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Traveling in the Midst of the 2020 Corona Virus Pandemic

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We are in the midst of the 2020 Corona Virus pandemic as I write this.  Just about everyone around the entire globe is being told by government and healthcare officials to stay and home in an effort to help slow down the spread of this dangerous virus. 

While I love to travel, this virus spread has certainly curtailed my trips.  Already I have cancelled several planned outings.  However, it is plain to see that not everyone is following the stay at home advice.  Maybe you can see that on social media, as I can, when friends, loved ones or others post current pictures from airplanes or hotels as they continue to ignore the warnings.  Maybe you even know someone who is still planning on going on their trip next week.  How do we convince them to stay at home?

Why travel now is so dangerous during the pandemic

Those still traveling, or planning to travel, just might not still comprehend the seriousness of the situation.  If that’s the case, they must be living in somewhat of a fantasy world.  Already there have been over 1,600,000 confirmed COVID 19 infections and over 100,000 deaths around the globe and the numbers continue to climb.  However, I still know some people who do not believe that the virus is a problem where they live or in the place they are planning to visit even though we are in the midst of this corona virus pandemic.

According to the experts everybody should operate under the assumption that the virus is in their community even reports are not yet so indicating.  No one really knows who is infected and who is not. 

The elderly and those with predisposed health conditions certainly should not be traveling at this time.  Everyone else should restrict their travel unless it is absolutely necessary.  Each traveler is at risk for spreading the virus and everyone should avoid “unnecessary” travel.  Already many cities, states and even our federal officials are asking, and some are declaring, that all discretionary travel be avoided.  Some even go so far to say it is prohibited.  And all international travel should be avoided at the present time.

But what is “unnecessary” travel?

While nonessential travel is the mantra of the day, the definition of the term is a bit subjective.  Some edicts attempt to define it.  However, because the concept is so subjective, the meaning has different interpretations.  What is essential varies by person.  Is it work?  What kind of work?  Is it family related?  Health related?  Is it activity related? 

So many of these interpretations depend on the context.  It really comes down to personal responsibility.  Is your friend’s travel really necessary?  Is your loved one’s travel really necessary?  Ask them.  Remind them that regardless of their interpretation and reasoning, any traveling at this time is a bad idea.  Yep, we are at the point where everyone needs to do their part in stopping the transmission of this virus. 

What are the risks of corona virus for travelers?

There are many risks involved in travel at this time.  Maybe the potential of become infected is not enough to keep your loved ones at home.  However, lockdowns are now becoming so common that you might find yourself trapped in places for a longer period of time.  You might get stuck, especially internationally like so many have already experienced.  No one can accurately predict what might happen as the situation is changing daily in places. 

How to talk about it

While we really cannot control another person, we might be able to change someone’s mind. 

First understand just what the other person is feeling and why they are choosing to travel at this time.  Then explain how you are feeling.  By setting these parameters up front it may be possible to ultimately find a middle ground.  Be sure to phrase your conversation from the “I” perspective—“this is what I hear, this is what I think, this is what I feel,” rather than telling people what they should do using “you should, you need, you have to” phrases.

Because of this worldwide pandemic condition, it is urgent to talk with any friends, acquaintances or loved ones who have not yet cancelled their immediate travel plans.  At this point it really is a matter of life and death. 

However, this corona virus pandemic will come to an end.  There will be plenty of opportunities to travel in the future when traveling is safe, not only for the traveler, but also for everyone that comes in contact with the traveler.  We all should try to see the bigger picture. 

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5 iPhone Camera Secrets That Improved My Travel Photos

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Learn 5 iPhone camera secrets that improved my travel photos.  Since the advent of the digital age and the introduction of the iPhone, I have left my “big” cameras at home and traveled solely with my iPhone camera.  The result is that I now focus much more on the experience of being in new places rather than on trying to be a photographer.  Yet I still capture photos from my experiences without having to lug around an extra device, regardless of the size.  Over time I have learned a few secrets of the iPhone camera that have helped me come home with much better photos.  Here are a few of those tidbits that work with my iPhone 7 Plus and are similar for most iPhone models.

Hold the Camera Steady

Getting sharp photos depends so much on holding the camera steady—especially when indoors or when the light is low.  I found it was much easier with the earlier iPhones that were smaller. 

