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Six Essential Tips For Travelling Solo This Summer


By Aoife Loughnane
30th Apr 2017
Six Essential Tips For Travelling Solo This Summer

The idea of travelling alone as?a woman is usually met?with?a mix of?admiration and?concern. You’re so brave! Aren’t you scared? But what if something happens? are all legit reactions.?However exploring new horizons -?be it in a group or solo -?can broaden your knowledge, push your limits and enhance your life as a whole. You only have yourself?to rely?on and?that is?equally terrifying?and?freeing at the same time.

So?be?it something?on your bucket list or a decision that you made on a whim, here are six tips to help?you make your trip the?best it can possibly be.

1. Location, Location, Location

Some spots are safer for single female tourists than others. Karen Schragle, a travel adviser and the president of Wayland Travel?is?also?a’solo traveller?herself. She recommends places like New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Iceland, Japan and anywhere in America as solo female travellers are not frowned upon in those cultures.

2. Blend In

Tourists who stand out a mile?can be?a?target for pickpockets?among other things.?By ditching the massive camera and fanny pack, you can try your best to merge in with the locals. And hopefully keep yourself out of any unwelcome’situations.

3. Getting Around

Transport is always going to be?a little’daunting when you don’t have a companion. Taxis should always be ordered from the front desk at your hotel. Think of it like this: these hotels?want?you back to pay for your room so they will always use a reputable service. Never hail a taxi from the side of the road if it can be helped.

4. Pepper Spray, You Say?

Handbag must-haves; door-stop alarms, pepper spray and slash-proof bags. While it may all sound a bit OTT, it’s always better to be safe than sorry right?

5. Gut Instinct

It might sounds vague and unhelpful but one of the most invaluable pieces of advice you can ever get regarding anything is to trust your gut. If something just doesn’t feel right, be it the hotel,?a trip you’ve booked or that taxi’driver, then’trust that?intuitive?feeling.?They say its razor sharp logic and wisdom working together.

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6. Ditch The Itinerary

Most travel tips will’recommend that you?to stick to?a?plan.?Eh, where’s the fun in that? The whole point of travelling alone is that you have the freedom to do whatever you want! So wander around?and?explore as many nooks and crannies as you can.

And remember, “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”