Despite being quite an independent woman I had some apprehension on my first solo travel trip overseas. So many questions about how I was going to survive filled my mind, and as the first one of my friends to travel alone I had no one to help answer these questions.
Travelling alone for the first time can be scary but there are there are ways to travel solo which are fun, stress-free and may even introduce you to a whole new group of friends! Once you’ve mastered your first trip – and you will master it! – the world will be your oyster!
Here are my top trip suggestions for the first-time solo female traveller:
Best for: girls who are culture aficionados, food lovers, shopaholics, or who want to party all-night long!
City breaks are great choices for first-time solo travellers often with good transport systems to make the most of the city, chic dining and hotel options, and plenty of information available to plan your trip.
Best of all there is so much to do in a small area – spend your morning taking in the local gallery, lunch shopping up a storm, dinner in a Michelin starred restaurant, and then partying your pants off til dawn. City breaks will never leave you bored if you tap into the vibe!
If you’re a bargain hunter a city break is a fantastic option because, by comparing the costs against booking online through a third-party (i.e: Lastminute) or booking direct with the airlines and hotels, it can save you quite a bit of money even if booking close to the departure date – anyone up for a night out?!
Worried about not making friends? Try a shopping tour of the city!
Destinations: Within Australia? Try the arts capital of Melbourne. In the US? San Francisco or New Orleans are my top tips. Asia? Hong Kong is a top choice. In Europe? Choose almost anywhere and you can have a great break. My favourites would be Berlin or Copenhagen!
Best for: lush ladies who just want to take a break to relax, unwind and pamper themselves.
Stressed out? Need a break? Relaxing retreats can be a great way to spoil yourself and truly unwind. Spend the days by the pool without feeling guilty, or spend time learning to meditate in an ashram. The choice is yours and yours alone without worrying about what your travel partner or significant other things of “that goop you’ve got on your face” or “wasting the day” enjoying nature as it was intended.
Worried about making friends? Join a yoga class and take a chance by introducing yourself to someone new!
Destinations: Head into the Daintree rainforest in Queesland to try natural spa treatments, or get in touch with yourself at yoga retreat in Byron Bay, New South Wales. Relax with daily massages in Chiang Mai, Thailand; or if you believe hanging out with animals with relaxing try swimming with the dolphins in Hawaii.
Best for: adrenaline junkie, nature loving, adventurous girls who can’t wait to smell the fresh air.
Think the best way to get bang for your buck is by doing things? Well then an outdoor activity might be just the thing for you! Spend time hiking to the top of mountains just to take in the view, learn to blaze your own path as you sand board the dunes in the Australian outback, or take a rainforest hike just to spend time bathing in a waterfall – all these and more are options for the adventurous.
One of the best things about outdoor adventures is that they are usually done in the group so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet new friends whilst trekking the Inca Trail or
Worried about making new friends? Join a group hike and make it a goal to talk to everyone!
Destinations: Stateside, why not try Colorado? Summer or winter the state offers everything from dirt bike riding to ice climbing. Down under? New Zealand’s South Island offers glacier hiking and plenty of bungees. If you’re a bit of
Best for: girls who want to try learn a new skill and love being in group situations!
Ever thought that you’d like to give surfing a go? Maybe you were inspired to learn to cook by movies Julie & Julia or tv shows like Masterchef - then a skill-learning holiday might be the perfect fit for your first solo trip.
Learn how to Tango in its birth place – Buenos Aires, or learn the skills of the silversmiths and create your own jewellery as a keepsake. The best thing about skill-learning holidays is that you don’t have to think of what someone else will want to do so you can tap into your passion!
Worried about making new friends? Get a group together and practice your new skill together – I’ve heard that the French for “I would like to order a pint of beer please” is actually very simple! (FYI, that’s “une pinte de bière, s’il vous plaît.” )
Destinations: Get your PADI diving certification whilst visiting Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Why not try a intensive language course in France or Spain? Or perhaps learning to cook like Nona in Sicily, Italy or Morocco!
Which type of solo travel break would you take?