25 November 2017

10 Solo Female Travel Tips

10 solo female travel tips, travel insurance
The first time I ever travelled solo overseas I was 18 and fresh out of High School. While I had travelled overseas once before it was with my family. I will never forget the excitement and terror I felt as I walked down to my gate to fly to London, all by myself. 

I'm an anxious person in my day to day life so travelling always kicks it up a notch, especially when I'm travelling by myself. There are a few things I do though that help to make me feel a little less anxious as I travel by myself overseas, and some general tips for solo females travelling overseas.

1. ORGANISE ACCOMMODATION BEFORE YOU LEAVE

I don't mind saying that I'm not the type of traveller or person who is overly spontaneous. Especially when you're travelling solo having a place booked to stay in when you first get to your destination can definitely help take away some of the apprehension you might have. Also if you've just gotten off a long haul flight, you don't want to be gross and uncomfortable, in desperate need of a shower and having to find a place to stay. 

2. COPY YOUR PASSPORT AND TRAVEL DOCUMENTS

This one is very self explanatory, but essential. Trust me, I have seen people travelling where they loose or their passport gets stolen, or their wallet gets stolen with their cards in it. Copy everything, and keep a paper and electronic copy. This will help you out a lot if something happens. 

3. PACK APPROPRIATELY

There is nothing worse then getting to Heathrow airport after a 24 hour flight and you have to drag your 30kg suitcase or backpack from the conveyor belt. If you can't lift or easily move your suitcase or backpack by yourself you're going to have a hard time travelling solo. You don't need as many clothes as you think. 

4. ORGANISE A WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH LOVED ONES

In 2017 this one really isn't hard. You've got Skype, email, Facebook messenger or just using your mobile. Skype and Facebook messenger are great if you've got a free WI-FI connection as you can use your phone to call people on your contacts list, and it doesn't cost you anything. If you want to continue to use your phone as normal overseas, a lot of carriers now do $5 per day to use your phone overseas or better yet pick up a local sim card once you reach your destination. Just let your loved ones know how you're going to keep in touch with them, so you and your loved ones will feel a lot better.

5. HEADPHONES

I know this might sound a bit odd, but carry around either earphones or headphones while you're travelling to zone out or stop awkward conversations, especially on planes or trains. Most people won't bother you if you're zoned out with a pair of headphones on. 

6. HAVE A PLAN

I know, me with the planning again. I don't mean plan everything for every day, but have some idea of each city or country you want to go to and what you want to do in each city. There's been so many times I've come back from a trip and gone why didn't I do that or see that. If you're travelling solo planning is also a way to keep your loved ones in the loop of where you'll be and it gives you some control over your travelling. 


7. BRING A GOOD CROSS BODY BAG

When you travel solo sometimes there's no one there to carry your bags or help you. Cross body bags are perfect as they are secure across your body, and leave your hands free to deal with your luggage. I also always make sure to take a cross body bag travelling with a zip and a flap over it for extra protection. That way it makes it really hard for someone to get into your bag. 

8. GET PHOTOS WITH YOU IN THEM

Travelling solo means you won't always be with other people, who you trust, to take photos with you in them. So why you'll come home with some awesome photos from your travels, you'll come home without any photos of you at these awesome places you've been to. There's the selfie, but not always flattering or easy to get everything into the photo. You can always ask other travellers to take photos for you. Look for the travellers with the nice cameras as they'll probably know how to take a good photo or use your timer and balance your camera on something. There's many ways to ensure you come home with photos of you in them showing your travels, just improvise.

9. GROUP TRAVEL

Travelling solo doesn't mean you always have to be by yourself. Group travel is an awesome way to travel to meet other travellers and kick back with someone else taking control your travels for a while. I'm a huge fan of group travel as you can travel by yourself, but not by yourself. I've made friends from all over the world on group travel trips, and made so many memories.

10. TRAVEL INSURANCE

I never travel without travel insurance. There's a saying, If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. Thankfully I've never had to use my own, but it's a weight off my mind knowing that if something goes wrong I have that insurance. World Nomads Travel Insurance is one of the best, designed by travellers for travellers, it's also super flexible so you can purchase it even if you've already left on your adventure or extend your cover if you decide to travel for longer. Do not leave home without travel insurance, and if you already have organise it through World Nomads now. 


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