In this year of our Lord 2021, I am hoping there is not an extension of the ghettocracy of 2020. If it is NOT just another ghetto ass year, I am hoping that some bomb ass trips can come out of it. As a travel curator and content creator on social media, I hear from so many people that they want to travel, but have some FLAKY friends. If you are one of those people, I highly recommend that you keep reading!
One of my travel sisters, Latrice, @stutteringglobetrotter has been kind enough to offer her story and some insider tips for other solo travelers- especially single black women- who don’t want to wait on other people to live their lives! Keep reading to get all of the solo travel tea from our good sis, Latrice.
Where are you from?
I was born and raised on the southside of Chicago. (ENGLEWOOD STAND UP)! I am having an extended stay living arrangement in Colorado.
How many solo trips have you taken and where did you go?
I have taken 4 solo trips so far. I've travelled to France, Spain, China, and Mexico. I can't wait to visit these places again. When COVID is over the world will be my playground once again!
What are 5 important tips that you'd like to give a solo traveler?
1) Do not look like a tourist!
Blend in as much as you can and you won't get hassled.
2) Make copies of your passport.
Keep a copy in your home country. Keep copies in different safe locations while you are travelling.
3) Research, research and more research!
Look up how US currency converts to the country of your vacation. Look up different crimes that affect tourists so you can avoid getting into sticky situations. Call your bank and credit cards to tell them you are travelling overseas so your cards won't be locked. (No money overseas, oh boy!) Keep your money in different spots on your body and only show small bills. Book your hostels and hotels ahead of time and ask all and any questions you want to- your safety is the most important thing.
4) Be open to new people and experiences.
Trust your gut and watch the gestures of the locals. There are more good people in the world that want to help you.
5) I do not drink in foreign countries as a solo, woman, traveler.
I am not bilingual and I need to be coherent and vigilant about my safety at all times. I need to have a clear mind at all times to gauge my environment.
If you enjoyed those tips, be sure to give Latrice a follow on Instagram @stutteringglobetrotter for more solo travel tea. I hope these tips inspire you to get out there and explore the world [safely] this year!
Peace, love, and safe travels!
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