The Little General Tips for Overseas Travel (For the Women).

Posted: 09/02/2012 in General Travel Advice
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  • If you want to wear makeup and nice clothes and a different outfit everyday then be prepared to carry around a lot of luggage! Some tinted mineral powder, lip gloss, mascara and eyeliner will do. As far as clothes are concerned…you’re travelling, just enjoy it. Take a little bit of jewellery in a small, clean hand cream container and some funky scarves and you can mix your look with these.
  • Dress modestly and look at what the women are wearing in the country you’re visiting.
  • Be aware of cultural expectations of male-female relationships. Some countries have strict rules about the interaction between men and woman and other places frown heavily on overt displays of public affection.
  • Make use of toilets at every opportunity, you never know when your next loo stop will be. And always carry a little bit of toilet paper.
  • Some toilets in Asia & Africa do not have doors and some are only one long trough lined up against the wall. Nothing you can do about it so just saying…be prepared.
  • If your taking the oral contraceptive pill while travelling you can safely skip your periods for up to three months (speak with your doctor about this first) by skipping the sugar pills. If for whatever reason you can’t take the pill and will get your period while overseas, there is another option to pads and tampons called menstrual cups made of reusable silicone or gum rubber. I haven’t used them myself so I can’t review them but just do a Google search if you want more information.
  • If you want to swim in countries that frown upon exposing too much flesh look for modest bathing wear at, or
  • If your travelling for a while, avoid shaving your legs every few days by getting them waxed (if you don’t already). Take along some ready made wax strips to use when needed.
  • If your on a tour with a lot of early starts, save yourself having to wash your hair by alternating normal shampoo with spray on shampoo every few days – works a treat.

Dealing with men

  • Men in any country will try and attract the attention of a solo female particularly if you “look” foreign. Most of the men are harmless so treat these situations as you would at home. Don’t be rude but don’t be naive either. Either walk away or give a firm “no”. In most cases this will work but if at any stage you feel threatened go to a cafe or shop and wait there. You can even talk to the owners to let them know what’s going on and they may help send him away.
  • Wear a fake wedding ring.
  • Don’t stare at men, this may be seen as an invitation.
  • If you’re walking around at night, stick to the crowded areas.
  • Don’t put yourself in situations that could lead to danger ie: isolated areas, the back of shops, alone in a bar or club, our alone late at night.
  • Don’t EVER let a stranger buy you a drink unless you see the bartender pour it yourself and hand it to you! And never leave your drink unattended.
  • Having said all that don’t let this discourage you from talking to men overseas. Most of them are friendly, helpful and you can learn a lot about their culture and country. I spoke with many men inAfricaand if I thought the conversation was heading in a direction I didn’t like I made it clear that I wasn’t interested in pursuing anything or simply ended the conversation.
  1. kristaspurr says:

    I live by “make use of toilets at every opportunity” – great tips!

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