Travelling on your own can be a rewarding and empowering experience – You have the freedom to do what you want and can change your plans at a moment’s notice. Solo travel can help build self-confidence and enable you to learn more about yourself.
Travelling solo was once seen as risky. But now a shift in attitude is empowering more people to take their first solo trip. Hostelworld has revealed that in a 2018 study that bookings by solo female travellers increased by 45 per cent between 2015 to 2017. In contrast, solo bookings for men increased 40 per cent over the same period.
Solo travel is becoming more popular but there are also risks. The idea of going on a trip alone can seem frightening but those fears shouldn’t hold you back from taking a trip alone. Follow these essential safety tips for a safer solo female travel experience.
Share Your Itinerary With Someone You Trust
Part of the joy of travelling alone is the spontaneous aspect of it. There’s no itinerary to stick to. If a local recommends a place, you can make a trip out there for as long or as short as you want. But there are also risks of having an unpredictable itinerary as it makes it difficult for loved ones to keep tabs on your whereabouts.
Always keep someone you trust in the loop when travelling alone whether it’s a family member or a close friend. Be sure to regularly touch base through daily emails or text messages to let them know that you’re safe and sound. That way if they don’t hear from you for a few days, they can contact local authorities if there is an emergency.
Be Careful What You Share With People You Meet
Perhaps one of the best experiences about travelling is meeting other people. You get to learn about other cultures and see how others perceive the world. The friendships you form in a foreign country could potentially last a lifetime. But you also need to exercise caution as some may have ill intentions.
Be careful sharing any personal information especially where you’re staying and other details about your itinerary. To expand further on the point above, watch what you share on social networks like Facebook and Instagram. While you may want to share all the pictures you’ve taken with all your friends and family back home, others may be able to use that information to pinpoint your location. Instead, wait until you return home to post pictures online.
Check the Smarttraveller Site
The unfortunate reality about travelling is that some countries pose more dangerous than others. Anything from civil war to terrorists attack and even disease outbreaks can potentially put your life at risk. It’s a good idea to thoroughly research the destination in advance.
The Australian Government provides a free service that is regularly updated with travel advice about every country in the world. Check the Smartraveller site to see what the situation is like for the destination you plan to travel to and reconsider your plans for places that have a high degree of caution. The site also shows other useful information you’ll want to read through such as a description of local laws, whether you need a visa for entry, and where to get help should the need arise.
Trust Your Instincts
Whenever you travel alone, it’s important to never let your guard down. Always stay cautious and be aware of your immediate surroundings. If something feels off, learn to trust your instincts and try to remove yourself from the situation as quickly as possible or seek help from a local authority. Travelling on your own can be intimidating but over time you’ll start to develop good instincts.
If you are travelling to Hobart in Tasmania, it’s important that you book accommodation ahead of time. At Grand Old Duke, we have a selection of three beautiful apartments right in the heart of Hobart. Contact us today and we can answer any questions you have.
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