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Walk Through the Colourful Cities of the World

Bored with the regular steel and glass skyscrapers? Take a look at some of the planet’s most colourful cities that are incredibly popular with the tourists, encouraging them to capture their bright coloured beauty in their cameras.

Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa

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A lot to do with South Africa’s reinvention as the ‘Rainbow Nation’, Bo-Kaap is among the oldest and the most fascinating residential areas in Cape Town. Located on the slopes of Signal Hills, this tiny town is known for its beautifully coloured and perfectly decorated buildings and houses. These bright and cheerful colours of the houses are symbolic of the hard earned emancipation from racial discrimination. Owners’ painting their houses in bright colours was a way of expressing their happiness and joy.

Saint John, Canada

One of the oldest planned cities in Canada, Saint John is a popular tourist attraction. Giving the city a distinctive character are the vibrantly coloured row houses and candy coloured structures. Beginning as a local tradition in the early 1970s, these brightly painted houses helped fishermen and sailors spot their houses even through thick fog and bad weather. Most of these multicoloured houses can be found in the ‘Jellybean Row’.

La Boca, Argentina

As colourful as a rainbow, La Boca is a tiny town located in the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires. Famed for its traditionally coloured wooden houses, the city is a popular tourist attraction in the country. The city got its “colours”, following the age old tradition where the ‘poor’ dock workers would build their houses using cast away ship building materials and painting them using the leftover paint. Today these painted houses act as the identity of the owner.  Most of these buildings also have cardboard cut outs and paper made statues of prominent figures hanging out from the windows and balconies.

Burano, Venice

A tiny archipelago of four islands connected by bridges, Burano is a classic example of fascinating city decor and architectural wonder.

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A former fishing village, the city is adorned with some beautifully colourful houses and buildings believed to have painted in different colours by fishermen to be able to spot their houses even in thick fog. It is this stunning, eye catching colour scheme of the houses in the city that distinguishes Burano from its not so vibrant neighbours. Murals and other wall paintings in the city are quite impressive as well.

Trinidad, Cuba

Featuring buildings and structures dating back to the early 16th century, Trinidad has a beautiful array of different hues and shades picked straight from a rainbow. Largely reflecting the colonial architecture and design, most buildings in the city are painted with bold and contrasting colours. Conveying the identity of the owner, houses here are mostly coloured in shades of indigo.

Willemstad, Curacao

A popular Dutch Caribbean Island, Willemstad is yet another rainbow city. It features a row of bright and colourful buildings and houses nestled along the waters. These beautifully painted houses trace their origin to the early 19th century when the locals in the city were said to be suffering from migraine looking at the pale white buildings! By the order of the then Governor General, every house was painted in a different colour.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA

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Famed for its popular Rainbow Row, Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in South Carolina. This beautiful array of colourful historic houses painted in different bright hues is a popular tourist attraction in the state. The prime reason behind colouring the walls of the houses was to help the drunken soldiers spot their homes during foggy winter nights. Apart from the coloured houses, wall painting, graffiti and murals are other attractions for the visitors here.

Wroclaw, Poland

With rich history and a majestic charm, Wroclaw is one of the most vibrant cities in the south-western part of Poland.

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Majorly build during the early colonial era, the city is adorned with some beautifully painted rainbow coloured buildings decorated with murals and wall art. Apart from the homes, cages, shops, ancient complexes, bridges and other structures in Wroclaw are painted with different colours.

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso is a popular tourist destination in Chile. Situated close to the port, the city is famous for its delightfully painted houses and buildings alongside stunning murals and wall arts. Traditionally painted to help sailors and merchants spot their homes in the night, these buildings are major attraction in the city.

Halloween Celebrations All Over the World

Also known as All Saints’ or Hallowmas, Halloween is one of the most celebrated festivals and among the oldest holidays in the world. Beginning as a traditional ritual, the event has evolved into a celebration characterised by pumpkins and activities like trick-or-treating and carving jack-o-lanterns. Celebrated on the 31st of October, the day of remembrance is observed in diverse ways

Halloween Celebrationsacross different countries. While the age old traditions associated with the festival remain unchanged, a few of the activities and happenings have come a long way since its origin. Read on to know more about how the festival is celebrated across the world.

