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Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to go travelling around South America for 4 months with my boyfriend. Anyone who is considering going travelling, I say just do it! It’s the best thing you will ever do, and you will not regret it I promise. A lot of people worry about the dangers of travelling, and I have to say, I thought about it a lot before making the decision to go. I don’t think I would have gone on my own, particularly to South America where we went, but we actually met a lot of solo female travellers who were doing just fine. I think if you are streetwise and sensible, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go.

Me and Rob in the Atacama Desert, Chile

Me and Rob in the Atacama Desert, Chile

My mum gave me a St Christopher pendant before I went away. They are supposed to protect you whilst travelling, as Saint Christopher is the patron saint of travelling. I have to say nothing really bad happened to us, so maybe it worked, who knows. The worst things to happen to us were a few dodgy buses, a few dodgy atms and once we somehow ended up walking through the notorious neighbourhood of La Boca in Buenos Aires on our own without a guide (if you haven’t heard of La Boca, trust me, it’s not the safest place to be, particularly for two lone English travellers!)

We did hear a few horror stories from other travellers, the worst being a girl being held hostage during carnival in Rio(!), which was pretty awful, but luckily she was fine. I think if you’re careful, sensible and keep on your guard you will be fine. If you ever get into a bad situation, there’s always someone around to help – even if you don’t speak the language very well, usually there’s someone who can speak English around, even if they can only speak a few words. Speak to other travellers, they give great advice. We wrote a travel blog while we were away, so check it out if you get a chance. We didn’t write many posts, but it gives you an idea of what we got up to.

If you’re thinking about travelling and have any questions, please send them my way – I’ll be happy to answer them 🙂