It’s safe to say that I have done my fair share of trips alone! Sometimes it’s been on work trips, sometimes I’ve been dying to visit a particular place and my fiancé or friends are too busy to get time off work or sometimes I simply wanted to get out on a solo adventure! Travelling alone can be extremely exciting, rewarding and empowering… It can be a little bit daunting at first, (then again, what adventure isn’t?) but if you do it right you’ll be right at home ,anywhere in the world, in no time!
To help you get started I have compiled my top 5 tips for solo female travellers. I hope my tips help you to explore further, stay safe and most of all, have fun!
Join day tours
Getting involved in group activities is the absolute best way to meet likeminded travellers whilst travelling solo. It’s also the only way to do certain activities. If you want to go on a horseback trek along a glacier or climb a small mountain it’s probably not the safest idea to do it alone! Of course you can do much less adventurous activities in a group like wine tastings, city tours or sports in a group just to make it that little bit more enjoyable. Who knows, you might even meet a lifelong friend on your travels!
If you want to get the perfect picture, take a tripod!
Let’s not forget that you’re going travelling alone, so there will be a lot of moments when there will be no-one to take your picture. Imagine coming across the most beautiful vista and there are no passers by to take your picture! Or better yet, they can’t work your camera. So I always take a tripod so I can always be sure to capture that insta perfect moment. I personally use the (VICTORIA INSERT EQUIPMENT HERE) as it’s a great size and not too heavy.
Look like you belong
DRESS LIKE A LOCAL. I personally think this one is quite important if you want to avoid unwanted attention, particularly if you are out with expensive equipment, the last thing you want is to attract the wrong eyes. So if you’re alone for the day, keep it modest, low key and comfortable. Think ‘When in Rome’ but everywhere.
Always make sure somebody knows where you are. Whether it’s somebody in the place you are staying, your significant other or family member back at home. Luckily we are living in a time where staying in touch with people is easier than ever. Posting on your Instagram Stories daily has become somewhat of a habit for all of us when we are on our travels, purely because we can’t wait to share the beauty around us with our friends and audience! However it is also so useful in keeping tabs on people. Some of the more metropolitan cities in Europe, such as Barcelona, have city wide wifi so make sure you take advantage of this and don’t drain all of your data. Which reminds me, carry a charger and adapter with you EVERYWHERE you go.
Do your research
There are two very different types of traveller; one follows an itinerary down to the finest detail and the other likes to take each day spontaneously in their stride. Whichever type of traveller you are it’s still important to research the area you are visiting before you get there. Make sure you have an idea of where you are going to stay in each city, where the nearest shops are and how the local transport works. In terms of accommodation, there are so many places that now pride themselves on being perfect for female solo travellers, giving tips on travel, activities and safety.
Are you going somewhere by yourself this summer? I’d love to know where you adventure to so do stay in touch via Instagram. And remember, wherever you go, keep on #LivingColourfully.