How to Stay Safe as A Single Female Traveler In India

In India, attacks on tourists have recently been on the rise, leaving one question the level of safety of women touring alone in the country. This has led to women taking safety measures to avoid “Eve-teasing”; the name used in India referring to sexual harassment.

The problem has greatly been attributed to the easy access to illegal homebrews, an increase of porn on the internet and the increasing numbers of uneducated bachelors- who, having lost hope of settling down- relocate into towns and cities away from their families.

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I have put together a useful list of what to do and not do for women traveling alone in India. Women are further advised and reminded that they are not without help. Opportunists are always watching a woman’s behavior and not with the best of intentions. Please be reminded western women that they are not to carry themselves as they do back home. It was observed that both local and foreigner women are at risk of these horrific attacks. Most of the local educated women hardly go out after dark and are often brief when dealing with male strangers and even hotel staff who attempt to chat with them.

What to do or not do when traveling alone in India

To Do

  • Always make arrangements with your guesthouse or hotel for taxi transfers to rail and bus stations particularly after dark.
  • Make use of pre-paid cab counters at the airports and always take the smart and air-conditioned taxis.
  • Ensure your hotel room door has fast bolts on the inside. You can acquire rubber doorstop to help prevent intruders.
  • Avoid the streets after dark. Make use of a rickshaw or taxi to restaurants like the local women do.
  • When in Delhi, use the carriages for women only on the metro and only walk when you have to. This will keep you away from encountering the growing eve-teasing problem.
  • Even when you have not made a hotel reservation, act as though you do. As the taxi to drop you off a particular place then continue from there.

Not to Do

  • Wear any revealing or skimpy clothing. This can be anything from long see-through skirts, strappy tops, shorts or a cut-off pair of trousers. Putting a long tunic over a loose trouser is suggested.
  • Be too welcoming with hotel staff or men who engage you at tourist attraction sights. Instead, hold conversations with women only. While on trains, it is unusual to see any Indian woman chat with a strange man unless it is her husband.
  • Accept drinks from any stranger. The local women barely take drinks in public- even at the hotel bars- therefore be careful of men who invite you for drinks.
  • Facing staring Indian men. This is understood as an invitation. Therefore look away or turn your eyes down. This will indicate your lack of interest in any further interaction.
  • Take walks in the countryside alone. If you have to, have your mobile phone at hand with a speed-dial number ready to call for help. Use your mobile to make fake calls when you get an uncomfortable feeling.

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It pays to stay safe when you travel to another country especially when you are alone and this is your first time in a new destination. Bring back fond memories of your travels  by being cautious, alert and respectful.


Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food.

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com

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Bucket Lists: Must Try Activities for Adventurous Hearts

Going on an adventure is unquestionably good for you physically, mentally and emotionally. It’s a unique way to travel and appreciate the beauty of the world. If you haven’t created your 2017 trip itinerary, considering doing it the adventurous way.

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Shark Dives
Irrespective of the type of sharks you’ll be swimming with —hammerhead sharks, reef sharks, white tip sharks or the gentle giant whale sharks—dipping in the water with even just one shark takes a lot of courage and is not for the faint-hearted.

However, the activity is as rewarding as it is risky, and is certainly a unique way to respect and appreciate marine life, specifically sharks, which usually spell menace to some people. Lucky for those who’d love to give this a try, this activity is available in a lot of places. You can do this in Mexico, Bahamas, Philippines, South Africa, Costa Rica, Maldives, Fiji, North Carolina and of course, most places in Australia.

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Adventure Caving
Not for the claustrophobic, this activity requires one to not only be physically fit but also mentally committed. With headlamps as your only source of light (99% of the time), you’ll have to squeeze your way through tight and moist places, and you have to be ready for unexpected bumps.

After gruelling hours in dark passages, caverns decorated with beautiful rocks or breathtaking waterfalls usually, will cap the trip with so much satisfaction. If you want to see the beauty of the underworld, New Zealand, Belize, Vietnam, China, Slovenia, Malaysia, Philippines, Austria, Iceland, France, Italy, Mexico, Scotland, Venezuela, USA, and South Africa are all famous for their mysterious caves.

