India, you are going to feel that spirituality which exists in their normal life. There are so many shrines or gods and ashrams, it’s hard not to feel the vibration. Your teachers are going to talk a lot about spirituality and how it applies to yoga. When you go home, you will have felt what it is to truly be yourself. This is something precious you can pass on to your students.

9. You’ll Visit India in a Safe Setting

India is amazing for many reasons but it can also be quite intimidating. When you attend yoga teacher training in India, you’re going to be brought to a safe community. You will spend your time immersed in your teaching. As you begin to meet people, you will have a crew to hang out with. You can leave the grounds of the resort and maybe even travel with some of the people you meet during your teacher training. This is a great way to see a country that might otherwise deter you.

10. Sightseeing While You’re There

The monumental sights to be seen in India are just as exciting as embarking on a new career as a yoga teacher. In Rishikesh, you can visit the cave where yoga was created. You can spend time meditating near the beloved Ganges River. If you’re going to Goa, you can take in the beach time and cultural experiences. Goa has long been a hippy haven so you can take in the peaceful beach vibes and connect with like-minded people. Dharamsala is the home of the Dalai Lama. There are important museums and monasteries here. All of these places will teach you something about the incredible country of India are an added bonus to deciding to take your yoga teacher training here.

If you decide to do you teacher training in India, get ready for an amazing and transformative experience. There are many that have traveled here to learn in the birthplace of yoga.

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5 top countries you should visit at least one time in your lifetime!

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Do you dream of exotic and interesting far off places? Why spend your vacation at a resort in the USA when there are incredible places all around the world where you can experience a totally alien but fascinating culture. There are many countries that could vie for a place on your bucket list but here are five of the best.

Australia

The Land Down Under is a place like no other. From huge vibrant cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Perth to the dry red center and the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands, Australia is a land of contrasts. It is a laid-back country with a great sense of fun but also a legacy of sporting prowess. From trying your hand at panning for gold to diving with sharks there’s an amazing array of adventures to have. There are incredible landmarks including Uluru, Sydney Opera House and Harbor, the “Big” things and its many rocky outcrops and mountains. If there’s one place it worth considering getting a travel loan to visit, it’s Oz.

 

Vietnam

If there is one over-riding image of Vietnam popular in the media, it is the number of motorcyclists in the major cities. Motorcycle travel across the whole country is popular and roads are surprisingly good. Vietnam Motorbike Tours are a terrific way to see the best sights and attractions. You can easily visit the top cities like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Dalat, Da Nang and the stunning Hội An, the picture-postcard perfect Ha Long Bay as well as the incredible beauty of jaw-dropping Hai Van Pass. With a long and rich history and one of the most fragrant cuisines in Asia, Vietnam deserves a spot on your bucket list.

 

South Africa

Known as the Great Mother or the Rainbow Nation, South Africa pulls in visitors like a moth drawn to a flame. A country of stunning contrasts, South Africa is a melting pot of cultures. From the two amazing coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban to the bustle of Johannesburg to outback towns where pre-apartheid life seems stuck in time, urban life is very different to the countryside of the Garden Route and the wine growing regions like Stellenbosch. Of course, the great attraction is the national parks. You couldn’t pay a visit to South Africa without a safari trip to see the big five game animals.

 

Indonesia

Thailand has topped the list of Asian destinations for many years now but don’t overlook Indonesia. This highly populous nation of more than 17000 islands, 300 languages and many varied cultures is a diversity lover’s dream. It is simply filled with a myriad of adventures. Have some tropical R&R in beautiful Bali, go volcano trekking in Sumatra, or go shopping in a cool, glitzy mall in the capital, Jakarta. Wildlife is beguiling with orangutans lazing in trees and Komodo dragons menacing those who dare come too close. There’s adventure around every corner.

 

Greece

Being one of Europe’s top tourist hotspots shouldn’t put you in mind of overcrowded beaches lined by high rise hotels. Greece is an absolute charm whether you choose the magnificent mainland or one of its idyllic islands. The capital, Athens, is one of the most historical destinations on the planet and the marvels of the ancient civilization will leave you in awe. The country boasts 6,000 sitting in the beautiful Aegean Sea, each with its own character. Some have huge party resorts while others might only be inhabited by a goatherd and his family and their animals. Island hopping by boat is a fabulous way to immerse yourself in the beauty of Greece. The food’s not half bad either!

