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  • Italicized text = instructions for you; regular text = talking points. Introduce yourself – share your travel experience (especially solo travel). Explain how you are affiliated with HI-USA, how long, and why. Ask questions of audience : Who has traveled solo before ? Overseas? Who has stayed in hostels ? Who is planning to travel alone for first time? Who would like to travel alone but is still unsure ? Today, I am going to discuss how traveling on your own, especially for women, can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. I’ll also share some tips and strategies to help you on your way so you can travel safely and respectfully.
  • Women Traveling Solo

    1. 1. Hostelling International USA presents Women Traveling Solo
    2. 2. Women Have Always Traveled…
    3. 3. Women Traveling Solo <ul><li> Hostelling International </li></ul><ul><li> Why Travel Solo? </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><li>Hostels </li></ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul>
    4. 4. Women Traveling Solo <ul><li>Concerns </li></ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li> Packing </li></ul><ul><li> Resources </li></ul>
    5. 5. HI-USA’s Mission “ To help all, especially the young, gain a greater understanding of the world and its people through hostelling.”
    6. 6. What Is HI-USA? <ul><li> Travel </li></ul><ul><li> Hostels </li></ul><ul><li> Programs </li></ul><ul><li> Volunteers </li></ul>
    7. 7. Why Travel Solo?
    8. 8. Advantages <ul><li> Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li> Rest days </li></ul><ul><li> Budget control </li></ul><ul><li> Social advantages </li></ul>
    9. 9. Advantages <ul><li> Go where you want, </li></ul><ul><li>when you want </li></ul><ul><li> Temporary travel </li></ul><ul><li>partners </li></ul><ul><li> Build travel skills </li></ul>
    10. 10. Hostels & the Solo Traveler <ul><li> What to expect </li></ul><ul><li> Advantages </li></ul>
    11. 11. Hostelling International’s Philosophy <ul><li>Respectful + </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable = </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible Travel </li></ul>
    12. 12. Respect: culture as an iceberg <ul><li>LESS is </li></ul><ul><li>Visible </li></ul><ul><li>MOST is </li></ul><ul><li>Invisible </li></ul>
    13. 13. Respect: cultural differences & culture shock
    14. 14. Respect: gender roles
    15. 15. Respect: styles of dress
    16. 16. Concerns
    17. 17. Concerns <ul><li> Street smarts </li></ul><ul><li> Securing your stuff </li></ul><ul><li>Reassuring others </li></ul>
    18. 18. Concerns <ul><li> Safe arrangements </li></ul><ul><li> Nightlife </li></ul><ul><li>Comfort zone </li></ul><ul><li> Women travelers’ tales </li></ul>
    19. 19. Health <ul><li> Nutrition </li></ul><ul><li> Rest </li></ul><ul><li> Food & water </li></ul><ul><li>Get in shape </li></ul>
    20. 20. Health <ul><li> Vaccinations </li></ul><ul><li> Medication </li></ul><ul><li> Drugs & alcohol </li></ul><ul><li> W omen’s health </li></ul>
    21. 21. <ul><li> Eating alone </li></ul><ul><li> Bring a book </li></ul><ul><li> Journals & photos </li></ul><ul><li> Dive into your surroundings </li></ul>Skills for Solo Travel
    22. 22. Skills for Solo Travel <ul><li> Stay connected </li></ul><ul><li> Itineraries </li></ul><ul><li> Entertainment </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of humor </li></ul>
    23. 23. What to Take & How to Take It <ul><li> Packing </li></ul><ul><li>Suitcase </li></ul><ul><li>or travel pack? </li></ul>
    24. 24. Resources <ul><li> Guidebooks </li></ul><ul><li> Magazines </li></ul><ul><li> Internet </li></ul><ul><li> Local HI council </li></ul><ul><li> www.hiusa.org </li></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>Journeywoman: </li></ul><ul><li>www.journeywoman.com </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring Women Travelers </li></ul><ul><li>wanderlustandlipstick.com </li></ul><ul><li>Women Travel Tips: </li></ul><ul><li>www.womentraveltips.com </li></ul><ul><li>The Gutsy Traveler: </li></ul><ul><li>www.gutsytraveler.com </li></ul>Websites
    26. 26. Bon Voyage! Please come back to see us. We love to hear travel tales!

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