Common Safety Mistakes Made by Solo Women Travelers

Solo travel is freeing and exhilarating. It provides a way to learn about self. However, female travelers can make themselves more vulnerable when traveling alone. Here are some of the most common safety mistakes that solo women travelers make.

Off Hours Arrivals

A flight may be cheaper because it will get in your destination at 3 am. However, this is not a good time to arrive to a place you’ve never been to before. The streets are likely to be empty and dark. That means even finding the accommodation you probably booked online might not be easy.

Dressing Inappropriately

Choose what you wear when traveling alone wisely. To avoid being seen as if you are violating the culture of the natives of your travel destination, conduct some research in advance. Having uncovered shoulders for instance can be considered a taboo in some places. Therefore, dress appropriately to show respect for other people’s cultures and draw less attention by blending in.

Assuming it is Safe to be with Other Women

You may feel safe when around other women. Unfortunately, there are dangerous women too. In fact, some women are used to lure solo female travelers into risky situations. Therefore, be cautious when making new friends. Be alert for dangers and scams especially when you meet people for the first time.

Wearing Expensive Jewelry

It’s good to look cute when traveling. However, leave flash jewelry at home for your own safety. Expensive jewelry will make you look wealthy and therefore a good target for thieves.

Telling Strangers Where You Are Staying

If you have to fill out a form that requires you to provide address of the place where you are staying, ask for direction, or have a conversation, don’t disclose the location of where you are staying. What’s more, don’t let people know that you are staying alone. You should also avoid sharing a taxi to your hotel room with people you don’t know.

To ensure your safety when traveling alone, avoid these mistakes. Be cautious when making friends and disclosing personal information.…

Useful Tips for Travel Photographers

Travel photographers use images to keep memories of their destinations just like some travelers collect souvenirs. Travel photography can be described as a time machine. It freezes travel memories that can be looked at and enjoyed many years to come. If you want to take your travel photography to the next level, here are useful tips to guide you.

Pay Attention to the Landscapes

There are different types of landscapes. Common among them include forests, mountains, deserts, plains, rivers, lakes, swamps, and seacoasts. All these have unique characteristics that you should focus on as a travel photographer. When shooting a landscape, think about its essential qualities. These should be more than the visual qualities. For instance, how do you feel about the place? What emotions does it bring to you? Look for the best ways to get those emotions and qualities into your photos.

Towns and Cities

Just like landscapes, towns and cities have unique attributes. Each town or city feels and looks different. It has a distinctive architecture, skyline and setting. You can find a famous site, landmark or a place to find a particular dress or food in the town or city that you visit. Essentially, each town or city has something unique. Take advantage of the unique attributes of a town or city to capture its true sense.

Buildings and Monuments

Think about the things that the buildings and monuments that you capture represent. Cannons in fog will look better when captured in a historic battlefield than in a bright sunlight. Basically, get the whole idea of a subject and think of the light, weather, and angle that will communicate it better.

Friends and Family Members

When taking photos of friends and family members during a trip, striking a balance between the picture of a place and them is very important. Make sure that your friends and family members do not occupy the entire photo. Ensure that people will recognize the place when they look at the photos.

Photographing Strangers

Before you photograph strangers, ask their permission. Establish rapport before pulling out the camera. Most strangers will be willing to be photographed when approached nicely.

Follow these tips to take your travel photography to the next level. If these aren’t enough check these out as well.