Solo Travel Tips for females

Being a female solo traveller can be an awesome experience, particularly in safer places around the World, but nevertheless, you must still be on your guard, as you could be viewed as an easy target!

Here are some ways to help yourself while you are abroad!

Families flock to water parks and couples seek out luxurious destinations, but single folks sometimes get left in the dust. Taking a trip to visit siblings or crashing on a friend’s coach might be fun from time to time, but there’s no reason anyone should miss out on a stellar trip just because they don’t have a partner. Going solo might actually be more fun.

Traveling as an individual means you have a lot more flexibility in terms of plans. It might be inconsiderate to pick a flight that leaves at 5:15 a.m. to save on airfare when going with a pal, but traveling by yourself opens you up to a lot of possibilities. You’re also 100% in charge of the schedule. That means there’s no need to suffer through a museum that makes you want to pull your hair out when you’d rather go for a relaxing boat ride. Nothing planned yet? Travel + Leisure has a great list of its favorite countries for traveling alone to give you some inspiration.

As wonderful as all that freedom is, individual travelers need to be a lot more savvy. If you aren’t careful, you get get mugged or worse. This is another reason why travel insurance for seniors is so important. If something like this does But don’t fear, we’ve compiled some great tips to help keep you safe on vacation. Read up and get ready for one of the best trips you’ll ever take.

1. Research ahead of time

It’s likely that you’ve already read plenty about whichever location you chose, but be sure to go deeper than just information about sites you want to see and hotels in the area. Don’t immediately book a room just because it’s a great deal.

It could be in a rough neighborhood, or there could be some sort of national unrest if you’re headed out of the country. Condé Nast Traveler recommends downloading the Smart Traveler app for your phone. It’s a program designed by the U.S. Department of State that will notify you of any emergencies and features regularly updated travel warnings. There are also a number of other helpful apps you might want to consider.

If you’re checking out an entirely new location, it’s not a bad idea to look into criminal activity as well. Derek E. Baron, a travel blogger, told CBS Chicago that the website Plansify.com is a great resource for finding out about criminal activity from fellow travelers. Like-minded adventurers are going to have the most accurate and reliable information about what the area is really like.

And just because you’re in an unfamiliar city or country does not mean you should assume your regular clothes are most appropriate. Find out about customs and dress before you head out. Independent Traveler said, “don’t draw attention to yourself by wearing flashy clothes or jewelry.” The same goes for obvious tourist attire.

2. Stay connected

While it’s tempting to completely unplug when enjoying a relaxing trip, it’s not the smartest idea for individuals. Emergencies happen. You could lose your luggage or get robbed, so having phone and Internet access is key. AARP Travel insurance recommended you check with your phone service provider before leaving to make sure you’ll be able to get service. If it’s too much of a hassle, renting or purchasing a temporary phone while away is a smart choice.

Social media is another great way to stay in touch while traveling. A few photo uploads and messages to friends keeps them aware of your activities. Many locations have a wide array of Internet cafes to meet your needs, but be aware of what type of information you’re sharing. Nomadic Matt warned public internet often isn’t secure, meaning your personal information could be stolen. That’s not that big of a deal when it comes to Facebook or Instagram, but banking information is a completely different story.

3. Let others know your itinerary

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This, of course, means you should have an itinerary. While it might seem juvenile to plan out your whole day, it’ll save you a lot of headache is something goes wrong. USA Today recommended providing friends and family with your day’s schedule and setting up regular times to check in. And don’t forget to provide them with the address of your accommodations.

It’s not a bad idea to let some people around you know of your plans either. AARP Travel suggested you keep a concierge or innkeeper updated on your schedule just in case. It might sound like overkill, but things do go wrong. As an added precaution, U.S. News and World Report suggested registering your itinerary with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. In the event of major disasters or political unrest, it provides embassies a way to contact you.

4. Be independent
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While it might sound confusing to suggest self-reliance, you can’t bank on strangers’ trustworthiness. Doing your research ahead of time will help, but you should also arm yourself with some basic tools to help you get around. Rick Steves’ Europe said it’s a good idea to keep money, a guidebook, a map, and a phrase book with you at all times.

Just be smart about when you pull out those tools. Unfolding a massive map on a busy street while nervously glancing around is definitely not a good idea. If you do find yourself lost, don’t just ask a random person on the street. Reader’s Digest said it’s always a better idea to enter a business to ask for directions. Basically, try not to look like a tourist.

