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  1. What are your thoughts on a woman traveling alone? Do you think it would it be better to hook up with some kind of tour?

  2. Craig and Linda says:

    Hi Nancie,

    I (Craig) think it would be quite possible to travel solo and safely in Bolivia, although things like the salt flats would be (almost) completely impossible to do yourself unless you had good 4×4 driving experience. We met plenty of women (mainly young) travelling alone in Bolivia and none were sharing any stories of being in real danger. There are certainly plenty of scams and petty theft, but that is true of almost every destination. Adequate research and good decision making take away a lot of the risk.

  3. One thing I found traveling around India alone was that, on my own (and maybe being female helped this?) it was much easier to blend in with my surroundings and avoid being hassled. Anytime I hooked up with a group of other travelers we would immediately be targeted by the Indian versions of the scams described above. It was uncanny.

    Though, as Craig and Linda say above, finding a way to do group oriented activities was a little difficult – if you stay in hostels, you can usually find a tour to join up on or meet some other travelers to make plans with.

    Re Bolivia in general, I came really close to going alone to Bolivia, and never even thought that it would be a problem at all.

  4. Ugh, sorry, I thought I’d made it clear up there that I wasn’t talking about travels in Bolivia but solo female travel experiences in other developing countries. Durrrrr.

  5. Hi there. I’m glad I stumbled on to your podcast. I am very jealous of you for being lucky to have found a vocation you can travel with. Fantastic idea. Good on you. I was wanting some advice of travel times (roughly!!) through Bolivia. I am hoping to do a volunteer project in Paraguay and then travel through Bolivia to get to a 2nd project in Arequipa in Peru 7 days later. Possible?? Or should I fly?! By the way, did you encounter any stories from volunteers with Global Vision or Habitat for Humanity on your travels?
    Very grateful. Cheers

    1. Hi Jay,

      It’s definitely possible through Bolivia and, if you have a bit of time, would be a lot of fun. The bus/road combination in Bolivia makes for some bumpy rides, so definitely don’t plan to sleep during them. I’m unsure about Paraguay, since we couldn’t afford the visa, so you’ll have to do separate research there.

      We didn’t meet anyone from those organisations; Kirsty at Nerdy Nomad might know someone in her network.

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