What you need to know when planning your first stay in a hostel. How to stay safe during hostel travel.
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A Woman’s Guide to Hostel Travel

When you’re traveling sometimes the last thing you want to spend money on is your accommodations. Cutting costs on where you’re staying, especially when you know you won’t spend much time there, can allow for traveling longer or more frequently. It can also allow you to splurge on something more important. This is one of the reasons why hostel travel is so popular and a great alternative.

On top of being an affordable option, hostel travel is also a great way to meet other travelers and even get to see more of the local side of the city. Consider staying in a hostel next time you and your travel buddy plan a trip.

If you haven’t given it a try before there are a few things you should know before you take your first hostel travel adventure.

Start With Booking The Right Hostel

Booking the right hostel can make or break your experience. Don’t book the first one you see. Make sure to do your research. First thing is location. How close is it to public transportation and the places to see. Second, is it a safe location. Do research on the neighborhoods in a city and where you should stay. Safety can also include if a place has locked storage and if it matters to you, single sex dorm rooms.

Finally, you’ll want to get a feel for the environment. Does it have a bar and people tend to party late into the night? Or is it a cozy spot with early quiet hours. Both are great but it depends on what you want to experience on your travels. A great way to figure this out is reading the reviews for the spot and do a quick Google search.

Be A Good Roommate

The last thing you want in a hostel is an annoying roommate. So you want to make sure to do your best not to be one. A few things to be aware of are being courteous of sound and light in the dorm room. You might miss that someone is napping in the corner so you don’t want to barge in loudly at any point of the day. Also, don’t turn on the light at night and instead use your phone or a headlamp.

We know you don’t want to get up and move yet but snoozing your alarm in a dorm setting is not okay. Also, avoid bringing anything smelly into the room. That means food and also spraying perfume.

In the bathrooms, do your best to keep the lines short. If it’s a busy time take as quick of a shower as you can and don’t hog the mirror.

Come Prepared

When planning a hostel travel trip you need to bring a few more things than when you’re staying in a hotel or even most Airbnbs. First, bring things that will help you sleep. Pack earplugs and an eye mask.

A portable charger can make or break your phone situation since you might not have an outlet right next to your bed. For security, pack your own lock. Unfortunately, some people do steal things at hostels and even just locking your bag can deter them.

Bringing along a sarong is a great all purpose trick. You can use it as a towel, a blanket, a sheet, or to be more discreet when changing. A travel towel is also good to squeeze into your bag since some hostels charge for towels and they aren’t always a good quality.

Meeting Other Travelers in Your Hostel

Hostel travel is a great way to meet others on the road. If you’re traveling solo and want to meet people considering booking places that have social spaces. This can be an active living space, communal meals, or a hostel bar.

Get yourself a little out of your comfort zone and start up a conversation with someone. Odds are they’re looking to meet people too.

Staying Safe in Hostel Travel

Above all, you want to be sure to feel comfortable during your stay. Consider a female only dorm and if you stay in a co-ed dorm introduce yourself to the other women in the room. If for some reason, there is a person who makes your uncomfortable, no matter for what reason. Go to the front desk and ask to be switched. It doesn’t have to be a big deal but it will make you feel better during your stay.

Get comfortable and explore the amenities. You’ll have a better time over all during your hostel travels.

Another great way to stay safe while traveling is finding the perfect travel buddy. Keep an eye out for our upcoming travel buddy app.What you need to know when planning your first stay in a hostel. How to stay safe during hostel travel.

Why Bali makes a perfect destination for your next getaway! Whether it's a girls trip or solo travel, what you need to know about Bali, Indonesia.
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Why Bali Makes A Perfect Destination For Women Travelers

 

Whether you are looking for a getaway with a girlfriend or a destination for your next solo travel trip. Bali makes a perfect destination for women travelers. From its breathtaking beaches to its rolling rice paddies, you’ll have a chance to explore and enjoy this beautiful island.

Friendly Locals & Expats

In Bali, it’s very easy to meet people around the island. Whether you want to connect with locals, other travelers or expats. Most people on the island speak English, making it the universal language used by travelers from all over the globe.

Staying with locals is easily available and a chance for you get to know the island a little better. At the same time, it can be a cheaper way to stay in a beautiful villa.