5. Limit alcohol consumption

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Letting loose might be appealing when traveling, especially if work has been particularly stressful. This is one instance where the rules of travel differ for single people, though. Getting drunk when you’re alone just isn’t a good idea. Condé Nast Traveler revealed that some developing countries might mix toxic substances into some of their liquors. And whatever you do, never leave a drink unattended.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy any tasty beverages, though. Just know your limits and make smart choices about when you’ve had enough.

6. Don’t carry all of your personal items

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Just because you traveled light and have the ability to carry your license, passport, multiple credit cards, and cash with you at once doesn’t mean you should. TechRepublic pointed out keeping everything in one purse or wallet means it can all get stolen if someone robs you. While it might seem like a pain, utilizing multiple storage locations for your personal items is the best plan.

USA Today recommended keeping money in under-clothing storage like specialized bras and money belts. The story also said it’s a good idea to keep small bills and limit the amount of items you carry in your wallet. And actually use the hotel room safe. It’s a good idea to keep larger amounts of money and your passport under lock and key.

7. Learn emergency numbers in advance

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It’s better to plan for the worst and have a smooth trip than plan for a smooth trip and have the worst happen. Nomadic Matt suggested you look up the local emergency contact information before you depart, or immediately after you arrive. You probably won’t need it, but you might.

8. Learn some basic self defense

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Frequently, an assailant is only after money and other valuables. According to The Washington Post, letting the mugger take your purse or wallet is the safest option. It’s probably not your natural reaction, so try to maintain a clear head if someone grabs for your stuff.

In the worst case scenario, you may have to defend yourself. Lifehacker shared a tutorial for some basic moves that anyone can use. But keep in mind, these are for life-threatening emergencies only. If it’s a matter of losing a couple of hundred dollars, take the hit to your wallet.

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Latest Solo Travel News June 2015

ANZAC DAY INSPIRES FREE TRAVEL INITIATIVE BETWEEN AUS AND NZ

Australians and New Zealanders might soon not need passports to travel to each other’s countries, as the local tourist industry backed an informal initiative proposed by the New Zealand Internal Affairs Minister, who suggested a strengthening of the relationship between the neighboring countries to Aussie PM Tony Abbott, in celebration of the Anzac Day’s centenary.
TURKISH TOURISM ABOUT TO FACE A DIFFICULT YEAR

Expensive liquor licenses, increasing European fear of terror and a massive drop of bookings by Russian tourists startle the Turkish tourism industry. Some regions close to the Mediterranean Sea.

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BUSINESS TRAVEL IN INDIA EXPECTED TO GROW

India is likely to become world leader in business travel. This is the result of a report by Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). BTI Outlook India is the third semi-annual analysis, which compares the current economic events locally and abroad with the impacts they have on the business travel industry in India.
JAPANESE MAGLEV TRAIN BREAKS SPEED RECORD AT 603 KM/H

Japan’s magnetic levitation (Maglev) train from the JR Tokai rail company broke the world speed record for rail vehicles by travelling at 603 km/h (375 mph) for about 10 seconds during a test run on an experimental track in the Yamanashi prefecture, according to local media reports.

GOOGLE TO RULE HOTEL SEARCHES

Google plans on developing a proprietary Google Hotel Finder, which compares hotel prices. Now, whenever you make a Google search you will find its hotel advertisements popping up on its entire organic search results pages.
ITALY: FOREIGN TOURISM IS WORTH 34 BILLION EUROS A YEAR

Foreign tourism in Italy is worth 34 billion Euros a year, and it keeps growing, with an average increase of one billion per year. Moreover, Italians started traveling abroad again. These are some of the incoming and outgoing trends of 2014, according to Bank of Italy, published in a report focusing on tourism and the upcoming Expo.
ZIMBABWE: NEW LOW-COST OPERATORS TO BOOST TOURISM

Industry experts said that the growth of low fare airlines in Zimbabwe is expected to help spur the growth of the tourism sector as connectivity improves and the cost of traveling becomes more affordable.
10,000 TOURISTS VISIT NUCLEAR EXPLOSION-HIT CHERNOBYL ANNUALLY

With dark tourism being on the rise, the interest in Chernobyl for holiday tours is also rising with more than 10,000 visitors annually.

Solo Travel News Round-up November 2014

TOP 3 ANCIENT TOWNS FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR

The Spring Festival or Chinese New Year is coming close – starting on February 19, 2015. Many Chinese towns, big or small are already preparing traditional events that travelers can look forward to.

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CRUISE: FOUR NEW SHIPS FOR CARNIVAL CORPORATION

Carnival Corporation recently announced its intention of increasing its fleet capacity by almost 10% from 2014 all the way through to 2016. This new expansion will result in 4 new ships across 4 different brands in a span of less than 18 months.

