Solo Travel in the Tropics. I have always dreamed of tall palms and far away islands in the tropics. It can be a dream trip, but do watch out for its being a nightmare! As they say, “know before you go”. Take our light hearted quiz, and email us on our Contacts page to add any of your own tips.
5 Myths: True or False:
Myth One: Mosquitoes only bite at dawn or dusk. (Variation: “We don’t have mosquitoes on our property.”) False. That may be the primary risk for insect-borne diseases, but insects can feast at any time. Wear protective clothing and insect-repellent where diseases are serious such as malaria, dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis.
Solo Travel in the Tropics-Getting There and Back:
Myth Two: You can’t get there from here. True. Before you plan on renting a car, be aware that many tropical islands have incomplete infrastructure. That means there may not be a road at all or one that is largely impassable.
Solo Travel in the Tropics-Rain or Shine?
Myth Three: It only rains during the rainy season. False. Be prepared but remember that wearing slickers from home can feel like you are in an oven. Take that small umbrella since it helps with sun, too!
Will There Be a Communication Barrier?
Myth Four: In the digital age, there are no communication barriers. False. For example, when you are on solo travel in the tropics,”yes” may mean:
- I didn’t understand what you said, but I want to be helpful.
- I don’t have the slightest idea what you just said.
One real life example from my travels: I asked “How bad really is the cholera?” The reply? “So you would like a sandwich”!
How to Dress:
Myth Five: Bare is always better. False. Many tropical locations have modest dress. In Hindu, Moslem and Buddhist countries, too much exposed skin is not appropriate. Not only that, it’s really easy to get a sunburn or vicious bug bites.
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