The beauty of travelling solo: tips for a brilliant trip

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The beauty of travelling solo: tips for a brilliant trip

Travelling solo can be more fun than you may imagine. It’s your chance to carve your mark in the world and live your life to the fullest.

If you’re considering a solo trip but have never travelled alone before, we’ve created this list of top tips to help make your holiday a brilliant one.

Tip 1: Register your travel plans
Smartraveller advises all Australians to register their overseas travel plans at

If anything happens on your trip, this will make it easier for the government to find out where you are and possibly provide assistance.

Before you book and depart on your travels, you should also check Smartraveller’s advice for your destination country.

solo female traveller walking atop the great wall of china

Tip 2: Tell someone where you’re going
Sending family and friends a copy of your itinerary is recommended for any solo traveller. It means that at least someone will know where you’ll be at any given time.

Make copies of your documents (passports, visas, credit cards) and leave them with someone you trust. If anything gets stolen or goes missing, it’ll make it easier for them to help you.

Checking in with friends and family while on the road is also a great idea so they know that you’re safe. It’s also a great opportunity to talk about your travels.

Tip 3: Stay in popular areas 
There’s nothing wrong with going off the beaten path, but staying safe should be your top priority when travelling alone.

Choose trustworthy hotels (always check user reviews before booking) preferably on central and busy streets. Hotels that also offer 24/7 reception can be beneficial.

When out and about, stick to popular and well-lit spots – especially at night – and avoid dark or deserted areas.

Tip 4: Embrace the solitude 
Remember, you’re travelling solo – embrace it! There’s nothing more soothing than some quality time alone.

To fill those reflective moments, why not try taking a book (or something else, like the local newspaper) with you to read or a journal to write down your thoughts and plans.

Imagine reading a novel in a café by Niagara Falls, pouring over a newspaper while on the bullet train in Japan or writing in your journal on the beach in Fiji!

happy female solo traveller sipping a cocktail

Tip 5: Make your trip easy
Look for accommodation that offers perks such as included meals, organised tours and even airport shuttles.

All of these things will make your solo trip much easier, particularly if you’ve never travelled alone or if you’re unsure about how to get around in your chosen destination.

Make sure to ask your hotel reception for a map when you arrive. This will make getting around easy. And don’t be afraid to ask locals for directions if you get lost! 

Tip 6: Take a tour
Tours can provide single travellers with easy and excellent experiences. You’ll get to see the best of your destination, learn about its history and chat to other travellers.

Hop-on, hop-off bus tours can also be an excellent way to explore, and they combine the ease of getting around with the ability to create your own daily itinerary.

Tip 7: Don’t forget about travel insurance
Travel insurance is vital for any trip. Book your travel insurance as early as possible and ensure it covers everything you need.

Some travel insurers will consider pre-existing conditions and most also offer benefits such as unlimited medical and cover up to the age of 100.

Tip 8: Try new things!
One of the best things about travelling solo is that you can do anything you like. So, why not try something out of your comfort zone? 

Whatever you do, you’ll get to see and experience more than you thought, which makes for a great solo holiday.

Have you got your next solo holiday planned?
Don’t leave your travel insurance until the last minute! With InsureandGo travel insurance, you can purchase your cover up to 365 days prior to departure. In addition, as a YourLifeChoices subscriber, you will receive 10 per cent off your next policy at or phone 1300 552 701.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited, ABN 49 000 525 637, issues InsureandGo Travel Insurance (the insurance). Please read the combined product disclosure statement and financial services guide available at to decide if the insurance is right for you.


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    13th Aug 2016
    I have mostly travelled alone for the past 20 years . I have limited budget so stay at hostels . The young ones are very accommodating to an oldie . Am going across USA in November by train . So many lovely people to talk to . Went 2 years ago a different route .Just remember to tip or you will be missed out for meals . My worst experiences alone were in Islamic countries . Women alone are considered prostitutes . Very scary had stones thrown at me by young boys .
    But travelling alone is still the best way to see what you what to see and not have to be shown boring places like race courses or football fields on a tour .Albania was my most interesting place as they get very few tourists especially blond ones . The people were just lovely . Just had to keep away from the feral dogs lying in the streets and not trip over potholes in the road .
    13th Aug 2016
    Fi agree with you. Travelling alone is magic,I've being doing it further past20 plus years . However I was diagnosed with Parkinsons I've don't done any fir the past 5 years but an
    M off ti Korea in March so it will like starting all over again. Except thus time I'll have to Di it in a little moe style n comfort . But that will be fine a at 69 I guess I've earned it.
    13th Aug 2016
    Good for you Dukki. You are very brave . It is nice to have a bit of luxury sometimes. Enjoy your trip .
    13th Aug 2016
    Travel insurance? Get a Platinum travel card. Done. Free.
    13th Aug 2016
    yes but what does that cost every year?
    13th Aug 2016
    Yes, I'm doing it all the time! Love hostels for company, and also couchsurfing. Often this is a great way to meet locals, no need to stay with them especially in countries in Asia where living spaces are small and hotels are cheap. But I have made some excellent friends and learnt heaps about their way of life and culture.
    14th Aug 2016
    This patronising dribble brought to you by InsureandGo travel insurance
    12th Sep 2016
    When you reach your destination - obtain a business card from the hotel/hostel* - have seen a few people get lost easily the first day, whilst exploring, and they forget the name of the Hotel they're staying at!!* Those curious winding streets are so inviting - very easy to become disorientated...which of course, is half the fun but not so, when you're starting to panic - saw a young girl really upset late one afternoon in Istanbul and the hotel staff spent ages trying to locate her accommodation...the card would have been re ally helpful.

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