HOTEL TAX TO INCREASE CONSIDERABLY IN FRANCE

The French Minister for Tourism, Laurent Fabius, announced coming changes to the hotel tax rates that will affect not only the traditional hotels but apartments booked via internet like Airbnb website as well.

INFOGRAPHICS: CHINESE OUTBOUND TRAVELERS DEMOGRAPHICS

In 2013 outbound travel market in China reached 98 million person trips. It means increase of 18% from the previous year. Most of Chinese outbound travelers came from Shanghai, Guangdong, and Beijing, and also form some coastal provinces such as Jiangsu, Zhejiang and etc.

GLOBAL TOURISM ECONOMY FORUM 2014 IN MACAU CLOSED WITH A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS

The Global Tourism Economy Forum • Macau 2014 (the “GTEF” or “Forum”) adjourned this afternoon (28 October), concluding the two-day meeting with tremendous success. As an advanced international platform for tourism exchange and a bridge for multilateral cooperation, this edition has invited over 40 ministerial officials, globally‐renowned corporate leaders, experts and scholars from around the world to address the Forum under the theme “Maritime Silk Road – From Macau We Begin”.

CHINA TO INVEST $16.3 BILLION IN THE SILK ROAD

Centuries-old Silk Road is planned to be revitalized so that it can connect China’s markets spread on three continents – just as it did it in the past. For this, China is ready to invest incredible $16.3 billion in construction of infrastructure including building and expanding railways, roads and pipelines in Chinese provinces covered by the project.

ALITALIA AIRLINE TO BE HEADED BY EX-FERRARI BOSS

Last week, a number of reports have linked Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the former Ferrari boss, with the future top job at Italy’s Alitalia Airline.

CANCÚN BECOMING THE HUB OF ONLINE AGENCIES

Quintana Roo, one of the Mexican states, has become in recent years the epicenter of online travel agencies ever since they have established their central offices there.

ITALY: ONLINE AND OFFLINE TRAVEL SALES SEEM TO BE BALANCED

Since the end of the summer, several indicators point to a change in the balance between online and offline travel bookings in Italy.

CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE – TRADITIONAL MARKETS ARE MOST POPULAR

From the German and Austrian markets to the Jewish Prague – European tours take the traditional and cultural route for this year’s Christmas.

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MOST HOTELS AROUND THE WORLD INCREASED PRICES

Guests heading to Europe and the U.S. need to dig deeper in their pockets when paying for hotels. Asian and Latin American hotels on the other hand decreased their rates in the first half of 2014.

With hotels the next biggest expense, travel insurance for the over 80 is set to increase too. Flights are suppose to become cheaper though as the price of fuel drops.

HOW TO WELCOME CHINESE GUESTS: WHAT A CHINESE HOTEL GUEST WANTS

Clearly, Chinese outbound market is a huge one, yet will only increase as time goes by. Tourism Review introduces a simply infographic-guide for hospitality businesses to know how to cheer up your Chinese guests in their hotel.

HERITAGE: Tours: In the Footsteps of Political Icons
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NEW ZEALAND REPORTS GROWING VISITOR SPEND

New visitor spend statistics indicate that New Zealand’s tourism industry can now boast being on the right track to reach its objective of nearly doubling tourism revenues by 2015, at least according to the Tourism Industry Association new Zealand (TIA).

USA: NATIONAL PARKS TO RAISE ENTRANCE FEES IN 2015

If you are planning to visit one of the 131 national parks in the U.S. this fall, you will be among the last people to enjoy the low admission fees. The National Park Service has given permission to the parks to raise their entrance fees starting in 2015.

GBTA: BUSINESS TRAVEL SPEND IN CHINA TO GROW 18% IN 2015

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) has just released a new GBTA BTI Outlook for China. The Business Travel Index (BTI) is a semi-annual publication that analyses current economic events around the globe and their effect on China’s business travel market.
REPORTED DATA ON TASMANIA TOURISM IS INACCURATE

According to Tourism Tasmania, the Federal Government figures on the number of interstate tourists to Tasmania are wrong and detrimental.

SWITZERLAND CELEBRATING 150 YEARS OF WINTER TOURISM

Switzerland is celebrating 150 years of winter tourism. What started as a small spa getaway now attracts tourists from all over the world in search of fun and extreme sports. Schweiz Tourismus wants to bring the pioneer spirit from the past to the present.
WAIKIKI’S TOURISM INDUSTRY PLANS TO REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

Industry leaders in the tourism sector donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to put an end to Waikiki’s homeless problem. The initiative aims to get hundreds of homeless off the streets in a year’s time.

