Travel Secret #1 – Hostels
The world is in a recession. Folks are being laid off or worried about hanging on to what they have. Does that mean that you don’t travel for the next year? Two years? Five years? Whenever the global recession end?
What happens if it takes ten years? Can’t wait forever…
Which brings me to HOSTELS. Longtime loyal readers know this is how I traveled around the world. But consider hostels if you are taking a week long trip to Europe. Or to a big city in the United States.
Why are you paying $200 for a hotel room when the majority of your time in the room will be spent sleeping, showering or brushing your teeth?
Travel Secret #2 – Southeast Asia
Everyone wonders where to go if they are traveling for the first time. Or traveling by themselves. Most people consider Europe right away. Not sure why. Sorry my European friends. Super expensive. Maybe they think it is ‘easy’ and familiar because it’s Europe.
I say get on the next long haul flight and head to Southeast Asia . The region consists of Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, Laos, Singapore and more. Why go there? I’ll tell you!
- Cheap Prices
Especially for solo female travelers, I think SE Asia may be one of the better places on Earth to get your feet wet. In fact from what I saw I would say females may have more to contend with from OTHER travelers than locals in Southeast Asia. Ladies please chime in here.
Being near the equator means tropical weather year round. Of course this means you might have to contend with a typhoon/cyclone or hair frizzing, sweat inducing humidity. Some of you may like the cold weather. Give me hot temps anyday, especially if I to walk around.
The weather is also conducive to outdoor activities – SCUBA diving in the Philippines, playing with elephants in Thailand, motorcyles and motobikes all over (make sure your travel insurance is up to date).
A 45 minute drive outside of Cape Town, South Africa, it may be one of the few places where you can interact with wild animals on their own ground…without adult supervision and without worrying about being mauled or eaten. Isn’t that nice?
It’s the code of Penguin Beach: You don’t bother me, I don’t bother you. That means no attempted petting or picking them up. The colony of African penguins are lounging around and living life like you aren’t there.
The water on the beach is cold given the relative proximity to Antarctica. EX-tremely cold. I heard the stories, but when I dived into the water I shivered for a good 10 minutes, my teeth chattering so loud you could send an SOS message. Eventually your body adjusts and you enjoy the cold water, especially when the summer sun is bearing down on you.
About the only thing you have to avoid is the penguin waste on the beach. They are not cute and cuddly stuffed animals so they have to do their business somewhere. Just tiptoe around it and enjoy the sights.