Now that I am using the Plus size model, I have developed my own standard camera grip using both hands.  Since I am right-handed, I hold my iPhone with my left hand with the speaker end in the palm of my hand, my thumb on the top edge of the phone and my pinky finger on the bottom edge of the phone. 

My right hand is then free to wrap my fingers around my left hand and create a two-handed brace for the camera and my thumb is free to navigate the screen and press the shutter button. 

At the same time, my elbows are held snug to my ribs.  When possible the shutter is then pressed immediately after I exhale with a smooth touch of the on-screen shutter button.

This grip works for me in either the horizontal or the vertical mode and has improved the sharpness of my photos. 

Of course, there are times when a one-handed grip is necessary or when other shutter release techniques are used.  But this is my go-to grip to hold the camera steady.

See the Screen

When in bright sunlight the screen can be hard to see which makes composing photos and navigating the settings more difficult.  When this happens, I finally learned to go to the home screen, swipe up from the bottom and get the control center screen.  Here there is a simple slider setting to manually brighten the screen to its maximum setting. 

It may not brighten the screen enough to see perfectly in sunny daylight.  It does make a difference though and when I finally learned to do this I wondered why it took me so long to learn this step—one of those iPhone camera secrets that is more just common sense.

5 Ways to Release the Shutter

There are actually 5 different ways to release the iPhone camera shutter than I have found.  Each of these has its own use and once you know all of these iPhone camera secrets, you may be filled with creative ideas on how you can put them to use in different circumstances.

  1. Use the on-screen shutter release button..
  2. Use the self-timer option so that the shutter is released either 3 seconds or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter release.  Works great for getting yourself into the photo, releasing the shutter without moving the camera and even setting the camera in a location where you can’t get your body (maybe at the back of an open mailbox, at the bottom of a garbage can, etc.)
  3. Using the volume up or down buttons on the edge of the phone.  Good for discreetly taking candid photos.
  4. Using the Apple supplied headphones (or any headphones with a volume control capability) and releasing the shutter with the volume control buttons.  This is even better for discreet photos, especially when your phone is muted so the shutter release makes no sound.
  5. Use a 3rd-party blue tooth shutter release button.  This allows you to be in the photo without having to use the self-timer.  It also allows for some discrete image captures.

Set Your Focus Point

The iPhone camera automatically determines what focus point to use.  If faces are in the photo it usually tries to focus on the faces.  The autofocus usually works fairly well.  Yet there are times when it used to drive me crazy by focusing on a point that left a more important point out-of-focus.  That issue was solved when someone taught me how to set my own focus point.  Simple pick the most important focus point in your scene and place and hold your finger on that point until the highlighted yellow square appears on the screen.  The camera is now focused on that point unless something changes in the scene or until you release the shutter which returns the focus selection to the camera software algorithms.   

Changes in the scene can cause the camera to change the focus point.  To avoid that problem you can lock the focus at your determined point by simply holding your finger on that point for a few moments longer until you see the yellow AE/AF LOCK message appear at the top of the screen.  Then your focus is locked on that point and will stay locked on that point regardless of what happens in the scene.  It will also stay locked on that point for succeeding photos.

Advanced Focus Set Secret:  If your focus point is too small for the yellow focus box to determine the exact focus point, there is a solution.  You can use two fingers on the screen in a reverse pinching motion to digitally zoom in until your desired focus point is large enough to fill the focus highlight box.  Hold your finger down until the AE/AF LOCK message appears, use your fingers to pinch the screen back to the normal (no zoom) view and take your picture.  The focus will be locked on the point you set.  Cool huh?

Set Your Exposure

iPhone camera software is sophisticated and normally does a great job by itself.  However, there are times when you may want to brighten or darken the subject in a different manner than the automatic result.  You can do it. 

Remember the yellow focus box highlight discussed above?  Once you tap the screen and set a focus point, you can then hold your finger on the screen and slide it up to brighten the settings or slide it down to darken the settings.  This works for individual photos and also works then the AE/AF LOCK is engaged (at which time the exposure is locked too).  After all the AD/AF LOCK stands for autoexposure/autofocus lock.

Capture the Right Moment

So you are taking photos of your child, a large group, or even action or sports scenes and you don’t want to miss the exact right moment.  No Problem.  All that is needed is to use the iPhone Burst mode.  In Burst mode the camera will record 10 photos per second!  You can then quickly review the photos, select your favorites from the sequence and delete the rest so your memory isn’t filled up with unwanted photos. 