SCOTLAND: LEASED HOTELS GREW 7.8 %

According to Scottish Development International, a recent research shows that over the past three years, there has been a significant growth in returns for investors as Scottish leased hotels have tremendously grown at 7.8 percent year-on-year. The research goes ahead to report that the total returns from the Scottish hotels have ranked Scotland as the second best market in total investment returns in the leased hotel sector in Europe.

TOP 7 HOTELS WHERE GUESTS FORAGE FOR THEIR FOOD

Numerous hotels are taking their guests out to play hunters looking out for food outdoors. The amazing places to forage may include everything ranging from huge mountains for picking berries to lovely woodlands to pick blossoms. The guests are usually accompanied by local foragers who also assist the hotel chefs in the culinary styling. Tourism-Review.com brings 7 hotels featuring wonderful foraging packages.

AFRICAN TOURISM FIGHTING EBOLA AND MEDIA COVERAGE

After years of low sales from the US market largely due to the great recession, business has over the recent past been remarkable good for Alluring Africa a leading tour operator in East & South Africa. Then came the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

ONLY THREE AIRLINES OFFER FREE WIFI

Norwegian, Turkish Airlines and Hong Kong Airlines are the only airlines in the world offering free WiFi on board, according to a study by the company Rumbo.

INFOGRAPHICS: THE 2014 FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX

The first Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix in history took place in the Olympic Sochi and exceeded all expectations. The main race on Sunday provided the near 60 000 excited visitors. Exciting race also gave the drivers a proper challenge that they all seemed to enjoy.

MOBILE BOOKINGS GROWING IMMENSELY IN POPULARITY

The recent “Travel Flash Report,” by Criterio, highlighted the importance of the mobile gadgets in the travel and tourism industry. The report was based on 2014 first half data, showing how the consumers made 300 million bookings, worth more than USD 150 billion within the period. The data was retrieved from online travel agencies and online travel suppliers in all the holiday marketplaces.

THE AZORES NAMED NO. 1 SUSTAINABLE DESTINATION AGAIN

And the Award for Platinum Quality Coast, 2014-2015 goes to the Portuguese archipelago of nine islands – Azores. The award from Quality Coast, the largest certification programme in the world, identifies destinations that standout in regard to sustainable tourism. This is the first time such an award is being presented.

SPAIN: NUMBER OF MEDICAL TOURISTS TO DOUBLE WITHIN 5 YEARS

The number of medical tourists coming to Spain is expected to double in the next five years. A new public-private partnership ‘SpainCares’ has been proposed to boost the segment and to achieve 200,000 travelers seeking medical care in the country in 2019.

EURO DISNEY LOSES 800.000 VISITORS IN ONE YEAR

Euro Disney announces a recapitalization of EUR 1 billion by its American head office, Walt Disney Company. This proposal aims to improve the financial situation of the European subsidiary and allow it to pursue its investments.

10 Ways Travel Will Change Your Life For The Better

Many of these points are valid for solos too

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Travel is transformational. It changes who you are to your very core. Out there on the road, without any baggage, you encounter life in a way that’s not always possible when you are working all the time. I know I’m biased since I write about travel but my experience meeting others has shown me that travel changes you for the better. It brings out the best version of you possible. Here are ten ways travel will better your life and why you should start planning your next trip away:

You become more social

It’s sink or swim on the road. You either get better at making friends or you end up alone. You learn to make friends out of strangers and get more comfortable approaching new people. You get better at the small talk. When I first started traveling, I was an introvert and uncomfortable talking to strangers. Now, I…

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Going solo in Melbourne Australia

Australia has to be one of the number one destinations in the world for the solo traveller and Melbourne is one of the most exciting cities for sure! You could spend weeks exploring the city and beyond.

There are several reasons why you should go to Melbourne, Australia. Because of its enchanting scenery, good foods, and amazing places and many many more. From Federation Square to river foreshores, from historical attractions to city laneways and observation decks.

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You can’t experience and absorb Melbourne, Australia by a few clicks on you camera, you have take yourself personally to fully enjoy beauty and wonder.

The Yarra River

The Yarra foreshore is picturesque and a great place for walks from Federation Square. Across Princess Bridge is the Southbank arts and entertainment precinct.

It is recommended to take a tour through Yarra Cruises or Willamston Ferry. Taking River Cruise is a wonderful and ambient experience with vivid views of Melbourne Skyline, city foreshore, urban parklands, sports arenas and Melbourne Docks.

 

Melbourne City Attractions

One of the most Melbourne’s popular tourist destination is the  Melbourne Observation Deck, which will provide a great view of Melbourne Port Phillip Bay, and on a good day all the way to the Dandenongs and surrounding areas.