Bali Travel Tip – Meet up with others along your travels. It’s a great way to learn more about the island and find out some of the best things to do. Keep an eye out for our travel buddy app to meet with other women on the road.Why Bali is the perfect destination for your next getaway! Whether it's a girls trip or solo travel, what you need to know about Bali, Indonesia.

Safety First

Like in any country, you need to have your wits about you and stay safe while you travel. Overall you’ll find Bali a very safe place to be. Most places are very active at any hour you’ll be out on the streets so you’ll have plenty of people around. You may have to watch for pick-pockets a bit but won’t find anyone aggressive during your times just wandering the different cities. Why Bali is the perfect destination for your next getaway! Whether it's a girls trip or solo travel, what you need to know about Bali, Indonesia.

Easy Transportation

With the affordable exchange rate for most travelers, taking private and safe transportation around the island is easy. You can have your Airbnb host help you set one up, or visit Trip Advisor to find a driver. Both allow you to see customer reviews. Especially when traveling with another girlfriend it’s a safe and easy way to split the cost while you’re exploring the island.

Bali Travel Tip – many tour companies will include transportation to and from your accommodations. Take advantage of this and use them to get from one town to another just by planning a little ahead.Why Bali is the perfect destination for your next getaway! Whether it's a girls trip or solo travel, what you need to know about Bali, Indonesia.

Beauty From the Beaches to the Rice Paddies

If you’re looking for beauty in your travels you’ll have to look no further than Bali. You’ll find natural beauty in the breathtaking beaches, mountain views, expansive rice paddies, and jungle forests. On top of that, you’ll be in awe of the architecture you find from famous temples to family homes.

Bali Travel Tip – being an island you might plan on staying on the coast during your trip, but if you don’t spend some time inland especially in Ubud, you’ll miss out on a big piece of what makes Bali, Bali. Why Bali is the perfect destination for your next getaway! Whether it's a girls trip or solo travel, what you need to know about Bali, Indonesia.

A Chance to Connect With Yourself Makes Bali A Perfect Destination

Bali offers you not just a chance to connect with nature and a new culture, but it allows you to connect with yourself. Whether you plan on going on a yoga or meditation retreat or not, you’ll still feel the inspiration to slow down and explore yourself a bit. If you’re traveling in a group get to know each other better, if you’re traveling solo you’ll enjoy wandering and exploring yourself as much as the streets of Bali.

Bali Travel Tip – while on the island take some “me time” to relax and take care of yourself. That might be meditation, yoga or a relaxing spa day. Bali offers amazing facilities for all of the above and at amazing prices.Why Bali is the perfect destination for your next getaway! Whether it's a girls trip or solo travel, what you need to know about Bali, Indonesia.

Why Bali makes the perfect destination for your next getaway! Whether it's a girls trip or solo travel, what you need to know about Bali, Indonesia.

What to do as a solo female traveler on the road to avoid loneliness. Tips for meetings others while traveling.
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7 Ways to Avoid Loneliness When Traveling Solo

Solo travel can be a great experience, but no matter who you are you’ll want to connect with people along the way. It depends on your personality, you might get a little lonely or feel disconnected after a day on the road or it might be a week. But all solo travelers need to avoid loneliness along the ride.

So when you’re planning your next solo trip take these ideas into consideration these ways to avoid loneliness on the road.

 

Get out of your comfort zone & start conversations with locals

It’s quite possible that you’ll stand out as a traveler when on the road. That may mean locals don’t start up the conversations with you, but that doesn’t mean you can get one started. Whether you’re fluent in the language or need some practice, break out of your comfort zone and jump into a conversation nearby. You might just have a quick exchange or you might make a new friend.

Take a seat at the bar or communal table

It’s easy to sit down at a table and eat by yourself. Or grab a drink with a book in your hand. But when you do that it’s unlikely you’ll have a chance to meet or talk with anyone. So instead take a seat at a bar or a communal space. Here you might chat with the bartender, another traveler or some locals who sit next to you.

Use shared transportation

Many places you can travel from city to city with others. This might be taking a bus or a shared taxi. These can be another chance to meet other travelers. Plus, it will normally save you a few bucks.

 

Find out where to meet travelers & expats

Most cities around the globe have places where travelers and expats get together. It might be a coffee shop or a bar. You can normally find the spots with a quick search online. Especially if your skills in the local language are weak, meeting other travelers can be a great way to connect and make friends on the road.

