Transcript 0:00 – Keep it in front of you, and that looks goofy 0:02 and whatever, but you’re going to make sure 0:03 that you don’t lose all your stuff. 0:05 Hi everybody, my name is Shayla, 0:06 and I do these videos every Wednesday. 0:08 I have been traveling full time since 2015, 0:10 and I make these videos every week to inspire you 0:13 and encourage you to start creating a life that you want 0:16 instead of just falling into one. 0:17 This week I’m in Athens, Greece 0:19 and I am volunteering with refugees. 0:20 I have extended my trip and I have been getting a lot 0:23 of messages asking about how I’m traveling by myself. 0:26 I wanted to address the single female travelers 0:29 and give you some advice that I’ve learned 0:30 from traveling for the past two years. 0:32 So tip number one is download Google Maps. 0:35 Google Maps, or Maps.me, which I haven’t used, 0:37 essentially it’s a way for you to get maps offline, 0:39 because even if you don’t have service, 0:41 your phone still knows where you are. 0:42 In Cuba we could pin the house, and that way when we want 0:45 to the beach, we’d know exactly how to get back. 0:47 It’s also really nice when you’re in a taxi, 0:49 you can put in your home and you know that the taxi’s 0:51 bringing you to your home and not to another place. 0:54 The other thing is you can put your earbuds in. 0:56 So here in Greece I walk to the community centers 0:58 that I volunteer in, and so I’ll be just walking 1:01 down the road, listening to my audiobook or my podcast, 1:04 and I have maps on, and it’ll tell me, take your left, 1:07 so then I know to take a left, and I don’t have to be that, 1:09 oh, what’s going on? 1:10 Then you become a target, this girl has no idea 1:12 where she is, so if you act like you know 1:14 where you’re going, fake it until you make it 1:16 and get there, if you’re not sure, then act like 1:18 you know where you’re going until you could hop into 1:19 a cafe or somewhere that you can look at your phone. 1:22 So building on that, tip number two is, 1:23 don’t make yourself a target. 1:25 There’s so many things that you do that you might not 1:26 realize, so having your phone out like this, 1:28 (mumbles) snatch, it’s gone, it’s gone. 1:31 Take that picture and then put it back. 1:33 Your camera is also another big thing. 1:34 In Nicaragua, a photographer taught me to put 1:37 duct tape over, mine says Sony, so I put duct tape 1:39 over Sony, and on the strap a little bit, 1:41 jus to make it look a little more worn, 1:43 it’s not like, oh my gosh, this brand new, 1:45 awesome camera, it kind of looks like 1:46 it’s been in your backpack for a while. 1:47 Also, jewelry, a lot of my friends are getting engaged, 1:50 because it’s that time, when we used to go to Mexico 1:53 my mom would always buy a fake wedding ring, 1:56 so if anybody wants to rob you, it’s a no-brainer, 1:59 please take this target ring, get it away from me. 2:02 The next thing is your purse. 2:04 So my purse, let me go get it. 2:07 You want a purse that can go across body, 2:09 you don’t want to have your purse on your shoulder 2:11 like this, you want it to go all the way across, 2:13 across your body like this. 2:14 Keep it in front, not back on your hip. 2:16 The other thing that’s super handy, which I didn’t 2:18 even realize when I bought this purse, 2:19 it can also be a clutch, or you could put your hand 2:22 through it and just hang on to it as you’re 2:24 strolling through the market. 2:25 Because what’s happening is people are taking scissors, 2:27 cutting this, and then they take your purse, 2:29 and it’s gone. 2:30 Your backpack is another thing. 2:31 So, let me grab that. 2:33 Depending on where you were I would not recommend 2:35 wearing an outfit like this, but since it’s 2:38 what I’m wearing, I’m going to show you. 2:39 Wearing your backpack like this, on somewhere 2:41 like the metro, not ideal, because you can’t see 2:43 what’s going on back here. 2:44 Whenever I get on the metro, I throw it on front 2:46 like this, and just chill with it. 2:48 And that looks goofy and whatever, but you’re 2:50 going to make sure that you don’t lose all your stuff. 2:52 See all these really handy compartments 2:54 that make accessing your stuff really easy, 2:57 don’t put your (beep) there. 2:58 You can see there’s another pocket in here, 3:01 put things in there so that it’s easy for you 3:03 to find but not easy for people to take. 3:06 And when you walk around, walk around 3:08 with a purpose, don’t walk around with your phone 3:10 like, ah, I don’t, what? 3:11 Walk with a purpose, like you know exactly where you’re 3:13 going, you’ve done this a thousand times before. 3:16 Tip number three is where to put important things. 3:18 Passport; in Spain, my best friend Laura 3:21 lost her passport, take pictures of the passport, 3:23 either have it on your phone, or I print out 3:26 hard copies, so if I do lose my passport 3:27 it makes the process of getting a new one 3:29 really, really easy. 3:30 When we want to Cuba, they don’t take your credit cards, 3:32 and we weren’t sure about the ATMs, so we had 3:36 a lot of money. 