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Old 12-05-2007, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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those of you veteran movers, are the old days of traveling alone safely really gone? I feel like there are so many more dangers out there for traveling across country moving yourself (young female adult), and if it comes down to it, I may have to. I feel as long as I plan well, it won't be a big deal, since i"ve traveled alone for work related trips. then again, there's so many crazy people out there now you have to look out for. What do you think?
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Old 12-05-2007, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Who knows
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Well, I've traveled cross country by myself a few times, from California to Maryland and back. It was fine for me; I did my traveling across America in the late 90s and didn't have any problems. I did drive a lot per day (up to 15 hours) because I had a job waiting each time.

I think if you travel well you'll be fine. Just use common sense and make sure you park in lit areas when stopping at night. That's all I would say. Vegas to Chicago should take maybe 2 or 3 days, depending on weather and whether you are sightseeing or not.

Good luck!
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Old 12-05-2007, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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2 to 3 days? hehe, that's if I decide to not sleep along the way. Unfortunetely, my back would complain around 8 hours of driving non stop. lol I bet I could do it if I did it right.

thanks for the experience. It's good to know.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:19 PM
 
Location: in drifts of snow wherever you go
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those of you veteran movers, are the old days of traveling alone safely really gone? I feel like there are so many more dangers out there for traveling across country moving yourself (young female adult), and if it comes down to it, I may have to. I feel as long as I plan well, it won't be a big deal, since i"ve traveled alone for work related trips. then again, there's so many crazy people out there now you have to look out for. What do you think?
I don't understand why it wouldn't be safe. It's as safe as you make it. I'm a single woman, small person, 44 years old, and I'm driving across country for the Holidays. Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way....

greenie
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Up in a cedar tree.
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GPS is great to carry. Maybe even a hand-gun. You never know. Protection is a must when your alone on those empty roads. Might even have to hunt a Rabbit!
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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I wouldn't be too worried. In fact, this is the first time I thought that maybe I should be concerned about being a single, 20 year old female driving from Boston to Atlanta home from college at the end of the year! I'll probably be also driving to an internship in the midwest if I can't find something locally.

Avoid truck stops, park in well lit areas, don't take naps in your car, keep doors locked, and stay on major highways. Having AAA is a good idea as well.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Loss Wages
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Thanks, girls. The more women I hear traveling safely on their own the better I feel that it CAN BE DONE!!! (throwing arms in the air dramatically)
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:09 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Done it many times myself. Just don't be stupid and if anything makes you uncomfortable, leave.
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Old 12-08-2007, 04:30 AM
 
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I took a trip of 12 hours and so many people could not believe it. Easy. It was interstate all the way with stops where there were always lots and lots of people.

Hardest part is to make sure you get enough rest, stay awake with music or radio or whatever, stay hydrated and alert.

Plan your driving and stops to have a room waiting. You will be fine.
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Old 12-08-2007, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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...stay awake with music or radio...
I make several drives a year of about a thousand miles each way.
I have found that Audiobooks makes the drive a lot easier.

A full book usually takes about 12 or so hours to listen to and makes the time really fly by and keeps me awake.

You can buy or rent sets of books on CD, or you can download them in MP3 format. If you get MP3 disks, make sure the CD player in your car can read MP3 format.
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