Over the Yarra River, there is the love Melbourne Aquarium, Australia’s only Southern Ocean aquarium. Its state-of-the-art aquarium has over 1000 various types of sea creatures, including giant sharks and stingrays, is well worth a visit.

If you want to unwind or to tranquil or to smell fresh flowers, try visiting Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne — you will find a wide variety of plants and the chance to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Historical Attractions

If you are into history or if you just want to know Melbourne better, you can find wide range of museums out in the city. Throughout the city there are many heritage buildings as well as stunning new constructions along its wide tree-lined avenues and in its intimate lanes.

You would like to visit the ‘Gold Treasury,’ ‘Melbourne City Museum,’ ‘The Immigration Museum,’ and ‘The Old Melbourne Goal to have a better understanding of city’s pasts and historical events.

This is only a short list of long tourist destination of Melbourne, Australia. Melbourne is one of the places in Australia you shouldn’t miss visiting.

Solo in Northern Queensland

Cairns serves as an international gateway to Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North Queensland and Cairns is known worldwide for its magnificent beaches in Queensland. Because of its inexpensive atmosphere and its beautiful scenery, this tiny city in Australia is great tourist attraction. If you have tight budget, Cairns offers a variety of hotels — from budgeted ones to luxurious, to make have a wider variety of options to choose from. For those who want to bring their family, Cairns offers luxurious hotels and resorts for homely feel.

Alluring and enchanting beauty, that’s what Cairns features, that really appears to tourists. This city appeals so much to the tourists is because of tourist attraction like Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation, Daintree National Park, Rainforestation Nature Park and Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park. This is also the best time for adventurer seekers to enjoy. Great range of mammals, reptiles, etc can be expected in the forest. There are also water sport adventure here like, snorkeling, diving, sailing, whitewater rafting, kayaking, scuba diving, and some other water sports.

The most fascinating bars and restaurants are located at Esplanade area in Cairns. They offer wide variety of good food, beer, seafood, and many many more. Additionally, they also have different milk bars and small cafes for the local people all over the city. As the nighttime bites, you can see different pubs, clubs, bars, and night market. Night market stalls caters local people, especially tourists.

Most hotels and resorts in Cairns are residing on the wide stretch across the beach.

Some of the world renowned hotels are located in Cairns. Two of the most prominent five-star hotels are Hilton and Sofitel that offers deluxe and luxurious accommodations.

There are lots of places you can visit in Cairns, just tour around the city and be amazed and dazzled what this city can offer.

Skycable

We have spent the last few days exploring the Daintree Rainforest (the world’s oldest rainforest) from the ground; now it was time to see it from above the canopy level. Fortunately the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is located just outside of Cairns.
This is one of the do not miss Daintree Rainforest experiences. 7.5 Km of cable opened in 1995 and now brings passengers from near sea level up to 545 meters at its highest spot. Cable cars are becoming more innovative these days – select cars have a glass floor so you can look down on the passing canopy. And other cars (available starting April 2014) are completely open to the air – more like open cages hanging from the rails.
Three stations are located along the length of the cable – local Djabugay Aboriginal guides can be arranged to guide you at the first two stops. Being in this incredible bio diverse rich region is a fantastic experience in and of itself, but having a guide with you who grew up in the area and has an intimate relationship with this particular rainforest is a valuable asset.
Jeremy, a local aboriginal guide provided unique insights into the rainforest. He pointed out a red berry which if you crush it and put the juice in a drink, you will go blind for up to two days. Not a nice party trick. Or the “wait-a-while” vine with its razor sharp thorns – you get hooked by this, you “wait a while” and slowly remove yourself – rather than running!

 

Cheap airlines not satisfying!

Loud children, inconsiderate passengers and lack of leg room have topped the list of complaints of Australian air travellers.

The survey of 1803 people by TripAdvisor found one in three respondents do not believe air travel has improved in the last five years.

Common complaints included uncomfortable seats, being seated next to loud passengers or children, unpredictable flight delays, the inconvenience of multiple airport security measures, and expensive airfares.

Sixty-one per cent said they no longer believed budget airlines were cheap once additional costs and taxes were added including needless travel insurance.

More than two thirds, 69 per cent, said they would willingly pay 20 per cent more for the same flight if they could fly with a full service carrier.

As for flying etiquette, the survey found the ire of passengers is raised by people who recline their seats, parents who don’t control their children, and kids who kick the back of seats.

Thirty-five per cent of respondents said they would be willing to pay extra for a child-free flight.