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Traveling alone is the eternal pending issue of many. The Bilbao Andrea Bergareche, who has been doing it from one end of the world to the other for years, knows it; so much so that she herself had to overcome the discourse that kept repeating all the disasters she faced if she lived that adventure that, in her words, “ would change my way of understanding and seeing things, the perspective with which today I focus not only my travels, but the rest of my life . ”See 12 photos
The best destinations to travel alone
I tell it in I travel alone (Lunwerg, 2019), a perfect guide for all those who have felt the worm of nomadic life, but have not dared to take the step yet.
In the manual, he encourages women to explore what prevents them from embarking on the adventure and explains everything they need to know about a solo trip: the documentation they must carry, the most convenient means of transport, the type of accommodation more comfortable, the preferable way to pack, and even lecture on destination selection and budget management.
Of course, Bergareche also dedicates a section to talk about security, which is probably what slows us down the most when deciding to travel the world without a company. “We have heard so many stories in the newspapers and on the news that we think that if we dare to go beyond the corner, we will end up being raped, abducted or even killed, ” acknowledges the traveler.
'I travel alone', the book by Andrea Bergareche © Planeta
However, she has done well, so much that she has made her first life of seven months through South America her way of life . Moreover, the traveler says that, women find a whole support network wherever they go: “You get a lot of ' mothers ' on the road that, seeing you or believing you helpless, will try to take care of you as if your own daughter's be, ”he says.
“If you travel with the proper precautions, the risk of traveling alone is almost the same as what you are running now. Turn off the TV and, if you want opinions, ask who has been, instead of paying attention to the news or who has never traveled, ”he says. And, in addition, it gives us ten tips with which to minimize risks:
1. INVESTIGATE ABOUT THE PLACE
Bergareche advises us to find out the climate of the place, its level of security and its particular problems, as well as being clear in what area our accommodation is and how to get there.
2. TRAVEL COMMUNICATED
Applications like Glympse or Safe365 - before called Alpify - allow you to share your location in real time with whomever you choose. You only need to get a SIM card at the destination, if it is outside the European Union.
3. TRY NOT TO TRAVEL ONLY AT NIGHT
The reason? In case you get lost, there will be people on the street to ask. But that doesn't mean you can't go out at night when you already know the place; In fact, doing so is something that Bergareche especially likes, because it gives him another perspective on the cities he visits. "Even so, it is important to take precautions, " he says, and advises both going out accompanied and looking for an alternative path if the one you are taking gives you a bad feeling. “Ask the locals: they will know how to tell you which neighborhoods and which streets it is better to avoid, ” he says.
Try not to travel alone at night © Getty Images
In addition, the author advises us to make sure that the taxis we take are legal, or use apps like Uber or Grab to see where you are going, and even send the location to another person in case you need it. "Put the latch on the back doors to prevent someone from opening the car from outside at a traffic light and, if you want, pretend to be talking to a friend and telling her where you are."
4. DISAPPEARED PASS
Occasionally, there may be great dissonance between the Western way of dressing and that of other countries, "for example, Muslims, " says Bergareche. For the traveler, wearing an outfit similar to that of local women will not only allow you to go more unnoticed; In addition, it will be "a sign of respect that will allow you to get closer to the locals."
The author also advises not to wear expensive clothes or items, and to hide well the ones we have, as well as not to take out the map in the middle of the street (better to do it in a store). "The more unnoticed you spend, the less risk you will take."
5. CARRY THE MOST IMPORTANT IN AN APPARATUS BAG
“Always save a little money in several different places so that if you lose it or it is stolen, you don't run out of anything, ” says the expert. It also recommends carrying several bank cards separately, and get a cloth bag that you can hide inside your clothes.
6. ALWAYS USE THE HOTEL HOSTELS
According to Bergareche, hostels are one of the places where more robberies occur. "Always carry a lock with you, " explains the traveler, who advises to keep belongings at the box office or in a safe. "In case there isn't, you can use an anti-theft steel mesh with which to tie your backpack to something fixed."
Don't carry everything important on the same site © Getty Images
7. STAY ALERT IN THE SEASONS
They are another of the places where more robberies take place, especially in bus . “A good advice is to always put an arm or a leg in one of the handles or the straps of your backpacks, to avoid pulling, ” he writes. And, if you go to sleep, do it on the backpack.
8. USE A BACKPACK
"It will prevent your backpack from getting wet in case of rain and will make it harder for you to be robbed, " he says.
9. LEARN TO GET RID OF HEAVY MEN
Unfortunately, there are cultures in which the prevailing machismo gives wings to men to bother women. "It is important that you learn to say no firmly and that you arm yourself with patience, " Bergareche suggests. To do this, he invites us to wear sunglasses and headphones to ignore them, and even to get a married ring in countries like India. "If they ask you, always say that you are married or have a boyfriend."
If with everything and with it they still do not leave you alone, the recommendation of the traveler goes through to enter an establishment or go to a busy place. "And, in case they go overboard, do not hesitate: shout or ask for help from the people around you."
Eye in the seasons © Getty Images
10. TRUST YOUR INSTINCT
“In the end, everything is a matter of head and common sense: if you get into a foreign car or you are walking on a dark street and you are uncomfortable, or someone who does not give you a good feeling speaks to you, it is best to listen your instinct and get out of there as soon as possible. It is better to be wrong or prejudge than to expose yourself to unnecessary risks, ”he says.
WHAT IF YOU PUT ALL PRECAUTIONS TAKEN, DO YOU LIVE AN UNAGRAPHABLE SITUATION?
In case you want to be robbed, the best, according to Bergareche, is to throw your things as far as possible to have a few seconds to escape. “Once safe, immediately cancel your cards and go to the police to file a complaint. Contact your travel insurance and go to the embassy to request an emergency passport, ”the blogger urges.
If the situation involves violence, again, Bergareche encourages us to shout and defend ourselves strongly "pointing your blows to his genitals, his eyes or stomach" with hands, elbows and head. "Move in a triangle to baffle him, " he suggests, and ends by saying, "If you can, travel with pepper spray and don't be afraid to use it."
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The best destinations to travel alone