USA

Offering a perfect melange of ancient rituals, traditional beliefs and age old customs, Halloween is one famous event in the USA. The festival is famed for its costume parties, parades, haunted hayrides, street fairs, carnivals, playing trick-or-treat and carving lanterns out of pumpkins. Offering prayers to the dead, decorating houses with pumpkins and dressing up to your scariest self are popular traditions associated with the festival. Spooks, ghosts, witches, wizards and skeletons are common symbols of Halloween. Village Halloween Parade (New York City), Sleepy Hallow Halloween (Washington), Emma Crawford Festival (Colorado), Little Five Points Halloween Festival (Atlanta) and Halloween on Halsted (Chicago) are top highlights of the festival in the country.

United Kingdom

Halloween is celebrated with much pomp and show across the country. Originating as a Pagan festival held in different regions, it is characterised by a set of interesting activities such as trick-or-treating, parades, dance performances, costume parties and visiting the graves of the dead. The colours of orange and black along with black cats, pumpkins, haunted houses, cauldrons, spiders, witches, wizards, bats and spirits are among the significant symbols of the festival. Apple bobbing, nut-cracking, costume dressing, bonfires and offering prayers to the deceased are a few of the well-known traditions associated with Halloween.

Mexico

Locally known as Día de las Brujas, Halloween is one of the well-known festivals in Mexico. It is usually hailed as children’s festivity in the country and is characterised by several interesting activities like trick-or-treating, lighting bonfires, hanging lanterns on trees and setting off firecrackers. Dressing up in scary costumes, making toys and candies resembling skeletons, lighting the graves of the deceased and offering prayers to the dead are common traditions associated with the festival. Although Halloween is quite popular in Mexico, the Day of Dead celebrated on 1st of November is celebrated on a larger scale in the country.

Ireland

Originating over 1000 years ago, Halloween in Ireland is a major festival celebrated with much excitement across the island. Associated with a lot of ancient traditions and practices, the event is best known for its set of religious rituals and interesting activities especially bonfires, jack-o-lanterns, trick-or-treating, fancy dressing and blind dates. A group of young men dressed in their scary costumes going from door to door singing rhymes and songs and asking for food and drinks is a common Halloween custom in Ireland. Homemade apple pies, Colcannon, Potato Farls, Barmbrack cake, Ivy Leaf and the pumpkin are among the must try dishes during the festival. Games like snap apple, knock-a- dolly, shaving the friar and blind folded cabbage picking are also quite popular. Fortunetelling using different objects is a major component of old Irish Halloween tradition.

Romania

Featuring events inspired by the Dracula theme, Halloween is a well-known public holiday in Romania. With its centre of attraction being the Bran Castle, the event begins with shopping for garlic as a form of protection from the evil spirits on the night before the actual festival (30th October) and continues till the end of 31st October. Transylvania is the perfect place to spend Halloween and enjoy its festivities amidst full magical settings. Dressing as ghosts, witches and vampires alongside savouring upon some authentic delicacies and exploring different myths and legends, Halloween in Romania is surely an experience of a lifetime. Guided tours to the castles and cathedrals are quite popular among the tourists.

Hong Kong

With a spooky environment and embracing the spirit of the festival, Halloween in Hong Kong is a recent addition to the list of popular events in the country. Be it raucous street parades, scary parties, authentic mouth-watering cuisines, carnivals, or busy theme parks, the festival is celebrated with much pomp and show all across the region. The famous Hong Kong Disneyland turns to a haunted land decorated with scary pumpkins, mysterious trees, ghosts, and cobwebs!! Masquerade balls, wildly howling street blowouts, street parties, trick-or-treating, and costume parades are a few things to look forward to during the festival in Hong Kong.