3:36 Some in my purse, in my makeup bag, 3:38 in my electronics. 3:39 If somebody stole my purse, I wasn’t completely 3:43 out of money. 3:43 Tip number four, a lot of people, women specifically, 3:46 when they travel, are really nervous about where to stay. 3:48 I would hands down recommend a hostel. 3:50 And people are freaked out about hostels 3:52 because that stupid movie. 3:53 A lot for times, for women, they have women only dorms, 3:55 or co-ed dorms, so you can decide. 3:57 And people think that it’s dangerous, 3:59 being with all those people, but I feel like 4:00 it’s more eyes and more people that can help you. 4:02 If some guy’s trying to approach you in the hostel, 4:05 getting too close, you can say something 4:07 and there’s a lot of other people in the room 4:09 that will help you. 4:10 So when you go and you meet people, a lot of times 4:12 you’ll go out, so tip number five is don’t drink too much. 4:16 Don’t go out and be like, alright, we’re going to get 4:17 hammered, I’m in Amsterdam, I’m going to try all the drugs 4:20 that I’ve never tried before. 4:21 This is not the place. 4:22 You want to have fun, and you want to socialize, 4:23 drinking beer is better than drinking cocktails 4:25 because you can see them open the bottle 4:27 and you know that nothing is getting inside of it, 4:29 people don’t know you, people are not making sure 4:30 that you make it home okay, you need to make sure 4:32 that you are on your game, and that I think is where 4:35 a lot of people get in trouble. 4:36 Tip number six is pack light. 4:37 You are traveling by yourself, you want to be 4:39 independent, you don’t want to need someone else 4:41 to have to carry your bags. 4:42 I pack with this thing. 4:44 This is my bag, and I love these backpacking 4:47 backpacks, it has this really nice hip strap, 4:51 but you can see it’s not even on my shoulder, 4:52 so it’s all on my hips, and this keeps it 4:54 so it doesn’t hurt your back too much, 4:57 but you want to make sure that when this is on, 4:59 everything is really tight, so this is nice 5:02 and tight onto, it should just be like 5:03 an extension of your body. 5:05 And then you could have this on the front. 5:06 I love this combination. 5:07 And I try and pack with this inside because 5:10 inevitably, sometimes you end up with more 5:12 than you go with, souvenirs and different things. 5:14 Again, you do not want to be the damsel in distress 5:16 who’s on the airplane and can’t get her bag down 5:18 because it’s too heavy, you want to be super 5:20 independent, get your stuff. 5:21 For not knowing what to pack, you pack enough for one week. 5:24 And then, you meet lots of friends so that 5:26 you can wear the same outfit two nights in a row 5:28 with two different groups of people. 5:29 I really love this outfit, and I went out with a 5:31 different group last night than I’m going out with tonight, 5:33 I’m wearing the same outfit. 5:34 It’s really that simple. 5:36 I do that while I’m traveling, I do that at home. 5:38 Even for these videos I have to think about 5:41 a new outfit to wear because I don’t have 5:43 that many clothes. 5:44 Number seven, I am a backpacker, I am very frugal, 5:48 I’m very cheap, and one thing that I do pay for is safety. 5:51 When we were in Thailand we had a late night flight 5:53 that came into Bangkok, but Bangkok’s not really 5:55 that safe of a place, especially at night, 5:57 so we paid the extra money to ensure safety. 6:00 We asked the hotel to send a taxi for us, 6:02 and I think that you should never skimp on that. 6:04 Even here in Greece, when I go out at night, 6:05 the walk to the metro, all the time, 6:07 it’s like a 20 minute walk, but at 11 o’clock at night, 6:10 I wasn’t so sure, and I wasn’t willing to risk it 6:12 for five dollars, so I definitely called a cab 6:15 and had them bring me. 6:16 Last thing, there is a Facebook page called 6:18 Girls Love Traveling, it’s growing at a crazy rate, 6:21 but it’s a really good way to find out information 6:23 about your place, you can either ask a question 6:25 or you can just search; I’m going to wait 6:28 for this plane to go over. 6:33 Or you can just search, like I have a, 6:35 do I have a layover? 6:36 Yeah, I have a like a 12 hour layover in Denmark 6:39 on my way home, I can go in there and type Denmark 6:41 and see what other people have talked about. 6:43 It’s a really great way to plan your trips. 6:44 Do not be afraid to travel solo as a female, 6:47 just be smart about it, that’s it, just be smart. 6:49 I have learned these tips the hard way. 6:51 I really hope that this was helpful, 6:52 if you know somebody whose going to be traveling solo 6:54 and you think these tips could help, 6:56 please share it with them. 6:57 If you found this helpful, please like and subscribe, 6:58 and I’ll talk to you all next week, (smooching).