Travelling solo is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It’s an adventure of a lifetime and throughout your trip, you’ll learn so much about yourself and make new friends along the way. Here are a few pointers to ensure your first time overseas, flying solo is nothing but a success...
Think about yourself
As women, we always tend to be worried about other people and things, and we seldom put ourselves first. On your overseas trip, use the alone time to truly focus on yourself and what fulfils you. Leave the work stress, family worries and relationship troubles at home.
Give your body some rest
Breathe, and do things your way. You don’t have to dance to anyone else’s tune when you’re riding solo for a few days. If you feel like sleeping in till 9am, do it, if you feel like exploring the city for hours, do it. Just want to relax on the beach? Go for it!
Meet new people
Meeting new people is a great way to learn about other cultures and countries. It feeds your mind because you can learn so much from other people as opposed to reading about it in books.
Try something new
Whether it’s food, yoga, a dance style or an out-of-your-comfort-zone item of clothing, it’s always good to try something new. Your mind, body and soul will feel rejuvenated and you’ll feel great knowing you have been brave and done something out of the ordinary.
Have a back-up plan
Things don’t always go to plan, and as seasoned travellers know, there are many things that could change along the way. Delays in transportation, accommodation not on par with online reviews, and unfavourable hotel location to name just a few. It’s important that you have a back-up plan should something not align with your expectations and plans while travelling.
Here are also just a few safety tips to be mindful of:
Secure your bags
It’s so important to lock your bags – whether with a mini padlock or case combination. Most airports also have sealing kiosks that tightly wrap your case in plastic. This is to ensure that no one snoops around in your case, and there is less chance of your items being stolen.
Share your location
Before you leave, share your destination information and itinerary with a close friend, partner or family member. Make copies of your flight information and hotel reservations so people know where you are, and when.
Make extra copies of the aforementioned documents, as well as your passport and proof of address back home. This way, should your original documentation go missing, you have back-ups to prove your identity and arrange new travel docs. When exploring your destination, travel with your copies and leave one set, along with the originals, in the safe at your accommodation.
Use local knowledge
Going out in the evening is fun in a foreign city but before you head out for the night, chat to a staff member at your hotel or hostel, who can give you a little bit more information about the local area. Chatting to locals is the best way to get information about where to go, and what to do.
Don’t flash your possessions
Keep your camera and other valuables out of eye-view when not in use - don’t risk being pickpocketed. Reconsider taking expensive jewellery, or anything of sentimental value with you on your trip. If it isn’t a necessity, it’s probably better to leave it at home.
Ladies, keep these tips in mind but please remember that the most important thing is that you enjoy yourself. After all, the world is your oyster!
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