Travelling solo can be an exciting and fulfilling experience, it can also be a little daunting, especially for people who haven't travelled solo before.
We are here to help make this experience the best it possibly can be for you whilst providing you with information on how to keep safe.
Your safety is our highest priority which means it should also be yours. No matter where you travel to, you should always take precautions and be aware of your surroundings.
Admittedly, some countries are considered "safer" than others, however even a minor incident can cause real problems for you overseas.
It is crucial to know what is going on in a country before travelling. If there are safety warnings, weather warnings or recent/ongoing incidents be sure you are aware of them and how you can best avoid them.
Nobody ever wants to have a reason to need their embassy while travelling but it is a very important resource should you ever need it.
If you are likely to be paying in cash for things be sure to only carry the amount of money you need for that day. Keep the rest in a safe place at your accommodation such as a secure safe or a secure compartment in your luggage. It is a good idea to split up your money in case something happens. If you are backpacking keep your most valuable items such as your money, ID and passport close to your person and attached to you. Do not put it in a back pocket of your bag where it can easily be accessed and stolen.
If you plan on travelling overseas it is recommended you are up to date with all your vaccinations. If you are unsure of what you need, speak with you GP.
Be sure to photocopy all your important documents such as your ID, passport, visas, credit cards and tickets in case you lose any items. Keep them in a safe place. This will be a valuable resource should anything happen.
Choose the bag you plan on travelling with very carefully. The ideal bag would be one than be be zipped up and locked, is durable and waterproof. Always keep your luggage with you and in front of you when going through airports or using public transport.
Try to travel with as minimal valuables as possible such as jewellery and other expensive items.
Be sure to have someone who is your emergency contact should anything happen i.e. an accident, theft etc. This could be a close friend, relative, partner or colleague back home. Make sure you have their details written down and they have a copy of your travel plans including your itinerary, flights and accommodation.
It is crucial you have the best possible travel insurance, especially when you are travelling solo. If you are unsure what cover is best for you, pop in store and chat to one of our friendly travel agents.
It is important to be aware of the cultural appropriations of the country you are travelling to. For women in particular, there are a number of countries that have strict laws surrounding dress codes women are expected to adhere to. Please be respectful and mindful of these requirements.
The last thing you want is to be sick on holidays. The main cause of sickness overseas is due to poor food and drink or spiking. Do not eat anything you are unsure of and carry some stomach neutralisers if possible (be sure to check the countries prohibited items list). Always be aware of who is around you especially when out drinking. Do not leave your drink alone and try as best you can to stay relatively sober when out.
Try your best to book flights that will land during the day. This will make it not only easier for you to navigate your way around but also safer.
Book your transfers through a reputable company and carry your own bags.
Have a plan on how to get to and from each of your destinations as well as a backup plan should anything happen. It is also a good idea to familiarise yourself with the distance between locations so you are aware of the journey.
It is also handy to be familiar with the public transport system. Trains are a great way to get around fast and there is generally always an attendant at the station should you be unsure of anything.
Most young solo travellers will stay in hostels or cheaper accommodation which can be more prone to incidents. Be sure to research thoroughly where you are staying no matter where it is and let someone back home know the address and duration of your stay, ideally your emergency contact.
Do not give strangers your personal information such as where you are staying.
Be sure to get a good night's rest each night so you are not only full of energy for the next day, but also alert.
We can also organise for you to travel with like minded people on cruises, tours and more. Although you're travelling solo you do not have to travel alone.
If you have any questions surrounding solo travel, please come in store and talk to one our friendly travel agents.
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