“No Mother, Yes Mother, I Will Mother” – This was my all-in-one, does-it-all response to her maternal words of warning before embarking on a recent trip to South America.
In truth I had already thought everything through: I didn’t need her advice on my once-in-a-lifetime adventure holiday or her thoughts on which money belt to buy or her review of current travel gear!
Travelling solo in any far-flung destination requires a degree of caution, but the likes of La Paz and Lima perhaps require that little bit more. And I was doing the planning.
One of the first things that crossed my mind before leaving this ‘green and pleasant’ (and comparably safe) land of England was where I’d stash away my money when venturing into some of the more hard-up neighbourhoods of the New World (Yes, I’m THAT paranoid). I wasn’t going to let some trickster pull a fast one on me.
It’s all well and good going places with an open mind, but that doesn’t mean you should go with an open wallet (slash purse).
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