Canada

Marking the only one day when the spirits of the dead return back to the world, the festival is famed for its traditional practices, Halloween parades, parties, ghost trains, haunted trolley tours, Yard Hunts, carved pumpkins and other interesting activities. Family dinners followed by parlour games, pumpkin art tours, and symbolic walks are quite popular among children and the youngsters.

Accessing the Best Airport Lounges in the World

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Airport lounges are luxurious zones at the airport complete with facilities such as private bathrooms, showers, comfortable seating, complimentary snacks and beverages, televisions, newspapers, magazines, and in some cases workstations, photocopiers, fitness centres, pool tables and video games. However, not everyone has access to this world of comfort and leisure as their use is restricted to business and first class passengers by airlines. But does that mean the economy flyers should forever destined to waiting in public halls and sleeping in uncomfortable chairs while they wait for their flight? Not necessarily!

Here are top five tricks that can get even an economy flyer an access to the opulent airport lounges:

Buy a Lounge Pass

Most frequent flyers make use of the one-day lounge passes to gain access to all facilities offered by luxurious lounges on leading airports around the world. After a paying a small amount to the airline, usually between $20-$60, you can access their airport lounges, otherwise open only to business or first class passengers. There, however, might be restrictions on the number of hours you can stay at these lounges and the kind of passengers who are allowed in these lounges (domestic or international).

Join a Frequent Flyer Programme

A majority of airlines run their own frequent flyer programmes for their regular passengers. Upon enrolling in these programmes, you earn miles on every flight that you take. These miles can be collected over a period of time and be utilised under different programmes offered by the airline. Some of these programmes include free access to all airport lounges of that airline across the world, and you can avail this facility upon deduction of required miles from your quota.

Use a Travel Rewards Credit Card

A wide number of credit card companies, in addition to the exclusive benefits and rewards reserved for their customers, also offer access to airport lounges of the airlines they have tie-ups with. While some of these companies might offer complimentary access, the others might require you to pay an annual fee to be eligible for the facility. Be sure to check the terms and conditions, however, before you invest in any such programme as there might be restrictions on accessibility basis the kind of programme you are purchasing.

Ask for an Upgrade

A lot of times it so happens that the airport’s ticketing staff gives a business-class upgrade to some passengers basis availability, which automatically also earns the passengers the access to the airline’s lounge at the airport. While pregnant women, elderly, children are put for an upgrade, a lot of times people get upgrades just because they were nice to the ticketing staff and have a pleasant personality. Moreover, a number of people get an upgrade just because they ask for it.

Try Your Luck at Befriending a Stranger with Access

Though the success rate of this trick is highly debatable, several travellers just stand outside the airport lounge, and request a kind stranger with access to take them along as guests. This trick can work specifically for travellers who can befriend people easily and are flying solo.

Top 10 Tips for Travelling Solo

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Travelling solo is a terrific plan but the idea has its perils too.  If you happen to be someone thinking of embarking on a travel trip all by yourself, you probably have calculated the ups and downs of the same. But if you have not, these below mentioned tips on solo travelling will definitely help you explore the world in a safe way.

Learn about the destination

Read as much as you can about the destination you are heading to. Make a list of places which are not tourist friendly. Also keep a tab on the famous local news channels aired at the place. It is good to know which places you must visit but better to know about the ones you should not.

Pack wisely

Solo travelling empowers you to travel at your discretion and packing wisely complements those decisions. Pack as light as you can. Swap dresses for extra pair of t-shirts and heels with sports shoes. This will make sure you don’t get a headache trying to carry humongous travel-cases while travelling from one city to another.

A family or friends ‘Whats-app’ group

Solo trips require the utmost levels of confidence and knowing someone has got your back absolutely helps. Create a Whatsapp group including a few people you trust completely, and drop information of your whereabouts constantly. Tell them which hotel you are staying in and places you plan to visit next. If possible keep sending emails as well.

