Remembering to be Culturally Sensitive

Cultural sensitivity is so important, wherever you might be in the world. It’s essential you respect the people in the country you are visiting, and that you remember how to behave. It will show that you have done your research and you know how to conduct yourself. It is especially important to respect the religion of the country you are visiting. Dress modestly and always cover your knees and shoulders in a place of worship. You should be mindful of this if you are visiting a Muslim country, like Indonesia or Malaysia. You won’t be expected to cover up entirely, but dress respectfully and make sure you limit beachwear to the beach, where it is mostly tourists. Find out if the country has a king or queen, and look into... Read More »

Travelling in a Group – Yes or No?

Travelling with a group of people can be a great idea. It can also be a terrible idea, depending on what you want to get out of a trip. Here are some of the pros and cons to consider: Pros  Company. Some people would get bored and lonely if they are not travelling within a group of people. Safety in numbers. The world is generally quite a safe place if you are careful, but being with others does give a level of reassurance. Organisation. If you go with a tour group, they will organise everything for you. Cons  Lack of freedom. Planning the trip yourself might be one of the things you enjoy the most. If this is the case, a group may feel too restrictive. Price. Group travel costs... Read More »

Should you Travel Alone?

There is a lot of bad press about travelling alone. You hear of murders on Thai beaches, tourists falling into the wrong crowd and being attacked, even people disappearing… But is it really all that dangerous to travel alone? Of course, it can be. You need to be very, very careful. It can also be one of the most amazing things you will ever do, though. If you are thinking about travelling on your own, do it. Be careful about destinations. For example, somewhere in South East Asia would generally be considered to be safer than going to Nicaragua alone. That being said, unless there are specific travel advisories in place for a destination, there will usually be many destinations you can visit perfectly safely. Buddy up with other tourists,... Read More »

How to Make the Most of Travelling in Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful and fascinating country that is becoming increasingly more popular as a destination. There are lots of reasons why tourists are choosing to visit this part of the world – great weather, stunning scenery, interesting history and buzzing cities. Here are some tips to make the most of Thailand: Prepare for the weather. Look up the seasons and make sure you take some waterproof clothing if you are travelling in monsoon season. Bargain. People will try to sell you goods for an inflated price. Be prepared to bargain as it is part of the culture. Enjoy temples. Visit some of the most iconic temples and seek out some quieter ones if you would like some peace. Visit quieter beach resorts. Places like Patong Beach on Phuket have... Read More »

Checking the Safety of a Destination Before you Travel

One of the biggest worries we tend to have about travelling is safety. If you can be sure that the place you are travelling to is relatively safe and you know how to protect yourself, this will take away a lot of the stress of travelling for you. It’s always a good idea to check government advice before you travel anywhere. Even if you are just going to somewhere close by, for example, a city in Europe, check what the government travel advice is. You may find out something that you didn’t previously know about your destination. It’s also important for insurance purposes – if you travel to somewhere that is not advised by the government as being safe, your policy might well not cover you. Generally, the best travel... Read More »