Going it solo: the Essential Guide for Travelling Alone
Why an essential guide for travelling alone
I have been travelling alone for over 25 years of which 12 years of solo travels around Australia. I love travelling on my own. I enjoyed my solo trips in my twenties in Europe and U.S. 30 years later I'm still doing it and loving it even more than before. For me there is no better way to explore new places and get to know foreign cultures. It's also the best way to make friends on the go. I know that many women would like to travel on their own, but, for one reason or the other, they feel uncomfortable about the idea of travelling solo. Your age doesn't matter! It's the spirit that rules our adventures. I recently wrote a post about the best ways to travel at fifty plus. I hope this will help women – in my age – to identify the type of travel and destination for their first solo adventure.
Get ready for your Solo Adventure with this Travel Book
To help you make your choices on how to travel Australia, I have put together a list of valuable travel tips to get you started with your solo trip around Australia.
Before getting to the Australia travel tips, let me introduce my book, Your Australia Itinerary. This book goes beyond giving tips about what to do and not do to in Australia, it also provides you with the insight, knowledge, experience and all tools on how to choose the ideal itinerary and plan your trip!
A practical guide for travelling alone in Australia
Now a list to of my best tips for travelling alone in Oz.
- Pack your backpack or suitcase with the essential stuff. Prefer casual clothes. Your suitcase weight should not exceed more than 10 kg, maximum 15 kg. Pack only private belongings that you must absolutely take with you and leave at home what you can buy in Australia. What you definitely need is: Good walking shoes, comfortable sandals and the right things to wear in Australia. Here are more practical Packing Tips for travelling alone in Australia.
- Join YHA (the youth hostelling association), and do this from home before leaving. Do remember to state your YHA card every time you book a bed in a hostel in Australia. Also check out for discounts offered for various activities. You can check this on their website, they have a comprehensive list there. Do not buy your hostel member card in Australia, it is expensive, in Europe it will cost you only 10,00 Euro.
- Book your accommodation for your first 2-3 nights before leaving your country, this will give you more relaxation while recovering jet lag discomfort and thus allowing you to fill up with sparkling energy. Remember your flight from Europe will take approx 18-21 hours and from the USA depending which way you fly roughly the same. If you manage, take a stop over night in Asia at the connection airport, this will help you overcome the jet lag. On this page you can check out hotels in Australia.
- Stay in private accommodation. In Australia there are many ways to stay in comfortable private homes and rent out either a room or a private apartment. This is a great way to meet the locals and make friends with the friendly Aussies. I have used Airbnb several times and I was always very happy with my hosts and the locations. If you haven't used their service yet and intend to try it out, you can get a free bonus of 25 USD off your first booking by using the link. It's free and easy to sign up.
- Stay in hostels. in Australia there are hundreds of them to choose from, they are great value and a very good way to meet other fellow travellers. You can make your hostel booking easily online, most of them have a website or you simply phone them up to check for availability. Book your bed in a female sex dorm, avoid a mixed sex dorm. Or if you prefer a twin room, if you do not like to share. Female dorms are not a guarantee in all hostels. They can, under , turn into mixed sex dorm, so check first with the reception and make sure the female dorm is 100% female to avoid any inconvenience. YHA is the only chain that can guarantee female dorms. I have used YHA hostels for many years and had by 95% only very positive experiences. Check out with my hostels accommodation guide where you can find practical hostel listings for your trip around Australia.
- Most hostels in Australia offer great kitchen facilities. Some hostels they are really large and well equipped. After long travelling days, cooking yourself a good meal will give the feeling of being at home and help you maintain a healthy diet. But you may also prefer the vibrant city vibe and taste the yummy food in dining venues, pubs, restaurants, food malls. Melbourne is by far my fave city for food in Australia, with its great and varied offer, it's hard to have shortage of dining places to suit all tastes and budgets.
- When travelling alone around Australia you can also use a bus pass, there is a variety to choose from. If you prefer driving then you can either look for cheap car hire in Australia or look for car pooling or lifts. In hostels there are usually notice boards with a wide choice of posts.
- Avoid too much flying if you can, depending on time frame and destinations, travel around by bus or a by car. This allows you to enjoy the beauty and the contrasts of this fascinating country as well as get a feel of the vastness of the sunburnt continent. Look for good value inland flights for long distances over 1000-1500 km. By long travel distances a good option is travelling by train. Next to the known Australian train journeys like the GHAN Train from Adelaide to Darwin through Alice Springs, you can also cross the country from Sydney to Perth on the Indian Pacific train. For more interesting short rail journeys worth considering you can check our train travel guide in Australia.
- Stay in touch with home and possibly let your family or close friends know about your travelling route and your destinations in Australia. You can either send e-mail or phone. Get an international phone card. They are cheap. For 10 AUS you can make phone calls to Europe or USA for at least 6 hours. For local calls you can either use a national phone card or get a local Travel Sim card for your cellular phone. If you are staying longer than 4 weeks it is really worth it.
- Scan all your docs such as a copy of passport, ID, health insurance and travel insurance in a word.doc and send it to your private mailbox. Furthermore I suggest storing all private documents on usb flash drives that are also convenient for downloading photos and videos from your camera.
- Use sun block every day, or a +30 sun protection, even on cloudy day, the sun light in the southern hemisphere is very strong and you easily get sunburnt. Be careful and do not underestimate this aspect. It's very important for your skin health and overall trip enjoyment. Follow these simple beach safety tips, when sunbathing or bush walking it is advisable to wear good functional wear, long pants, long sleeves, the more covered you are, the better!
- At night, do not walk alone in remote areas, either in cities or outside suburbia areas, do not enter Outback areas alone, do not walk off the tracking paths in national parks or in Outback areas. It's very easy to get lost and there in Australia mobile phone don't work in remote areas either, so for your safety, stick to the marked walking trails, always!
- Drink plenty of water depending on the environment, at least 1,5-4 liter per day. In the Australian Outback you will need at least 4-5 liter a day with temps of 35-40°C. If you are walking for long hours in sun-scorched areas or on along the beach you body is bound to lose not only water but also, more important, minerals. So to avoid dehydration, it is essential you the lost minerals and vitamins with salty beverages too. You can add citrus like lemon or fresh orange to your water and eat salty food, natural energy bars, nuts, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables rich in minerals and vitamins. You can read more about healthy travel tips for travelling alone Australia.
Get ready for your Solo Adventure with the Australia Itinerary Book
If you like the idea of travelling solo in Australia and want to create the perfect itinerary for your trip, for only 19,90 USD you can get a copy of Your Australia Itinerary. BUT that's more that comes with the book! If you purchase the travel e-book through the website, you get my assistance with your trip! Get 15 minutes of consultation with me personally via Skype or over the phone or if you prefer, my personal assistance to all your questions via email.
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