Why an essential guide for travelling alone
I have been travelling alone for over 25 years of which 14 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. With +50 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. Age doesn't matter!
It's our spirit that rules our adventures not our age.
I recently wrote a post about the best ways to travel at fifty plus. I hope this will help women to identify the type of travel and destination for their first solo adventure.
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To help you make your choices on how to travel alone as a woman in Australia, I have put together a list of valuable travel tips to get you started with your solo trip around Australia.
The book goes beyond giving tips about what to do and not do to in Australia
It provides you with the knowledge, experience and tools on how to choose the perfect itinerary trip in Oz!
The book is the outcome of 14 years of solo travels in Australia with nearly 100 thousands km across and around the country.
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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.
- 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.
- 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 dozen of times and I have always been very happy with my airbnb hosts.
- 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 book your hostel online, most of them have a website or 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 circumstances, turn into mixed sex dorm. So I'd recommend to inquiry with the reception and make sure the female dorm is 100% female. As far as I know YHA is the only hostel chain that can guarantee female dorms all the times.
I have used YHA hostels for many years and had by 95% only positive experiences.
- 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 Australian 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 look for a car pooling or lifts. In hostels there are usually notice boards with a wide choice of posts. If you prefer self-driving check out this webiste site I use to book my rental cars in Australia.
- 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 cross the country from Sydney to Perth on the Indian Pacific train.
- 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. Use Telstra.com.au for your SIM card, it's the most reliable in terms of country-wide coverage, but a bit more expensive than other providers.
- 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. Check this post with travel safety tips for your Australia Trip
- At night, do not walk alone in remote areas, either in cities or surrounding areas. Don't travel to Outback areas alone. Do not walk off the tracking paths in national parks. It's very easy to get lost. In Australia mobile phone don't work in remote areas, 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.Read about healthy travel tips for travelling alone Australia.Pin it for later!
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