Make new friends but be careful

Meeting like-minded travellers on a solo trip is probably the best perk of travelling solo but be careful while doing so. If you feel anything dicey about the new people you are meeting, politely make an excuse, tell them something urgent came up and retreat from the place. Don’t share where you are staying instantly with anyone you have just met!

Learn some words from the local lingo

No we are not telling you to master a new language in a few days. All we are saying is learn a few phrases and common slangs used in the country you are visiting. For example – learn to ask where is the toilet or the police station? Leaning to speak thank-you in local language can also help.

Copy all essential documents

Copy all travel documents including visa, passport and your id proofs and keep them with you at all times. It is also advisable to store electronic copies of these documents on your phone and on emails. Leaving duplicate copies of these with a friend or a family member is also a good idea. Doing so will help especially in cases of pick-pocketing.

Don’t become a sitting duck

Touts and anti-social elements specialize in identifying tourists in crowds. Try to gel with the local population, as the same will definitely keep you off the radars of goons. Wear normal t-shirt and jean combos and do not pick out fancy stuff including that expensive DSLR camera too often.

Learn to say no

It is sure that you will meet a lot of people acting needy and asking for small charities. You will also meet people who would encourage you to go to parties out of the city or talk you in for trying new things. Say no and walk away if you feel anything fishy.

Stick to day tours

Though night tours are fun, you may want to consider sticking to day tours as you are the only one practically taking care of yourself. If in case you decide to visit a restaurant or a local club in the night make sure to educate yourself about the place first and only go to places which are crowded and have ample transportation options located nearby.

Use local transport

Taking about the means you will be using to commute from one place to another on a solo trip, it is strongly advisable that you use local means of transport. Use trains, buses, metros and tramps as much as possible. This way you will always be surrounded by people and chances of mishaps will decrease significantly.

Dining Etiquette in Different Parts of the World

Treating your taste buds to local flavours at the place of your holiday is one of the most sought after experiences for any traveller or foodie. The idea of relishing an authentic meal in a foreign country is all fun till the time you don’t get stared at for your sloppy table manners.

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Since dinning customs and rituals around the world vary from one another, and what may be considered appropriate, and even an advisable thing to do at the dining table in one country may be something that offends your fellow diners in another, you need to watch out for common mistakes to avoid while dining around the world.

Slurp All You Like in Japan

While slurping might get you condescending looks from fellow diners in most of the western world, it is a recommended practise while eating in Japan. The Japanese believe that the louder your slurp, the more you appreciate the food at the table. Also, try learning the accepted ways of using the chopstick in Japan and China before you visit. As a principle, don’t lick them, don’t cross them or stick them vertically into a bowl.

The Right is Right and the Left is Wrong in the Middle East

We’re talking of hands here. In the Middle East, and also countries like India and Pakistan, it is considered unclean to eat food with your left hand as the left hand is assigned the tasks of maintaining the basic hygiene of the body. Also, don’t be surprised if you see people eating with their hands, directly off the plate in these parts of the world as it is commonplace to do so.

Use Fork and Spoon or Fork and Bread in France

The French use both their hands for eating and use either a combination of fork and knife or fork and bread. The bread is consumed not only as an appetiser but serves the same purpose of pushing the food onto the fork as a knife. There is also a right way of eating the bread i.e. breaking it into a piece and not biting into it directly.

Pizza with Extra Cheese? Not In Italy

Though the entire world treats itself to cheese-burst and extra-cheese pizzas, it is considered impolite to add extra cheese to your pizza in Italy. As a ritual you should never ask for cheese separately in Italy if you have not been offered some.

Hands on the Table in Russia

The Russians consider keeping your hands in your lap impolite while dining. So if your hands need rest, make sure you rest them on the edge of the table. It is also advisable to always follow the Fork in Left, and Knife in Right rule in Russia.

Sharing is Caring in Ethiopia

The Ethiopians all eat from a single plate of food with hands. You might find it odd, but it is best that you don’t eat in your own plate while dining in the country as it is considered wasteful.

