Women and the backpacking experience
As backpacking involves the process of continuous movement and shoe-string budgets it varies greatly from a luxurious holiday and hence is associated with youngsters.
Even in the association bit, backpacking is assumed to be macho and less feminine. Women today face safety issues in their own hometowns while commuting to and fro. In the last 10 years the crimes against women statistics have greatly increased all around the world.
Many sociologists claim ‘there is no safe place for a woman.’ Though the issues of safety exist, it doesn’t mean women can’t be out there discovering the world, globe- trotting and backpacking across the world.
Here are some pointers for women to help them be and stay safe as they travel across the world experiencing the thrills of seeing new places and interacting with different types of people.
-Avoid talking to strangers: When backpacking, there may be the need to interact with people who may not be known that is fine. But getting overfriendly with strangers may prove dangerous. Ordering food and drinks on your own is advised to avoid being drugged, robbed and raped by opportunists in unknown lands.
-Wear decent clothes: Dressing up in an orthodox manner while on a backpacking trip is the best option. This helps avoid undue attention from people who wish to take advantage of women. Wear minimal make-up and choose the cover as much of your body as you can.
-Do not tell anyone too much about yourself: Giving out too many details when on a backpacking trip could be problematic. It is wise to not mention your marital status and to choose your initials for your name to be safe. Avoid sharing rooms with unknown people as the number of problems multiple by doing so.
-Always be alert: Being aware at all times and using your sixth sense while visiting places and interacting with people is advised. If there is any discomfort or tension, being gracious and leaving at the earliest is the wise thing to do.
-Don’t be alone: Always try to be with a group or a crowd. Mischief makers who look for opportunities to exploit women prefer secluded spots and will not try any stunts in a group. Being in lonely places and out after dark multiplies the chances of danger to life.
Besides these basic tips as a woman issues like sanitation and toilet needs pose a problem while on a backpacking trip. Very often in the wild, men relieve themselves anywhere; women on the other hand need some kind of protection from prying eyes. Surveying an area well before pulling down your pants in the wild is a great option.
Carrying sanitary napkins or tampons and using-disposing of them in an environmentally friendly way is advised.
Backpacking is an experience that helps a person discover more about themselves and is a great way to achieve a symbiosis with nature. Being safe while backpacking is paramount and only boys should not have all the fun. Adventurous women can take to the road of self and world discovery with the safety tips in their minds and the winding road ahead that leads to many lands and wonderful sights.
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