In the last 20 years, there has been a 170% increase in global travel for Americans. While I’m glad that I and my fellow countrymen are getting more opportunities to experience other cultures, I’m also sad at the prevalence of people who capitalize on the tourism industry in a greedy way. I never made it to Tijuana when it was in its heyday (if you can call it that). San Diegans would walk across the border (no passport needed) and drink like fish before returning home. I’ve heard tell of donkey shows (do NOT ask!!) and all kinds of seedy…
This summer was the first time I’ve traveled extensively in I don’t know how many years. I despise traveling in the summer when it’s hot and crowded, but travel plans made it a necessity this year. The heat (upwards of 95 degrees in Greece and Croatia) really zapped me, but I found a few ways to make it more tolerable.
I’m doing more solo female travel lately, and I realize that I pretty much am on my guard all of the time. It’s sad that as a woman traveling alone I have to be more cautious than a man, but c’est la vie. Here are some of the strategies I use to stay out of harm’s way.
Here’s the thing: I like ancient Greek ruins as much as…well, some people, but I easily get information overload when I start reading this this building was created in this style and used for this purpose, blah blah. Arriving in Athens, I just assumed I’d pay to visit the Acropolis. It’s what you do when you’re here. But then I had a conversation with myself.