Popular Black Sand Beaches in the World

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Usually formed by volcanic eruptions and eroded lava, black sand beaches may not seem as romantic as the pink sand ones, but they still seem to attract tourists in large numbers. Mostly found in the tropical and Mediterrean regions of the globe, these beaches certainly deserve a visit.

Lovina Beach, Bali, Indonesia

A beautiful island paradise on the north-western side of the island of Bali, Lovina Beach is one of the most stunning black sand beaches along the coast of Pacific Ocean. Formed by the flowing lava from Mount Agung, this beach is perfect for those looking for some quiet time away from the city life. The volcanic hot spring and the nearby fishing villages are the key attractions around here. Watching sunrises and spotting dolphins are much loved tourist activities.

Piha Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

Known for its fascinating black iron sand, Piha Beach is among the most famous beaches in New Zealand. Located a few miles from Auckland, it is quite popular among swimmers and surfers from across the world. KiteKite Falls and Waitakere Ranges, located very close to the beach, are great spots to enjoy some family time. Also, enjoy the stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape from the around 100-meter tall ‘Lion Rock’.

Black Sands Beach, Whitethorn, California

Situated on California’s Lost Coast trail, Black Sand Beach gets its colour and tone from greywacke (dark coloured sandstone) and remains a popular attraction among hikers. You can spot the giant gray whales on the beach between the periods of September and January and March and June.

Anse Chastanet Beach, St Lucia

Anse Chastanet Beach is a must visit attraction in the Caribbean island nation, St. Lucia. Owing to the clear ocean waters and the nearby hidden corals, swimming, snorkelling and deep sea diving are some of the few interesting activities you can enjoy here. Fort Charlotte, Soufriere Marine Management Area and Le Pavilion Royal Museum are the popular nearby attractions. Numerous walk-up vendors serving on the go food can be found almost everywhere on the beach.

Cahuita Beach, Costa Rica

Nestled on the Caribbean Coast, Cahuita Beach is one stunning beach in the town of Cahuita. The presence of Costa Rica’s biggest and the only living reef ensures that snorkelling and deep sea diving remain popular activities among visitors here. The nearby Cahuita National Park Bird is terrific spot for the travellers to spot some interesting flora and fauna.

5 Popular Pink Sand Beaches across the World

Straight out of a Disney movie, pink sand beaches are perhaps the most romantic things in the world! Few in number, these beaches, unsurprisingly, are among the most popular attractions in the world. Getting their colour and tone from corals, algae and offshore shells, here is a look at top five pink sand beaches from across the world.

Horseshoe Bay Beach, Bermuda

Named for its curving shape, Horseshoe Bay Beach is perhaps the most famous beach in Bermuda. Lying along the coast of Atlantic Ocean, it is known for wide stretches of pastel pink hued sand, crystal clear waters and numerous attractive corals. Along with the hue of its sand, Horseshoe Bay Beach is loved for facilitating different adventure water sports, such as snorkelling and bodysurfing.

Pink Beach, Komodo, Indonesia

Also known as ‘Pantai Merah’, Pink Beach is one of the most striking attractions on the Komodo Island. Located right in the heart of the island, the beach’s pink hue sand is rather its additional charm. The main attractions in the Komodo Island are surely the massive lizards! The Komodo Dragon National Park is situated very close to the beach, so make sure you pay a visit.

Balos Lagoon Beach, Greece

Balos Lagoon Beach is one of the most stunning beaches in Greece. Featuring miles and miles of pink and white sand along the azure ocean waters as well as numerous attractive corals, the beach is a major hub for water sports and adventure activities. The surrounding cliffs and rocks create a picture perfect view for anyone with an eye for natural beauty! Numerous restaurants and shacks serving a wide variety of traditional delicacies line up certain parts of the beach.

Crane Beach, Barbados

Crane Beach is one of the most outstanding beaches in Barbados and among the top ten beaches in the world. Situated along the east coast of the island, this paradise is dotted with jagged cliffs, rocks, rolling dunes and miles of soft coral pink sand. Owing to the less erratic waves, adventure sports such as boogie boarding and deep-sea diving are popular here.