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Hiking and Trekking
Hiking and trekking can take hours, or even days depending on your trail, so stopovers are necessary to regain your momentum. Both require a lot of stamina and preparation as you’ll not only be walking for a long time, you also have to be ready for heat or cold depending on where you are. The rewards you reap from these activities are many, from the scenic views to the quiet and still moment with nature.

If you want to hit the road less traveled, try the best trails in the world: Queen Charlotte Track (New Zealand), Bay of Fires (Australia), Chilkoot Trail (Alaska), Fitz Roy Trek (Argentina), Kungsleden (Sweden), Tonquin Valley (Canada), Croagh Patrick (Ireland), Kalalau Trail (Hawaii), and Mountain of the Moon (Uganda).

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Skydiving
While jumping out of a plane and freefalling from thousands of feet above may be something you’d never do even when it’s the only way to survive, skydiving can be very fulfilling especially to those who want to challenge their fear of heights. If your guts (and budget) allow you, try skydiving in Palm Jumeirah (Dubai), Livingstone (Zambia), and Cairns (Australia).

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Heli-ski
This is perhaps the least famous one on the list, as there are only a limited number of spots that offer this kind of adventure. Also, the ski equipment you need and the helicopter ride mean this activity does not come cheap. To heli-ski, a helicopter takes you to a remote snow mountain so you can ski or snowboard downhill. If you like to get that adrenaline rush while you slide downhill, try heli-skiing in Japan, Switzerland, British Columbia, Russia, and even India.

If you are ready for the adventure of your lifetime, we are ready for you! Allow LadyRedot plan your adventures in 2017 and create a lifelong worth of memories for you. Have a chat with us at askus@LadyRedot.com.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Most Romantic Hotels Perfect for Honeymooners

Having a fantastic accommodation during your honeymoon makes the entire trip even more romantic and memorable. If you and your loved one have been hearing wedding bells, or if you have already tied the knot but have not gone to a honeymoon yet because of your busy professional life, this article is perfect for you. We want to help you save time so we have listed the best hotels for a romantic honeymoon.

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Eiffel Suite Classic, Hotel Plaza Athenee in Paris, France
The fact that this hotel is situated in Paris should make it unnecessary for one to explain why it is considered as one of the most romantic accommodations in the world. The property offers 1,400 square ft units with terraces that give you a view of the majestic–yep, you got it—Eiffel Tower! Prepare the traditional accordion music!

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Shompole in Kenya
Shompole is a luxurious eco safari lodge which offers only eight alfresco rooms set on the Great Rift Valley. Because the units are open, the guests are exposed to nature and have access to amazing views, and sometimes, close view of the wildlife. This is for you if you’re the adventurous type. But what makes it romantic? Their service includes pampering the guests every minute of the day and each room is designed to make you think you’re the only ones in the entire property. Sweet!

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Ocean Panorama Pool Villa, Six Senses Yao Noi in Thailand
The pictures alone can explain why this place is so romantic. From your bed or from anywhere in your villa, you get a view of the breath-taking Phang Nga Bay. Each villa has an outdoor shower, a private pool and a terrace. Just imagine waking up to that view with your love right beside you!

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Island Romance Suite, Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in the Florida Keys
The fact that this is on a private island which is reachable only by a seaplane or boat already tells you that the honeymooners who check-in here will definitely get the kind of isolation they want. There are no TVs and internet access, which means zero distraction. Zero distraction means you can spend all day together, and enjoy the serenity.

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Tivoli Palacio de Seteais in Portugal
If one of your biggest dreams in life is to be a royal princess in a fairy tale, then this is the place to be. Eighteenth-century murals cover the walls of this spacious, white palace and the pieces of furniture are made to look like they are from several centuries ago. The beds are so luxurious they are fit for royalty and sweet, romantic piano music is played to entertain and soothe the guests every night.

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The Chedi in Oman
This property is quite the opposite of number 5. The property is all about modern contemporary design but still all elements exude elegance. Lovebirds who stay here will be surrounded by palms and splashing water fountains and will be pampered with fresh fruits and Arabic pastries every single day. The rooms boast king-sized beds, luxurious marble bathtubs, and silver and gold bedroom accents.

