Solo Travel

5 Things You Learn When Traveling Alone

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I was 15 years old when I had my first solo travel experience. I was going to Turkey to stay with my aunt, uncle and cousins for a month. Although I wasn't going to be living with strangers this would be a totally new experience for me. I spoke a bit of Turkish, and had previously visited my family with my parents, but I still had infinite doubts a[...]

Meet the Introvert Who Travels

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You know those posts about introverts you can find online? They say stuff like introverts are uncomfortable at parties, they only have one or two friends, they prefer to spend all their time indoors like hermits and they enjoy studying the world from a distance. I used to read these posts and could relate to every single one of them, or at least so I thought[...]

7 Assumptions About Hostels You Should Forget

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So you've already decided you want to travel on a budget. Maybe it's more like 'need' than 'want', but hey... Whatever the case may be, by now you know you've looked at hundreds of hotels and Airbnb listings, but all you can afford is the dodgy 1 star hotel an hour outside the city. You think 'there must be another way,' as your mind starts to wander into ho[...]

Is Cape Town Safe for a Solo Female Traveller?

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I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit nervous. Sure, I had travelled alone a lot in the past, and sure I’d been to Tanzania the year before to volunteer for a few months in communities that were less than touristy. But this was South Africa, and the barrage of travel advisories and my nervous father were not convinced of my safety there, nor did they [...]

The Thrills and Frills of a Solo Traveler

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There's something about being alone that makes us uncomfortable. It is odd, offbeat and scary. Just the thought of getting on the plane alone, while silently hoping that our neighbor won't be clumsy or rude, is enough to turn some people away from solo travel. The thought of getting off the plane in a new environment, without any familiar faces to look into,[...]

Exchange Programs: A perfect introduction to the Travelette lifestyle

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When I tell people that I was still a teenager the first time I set foot abroad on my own, I get all kinds of reactions, from amazement to disapproval. Some usually think that it’s great, as it ignites a much needed open-mindedness within one’s teenage-self, while others say it is too dangerous to travel on your own when you are still that young. When I told[...]

Haka Tours: Not your average group travel

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Have you ever wanted to swim with 400 dolphins in Kaikoura, swing Tarzan-like through canyons, or go skydiving over the Southern Alps? These are the things that the most ambitious bucket lists are made of and with a small company in New Zealand, you can easily cross a few life goals off your own list. Haka Tours is a tour operator owned by a team of passiona[...]

To the Woman About to Travel the World Alone

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You are about to chase the world, chase adventure, and chase pain. You might come back, you might not. You will explore ancient temples and run around with gelato in one hand and an Italian lover in the other (hopefully)! You will learn to believe that luke-warm is no good, and that culture and street food and local people are the essence of experience. You [...]

Why I am Not Afraid to Travel Alone (Anymore...)

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Are your friends too busy to travel with you? Have you considered solo travel, but your fears are holding you back? I was scared too before I finally booked my first solo trip, and afterwards I wondered why I waited so long. It's perfectly normal to be afraid to travel alone, but it shouldn't keep you from living the life you want. Here's a girl's guide how[...]

Going Solo Vs. Travelling With Friends

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Thinking of that next big trip, but concerned about being on your own? Secretly afraid that upcoming BFF vacation might have you all at each other’s throats by the end of it? Like most things in life, the choice between traveling alone or with others is full of tradeoffs, with pros and cons on each side. While only you can evaluate the specifics of your r[...]

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