This lets you maximize your chances of getting a moving subject (or subjects) in the perfect pose or position.  If you have an iPhone XS, XR, or older just hold down the shutter button to engage burst mode and the camera will keep taking photos until you release the button.  If you have the iPhone 11 for above simply slide the shutter button to the left.

Photos taken in Burst mode will appear in their own album where you can select the sequence, slide the photos across the bottom, mark the ones you want to keep and delete the others. 

This is such an awesome feature that even my expensive DSLR camera cannot accommodate.

These are some of the iPhone secrets that I have learned over the years which have helped improve my photos.  Since I am not a photographer, I never have to worry about lugging around a lot of camera gear.  My travels are for the experience and the journey.  But having my iPhone camera with me at all times allows me to capture some of the experiences and relive them at a later time. 

Yes, there are a few other iPhone camera secrets, or tips, like learning how to open the camera from the lock screen, how to use the panoramic mode and remembering to have spare power bank battery when needed.  But you can look those up as your homework if interested.…

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Reasons Why You Should Travel

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There are many benefits to travel which is why you should travel.  What do you think about when planning your vacation time?  Many people have a different perspective than I have.  I believe traveling the world and seeing different people and cultures is very important.  It helps us gain a deeper understanding of the world around us and the people that live in it.  And we get to experience new things and see life in many different and exciting ways. 

Traveling is a way to relax from normal daily life 

A change is as good as a rest which is another reason why you should travel.  And taking time to travel is a change—it allows us to disconnect from our normal daily routine.  Such a change is not only relaxing but it allows us to recharge and rejuvenate.  It is a great way to experience a change of pace.  We can then return feeling invigorated and energized in our everyday life and responsibilities.  This change is a great stress reliever and provides more benefits than most people are willing to admit.

Traveling provides a way to disconnect from normal daily life 

Being away for a week or more allows you to forget about the stresses and problems that you leave behind.  If you cannot forget about them, you at least get to escape from them for a period.  Going away and getting some distance from your normal environment helps clear your mind with the change of scenery.  We all have crowded schedules, too much going on in our lives, a work versus family and fun balance scale to balance and life just gets crazy at times.  Getting away with friends, or even alone provides a distance and break that helps you get a better understanding of just what is important.  Sometimes we just don’t realize what we have until we get away from it all for a while.

Traveling expands our perspective and adds to our knowledge

Actually experiencing new lands, new peoples, new and different customs and different ways of life, is absolutely refreshing for our own education.  It expands the way we think about life and gives us a new appreciation for our own life.  We often learn new ways of life which may influence our own tastes and habits.  When traveling, be bold and try new things.  Taste new foods, be attentive to different values and ways of life.  Watch how people go about doing things differently for some things yet the same as you for others.  This is a wonderful world full of different and exotic places and a variety of varied cultures and peoples.  Traveling lets you see and learn from them on a very personal basis.

Traveling teaches us new skills

Traveling can get you out of your own comfort zone.  You will encounter a variety of experiences that you would never experience while remaining at home.  As a result, your resourcefulness increases and you learn to deal with change and new problems.  Those who do any amount of travel quickly learn to embrace change and often end up with the learned ability to handle problems that would easily overcome others.

Traveling with others creates lasting memories

Being together during your travels will create buckets full of personal experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.  Hopefully, they are all good memories and reasons why you should travel.  However, you’ll likely have your share of sour moments too.  As time passes you will be able to look back and laugh at those memories too.  The stories that you can tell upon your return can keep your memories alive.  And the photo albums you create from your travels will be perfect memory triggers as the years pass.  At any time you can pull out your albums and, for a few moments, relive your voyages. 

Traveling is affordable

With all the resources we now have at our disposal, the traveling options are many.  Using the internet and current technology you can plan your travels just the way you want.  You can research the most inexpensive alternatives.  You can read about the experiences of others and benefit from their reviews and comments.  This allows you to plan well and make your trip to order just as you would like it to be.  Find the tips and tricks of traveling, of the locations you plan to visit, of the food you want to try and for the events or attractions you want to visit.  The resources we now have are fantastic for creating a great voyage.

