Wednesday 20 April 2016

Tips for Solo Travel to China

It’s normal to be anxious when you're planning a Solo trip, but there are many steps that you can take to make things a little easier! I'm usually OK with travelling alone, however next year I'm looking at travelling to Asia - and I think I will probably do this via a travel company as its a bigger step than my usual European adventures.

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When travelling, there are many things you can consider to make your life a little easier, and to be respectful to the locals. Always be mindful of cultural nuances, e.g. certain hand gestures that may be polite in one Country could be very offensive in another. Tips:
- Learn the language, obviously you're not going to be fluent but at least get your head around the basics - please, thank you, where is the... etc.
- Keep a little note in your purse which tells you the approx. exchange rate for £1, £5 etc. so you can quickly check if prices seem reasonable

- Make sure that someone at your hotel/hostel will be available to help you if you arrive late at night
- Be vigilant, a person travelling alone is more of target for pick-pockets and scammers
- Look at maps and the directions to the scenic attractions in China or to wherever you want to go, and, look confused in the confines of your hotel room, not on the streets
- When you’re out and about, walk with confidence even if you are a little lost
- At night, stay in well-lit, public and open areas
- Try to blend in and only use your phone when you have to
- Always back a scarf/cardigan/shawl - you never know when you may visit somewhere religious, and you must always show respect by covering up

Also looking at Solo Travelling to China? I've been recommended to look into The China Travel Company - as they have a category for people who choose to travel by themselves. 

If you’re looking for some things to do when you're in China, or you've already decided to go but want some help planning your itinerary then check out these 10 must see attractions in China. I'm particuatly interested in visiting the Potala Palace  - the former home of Dalai Lamas it has the most striking Tibetan architecture - 13 stories high. Having done some research already, I've discovered that only a certain number of tourists are allowed inside per day, so I'd best get there early!

Hopefully I haven't scared you away from Solo travel, it really is very rewarding - you just need to put the extra groundwork in before you set off. 

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