Solo Female Travel Tips

If you’ve ever thought about travelling alone as a woman then the chances are that you’ve been somewhat intimidated by the uncertainties and the huge amount of often conflicting information that’s out there. Sometimes, it can be so daunting that it seems to us as though we’d be better off if we just stayed at home.

Truth is, everyone feels a little daunted by the idea of solo travel, at least to begin with. But then they get the bug, and once you’re a convert to the cause, it’s hard to turn back. All you really need to get started are a few good tips, and that’s what this article is all about. Here’s what you’ll need to know!

Solo Female Travel Tips

Planning makes perfect

There’s no such thing as too much planning when it comes to travel, especially solo travel. That’s why it’s a solid idea to invest some time up front to plan out as much as you can. This takes pressure off while you’re travelling, but it also allows you to tap into early bird pricing and other discounts. Be sure to share your plans with someone you trust back home.

Invest in decent accommodation

It’s worth spending a little extra money if it means that you can secure accommodation in a decent area and from a reputable provider. You’ll sleep a lot more soundly at night, and if you’re staying in a better area then it’s also likely to be safer and less vulnerable to crime.

Pack light

One of the best things about travelling solo is that you usually end up with more time to go wandering around local markets or to pick up souvenirs for the people back at home. That’s why it’s such a good idea to pack light if you can so that you’ve got as much room (and as much remaining weight allowance) as possible.

Know self-defense

This is another one of those practical things that you can only hope you’ll never have to rely on. The good news is that learning basic self-defense skills can help to boost your overall confidence and keep you in shape, so think of the ability to defend yourself in a tight spot as an added bonus. Better still, there are a whole range of different martial arts styles for you to choose from.

Treat yourself to a cruise

If you want to see the world in style, you can’t beat a cruise. Most people think of cruising as something to be done in a group, but there are plenty of life-changing solo cruises for you to pick between, too. One of my favorite  trips was actually a cruise from Charleston, but you can also just look into which cruises are departing from a harbor town near you.

Don’t be afraid to make friends

Don’t be fooled into thinking that because you’re travelling on your own, you can’t make friends. In fact traveling solo is one of the best ways to make international friends. Most people that you’ll meet on the road will be super friendly and approachable, and making friends and travelling around with them can be a great way to get some extra security.

Do what YOU want to do

This could apply to any type of traveler, but it’s even more relevant to people who are travelling on their own. With only yourself to please and only yourself to satisfy, don’t waste time doing things that you don’t want to do. Don’t be fooled into only going for what the tourist guides talk about, either.

Take lots of photos

Embrace the selfie! We’re not just saying this because you’ll want to show off what you see to your friends and family, although that’s certainly a factor too. The main reason to take photos, though, is that you’ll be able to look back at them when you’re older and to remember your travels. And the simple act of thinking about and taking those photos can also act as an aide to your memory.

Be willing to take an off day

When you’re solo travelling, you’re rarely held back by other people and you’re free to do whatever you want, whenever you want. As part of that, sometimes you just have to acknowledge that you need a day of rest or to practice a little self-care. Think of it as making sure you’re in tip top shape for whatever your next adventure turns out to be.


One final thing to remember when travelling solo as a woman is that women are treated very differently in different parts of the world. For example, it was illegal for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, until as recently as June 2018.

That’s why to stay safe, especially as a solo traveler, it’s a good idea to check the way that women are treated both culturally and legally in any new country that you plan to visit. There’s never been a better time for women to solo travel, especially if you follow these tips, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Happy travels!

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – HostelTraveler’s Commitment To You

At HostelTraveler (IWB), the health and safety of our Travelers, Partners, and Employees is our foremost concern.

For our Travelers:

We all may be putting our travel on hold for now, but that doesn’t mean we must stop dreaming about that next travel adventure. Around the globe, we’re supporting our nations, and staying home to fight the virus. But, our love for travel will not disappear. While many cannot travel for now, the crisis will end soon. And when it does, we will all enjoy seeing the world again. So, on our website, our social media, and other forms of communication, we will continue to share the many wonderful properties our partners have to offer, and announce future deals as they come along. And sometimes, just the beauty of one of our fantastic travel destinations can inspire wonder and desire for our future of traveling the world.

As we all share in this crisis, we all share the desire and motivation to get out again and explore the world as soon as it’s over. We’ll keep dreaming and planning for that day. In the meantime, we can remain positive, and perhaps constructively prepare for the future.

Here are some tips: How about brushing up on a second language? Read up on some regional cuisine that you may wish to sample, or try out a regional recipe for yourself in the kitchen. Make a list of some invaluable travel tips from magazines, books, and websites that will make your first trip more gratifying. Finally, think about acquiring a new carry-on bag or backpack that will suit your future travel style perfectly. In the meantime, please stay safe and take care of yourself and your loved ones.