Plan your next vacation and travel to a destination of your choice.  Take the time off and experience what life has to offer.  Research your tickets now and take the steps to make your trip happen.  When you return you will not regret it.  You will already be planning your next vacation destination as soon as you return.  …

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Actions to Take After Your Trip

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Now, what should you consider after your trip?  Just returned from traveling?  Tired from all the endless to-do lists that began long before you departed and continued until returned?  You planned your trip, booked your flights, your hotels, your activities, stopped the mail, packed, found a sitter for your dog and then jetted off for a great vacation.  After enjoying the activities you planned, and some you didn’t, your trip finally came to an end.  Now, what should be on your list when you return home?

Some might have planned an extra day or two to recover, others will jump right back into their daily life as if nothing had ever happened.  However, there is a middle ground.  Here are a few things to add to your list after your trip is completed.  They will help you remain healthy, save money and relish a bit longer in the fantastic memories you created during your travels.

Check your accounts

It is always good to regularly review your bank and credit card statements.  However, this is even more critical for travelers.  Identity fraud is an increasing problem throughout the world and it often impacts travelers who are forced to use internet connections that are not secure, use credit cards with vendors and merchants they don’t know and will never see again, use debit cards in ATMs and carry extra personal identification documents. 

So a wise traveler will take the precaution of checking bank account activity and credit card activity within a few days of returning home and then again in another week or so.  Watch for things like items you don’t recognize, double charges, missing refunds or credits, overcharges, or anything unusual.  Any issues you find should be reported to your bank or credit card company immediately.

Update your cell phone package

Be sure to turn off or remove any international calling, data or other cell phone package you may have enabled before you left.  The trip is over and there is no sense continuing to pay for services you will no longer need. 

Give your email account some love

If you have let your emails build-up while you were gone, now is the time to address that bulging email inbox.  The longer you wait, the worse it will be.  So take some time now to go through your messages, respond to urgent and important items and delete all the junk or alerts that you don’t need.  Also, don’t forget to turn off your “out of office” or “vacation” notices now that you have returned.  Finally, take a moment to email or text your appropriate family and/or friends and let them know that you have arrived home safely.

Take care of your health

Traveling can take a toll on your body.  Especially those long trips when you cross several time zones, deal with flight delays, connecting flight issues, uncomfortable cramped airline seats and breathing the same cabin air as all those other passengers.  These are just a few of the travel-related things that can have an impact on your health.  Take care of yourself when you arrive home.  Drink plenty of water to rehydrate, get the sleep you need to recover after shifting time zones and pace yourself as you return to your normal world.

Organize your photos

Don’t let too much time pass after your trip before you sort through your photos.  The more time passes, the more likely it becomes that you forget some of the details from your travels.  Sort your photos now and make notes, add captions, create your travel scrapbook sooner rather than later.   You will be glad you did.

Post your reviews

You relied on reviews when making your travel plans.  Now it’s your turn to contribute.  Consider taking a few moments and writing reviews for the various places you enjoyed on your trip.  Doing it within a few weeks of your return while you can still remember the places and the details of your experience.   

Begin planning your next adventure

Now that you are home, it is never too early to start thinking about your next adventure.  As the post-vacation blues begin to settle in as you return to normal life, chase them away by building on what you just experienced and starting plans for your next trip. …

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Find Good Airfares for Big Savings

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Airfare can be one of the most significant expenses in your travel budget.  The online capabilities of search engines and travel sites provide opportunities to compare prices, travel options and find good airfares.  You can search for your travel fares by various dates, or based on using different airports, or by looking at various route options in search of the best fares.  The sites also provide some helpful tools such as fare alerts, frequent traveler benefits, additional costs involved, etc.

Explore Your Options

In your search for the best airfare, it is always wise to investigate many different options.  A diligent search does not require much time or effort.  A few extra minutes in front of your computer or on your mobile device may surprise you with the number of options and different prices you may discover.  You will never know about these options if you don’t look.  Even changing up your travel itinerary can result in different pricing. 

Look Everywhere

A quick internet search for airfare travel sites will turn up many different options in your search to find good airfares.  I like to use Momondo, Google Flights, Kayak, and Skyscanner.  So I start my search using Skyscanner.  After finding the best prices for my planned travel dates and places, I then will open additional windows and check the same, or similar, itinerary on Momondo, Google Flights, and Kayak.  My next steps will include a search on the specific airline websites (at times you will find the best prices on the airline websites) and a search on the sites of the budget airline carriers that do not submit their information to the travel meta sites. 