Pink Sands Beach, Harbour Island, Bahamas

Located along the east coast of Atlantic Ocean, Pink Sand is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Bahamas. Stretching for over three miles across the coastline, the beach is a perfect destination for holidaymakers seeking both fun and solace. The sand is strikingly pink and remains a much loved spot among the honeymooners.

9 Must Pack Essentials for Happy Holidays

Wondering what essentials to pack for next holidays? Here is a list of 9 must pack items that will help you make your holidays a happy, safe and an enjoyable affair.

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Charcoal tablets

Charcoal tablets are counted among the best ways of stopping diarrhoea and checking dysentery. These tablets work by absorbing toxins and pathogens. They usually don’t take more than three hours to bring you back to normalcy. A must pack if you feel dicey about the food quality served at the destination you are visiting.

Portable Water Filter

A good water filter on a trekking tour can become a life saver. You can consider small devices that use ultra-violet light to kill bacteria and other harmful elements present in the water. A portable water filter will always come in handy when bottled water is not easily available.

Pollution & dust mask

You will definitely encounter places with a lot of dust and pollution in the air. Such places will not only make you sick but would also lead to a bitter holiday experience. Putting on a good dust and pollution mask can help you keep your holidays happy!

First-aid kit

Many travellers overlook the importance of packing a travel-medical kit.  Such kits come to the aid in times of medical emergencies and also make sure that you don’t have to step out in search of medical supplies during odd hours. Pack a first-aid kit keeping allergies and prevailing climate conditions in mind.

Protein Bars

Protein bars come in handy at places where you are not sure about the quality of food. A usual protein bar can provide you with good amount of calories and keep your stomach full for a long time, probably till you find a restaurant good enough to eat.

Ear Plugs

A lot of tourist attractions especially beaches and local markets are crowded with persistent hawkers who can be very pushy and loud. Simply put in those ear-plugs, close your eyes and relax. Ear plugs are also useful during train and airplane journeys.

Travel toilet Paper

Using toilet paper is not a regular practice in many countries, especially the ones in Asia. Travel toilet papers come in small sizes and can be packed easily too. These will also be useful during night stays at camps or during long trekking trips.

Sunscreen

Holidays generally include instances of exploring cities in the sun and getting tanned by the beach. Do carry a good sunscreen if you do not want to end up with skin burns during holidays. A good sunscreen is a must carry essential on trekking trips as well.

Universal power adapter

Power adapters or power plugs usually differ from country to country. Carrying a couple of good quality universal power adaptors will help you charge your phones, laptops and camera batteries with ease.

Eight Bizarre Laws From Around the World Every Traveller Should Know Of

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Planning to travel the world? Here is a list of weird laws from around the globe that you must know before embarking on that next travel adventure.

No high heels at ancient sites

Thinking of visiting the historical monuments in Greece? Make sure you leave those stilettos at home! Authorities in Greece do not allow women wearing heels entry to any of Greece’s historical monument sites. The decision was taken to stop damages caused to the monuments by sharp pointed heels. Besides heels food items are not allowed at the sites.

Don’t pee in the sea

Portugal has some of the most pristine beaches. But what would you do if nature calls amidst a swim in the sea? The answer will depend from one individual to another; however, you must know that urinating in a sea in Portugal is completely illegal. Not sure how the authorities plan to catch people urinating in a sea!

No chewing gums please!

Have a habit of chewing gums? Well, you will not be able to do so in Singapore as chewing gums are completely banned in the country. The reason cited as responsible for the ban is the huge cost paid by the Government of Singapore in getting the leftover gums removed from the metros and other tourist attractions.

Don’t climb a tree

It’s illegal to climb a tree located in a public area or a park in Oshawa in Canada. It is also illegal to stick bills and carve letters on any part of the tress. The reason, Oshawa, Canada wants their tree cover to be safe and like it has always existed.  And if you get caught climbing a tree in a public park or in any other space falling under the authorities’ rule, you will get charged with a hefty fine.

