Nothing’s more exciting than seeing a friend post the obligatory departure lounge announcement that they’re heading off on their first solo female travel adventure. Whether it’s a short post-break up getaway or a one way ticket into the great unknown, it’s daunting (well, terrifying) to jump on that plane with no one to keep you company except Netflix’s Peter Kavinsky, some fluffy socks and an inflatable travel pillow.
Plan, plan, plan
Listen to travel warnings
R. E. S. P. E. C. T.
Fake it ’til you make it
Try your hardest to avoid looking like a tourist. Sometimes you can’t help sticking out like a sore thumb, but don’t be a sore thumb with a bulky camera, a map and a very confused face. Look confident, keep your valuables hidden and stick to main roads/walkways that are well lit. And it should go without saying, but never walk alone in the dark in a place that you’re not familiar with.
If you like pina coladas…
911, 111, 000, 999, 118 118
Never travel without insurance
It doesn’t have to break the bank
Keep your parents calm and carry on
Parents are always going to worry about you, it’s a fact of travel, like annoyingly long arrival queues at airports. You shouldn’t let their worries stop you from doing what you want to do, but you can quell their fears with some easy changes. I always travel with a SIM card that lets me use data internationally, so I’m contactable in an emergency without relying on WiFi.
Prefer to be off the grid? I totally understand, if you’re all about being disconnected it’s good to just let your family and friends know a rough itinerary and a date when you’ll next be in touch. If you have grandparents or young kids in the family then postcards do wonders! They may take 7,464,853 times longer to reach home than a phone call but they’re way more exciting and it means you get to share your trip with your loved ones.
Do it for the ‘Gram
Have the BEST time
The most important tip of all for solo female travel (except for maybe travel insurance…) is to HAVE FUN. This is going to be one of the coolest and craziest periods of your life, you’ll be exploring the world without anyone else to worry about, and you’re able to do exactly what you want when you want. Be safe, be confident, meet people, enjoy your own company, immerse yourself in the culture or immerse yourself in a Netflix series, it’s totally up to you. Whatever you do, I have no doubt that you’ll absolutely smash it. You go girl.