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Vamizi, Mozambique
This place is synonymous with the word “paradise”. It is surrounded by turquoise water and abundant marine life as it is a conservationist project managed by the Maluane Project. The guests will enjoy quiet moments on spacious verandas, barefoot walks on the sugar-like beach sand, torch-lit pathways at night, and fresh seafood at any time of the day. The property does not have pools or baths, but who needs those when you have the majestic sea right in front of you? And what makes it even better? It is a bit challenging to get here. Transportation is a mix of charter plane rides and dirt road drives. Ah! The memories you’ll make!

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The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur in India
Every single thing in this splendid property is extraordinary. The service includes pampering of the guests, which means they can eat their dinner in their own private garden while cultural dancers perform in the background. Lovebirds can also choose to ride a horse-drawn carriage covered lavishly in vibrant flowers to the Shiva Temple, which is also located on the property, where they can renew their vows if they wish to. Honeymooners can loosen up and swim in the pool which has flowing water from ornate elephants made of manifestly high-priced marble or simply enjoy a quiet evening in a sophisticated claw-foot tub in a luxurious room lit by nothing else but candles. We told you, this place is all about extraordinary luxury.


mish

Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.

Spookiest Places in Asia

Halloween is around the corner, spookiest time of the year for some of us. If you are looking to be spook out while in Asia, we have round up some of the spine-chilling and haunted places to put your guts to the test.

Proceed with care…

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Aokigahara Forest, Japan
Wandering inside the forest and enjoy the natures at its best is one of the enjoyable activity one would do, but not quite so if you are at this famous Japanese forest. You might accidentally stumble upon a skull laid beneath the layer of beautiful leaves. As nicknamed the suicide forest, the forest host about 100 desperate souls yearly. This has gone so severe that several signs and motivating quotes are placed outside the forest, in the hope to help anyone think twice before setting their foot on the mystery forest and never return.

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SMK, Cheras, Malaysia
Legend said has it that this school are not only rumoured to be haunted late at night but bears the myth of a real possessed case that cursed upon a female student. The girl reported to have sudden weird behaviours which were actually recorded; her creepily playing with a scissor, kicking and breaking a window glass with her bare hands. Well, who knows, it could be she just really angry with her school or there was a real powerful soul has taken over her.

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Manila Film Center, Pasay City, Philippines
Ghostly encounters at a cinema, nothing seems so strange right? I mean with all the horror movies we have seen, this could be just another of our mind tricks. Unfortunately, it was not the case at this place, where during its construction, on November 17, 1981, at least 169 workers got killed by the collapsed scaffolding ceiling. Worse, their bodies were believed to be buried under the quick drying cement, some were even buried alive! It has been reported with various bizarre events such as mysterious sounds, voices, and poltergeist activities.

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Jeju Island, Korea
You would think twice to spend the honeymoon at this famous touristic spot unless you want ghost hauntings to add on the spice in your love life. The site was once a torture field where 60,000 people were raped and burned tragically for being accused of involving in political conflict.

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Hanoi ghost house, 300 Kim Ma Street, Vietnam
This 3000 sq meter abandoned building was actually built on a cemetery. Needless to say, that is rather a house of ghosts, spirits, evil, devil, anything but human beings. All scary things you see on TV will certainly appear here: tables and chairs are arranged by nobody, brushes sweeping garbage, crying babies, etc. Nobody is allowed to enter the premises or take photos of the house.

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Shoe Factory at Bangpu Industrial Estate, Bangkok, Thailand
Just another industrial estate, that you may still find some good shoes scrap here and there as no one dares to enter it. When this factory got into a severe accident – the air compressor blew up and dragging several lives with its explosion, the owner still operate the business as per normal. Not long after, ghosts sightings happened so frequently that many employees got chased out and the business had to shut down eventually. In the end, the owner shot himself on the top floor of the factory.

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Ghost Palace Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
The Ghost Palace Hotel (also known as PI Bedugul Taman Rekreasi Hotel & Resort) located on the way up to the iconic Bedugul Lake, built in the 1990s though it has never been commenced since then. Rumours has it that the abandoned resort was cursed by the competitor and haunted by the souls of dead labourers, who were forced to work under unsafe condition. Five stars resort in the jungle, no thanks, for the fainted hearts.

