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– Keep it in front of you, and that looks goofy
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and whatever, but you’re going to make sure
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that you don’t lose all your stuff.
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Hi everybody, my name is Shayla,
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and I do these videos every Wednesday.
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I have been traveling full time since 2015,
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and I make these videos every week to inspire you
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and encourage you to start creating a life that you want
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instead of just falling into one.
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This week I’m in Athens, Greece
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and I am volunteering with refugees.
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I have extended my trip and I have been getting a lot
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of messages asking about how I’m traveling by myself.
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I wanted to address the single female travelers
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and give you some advice that I’ve learned
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from traveling for the past two years.
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So tip number one is download Google Maps.
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Google Maps, or Maps.me, which I haven’t used,
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essentially it’s a way for you to get maps offline,
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because even if you don’t have service,
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your phone still knows where you are.
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In Cuba we could pin the house, and that way when we want
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to the beach, we’d know exactly how to get back.
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It’s also really nice when you’re in a taxi,
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you can put in your home and you know that the taxi’s
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bringing you to your home and not to another place.
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The other thing is you can put your earbuds in.
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So here in Greece I walk to the community centers
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that I volunteer in, and so I’ll be just walking
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down the road, listening to my audiobook or my podcast,
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and I have maps on, and it’ll tell me, take your left,
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so then I know to take a left, and I don’t have to be that,
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oh, what’s going on?
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Then you become a target, this girl has no idea
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where she is, so if you act like you know
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where you’re going, fake it until you make it
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and get there, if you’re not sure, then act like
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you know where you’re going until you could hop into
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a cafe or somewhere that you can look at your phone.
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So building on that, tip number two is,
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don’t make yourself a target.
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There’s so many things that you do that you might not
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realize, so having your phone out like this,
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(mumbles) snatch, it’s gone, it’s gone.
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Take that picture and then put it back.
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Your camera is also another big thing.
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In Nicaragua, a photographer taught me to put
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duct tape over, mine says Sony, so I put duct tape
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over Sony, and on the strap a little bit,
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jus to make it look a little more worn,
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it’s not like, oh my gosh, this brand new,
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awesome camera, it kind of looks like
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it’s been in your backpack for a while.
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Also, jewelry, a lot of my friends are getting engaged,
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because it’s that time, when we used to go to Mexico
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my mom would always buy a fake wedding ring,
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so if anybody wants to rob you, it’s a no-brainer,
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please take this target ring, get it away from me.
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The next thing is your purse.
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So my purse, let me go get it.
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You want a purse that can go across body,
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you don’t want to have your purse on your shoulder
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like this, you want it to go all the way across,
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across your body like this.
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Keep it in front, not back on your hip.
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The other thing that’s super handy, which I didn’t
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even realize when I bought this purse,
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it can also be a clutch, or you could put your hand
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through it and just hang on to it as you’re
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strolling through the market.
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Because what’s happening is people are taking scissors,
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cutting this, and then they take your purse,
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and it’s gone.
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Your backpack is another thing.
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So, let me grab that.
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Depending on where you were I would not recommend
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wearing an outfit like this, but since it’s
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what I’m wearing, I’m going to show you.
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Wearing your backpack like this, on somewhere
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like the metro, not ideal, because you can’t see
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what’s going on back here.
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Whenever I get on the metro, I throw it on front
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like this, and just chill with it.
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And that looks goofy and whatever, but you’re
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going to make sure that you don’t lose all your stuff.
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See all these really handy compartments
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that make accessing your stuff really easy,
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don’t put your (beep) there.
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You can see there’s another pocket in here,
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put things in there so that it’s easy for you
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to find but not easy for people to take.
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And when you walk around, walk around
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with a purpose, don’t walk around with your phone
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like, ah, I don’t, what?
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Walk with a purpose, like you know exactly where you’re
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going, you’ve done this a thousand times before.
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Tip number three is where to put important things.
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Passport; in Spain, my best friend Laura
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lost her passport, take pictures of the passport,
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either have it on your phone, or I print out
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hard copies, so if I do lose my passport
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it makes the process of getting a new one
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really, really easy.
