The hardest part about traveling the world as a solo female is just booking the ticket and going.
When I was 18 I hopped on a 14 hour flight by myself to land in a foreign country. I booked the cheapest flight out of town which happen to be Stockholm, Sweden. My goal was to end up in Italy after seeing Spain, Paris, and London. I worked my butt off senior year to save all my pennies in order to spend 2 months in Europe. I somehow managed to navigate my fresh outta high school-never been to Europe-determined self around this continent for 5 weeks. The memories have lasted years. The lessons are something I will never regret and the experience was once in a lifetime. It brought me independence, freedom, and confidence straight out of high school and right at the beginning of my adult hood. Traveling by myself gave me a sense of fearlessness that nobody can take away. I encourage everyone- girls and guys, to travel alone. Maybe not for every trip but occasionally to disconnect and reconnect with yourself and your surroundings. I’ve learned a lot from my solo trips and I decided to dedicate this page to help you navigate through some of the confusion. Happy travels :) if you have any questions reach out to me on Instagram @thekindcoconut xx Kiely
Pre Trip Planning
Before you go anywhere you will need to book some flights. My favorite website for this is Skyscanner. You can also download the app to your phone. Skyscanner seems to have the best prices and gives you multiple search options. You can check the cheapest dates for each month and even see which countries are on sale for the city you are departing from.
For accommodation I use AirBnB or Hostel World. Bookings.com is also a good site if you prefer to stay in a hotel. Airnbnb has super cool houses, rooms, or apartments to rent. You can even check out some local tourist experiences and book everything in one spot. Once you know the general lay out of where you want to explore you can use AirBnB’s map view to see where each rental is located to make sure you get a good spot.
Before you go
Do your research. Know the currency of the country you are going to, best transportation to and from the airports and during your time in the country, safe places to stay in and where to avoid, any tourist traps (don’t play the street games in Paris or you just might lose $100 and end up eating hostel pasta for dinner :(, and check the weather before packing.
Make sure to call your credit and debit card companies ahead of time to put in a travel notice. If you don’t, they will freeze your cards and you will be a little stuck without any cash. That being said always have cash on you. DOn’t solely rely on cards to get you by. Cash is usually best and easy to exchange but make sure to check rates so you aren’t paying more than you should. Know where and how to exchange money. Usually when you land the airports will have currency exchange windows. Make sure to get enough for the trip because who knows where the next window will be.
Book some group excursions. Meet new people and have fun on group tours. I don’t love this, I much prefer to have the freedom to explore on my own time but sometimes it is nice to have a tour guide tell you what’s up with all the history and culture that surrounds you without needing to look everything up on your phone. This can be good too if you’re feeling lonely. Hostels are a great way to meet like-minded individuals that are on a similar journey as you are. I met friends at every hostel I stayed in and ended up spending days exploring the new cities with them.
Buy a SIM card from the country you are in or use what’s app! My first trip I came home to a $600 phone bill- no bueno. Lesson learned. And there are tons of new technology and apps that allow you stay connected with loved ones over seas without raking up the phone bill.
Make a list of sights you want to see and things you want to do so you aren’t trying to plan or figure things out when you’re there. I’m not saying have everything set in stone, I’m definitely more of a spontaneous, whatever I am feeling type of person, so just have a basic general idea and see what you want to do each day.