Lone travellers urged to 'read up' on destination
26 January 2009 10:38
Anyone who is thinking about jetting off overseas by themselves should make sure that as well as sorting travel insurance and other essentials they do some research.
Kristina Pentland, communications manager for repsonsibletravel.com, said that it is a good idea to read up on a chosen destination and become familiar with local customs and the language.
"You'll feel better equipped to deal with situations that you find yourself in," she said. "You should also book just a few places to stay at the start of your trip - this will give you a base and some time from which to get orientated."
A recent study from the Post Office suggested that more people will choose to holiday in eastern European cities this year in order to save money amid ongoing economic uncertainty.
Wherever the holiday, Ms Pentland advised that people journeying alone leave messages with fellow travellers so someone is aware of their whereabouts.
"Think local in everything that you do and your experiences will be richer," she added. "And remember, travelling with respect earns you respect."