Which is going on your list of must-visit places?

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5 Expert Tips with Examples for Getting Started in Travel Writing

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Writing is a very important and helpful skill. It has multiple benefits for the professional, intellectual, and spiritual development. Undertake any kind of writing and you’ll enjoy a lot. One of the currently popular genres is travel writing. This is a very creative nonfiction style of writing. A traveling writer describes the places he or she visits and explains his/her feelings associated with the traveling and visited places.

So, if you are an active traveler and have a soul of a writer, you should combine these two aspects. Describe your experiences while you’re on a trip and encourage other people. However, you may not know how to start or develop your projects. Nothing wrong with that. Read our guide, which provides effective writing tips for travel writers.

Make allowances for the following points:

1. Create an online portfolio. The Internet gives us multiple outstanding benefits. One of such is speed. You may easily share your emotions and experiences anytime and anyplace you are. Therefore, think about your own writer’s blog or even a portfolio website. Present your bibliography as soon as you arrive at the destination point. Thus, you may instantly share your impressions with your readers. Add pictures and videos to enhance your descriptions. Your readers will embrace what you feel in full. In addition, this is an amazing opportunity to reach other writers and editors for a stronger collaboration. Of course, you’ll acquire even more followers.

2. Nurture a niche. You should choose your own direction. Try to be original and don’t repeat after other writers. Otherwise, nobody would like to read the same themes. Separate yourself from the rest. Afterward, work in that direction. Find those specifications, which impassion you. Thus, it’ll be much easier for the writer. Establish and develop your own style. Differ from the crowd. Under such conditions, you’ll attract a larger audience. Use media, such as Facebook and Twitter to find more followers. Collaborate with other writers to become more famous.

3. Begin with smaller things. You should widen the horizons. Nonetheless, it shouldn’t be done all at once. Widen the world by starting small. You should focus on your own content, which should go a single direction. Within time, as you gain experience and popularity, you should write on other matters. If you want other people to read your works, use the help. Go to the local newspaper agency or find a popular website. Discuss the reasonable terms about your publications and start your writing career. It is quite possible that you would require some assistance from an editor. It is better to have an experienced writer who will show you a thing or two.

4. Work online and offline. As it has been already mentioned, you should use the power of the Internet. Develop your online resource in all possible ways. Cultivate your connections with the help of social media. However, it’s not all. Ask your relatives and friends to spread the advertisement about your writings. The same should be done offline. You may initiate some workshops and conferences. There are lots of travel writers. Therefore, you have great chances to gather many of them for such meetings. When people share their experiences, they also learn from the others. This is a great chance to obtain popularity and become famous. Do not pass up this advantage. Establish your own “tribe” and develop yourself.

5. Know what you write about. You may be pretty surprised, but many travel writers undergo the same mistake. They do not realize what their main point is. Even those who already have decent amounts of followers have no idea what they describe in their writings. This sufficiently lowers communication skills. Such a practice does not promise anything good. Within some time, such writers lose their followers. This is an inevitable process, which leads to ruin. Before you put down the initial note, ask yourself what your readers are expecting to read. Walk in their shoes. Imagine that you are a reader who has no possibility to visit many foreign places, but who adores traveling. What would you like to learn? This is what you should begin with. Afterward, the process will go smoothly and naturally. Always care about the wishes of your audience because your major objective is to tell the stories to other people.

A Few More Writing Tips

Use our 5 expert recommendations and you have good chances to prosper. There is no end to the perfection. Everybody may improve his/her talents every day and in a different manner. Therefore, we have prepared a list of short tips, which will strengthen your writing skills recommended by Lauren Bradshaw, academic expert, hired by Custom Writings professional writing service. These are:

  • Begin each piece of writing with a brief but strong introductory sentence.
  • Come to the major point of your story as soon as possible to ignite a desire to read it.
  • Be logical in your story.
  • Connect the beginning with the end with a strong narrative thread.
  • Quote people you meet during your trips.
  • Escape clichés.
  • Use plain and well-known phrases.
  • Always check the facts you write about.
  • Write economically.
  • Write about the moments which can potentially impress your readers and not you.

Try to keep in memory this list as well. It is actually effective and helpful. If you use all of these recommendations, you will become a proficient travel writer. Travel the world, share your experience and enjoy your life at full!

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