To our Partners:

At (Instant World Booking), we are working overtime to ensure our partners around the globe receive the service they need. We deeply care about your safety, health, and well-being. And, our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We also want you to know that we are concerned about the well-being of your travel business. HostelTraveler remains strong, and our company’s services and operations continue without interruption. Our high level of support, and ensuring your travel or accommodation business is supported at all times, is of the utmost importance to us.

As you monitor the situation and consider your own continuity plans, HostelTraveler is prepared to help in any capacity needed. While difficult days are here to stay for awhile, wellness and prosperity will soon again appear on the horizon. Our plans for growth and development in the coming months, particularly for the next generation of IWB services, are progressing rapidly. When you are ready to consider new and alternative solutions for your travel or accommodation business, to jump-start your own business growth, we will be ready to offer you low cost options and alternatives.

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Pets – How to Travel with your Pet

A few general tips apply whether you travel by car or plane.Be sure your pet wears a collar with complete identification and a license tag.

Have a rabies vaccination certifi­cate if you will travel across state or international borders.

Be prepared to present a health certificate, especially if you travel to Canada or Mexico.

Be sure to bring your pet’s favor­ite food, toy(s), and dishes.

Before undertaking a long trip, it would be advisable to have your pet examined by a veterinarian.

Travel By Air

Air travel is of most concern to pet owners. You can minimize the chang­es of an unpleasant experience by fol­lowing a few guidelines.

Regulations state that dogs and cats must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned at least 5 days before flying.

Current health and rabies vacci­nation certificates will be required.

Contact the airline well in ad­vance to check regulations and ser­vices, and to make reservations.

Try to book a direct, midweek flight or one with a minimum of stops.

During warmer periods reduce risk of overheating by choosing early morning or late evening flights.

Ask about other cargo on your flight (For example, fumes from dry ice can be lethal).

Be at the airport early, exercise your pet, place it in a cage yourself, and pick up your animal promptly upon arrival. Don’t take leashed animals on escalators.

The proper cage, available from most airlines or pet shops, should have the following features:

Large enough to allow the animal to stand, turn, and lie down.

Strong, free of interior protru­sions, with handles or grips

Leak proof bottom covered with plenty of absorbent material

Ventilation on opposite sides, with exterior rims or knobs to pre­vent blocked airflow

Label “Live Animals,” with arrows indicating upright position, and your name, address, and phone number.

Consult your veterinarian for spe­cific feeding instructions. Age and size of the pet, time and distance of the flight, and regular dietary routine must be considered.

Travel By Car

If your pet is not accustomed to the car, take it for a few short rides before the trip. Your cat might ride well in a carrying case. Following are some tips that may help the trip go a little smoother.

Stick to your regular feeding rou­tine and give the main meal at the end of the day or when you’ve reached your destination.

It will be more convenient to feed dry food if the pet is used to it.

Dispose of unused canned food unless it can be refrigerated.

Take along a plastic jug of cold water to avoid possible stomach upset the first day.

Give small portions of both food and water and plan to stop every two hours for exercise.

Remember to include a leash in your travel kit!

Pets should not be allowed to ride with their heads outside car windows. Particles of dirt can penetrate the eyes, ears, and nose, causing injury or infections.

Excessive amounts of cold air taken into lungs can also cause illness.

When leaving your pet in a parked car, be sure to lock all doors, and open windows enough to provide ventila­tion without allowing the animal to jump out or get its head caught.

In warm, hot, or humid weather, you should not leave your pet in a parked car!

Grooming (bathing, combing, nail trim) before the trip will make the animal more comfortable.

Travel By Bus or Train

Most states prohibit animals on buses, and recent rules now prohibit animals on trains. Exceptions are generally made for seeing-eye dogs accompanying blind persons. Inquire in advance with your local carriers.

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Travel Tricks that Save You Money and Time

1)  Be flexible when planning your destinations.  Search for airfares from your home city.  Look for deals and discounts.  Searching in reverse can lead to great savings.

2)  Automatically upgrade to first class on flights with a Y-Up fare.  There are restrictions, and Y-Up fares are not available on international flights, but you can book them through a travel agent.

3)  Travel on Tuesdays Wednesdays, or Saturdays for less congestion at airports.  On other days, try early mornings.

4)  To avoid long lines at coach check-ins, try the business class check-in.  You can ask if an upgrade had been applied.  Even if it didn’t you’ll be ahead of the game at the business class check-in counter.

5)  When calling hotels for rates and reservations always wait to see what the best rate the hotel representative will offer.  Once you’ve received the best rate, ask if that is the absolutely lowest rate available.  Also ask if there are any special discounts that are available.  You’ll usually come up with an even lower rate than was originally offered.

6)  Check if your hotel offers free WIFI.  Don’t pay $10 – $30 extra per night just for internet.

7)  Avoid overseas ATM fees.  Check with your bank in advance to see if there are no-fee ATMs available.

8)  Check for taxi rates at your destination in advance.  Call the hotel to ask for advice on taxi fares.  Don’t get ripped off once your sitting in a taxi.

9)  Save money on overnight hotel stays by travelling between cities at night, and sleeping on the train.