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  1. Avatar frejatravels
    August 8, 2018 @ 2:28 am

    Really good tips. but I am not agree with no 2, 4 and 5 for women. Sometimes when you dress like and expat in the third world country, local people still think you have load of money. No. 4 is good, and I have taken many day tours in many different countries when I travel alone, but most of day tours I went, usually it was full with couple or people with friends and I actually stand alone and I make the best of the trip and make friends with them. No. 5. Yes I tried this when I was in Nepal and Sri Lanka, but it wasnot really not working out. Most people are poor and they tend to themselves and if they do show me around, it ended up I am paying for everything, from the transport to the meals.

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      August 8, 2018 @ 4:11 am

      Dress for women is difficult. I was probably too far out of my element to give advice. I just went with what I read from solo women travelers. As for approaching locals, I just leave it to conversations in bars. I never let locals show me around unless I know them well. I did that once in Haiti when I told the guy I wouldn’t pay him. He agreed and still wanted money in the end. We wound up getting in a fistfight — as lame as it was — as I hopped in a cab. Once in Tunisia a little boy wanted to show me around his medina neighborhood. He didn’t want money. He just wanted to practice his English. He really showed me a good tour, explained a lot. I gave him a little money and he was aghast. Oops! Maybe I insulted him by offering him money. No. He wanted more!

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      • Avatar frejatravels
        August 8, 2018 @ 6:02 am

        ha..ha.. sound you had a great experience:) It is true, most local in third world countries will ask for money. I supposed Tunisia is like Morocco where peole want money. The other year we were in Hungary and took train to the border of Slovenia and apparantly there were no bus, nor taxi or train to go to Slovenia itself. so we get stuck around 30 km from the border. we had to hitch hike and luckily one car stop and give us a ride to our hotel. when we offer money he declined, but after 3x offered he took the €20. Apparantly it was a custom, you have to offer 3x. It was such an interesting experience.

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  2. Avatar Britta Jacob
    August 8, 2018 @ 10:17 pm

    In my next life, I‘ll definitely come back as a (traveling) man. Just compare no. 7 (men) to no. 3 (women) !

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    • John Henderson John Henderson
      August 9, 2018 @ 12:25 am

      Yes, unfortunately, Britta, that’s the way of the world. Men just don’t get sexually harassed — except in Bangkok.

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  3. Avatar jcamato
    August 12, 2018 @ 7:54 am

    Ciao John – great post as usual! I especially like #5 for women, “take a yoga class”. As a yoga teacher and student, one of the first things I do in a new place is look for a studio. A great resource for your readers is YogaTrail, a free app where students can find classes, retreats and events worldwide.

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  4. Avatar jcamato
    August 12, 2018 @ 7:54 am

    Ciao John – great post as usual! I especially like #5 for women, “take a yoga class”. As a yoga teacher and student, one of the first things I do in a new place is look for a studio. A great resource for your readers is YogaTrail, a free app where students can find classes, retreats and events worldwide.

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  5. John Henderson John Henderson
    August 12, 2018 @ 8:43 am

    Thanks for the comment. Yeah, yoga is the new single bar of the 21st century. I tried to get into it and failed miserably but I understand the appeal.

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