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Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan, India
The place is believed to cursed as all the houses built with its roof collapses at one time or another. Go explore the story behind this unusual event yet make sure you don’t go there after sunset, as it is strictly prohibited by the government.

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Plain of Jars, Laos
Treasure hunt in this lesser known country may bring you some strange reward: huge collections of ancient jars deeply buried for God knows why. The field was once a battlefield during the Indochina War. Not that scary if the people around did not report to hear strange sounds and often encounter ghostly images of armies and fallen pilots at night.

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Phnom Penh, (City of Ghosts) Cambodia
Ha! Now that the entire city, the capital of Cambodia. After Khmer Rouge took control in the mid-1970s, the city quickly become an assassin field. Thousands were executed or being abandoned till dead as the city emptied.


June.pngJune explores different roles when she was young to find out what is her passion. She used to be a travel consultant, a Kindergarden English teacher, an Expedia’s Lodging Partner Support agent, and the latest is being a freelancer. Eventually, she figures that her passion is to express the hospitality spirit from her heart and inspire others from her works.Being a writer for LadyRedot, where she get inspired and inspire others, and running her own bed and breakfast in her homeland. She views life as a colorful and adventurous journey, join her as she shares her passion with you! You can reach out to her @ LinkedIn.

Health Tourism Hotspots

Medical tourism is on the rise, and dozens of countries around the world – from Asia to South America to eastern Europe – are getting in on the act. Agencies are being set up to promote less expensive health care costs to potential foreign visitors from developed countries where health care costs are through the roof. Reasons other than cost to travel overseas for health care include better treatment, as well as avoiding long waiting lists and dodging questions from colleagues and family.

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Israel

Israel is the leading destination for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures, having the highest number of clinics per capita in the world. Unlike countries where couples can go broke trying to conceive with the assistance of costly medical technology, Israel provides free, unlimited IVF procedures for up to two “take-home babies” until a woman is 45. The booming industry has also provided other advantages to Israeli physicians. The large pool of patients with diverse fertility problems has helped them tailor treatments that end with a successful pregnancy, they say. And because a cost is not an issue, there is less pressure to implant multiple embryos, which can lead to larger than desired multiple births — triplets, quintuplets or even the occasional octuplets.

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South Korea

With a subtropical climate, mountain ranges and extinct volcanoes, South Korea makes for a very appealing healthcare destination. Patients visited from 188 different countries including China, the UK, and Australia in 2012. Many visits for cosmetic surgery, dentistry, cancer treatment, brain surgery, and oriental medicine. The most cosmetically enhanced people on the planet can be found in South Korea, where plastic surgery is regarded as “natural and harmless” and is believed to be the key for better employment prospects and a happier life.

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Singapore

Cancer treatment is a top speciality there. The World Health Organization ranks Singapore the best health care system in Asia, and sixth in the world. And while socialists claim that Singapore’s efficient, rather socialist health care model is a model for the rest of the world, personal responsibility is a key driver that keeps health care costs in here reasonably low. If you’re looking for the most developed country for less expensive surgery, Singapore might be for you.

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India

India is one among the top five medical tourist spots in the world having hosted nearly 166,000 medical tourists from across the globe. The growth of medical tourism in India has led to the enhancement of better and advanced medical facilities in the country. More tourists are coming to India because the cost of treatment here is much less compared to the US and the European countries. Stories of westerners travelling to India and saving 75% over home country costs for large procedures – travel costs included – are not uncommon.

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China

China is fast emerging as a destination for patients seeking treatments that integrate traditional Chinese medicine with Western medical technology and techniques. China is also home to stem cell research and hospitals that offer treatments considered experimental or that have yet to be approved in many Western countries. Other available procedures include cardiology, neurology and orthopedics.

If you are looking for resources for us to prepare a plan like what I have suggested, contact us at askus@ladyredot.comand we will be happy to assist you.


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Kally

Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food

Connect with me @ Kally@ladyredot.com