For so many, traveling is a form of liberation; a way of connecting with yourself and with others as you venture into unknown cultures. Arguably, one of the most meaningful ways to fully immerse yourself within a place is by traveling solo – but this can sometimes be a daunting prospect, particularly for women. From deciding on the best itinerary to forming lifelong friendships along the way, here are 4 of our top tips for solo travel – and why it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do.

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1. Join Facebook groups

There are a number of fantastic female-centred Facebook groups – such as our Zaftyg group – which allow solo travellers to meet and connect with others from all over the world. Not only are these groups great places to ask for advice and suggestions on what to see and do, but they’re also useful for organising meet-ups and, sometimes, finding accommodation, too!

2. Do your research

Whilst it can be thrilling to solo travel with no agenda or clear-cut plan, one of the most important things to consider as a female traveller is safety. Before planning a trip to a city or country, do some research online, or ask other travellers about their experience in that particular place. Similarly, when booking accommodation, make sure the location is at the top of your priority list.

3. Bring a portable charger

Where would we be without Google Maps? You probably don’t want to find out the answer to that question whilst travelling alone! Make sure to bring a portable charger with you at all times, in case your phone doesn’t make it to the end of the day. That way, you can easily store all train or bus tickets in one place, call a friend in case of an emergency, and (of course) get that perfect Insta shot.

4. Don’t be afraid to try something new

Push yourself out of your comfort zone – whether that be with meeting new people, trying a traditional dish, or even speaking the local language. Your trip will be so much more rewarding when you begin to try new things.

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