No feeding the pigeons

In San Francisco, it is illegal to feed pigeons. The authorities claim that pigeon droppings soil public places and are also a hazard to the human health. The authorities also say that pigeon food attracts rats.

Don’t forget to wear the Underwear

It is illegal to leave your home without wearing underwear in Thailand. Any arrests being made on the pretext of not wearing underwear have not been reported so far in the country but it still is best not to leave the house without wearing undergarments. It is also illegal to drive without a shirt in Bangkok.

Paying food bill? Who cares!

It is completely legal to deny paying the food bill in Denmark if you don’t feel full after eating at a restaurant. The best part about this law is the fact that it is only your opinion that matters. So if you feel hungry in Denmark and don’t have the money with you, you know what to do!

Drive a car wearing a bikini but…

Driving a car wearing a bikini is legal in Kentucky only if the woman driving is carrying an object for self-defence. Women can also wear bikinis if they are being accompanied by two officers. Moreover, the law does not imply on women weighing over 200 pounds and under 60 pounds.

Top Travel Tips for Solo Women Travellers to Stay Safe on the Road

The good news is that an increasing number of women are going solo on their travels, and coming back with heartening stories of their own to tell. The bad news is that world is still not as safe for our women as we would like it to be. But the slightly better news is that there are ways and precautions following which women can feel safe on their journeys, and make the most of their time on the road.

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Here are our top travel trips for an independent woman who wants to travel to her heart’s content without risking her safety.

Research, Research and Research

Being lost in a foreign land is romantic but only till the time your safety is not at stake. Therefore, it makes a lot of sense to research all you can on the place of your visit. Read latest guidebooks, blogs and gather information from travel forums. Any contradictory information about the timings of buses and local transport as well as sightseeing locations must be verified before plan your itinerary. Try to speak to at least one person who has travelled to the destination in the span of past 2-3 months, and always keep local travel apps handy as also the emergency contact details of nearby police stations, hospitals, local embassy of your country and at least one local friend or acquaintance.

Always Reach Your Destination before the Nightfall

Cheaper tickets at odd timings, clumsy planning and overconfidence in the knowledge of your destination are all reasons that can cause you to book flights/trains/buses that leave you at your destination late at night. Solo female travellers should, however, make sure to avoid these pitfalls and reach their destination while the locals are still up and about so that they can process their surroundings better; get any local supplies, if needed’ and steer clear of being isolated  in dark places with their luggage clearly identifying them as tourists.

Have A Backup Plan

A lot of us have found ourselves perplexed, irritated, endangered and at a loss of a solution when our travels have not exactly gone as we planned them to. Just because a guidebook said that it’s okay to catch that last train between the two cities on your itinerary doesn’t mean you cannot find a creepy man making you uncomfortable on that train. You can find unexpected crowds, miss your flights/trains because of the traffic, attract unwanted attention at the places you least expected but you must always have a backup plan for these sticky situations so that you don’t feel out of place and lack confidence to carry on.

Always Keep At least One Person Update on Your Whereabouts

It’s a thrilling and liberating to be on your own, cut away from the mundane lives, soaking in beauty, cultures, architecture at a foreign location. So much so that you might not always be motivated to update your family and friends of your whereabouts. But it’s sensible to keep at least one person you totally trust updated every day. You might also leave a trail on social media with your check-ins if calling/messaging is distracting. Also, always give the number and address of your local hotel, resorts and tour guides to your friends or family so that they can be contacted for your whereabouts in case you can’t be.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings at All Times

You safety is truly in your own hands, and you can feel a lot safer with just a little keen observation of your surroundings at all times. Always be aware of the people you are travelling with, and trust your gut instinct while forming judgement on them. Don’t ever leave your luggage unattended no matter how tempting and immediate the calling of a certain view is. In public places, always keep your purse close to your body and the zip’s done up at all times. Never underestimate the warning of your gut, and leave a place as soon as you feel even slightly threatened. Always remember that no experience is worth risking your safety.