What is your travel habit? Do you normally Travel with family? With Friends? or by yourself? Isn’t it dangerous to travel by yourself? Will you get bored while traveling alone? I will answer you question ONE by One:)
Mostly I traveled by myself –and life on the road can be CRAZY. Remembered I told you all I have a really crazy stories on my Russia-Siberia post? After I left Siberia for Moscow, I boarded the Trans-Siberia Train to Moscow:) At first I was expecting a lot of Tourists on the Train..BUT that’s not true….
There’s tons of Mongolian Vendors and Russian Vendors sneaked into the train and tried to sell goods at each and every station during the train ride! So, when I first got on the train, there’s 3 Russians in the Same Compartment as me-One Russian man and a mother with her son. First, the Russian man tried to talk to me but I was so sleepy so I kind of ignored him and went straight to sleep. All of a sudden, I felt like someone sweeping my back.YUP, SWEEPING!. At first I though it’s a person just passby and touched me accidentally, but then I found out it was the Russian man that was touching me!! I was so scared and yelled at him and the mother also yelled at him! My first reaction was I couldn’t stay in the same compartment with him anymore! So I grapped my valuable belongings and ran out! I tried to talk to the conductor to let me stay at another compartment. But obviously Siberia is So different from Moscow or St. Petersburg….not a lot of people speak English! So, I ignored her and searched each compartment to check if there’s other travelers. Luckily, I found 2 Swedish girls who we met in Mongolia previously and their compartment have one empty space. There’s one Russian Girl that stay there. So, I told them what happened, and one girl helped me to go back to my previous compartment to bring my luggage over!
My Advice, if you experience something bad happened—DON’T PANIC. Go outside to look for help ASAP. There’s always other travelers nearby or some good local people who are willings to help you:) If the situation is not good, stay clam and don’t show that you are scared of them! I always pretent to be clam and Buff them! 90% it worked. Luckily I have never experience any situation that involved GUN or Knife. You MUST always know where you are going!! Then you can enjoy your travel safely:)
Always be SUSPICIOUS and METICULOUS-cus you never know what you are looking at:P
Do you believe the bus above is a TOILET??!!! em yea, it’s in St. Petersburg:).. so awesome:)
Always Carry a MONEY BELT and HIDE your valuable -If you are going to EDGY places like where I will be going, a Money Belt is a must. You can put your passport, credit cards and money inside and hide it under your shirt. It’s the most reliable thing for me so far:) Even if you are in a crowed subway, you won’t be afraid somebody can steal your stuff:) Below are the subway in Moscow and I am NOT saying it has a lot of thief there, I just want to say it’s the most amazing subway I have ever seen!!! The subway in NYC SUCKS!!!
TEAM UP with other single travelers-when I said I normally traveled alone might not be correct. When I traveled, I have a lot of chances to meet friends from around the world or locally.If you are traveling alone, it’s always better to pair up with other travelers so you can help each other out and have each other as a company. To be honest, I believe there are MORE good people than BAD people in this world. But still you got to watch out and be smart:)
I think a lot of people, esp Girl- still prefer to travel with friends. But I have to tell you travelling with parent(esp my parent) can be a lot of fun too 😛 This happened in Iguazu National Park (Argentina/Brazil).
The famous Iguazu Fall lie between Argentina and Brazil which is inside this national park. BUT except for the Fall, there’s also do birdwatching in this magnificent area! I went there with my parent in 2008 and I have a blast.
So, what will be your choice? Travel with friends? alone? or with family?