Be sure to compare the total travel price offered for each option.  Add up all the costs including the ticket, any seat preference costs, baggage costs, carry-on costs, boarding pass printing costs (yes some of the budget airlines can nickel-and-dime you to death and an apparent cheap ticket plus all the extra costs can end up costing more than other options).

This comparison only takes a few extra minutes and often can save you significant monies on your travel costs. 

Get Alerts

Be sure to sign up for travel fare alerts at each site you visit.  Especially if you are planning your trip early and have plenty of time before you buy your ticket.  You will be able to see how the fares change over time and often daily.  As the fares change these travel alerts will let you know.  After all the research you have completed, you will know a great price when you see one.

Also on the internet, you can find various websites dedicated to searching for the best airfare deals all around the world.  They continually post fantastic bargain fares without regard to itineraries.  When they find a great deal, they post it.  You can get on the mailing list for these sites, or join as a subscriber, and get regular notices of the deals they find.  Then when you see a deal for a location you would like to visit, you can quickly buy tickets before the deal expires.  Many such deals are extremely time-sensitive.  Check out Scott’s Cheap Flights and the Dollar Flight Club which are two of these airfare deal sites.

Each major airline publishes electronic newsletters.  By signing up for these publications from the airlines you frequently fly, you can get notices of special discounts and promotions offered by the airline.  Often they come in the form of a special offer or a special promotion code.  If you are not on their mailing list you may miss these fare deals.

Be Flexible

There is no exact time to book a fare for the best deal.  Generally, the prime time to get buy is approximately four to ten weeks ahead of your travel time.  Once you do your research and sign up for fare alerts, you will be aware of the available options and will know when you see a great price.  By looking at the calendar prices many sites offer, you can see that it is often cheaper to travel on Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday.  Pay careful attention, often the cheapest flights for the day are the red-eye, late-night flights. 

Look at Airport Options

Another way find good airfares and save is to consider using alternate airports.  If your destination has several nearby airports, you may get a better airfare deal to an airport a little further away from your desired location.  Then just compare the total cost of the airfare plus ground transportation to find the best deal.  Consider the time involved too if that is an issue for you.  I once saved over $800 on a round trip fare to New Zealand by driving 10 hours to a different departure city from my home airport.  Time was not a factor since I had a family to visit in the alternate departure city anyway so I got to see that family, save a bunch of money and still enjoy my trip to New Zealand. 

These are a few considerations in your search to find good airfares.  Taking a little extra time to do the research, planning ahead, starting early, and exploring various alternatives will help you find those good airfares and save the extra money to cover other expenses of your trip.…

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Things to Consider Before Traveling with Friends

Traveling with your friends?  What could be more fun, right?  Such a trip can actually be a wonderful experience.  One you will remember for years.  On the other hand, it can also be an ugly experience that changes the way you feel about each other or those in the group. 

Disappointments, misunderstandings, and frustrations can easily sour the trip you have planned together for so long.  You can avoid the negative results that can come from traveling with a friend, or a group of friends, by simply considering some of the following travel tips.

Before You Leave

It is not enough just to decide you’re going to travel with an old friend, your family relative, an old roommate or even your favorite co-worker.  There are other important factors you should consider as you evaluate whether this person or group of friends has the proper combination of traits that will contribute to a successful and happy voyage. 

  • How well do you actually know this person?
  • What kind of travel planning personality do they have?  Are they a spontaneous person or are they a planner?  If this trait is opposite of yours, it just may not work for a long-term travel partnership.
  • Do you each have similar traveling energy levels?  Do you both enjoy short, leisurely walks and activities or are you both adventure-seeking, high energy, rugged outdoor types who constantly want to push the daily activity levels?  A mismatch can make for plenty of frustrations and may not work out the best.
  • What about your dietary habits and preferences?  Do you like the same foods?  A vegetarian will want to eat totally different than a meat lover. 
  • Are your body clocks similar?  Are you both morning persons or are you both night owls?  Again a mismatch here can turn out to be frustrating for both of you and others if you are with a group.
  • Do you enjoy constantly being with this friend or this group of friends in a variety of situations?
  • Are your traveling interests similar?  Do you both enjoy similar items?  A confirm art museum connoisseur will definitely have different desires during the trip than an outdoor, thrill-seeking adventurer.
  • What about the level of travel experience you each have?  Experienced travelers may get a bit frustrated if they are constantly needing to mentor novice companions.
  • How long is your trip?  One can handle a variety of different issues during a short trip.  But issues developing over a longer trip can really put a strain on the relationships.

