A Broad, Abroad, Alone
November 13, 2013 11:47 AM Subscribe
In a month, I'll be traveling abroad for the first time, all by my lonesome. Looking for helpful tips for a first-time international traveler.
posted by julthumbscrew to Travel & Transportation around Paris, France (26 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be headed to Paris, but I'm not looking for Paris tips (AskMe has already provided those in spades). I'd like more general "how to avoid being a clueless dolt while outside your native land" tips, e.g. "buy a preloaded SIM card when you arrive", "don't walk around with your damned fool head buried in a map", "don't attempt to catch that vagrant woman's 'baby' when she tosses it at you!", and "greet shop owners politely rather than barging in like the big dumb American you are".
Snowflakey details: I'm a thirtysomething woman. I am the least-finicky, lowest-maintenance traveler alive. My sole mode of transport will be walkin' (I've already mink-oiled my boots for the occasion). I'll be staying in a boring chain hotel. I'll have one piece of luggage, an old reliable backpack. I do not intend to visit any tourist-centric attractions.
Thanks, my beloved Hive!