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Solo travels 101: Lesson #3 – Avoiding sleaze-bags

I won’t lie, this post is mostly aimed at women… But if you’re a man avoiding Cougars / women your own age / women / men / *insert-whatever-doesn’t-float-your-boat-here* this should work too.

Here are some foolproof ways of avoiding creeps (or even normal guys) when you’re a woman travelling solo in a far and distant land.

He says: I give you twenty camels if you marry me! (Note: I’m not making this up, this was actually said repeatedly by a persistent young fella in Egypt!)

You say: Just twenty? Or, even better: My fiancé’s allergic to camels.

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He says: Hey Sugar!

You say: That line’s obviously never worked for you since you’re here alone, trying to pick me up. ‘Trying’ being the key word. Oh look, there’s my (fake) husband. Bye now.

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He says: *insert generic, but not sleazy line here*

You say: Thank you, I’m flattered but I have a husband / wife / partner. Flash your ring, take out that photo of Matt Bomer or Ken Duken (in his good days) from your wallet.

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To avoid them all:

Cross your eyes and pretend to be more attractive than you are. Bonus points if you can fake having buck teeth.

Wear a nice sparkly ring. I’m talking serious ice, ice, baby. I picked up this one from a friend who travelled through India, Egypt, and China solo (read: gutsy chicka). And apparently it’s worked for others out there too.

Stick with a (guy) friend. If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve made a friend or acquaintance within your first few days of your so-called solo travel. If you're with another man, men tend to avoid hitting on you in my experience (or if you're in a rather large group of girls).

Don’t push your luck. It’s okay to be spunky if the sleaze bag is a sleaze bag, just be sure to be careful and calculated when doing it. The last thing you want is some rejected psycho targeting you. Remember, safety first.

If a guy’s not a sleaze, there’s no reason to be spunky. Thank them and let them down politely.

Stay tuned for Solo travels Lesson #4: travelling safe when travelling solo — everything from the basics (keeping your drinks safe, and where to stay on a budget), to pepper spray alternatives, portable safes, and phone plans to consider for emergencies.

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