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Simple tips and advise to get you started. Mini Series- Part 1

Are you an aspiring solo traveler? - Read my mini series for tips and advise to get you started - head over to the blog page for more

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Over the past few days I have been doing a lot of research and even started a new challenge to plan the way forward for Zanur Tours. If you follow me on social media you would have seen my ‘Where I create’ post and picture of my work space and where I get my head in the game.

I am so proud of myself with what I have accomplished over the last few days with your help and feedback, I have discovered the direction that I now wish to take Zanur Tours and the community in. So over the next few days I am going to share with you some tips and advise that I used on my solo traveling journey and address some of the fears and frustrations that you expressed to me in the surveys.

I'll begin these tips with today's topic How to travel the world in a safe and secure way as a solo female traveler. 

Growing up on a small caribbean island we were always watching television when we weren't outside playing and I knew from an early age I knew I wanted to travel and see the world. Therefore, in secondary school I joined the Girl Guides association. I was always a shy child but I also liked to be adventurous and learn new things and I loved being a guide. We did all kinds of fun things outdoors and I learnt responsibility and leadership in my patrol. So I was even more super excited when I was picked to go on the yearly 'Camp Jamboree" which is a worldwide camp hosted in different countries by the world association of Girl Guiding and Girl scouts. To my surprise and amazement that year we were going to Sweden and England.

The trip was planned and scheduled in such a brilliant way, it was 1 month long. The first week we went directly to the camp place in Sweden, it was a huge place as far as the eyes can see and we slept in tents and cooked by camp fire and was one of the most amazing trips I have had up to this day and its always in my fondest memories. The next week we spent in the home of a Swedish family of our fellow scouts/ guide. Three of us girls from St. Vincent and the Grenadines stayed with Charlotta and her older brother with their family in an area in Stockholm. We explored the culture of the country with them, they took us sightseeing, hanged out with their friends, ate their moms home cooked food and honestly I am not lying it was the first time I actually sat down and watched Olympics athletics at 16 years old with my host dad in his attic tv, it was amazing!!!!!!

After that most amazing 2 weeks filled with new adventures, loads of swedish culture and forming amazingly memorable friendships it was off to 2 weeks stay in England with our own friends and families. I am forever grateful to my parents who fortunately for me was able thank God to afford the trip for me and I can tell you that was the beginning of my thirst for travel, exploring new cultures and seeing new places. From that trip I realised and learned one essential lesson and that was as women we aspire to travel and see the world but we'll enjoy it way more if we had someone to take us around, show us the local lifestyle, stay in a  safe place with people who we trust and would grow to know even more. 

So my solution to ensuring that you are safe and secure in a destination that you wish to travel too is to travel to a destination where you know someone or can get to know. That is one thing you should know about Caribbean people which can be a good and a bad thing. We absolutely try our best to travel to destinations where we know someone, its' smart, its' safe and more importantly helps with your budget!!!. Oh the stories I can tell you on this is too numerous but I promise I will give more information on this later.

Your friend can either recommend somewhere for you to stay that they know or if you are really close to this person they can invite you to stay with them. If this is done and you accept please offer to pay for something, if they refuse then you will feel much better knowing that you have offered and if they accept then that means you have done the right thing. This shows your friend that you are not using them for this trip as well. But this is the absolute safest way to stay when traveling to a new destination, get advise on places to stay or stay with your friend.

That's my top tip to ensure safety and security when starting a solo travel mission, coming up we would look at How to immerse yourself in the local culture, lifestyle and feel more apart of your destination. This would allow you to learn new things and explore your own dreams and fullfillment.

Hope you stick with me throughout this new series because I honestly believe I have so much important tips and information to give to you that will surely assist you in your decision to just DO IT! THAT IS TRAVEL.

If you think you have some tips and advise to ensure safety and security when you are traveling to a new destination, send me an email or hit me up on social media, I would be so happy to hear from you. Speak soon my dears.

Independence Interview with my dad and Zanur Tours buddy

 

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Hello guys,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and that you are looking forward to a productive week ahead.  I just wanted to share some information with you that I thought you would enjoy viewing.

Every year on the 27th October, St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrates independence from Britain with a morning parade that involves all the military and police force, governmental organisations, Girl Guides and much more. There is a usual speech by the Prime Minister with a recap of the year’s activities and upcoming events for the island. Thousands of Vincentians turn out dressed in the national colours blue, yellow and green to show support and solidarity to the country. The parades are always very entertaining and was a must go event for my family when I was growing up, as my grandfather was an ex- police officer. My mom grew up attending; therefore she made sure we attended as well. We all enjoyed going out on this national holiday and it is usually raining slightly this time of year in the early morning especially, dressed up in our colours and socialising with our friends.

My dad a stellar figure in our community along with his drumming group the Resistance Heartbeat Drummers every year on our Independence usually carry out repairs and clean up to the community mineral spa locally known as the spa on the island.

This video is of my dad being interviewed by our local newspaper The Searchlight for their independence feature. You can have a look at our local community and our customs from this video, my dad is very passionate about this project as well.

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 We've just concluded our Independence month and we are extremely proud of where we are thus far as a nation and a country. There is a lot more work that needs to be done but we want to ensure we remain true to our culture and our heritage. Don’t forget to share us with your family and friends and visit us on social media.

9 Mornings- A unique Vincentian tradition

Have you noticed that christmas is around the corner? It's my favourite time of the year especially so because of this unique Vincentian festival called 9 mornings. So I was in the process of creating my own 9 mornings presentation but then I found this amazing video on youtube that I thought said all that I wanted to say with beautiful vivid images and a much better presentation voice than mine.... believe me I know!!Watching this video made my longing and nostalgia so much more intense but I was reassured that seeing this is no comparison to being there in real life.

Have a look and tell me if you aren't wishing you'll be there this christmas!

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9 Mornings is like no other festival celebrated anywhere else and as a child I remember I could't wait to travel to the capital on these cool early mornings to enjoy it. Not only was I looking forward to the entertainment but also the various local foods and fruits that are on sale there. The lovely aroma of hot cocoa tea and the taste of bakes and saltfish cakes, fresh oranges and much much more. This festival is for families and friends to gather and have fun, being entertained by each other.

I would be traveling to St. Vincent and the Grenadines this Christmas season and of course I will be there for the start and finish of this beautiful festive time. I am opening 4 spots for whomever wishes to join me and experience this tradition with my family and I.  First come first served...... can't wait to see who will be joining us. 

If you know anyone who ever spoke of traveling to the Caribbean, especially during a chilly winter and wants to have a true experience while on vacation. Forward them this email or encourage them to sign up for the newsletter on our website. Have a great week.