For any ladies looking for a taste of excitement and adventure, travelling solo is a fun and enriching way to see the world. Yet when it comes to travelling on your own as a female, some destinations are more suitable than others.
Here’s a look at some of the best travel tips for female tourists – with everything covered from saving some extra cash to staying safe during your time abroad.
1. Saving money
With most tourist experiences designed to accommodate couples or groups, travelling solo can often prove expensive. The good news is that ‘singles travel’ is growing in popularity, with a range of package holidays and cruises designed for the benefit of the solo traveller.
Hotels and hostels are starting to follow suit, with more and more single rooms becoming available. Always opt for a booking that waives the single supplement, or book with a provider that offers roommate matching, such as G Adventures or Intrepid Travel.
Making friends at your hostel and arranging to meet them for dinner is a social way to split the bill and try different dishes. Finding a hostel with a kitchen is one of the best ways to cut your food bill down by eating a few home-cooked meals. Or, if you prefer to dine out, always go for the lunch menu as it’s often much cheaper than the dinner option.
There’s a wide range of volunteering opportunities that trade accommodation and food in exchange for work. Australia’s eastern coastline features a range of these set-ups, with work ranging from cattle ranching to fruit-picking.
2. Staying safe
Safety is the biggest worry for many females travelling solo. But, with the right precautions, it can be a fun and care-free way to see the world. If you’re arriving in an unfamiliar, busy city, like Rome or Berlin, always choose transport that arrives during daylight hours. Go for accommodation that’s easy to find from the train station or airport, and make sure you shop around for a chain that features good safety reviews.
Planning your trip in advance will guarantee that you find safe and comfortable accommodation, so don’t leave anything to chance. Finally, always go out of your way to blend in with local customs and fashion, and be sensible with how much skin you show.
3. Taking those extra precautions
Sometimes it’s the little details that go a long way towards securing a safe and fun holiday. If you’re a woman travelling alone on an adventure getaway, world travel insurance can give you that added peace of mind.
Part of travelling is embracing the unexpected, but knowing you’re covered for those unwanted eventualities will help you let go and really jump into the experience. To find out more about coverage that’s tailored to adventure locations, simple visit http://www.insureandaway.co.uk.
4. Finding fellow solo female travellers
One of the best bits about any travel adventure is the opportunity to meet new people. Travelling alone is no exception and making friends is often a lot easier when you’re thrown in at the deep end as a solo traveller.
Hostels are the best way to find fellow travellers and backpackers in any city around the world. However, be sure to choose one with a safe and clean reputation online first. Transport links are often renowned for attracting travellers, like the Greyhound buses that travel along the Australian coastline. Online travel sites and forums can also bring together similar travellers, but be sure to exercise caution when meeting up in person.
However, the best way to find fellow females on an adventure getaway is by choosing a safe and well-regarded tour group. Avoid the party-style operators and instead select a provider that specialises in your age group and solo customers.
Tracey Chandler is a freelance travel writer and a huge fan of independent travel. She regularly contributes to a wide range of travel blogs and female-interest publications.