In response to the "traveling alone as a woman" question, I just wanted to say that last year-when I was 21, I spent a month in Japan alone and I was totally fine. I think traveling alone is amazing. I made tons of friends and I got to do whatever I wanted because no one else was with me. I even walked through Tokyo at 3 a.m. alone and was fine (although I can't say I totally recommend that). Being a women does mean taking extra precaution, but GO EXPLORING, it's so worth it! Hope that helps.
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