Agree on the Basics

Now that you are planning your trip it is time to make sure you all agree on the basics.  Where are you going?  How long are you staying?  What do you plan on doing while you are there.?  What are the goals of the trip?  It is the time now to make sure that all parties are on the same page—at least with the basic, rough schedule and plans.

One hint:  book your travel with a set itinerary, such as a cruise, or an organized tour.  This will eliminate many of the decisions about where you will spend a good chunk of your time.

Agree on the Budget

Of course, in a perfect situation, all traveling companions will have similar financial situations and preferences—at least as it applies to the trip you are planning.  One person may want to make it a 5-star vacation while another is looking for a modest Airbnb experience.  One may want to walk most places and enjoy the nearby local scenes while another may want to rent a car and get out to other distant locations.  One may want to eat at fancy reservation-only establishments while another may want to eat in the local sidewalk casual dining spots. 

During the Trip

Plan on having some personal time during your journey.  Although it is great to be with friends, too much togetherness can put a strain on the relationship.  Also, each of you likely has some different interests you want to satisfy. 

Don’t be afraid of splitting up for part of a day or even an entire day and then getting back together for dinner.  That way you each will have some time to pursue your own interests and not be pressured to go along with another or with the group.  

This works, of course, as long as you are each comfortable going your own way for short periods.  Otherwise, one may decide to join a guided tour while the other pursues some personal relaxing time by staying at the hotel and getting a rejuvenating, and well-deserved massage. You’ll thank me for the recommendation.

Enjoy Your Friends

Travel is a great experience.  And traveling with friends can strengthen your relationship with shared experiences and memories.  Be sure to enjoy each other and be present.  During your together time it would be wise to limit your time on social media, emails, texts and phone calls.   

Be Flexible

Bring along plenty of patience and flexibility when you are traveling with friends.  You may not get to see and do everything on your list.  But don’t worry.  Your traveling companions may not get to do everything on their list either.  There will be many times you each have to give in to the other and adapt to the variety of conditions that occur during your travels.

Talk About It

Consider your traveling companion choices, plan ahead, communicate clearly and be flexible.  And most important of all, have a great time on your journeys together. 

Summary

Consider your traveling companion choices, plan ahead, communicate clearly and be flexible.  And most important of all, have a great time on your journeys together.  …

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Is traveling solo still safe these days

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Traveling alone was always popular. Going backpacking and working as you are traveling was a trend that many young people have done. But, is this still something that they can do, or is the world now too unsafe for traveling solo?

There are a couple of things that you need to consider before you can answer this question correctly. Sometimes it is safe, while other times it might be dangerous. Here is the answer to if this is still safe to travel solo. 

Is this still safe to travel solo?

Is traveling solo still safe these days? It can be still safe to travel solo. This is if you are doing your homework beforehand. And if you are choosing the country that you are going to travel carefully.

You might need to be more careful and not let other people know that you are traveling solo, but it is possible to travel solo and to make money as you are traveling. 

Where are you planning to visit?

Where are you planning to visit? This is the key to being safe. You can’t just go traveling to any country alone and think that you are going to be safe. There are countries that aren’t safe to travel to. Not even if you are going with a group.

This is why you need to make sure that you are going to do your homework and making sure that you are choosing a country that is safe to visit. Especially, if you are doing it alone. 

Some essential tips to remember to travel solo

When you are traveling alone, you need to make sure that you don’t tell anyone you came across that you are alone. And, you need to make sure that you are making copies of all your essential documents to prevent you from getting stuck in a country if your documents are stolen. Especially, your passport, your Visa and your bank accounts. 

You should also don’t walk alone at night. Don’t let anyone see that you are alone, walk-in crowds and staying in places where you will be safe.

Yes, you can still travel solo. Even in the world that we are living today. But, you need to know a couple of things, before you can make sure to stay safe. These are a couple of things that you should know before you can decide if traveling solo today is still something that you can do today.