- Smartraveller website suggests female solo travellers should book and check in using a first initial and surname only with no Miss, Ms or Mrs, and it’s a good idea not to tell anyone where you’re staying if they know you’re by yourself.
2. If anyone else is within earshot when you are asked your room number at breakfast give your name instead, and always listen to your intuition.
3. If your room doesn’t feel safe when you check in, ask to change rooms or move to another hotel.
4. If someone waiting for the same lift makes you feel uneasy, say you’re waiting for a friend and will get the next one. Take note of your gut feeling with this one.
5. Avoid a ground floor room if you can as they are the easiest to break into, and as so many hotel doors don’t have chains on them a simple rubber door wedge can help you sleep better at night.
6. Sit in the back seat behind the driver and either make a call to someone to say you’re on your way or mention to the driver that your partner is waiting for you. If you opt for the train train instead, avoid sitting in an empty carriage.
7. Petty theft can happen regardless of where you travel so it’s best not to carry all of your cash and cards on you when you’re out and about.
8. Keeping a reserve locked away in the hotel means you have a back-up plan should the worst happen.
9. Make scans of important travel documents and email them to yourself, this will save hours of time in paperwork if anything does happen
10. Ask your hotel if there are any areas you should avoid before you go exploring, and if you ever do feel a little lost or uncertain, don’t show it. Walk with calm confidence and retrace your steps until you’re back in your comfort zone.
11. If you start to crave human interaction join a walking tour
12. Want to see a show don’t be put off if you see a Sold Out sign at a show you want to see. Single seats can appear so ask and you may be happily surprised.
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Solomangarephobia is a fear of eating alone in public.
Bring along a book or magazine, take the time to write postcards or capture your travels in your journal, edit the photos in your phone or do a little social media update. Make yourself busy.
A counter seat or a seat at the bar can be a good option
No matter where you decide to go, make sure you do your research beforehand.
Remember that careful planning before you leave on your travels is essential to help you choose a destination where you’ll feel safe and comfortable, and be prepared for any issues you might face.”
Register your trip with Smartraveller.gov.au If you are from Australia, download the Smartraveller app and make sure you have the right insurance for all of the activities you plan to do. The US has a Smart Traveler Enrollment program where you can register your trip. Good idea to use this
This is an important one –Listen to your intuition, follow your travel dreams and remember a solo trip is one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself. And you deserve it.