QUIKGUIDE TO INDEPENDENT TRAVEL describes how to travel freely, without being in a tour group. You can download this guide to your PC, tablet, or smartphone and read it in an afternoon. There is no better way than independent travel to experience different cultures, meet the locals, and experience the world on your own terms.
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This guide is designed to help you decide if you would enjoy traveling independently rather than being in a tour group. Independent travel can be personally enriching and provide exciting opportunities to see diverse landscapes and meet the locals without being constrained by a schedule imposed by a tour company. This QuickGuide will give you the knowledge and resources to allow you to travel confidently, even in regions off the beaten track. In addition to the how-to’s of independent travel, the guide explores planning, ethics, and methods of quickly gathering information about travel destinations.
Independent travel is extremely rewarding. Rather being shown an attraction by a tour company that allots only a limited time at a specific location, you will be able to stay as long as you want at your favorite destinations, moving on when you choose to. In this way, you will gain a far greater understanding of the places you visit. The key word, of course, is “independent.” Nobody but you will be calling the shots, determining when and where you travel to and how long you will stay. Sound difficult? Well, think again. It’s actually incredibly easy. So, let’s get started.
Is it Safe to Travel Independently?
For those who have never traveled independently, safety is usually the first concern. The answer whether independent travel is safe is: “Yes, if you take a few simple precautions.” Indeed, as will be explained below, independent travel is often safer than traveling in a tour group of relatively wealthy tourists (which make excellent targets for pickpockets). Like anything else, however, it’s good to know the “rules of the road” for traveling independently. This guide will give you all of the tools you need.
How Can I Maximize My Travel Safety?
The facts are crystal clear on this. If you’re walking around flashing gold jewelry and a Gucci handbag, you are more likely to be a target than if you are wearing simple clothes such as jeans and a tee-shirt. That is to say, people getting off large tour boats (who often are dressed quite well) are more likely to be targeted than people traveling independently (who tend to dress less ostentatiously). So if you’re planning to travel independently, leave your gold watch at home. Also, be discrete in displaying your fancy camera or smart phone, especially in crowded places such as train and bus stations.
Should I Dress Like the Locals to Blend in?
You can if you wish, and people will smile at you if you do, appreciating that you are wearing the local garb, but it won’t make you blend in. The fact is, you are different. Everyone can see that you are a visitor. It’s not just your face, but how you walk and even the shoes you’re wearing. So don’t sweat it. Just dress simply and comfortably and you’ll be fine. More important than how you dress is your attitude. If you smile and are courteous to people, you are unlikely to have problems.