It’s now time to introduce Miss Maps’s first FEATURED FEMALE TRAVELER!
Each Friday, a different woman globetrotter will make headlines on MissMaps.com and will share her favorite travel stories and tips. First up, is a spectacular young woman in her late twenties with whom I embarked on many desert adventures with while in Kuwait last year.
Naseema Khan is a Senior Operations Coordinator who calls Kuwait home, as she believes home is where your family is. You can find her bubbling personality on Facebook at https://web.facebook.com/naseema.khan
Here’s what it means to be a Female Traveler, in Naseema’s own words:
Where was your first trip abroad?
Where is your favorite destination?
Prague & Switzerland
What place is on top of your bucket list?
Who is your favorite travel companion? What makes him/her so great?
ME. I just had one solo trip a week ago, and I absolutely loved my company. There were a few times when things did not go according to plan, I am sure if there had been someone with me, they would have panicked. But being alone, I was always hopeful and did not show a single sign of panic.
So my favorite travel companion is ME
What destination would you recommend for other females to visit?
Thailand. The country I visited last week. Below are the reasons why you should visit it.
- One of the safest countries in the world. I am not just saying it but I found it through research and my personal experience.
- You can be yourself and no one will ever bother you for anything. What you wear, eat, drink, etc. as long as you pay your bills 😛
- Though not many people know English in Thailand, but still you will find them extremely friendly and very helpful. If not through language they will help you through the gestures. And definitely you‘ll find that useful.
- Thailand is a must-visit country for people who love sea food.
- Phuket is the best place for water sports, snorkeling, diving, swimming, paragliding, Jet Ski and many more.
What advice would you like to share with other female travelers? It can be your own advice, something someone else has shared with you, or a quote which speaks to you.
- If you are traveling solo, do enough research of the places you are planning to visit.
- Organize a proper plan, but don’t expect everything to go according to your plans.
- Be friendly with locals.
- Always be alert.
What destination is on your radar? What about it attracts you?
Prague….. Not sure what exactly about the place attracts me. It’s like when you fall for a person, there can be numerous reasons or for no reason but you know you love that person. Its same thing with Prague.
I have seen Prague only in movies and in a few friends’ pictures who visited the place. I believe the weather, the old architecture, and the curiosity to know the history of Prague attracts me, these are the few reasons for Prague to be in my radar.
Have you travelled alone? If so, how did you find the experience? What were the highs or the lows? Anything you would recommend for others looking to travel alone for the first time?
As mentioned earlier, a week ago I went on my first solo trip to Thailand.
I had an amazing experience. One of the most memorable trips of my life. I don’t know if all solo trips are alike that or if I was lucky enough to meet enormously wonderful people from all around the world. It makes me feel that I wasn’t alone on my trip. I believe every traveling trip has its highs and lows. If you are traveling with someone, your itinerary has to be altered according to others and others have to do the same. But then again you always have someone to share your experiences and feelings with right away. On solo trips you can do whatever you like but sometimes you feel a need to share the moments with someone. In my case I only missed someone at night (not for the reasons you are thinking) but I am scared to sleep alone. But after a couple of nights I got used to it.
If you are traveling alone for the first time, just be extra careful about everything and always keep additional cash on you.
Extra careful doesn’t mean that you won’t enjoy.
Do enjoy while being alert, so your safety won’t be at stake.
What type of traveler are you? Budget? Luxury? Adventurous?
I think I fall in all three categories.. I like to go on adventurous trip without crossing my budget and at the same time enjoy luxuriously.
Any thoughts about relationships and travel? Relationships can mean with friends, family, romantic – anything!
Talking from my last experience, I made good contacts with everyone I came across. I believe it’s a very important aspect of traveling that you have to be friendly with everyone you bump into.
What is your most memorable travel moment?
I have so many memorable moments, but if I have to share one then it would be when I was going to Phi Phi Island from Phuket on cruise. When the cruise sped up I was the only passenger on board who stood on the seat and put my face out of the window, feeling the cold breeze and the water hitting my face. That was the time I wasn’t thinking of anyone but relishing each and every moment.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I read this somewhere and I heartily believe in it –
“Travel while you’re young and able. Don’t worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”
Thank you, Naseema, for these stories and travel tips. I am lucky to know you personally, and though I miss you dearly, am so glad to follow along on your adventures. Thanks for being MissMaps.com‘s FIRST FEATURED FEMALE TRAVELLER! Safe travels, my good friend! xoxAnika