Solo travelling as a female can be both super exciting and super nerve-wracking. You’re about to embark on an epic adventure of a lifetime, but jumping in to the unknown can be pretty daunting for a first timer…we get you!
We’ll be telling you…
- Everything you need to know before you go
- How to keep safe whilst travelling
- Your questions answered by travellers who have been there and done it!
This simple guide and generous dose of RatPack knowledge should give you all that you need to build that confidence to go solo!
Every traveller will have a different style, planning everything in advance or simply winging it as they go – we advice that you opt for the first choice. Planning is key, especially on a solo mission…
Before you go...
As we said, preparation is KEY – you have free reign over everything; where you want to go, what you want to see – the decision is entirely in your hands (perks of travelling solo). So be sure to book an epic itinerary.
Before you set off, decide what you want from your trip. Do you want to relax, explore, challenge yourself? Again, the choice is yours.
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What's stopping you?
‘What if I don’t make any friends?’
Believe us when we say you will not be alone on your solo mission…Oz is full of like minded solo travellers just like yourself. You’re bound to meet someone you click with.
‘My family will worry about me’
Ahhh, the stigma of solo travelling…unfortunately this is a challenge that you may have to face. Do your best to reassure them that Australia is a safe place to travel.
Pluussss, you’ll have us at RatPack to help you with any advice you need when you’re on the road (so you’re never really alone).
‘I’m worried about the cost’
Solo travel may appear to be a more expensive option, but whose to say that it’s not the same as travelling in a group.
You have total control over your budget plus…we can also help with hooking you up to some awesome deals to keep the price down as much as possible.
Planning and preperation...
Here at RatPack, we can help you with this.
You want to embrace that Ozzie, carefree lifestyle right?Planning in advance will ensure that your travels run smoooothly! (Ozzie mode: On).
The best way to get going with the planning is to request a travel calendar from us… Click below to request yours!
On the road..
Congratulations! You’ve finally decided to set off on your solo mission…awesome stuff!
To keep that confidence flooooowing, here are some tips and tricks on how to ace the solo lifestyle…
Meet people at hostels
Everyone in the solo traveller community is likely to be in the same boat as you, so why not be the bigger person and start a conversation with someone…never know, they may be your new bestie!
Look out for free (or low cost) food nights, free walking tours and evening events.
Female dorm rooms
Hostels tend to offer the option to stay in a female-only dorm room. If this will make you feel more comfortable, make sure to keep an eye out for this option – comfort is key!
Most tours – well every tour really – are full of fellow travellers. Whether your sat in a 4×4, on a boat out at sea or on a coach to somewhere amazing, you’re in close quarters to a lot of other people just like yourself – you’re bound to mingle.
Grey Hound Buses
The most effective form of transport as a single traveller…you’ll never be alone and the coaches take you to all the top spots in Oz!
Staying flashy on a budget
So you’ve got all you need to ace the solo travelling scene…now time to congratulate yourself with some flashy, girly experiences (on a budget)…
Hostel: Flashpackers, Noosa is the most homely hostel we’ve stayed in, plus it’s pretty boujee looking and has an epic pool.
Food: Good Heavens rooftop bar in Melbourne is an epic spot – cocktails, neon lights and insane views!
Ready for an adventure like no other?
I hope my tips and tricks encourage you to become a little more travel savvy when going solo. Just remember plan in advance, be confident in yourself, stay safe and ENJOY every single second of it…
Some last top tips from us:
- Don’t be afraid of mixed dorms in hostels, they are a great way to meet a real mixture of people
- Stay safe, if something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it!
- Tours are the best place to make friends and meet fellow solo travellers!
- Chat to the RatPack crew, we are here for you before during and after your trip! We’ve all travelled solo and know exactly how it feels.
Experiences perfect for solo travellers...
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We operate a 24/7 service across multiple time zones. Our RatPackers have all been there and done it! Get the ball rolling on your upcoming trip. Send over your rough travel plans (including your flight details / dates). If you are yet to book a flight and seeking advice – HIT US UP ↡
Ready for a solo adventure? You will never be alone and what an adventure of a lifetime this will be! Don’t forget to enjoy yourself RatPack Style.
Yewwwwwwwwwwwwww Holly (RPT Blog Writer)
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