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When we want to Cuba, they don’t take your credit cards,
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and we weren’t sure about the ATMs, so we had
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a lot of money.
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Some in my purse, in my makeup bag,
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in my electronics.
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If somebody stole my purse, I wasn’t completely
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out of money.
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Tip number four, a lot of people, women specifically,
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when they travel, are really nervous about where to stay.
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I would hands down recommend a hostel.
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And people are freaked out about hostels
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because that stupid movie.
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A lot for times, for women, they have women only dorms,
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or co-ed dorms, so you can decide.
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And people think that it’s dangerous,
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being with all those people, but I feel like
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it’s more eyes and more people that can help you.
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If some guy’s trying to approach you in the hostel,
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getting too close, you can say something
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and there’s a lot of other people in the room
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that will help you.
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So when you go and you meet people, a lot of times
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you’ll go out, so tip number five is don’t drink too much.
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Don’t go out and be like, alright, we’re going to get
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hammered, I’m in Amsterdam, I’m going to try all the drugs
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that I’ve never tried before.
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This is not the place.
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You want to have fun, and you want to socialize,
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drinking beer is better than drinking cocktails
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because you can see them open the bottle
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and you know that nothing is getting inside of it,
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people don’t know you, people are not making sure
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that you make it home okay, you need to make sure
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that you are on your game, and that I think is where
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a lot of people get in trouble.
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Tip number six is pack light.
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You are traveling by yourself, you want to be
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independent, you don’t want to need someone else
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to have to carry your bags.
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I pack with this thing.
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This is my bag, and I love these backpacking
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backpacks, it has this really nice hip strap,
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but you can see it’s not even on my shoulder,
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so it’s all on my hips, and this keeps it
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so it doesn’t hurt your back too much,
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but you want to make sure that when this is on,
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everything is really tight, so this is nice
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and tight onto, it should just be like
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an extension of your body.
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And then you could have this on the front.
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I love this combination.
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And I try and pack with this inside because
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inevitably, sometimes you end up with more
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than you go with, souvenirs and different things.
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Again, you do not want to be the damsel in distress
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who’s on the airplane and can’t get her bag down
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because it’s too heavy, you want to be super
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independent, get your stuff.
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For not knowing what to pack, you pack enough for one week.
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And then, you meet lots of friends so that
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you can wear the same outfit two nights in a row
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with two different groups of people.
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I really love this outfit, and I went out with a
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different group last night than I’m going out with tonight,
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I’m wearing the same outfit.
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It’s really that simple.
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I do that while I’m traveling, I do that at home.
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Even for these videos I have to think about
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a new outfit to wear because I don’t have
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that many clothes.
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Number seven, I am a backpacker, I am very frugal,
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I’m very cheap, and one thing that I do pay for is safety.
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When we were in Thailand we had a late night flight
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that came into Bangkok, but Bangkok’s not really
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that safe of a place, especially at night,
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so we paid the extra money to ensure safety.
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We asked the hotel to send a taxi for us,
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and I think that you should never skimp on that.
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Even here in Greece, when I go out at night,
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the walk to the metro, all the time,
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it’s like a 20 minute walk, but at 11 o’clock at night,
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I wasn’t so sure, and I wasn’t willing to risk it
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for five dollars, so I definitely called a cab
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and had them bring me.
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Last thing, there is a Facebook page called
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Girls Love Traveling, it’s growing at a crazy rate,
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but it’s a really good way to find out information
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about your place, you can either ask a question
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or you can just search; I’m going to wait
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for this plane to go over.
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Or you can just search, like I have a,
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do I have a layover?
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Yeah, I have a like a 12 hour layover in Denmark
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on my way home, I can go in there and type Denmark
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and see what other people have talked about.
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It’s a really great way to plan your trips.
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Do not be afraid to travel solo as a female,
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just be smart about it, that’s it, just be smart.
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I have learned these tips the hard way.
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I really hope that this was helpful,
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if you know somebody whose going to be traveling solo
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and you think these tips could help,
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please share it with them.
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If you found this helpful, please like and subscribe,
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and I’ll talk to you all next week, (smooching).

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