2. Couchsurfing is a great option for single female travellers. The idea is simple, you trust a stranger you met over the internet with your life, and in return they trust you with their house keys. I was
4. Travel light so that you can afford to fit loads of dirt cheap clothes from Polish charity shops into your rucksack! The more hideous the better.
5. Make sure you catch a cold in Krakow so that your Ukrainian friend's parents dote on you incessantly and you get to drink copious amounts of gluhwein and eat your weight in meringue cake.
7. Be in the city your plane departs from. For example, if your plane departs from Wroclaw on Thursday morning, it's not a good idea to be in Warsaw after the last night bus to Wroclaw has left on the Wednesday night. Your parents are going to require a lot of humble pie to be consumed. (hi mum & dad thanks woo blog mention)
8. Stay with locals. You learn a lot. For example, thanks to Kuba, I now know that Wroclaw is not pronounced Rock-law, but rather Vrottzlov. Obviously.
9. Know when and where humour is appropriate. Don't pretend to be from Derry when you can't keep up the accent for more than a sentence without fluffing up "tart au citron", don't joke at Ukrainian customs; "WODKA?" demands a firm "no", not a "haha I wish" which will earn you half an hour's questioning in a language unfamiliar to both parties.
10. Follow advice from fellow travellers: nuggets of wisdom I received include "Don't touch dead animals" and "Don't bungee jump in Mexico".