You’re thinking about heading off on your first solo holiday! Maybe you just want to get away from it all, or perhaps you’re simply ready for adventure! It’s exciting – but can also be a bit daunting. As veteran solo female travellers we can tell you that you are going to have a ball! Solo travel is addictive: you get to do what you want, when you want, and make all the rules yourself! You’ll find that, the more you travel solo, the more you open yourself up to new and exciting possibilities, whether they are making new friendships, gaining self-confidence, or learning a new sport. We’ll make sure you have a holiday you’ll never forget with these top 5 tips for women travelling solo for the first time!
1. What do you want out of your holiday?
Deciding in advance what you want out of your holiday is key! Is your holiday going to be all about peace and relaxation? Are you looking to bask in the sun by the beach or a pool? Perhaps you fancy a spa and some serious pampering. Or do you want to soak up the culture and do some shopping in a new city? Maybe you want some time to yourself. Or perhaps you’re hoping to make some new friends. Once you’ve decided what you want to get out of your holiday, you’ll be able to select the perfect destination.
2. Choosing where to go
Choosing where to go is the fun bit! City breaks are a fantastic choice for first-time solo travellers, because they offer a bit of everything – shops, restaurants, cafés, spas, museums, and sights. Pick a hotel with a pool somewhere sunny – or choose a city close to beaches, like Lisbon or Barcelona – and you’ll have the full package! If you’d like to meet people, why not book yourself into a cooking or flamenco course? Or you could join a walking tour or a tapas tour! If you’d like to keep in shape on holiday, you could book a holiday to Ibiza and do some yoga on the beach or head to Fuerteventura, where you could learn to kite-surf. Need more inspiration? Check out our list of top destinations for women travelling solo here!
3. Eating alone in style
This is always something that comes up when talking to newbie solo female travellers. Women travelling alone is now commonplace, so you almost certainly won’t be the only person eating by yourself. Take a book, relax, enjoy your meal and remember that it’s your holiday – your rules! So, if a well-meaning family want to adopt you, it’s up to you if you join their table. Or if you find yourself the object of unwanted attention, don’t be afraid to pick up the book and say ‘no thank you’. (Or not, if the attention is welcome!) If dining alone in restaurants makes you self-conscious (and we promise that the more you travel solo, the less you’ll feel like this), then choose to eat out at lunchtime. Then perhaps have tapas out on a sunny square in the early evening. If you’re just not in the mood to deal with other people, choose a self-catering option, and enjoy yourself browsing in local markets for goodies to prepare at ‘home’.
4. Be smart
The usual travel tips apply for all travellers, whether you’re on your own or not. Make copies of all your important documents and keep them safe by emailing them to yourself or someone you trust. Let people know your plans, and keep family and friends updated. Keep your bag strapped across you on public transport, and avoid unlit areas at night. In other words – all the commonsense things you’d do at home. We’ve got more top tips here.
5. Trust your instincts
One of the best things about travelling – whether it’s a sunshine escape to Benidorm, a city break in Madrid or a month backpacking through Thailand – is feeling your self-confidence grow. Trust your instincts: if they say you’re ready to go paragliding, then give it a go! And if they are telling you that the guy on the bar stool next to yours is a creep, then you’re probably on to something!