Take a group tour or sign up for a group activity

When traveling you might not want to hop on a tour or sign up for a group activity. When you’re trying to experience a country yourself sometimes these can feel “inauthentic”. While this can be true there are also great ones out there. Plus, they are a chance to have a shared experience during your travels. They can be day trip tours, walking tours, cooking classes or guided hikes to give you a few ideas. What to do as a solo female traveler on the road to avoid loneliness. Tips for meetings others while traveling.

Find a meet-up or a travel buddy

If meeting people on the road isn’t coming organically think about making a plan to meet people. There are some great ways to do this. Check out meetup.com or look for Facebook events in the area.

Soon you’ll be able to connect with locals and travelers in the area directly with our upcoming travel buddy app. If you want to be the first to hear about the launch, sign up here.

Bring along a good book or two

You might not always want to interact with others but you can get lost in a good book. If you’re anything like me this can help you avoid loneliness along the road as well. Think about packing an e-reader where you can bring along a few books without having to take up much room in your luggage.

What to do as a solo female traveler on the road to avoid loneliness. Tips for meetings others while traveling.

What you need to plan a your trip to Cuba as a solo female traveler. From safety to accommodations to meeting other travelers.
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Solo Female Travel In Cuba – What You Need to Know

One of our top travel trends for 2017 is exploring Cuba. For Americans, the opportunities to travel in Cuba are just opening up. For others around the world, it is believed to be the last chance to visit the country before tourism takes hold and makes significant changes.

Whether you want to see the beautiful beaches and landscapes, walk through the busy bright streets of Havana, listen to live music and watch salsa in Trinidad, or smoke a cigar on the plantation in Vinales, there are so many reasons to take a trip to Cuba.

For many, especially Americans, Cuba has been a mystery. This can bring many concerns on traveling there. If you’re a solo female traveler and considering taking a trip to Cuba there are a few things you should know. What you need to plan a your trip to Cuba as a solo female traveler. From safety to accommodations to meeting other travelers.

Getting Around Cuba as a Solo Female Traveler

There are a couple ways to get travel in Cuba. First is private taxis. If you aren’t worried about your budget this is an easy and safe way to get around. It’s about $25 CUC to get from the airport to Central Havana. To get around the island rates are normally over $100. You’ll always want to agree on prices ahead of time and research what they should be.

As you’re traveling alone, it’s nicer to split costs. Thankfully, in Cuba, they have what is called a cCollectivo. A shared taxi, that will take you between cities. An example is between Havana and Trinidad it costs $30, compared to the $150 in a private taxi. If you’re alone it’s a great way to meet other travelers and save on costs. You can book through your casa host or at the hotel tour desks.

Finally, there is the Viazul, the tourist bus. This is an affordable option but takes longer than the collectivo. They run on time and are safe. But from Havana and Trinidad the cost is $25, only $5 less than a collectivo and takes at least 2 hours longer. What you need to plan a your trip to Cuba as a solo female traveler. From safety to accommodations to meeting other travelers.

Accommodations In Cuba

Cuba has both hotels and guest houses called casa particulars. The hotels can be convenient, but often don’t have the luxury you’re used to expecting for the prices they cost. The casa particulars can ofter as good amenities with only a percentage of the cost, plus you get a chance to live with locals.

The other perk to the casas is they can be booked easily on Airbnb. This means you don’t have to bring cash to pay. Also, you can read reviews of past visitors. As a solo female traveler, this allows you to find an affordable place (often only $20-40 a night) that you feel comfortable staying it. You can read reviews of the host, room, and the area you’ll stay in. What you need to plan a your trip to Cuba as a solo female traveler. From safety to accommodations to meeting other travelers.

Meeting People As a Solo Traveler

Cuba is filled with lively locals and travelers from all over the world. You can find people to chat with at bars, restaurants, and cafes. If you don’t speak much Spanish though, this can be more of a challenge.

If you’re looking to meet other English speakers a great way to do so is hop on a tour. This can be a day trip or even just a walking tour of the city. Also, taking the collectivos is a nice way to meet fellow travelers.

Another perk with Airbnb is they’ll note if the host speaks English. If they do, you can learn a lot about their experiences and life. What you need to plan a your trip to Cuba as a solo female traveler. From safety to accommodations to meeting other travelers.

Safety for Solo Female Travelers in Cuba

There is a lot of poverty in Cuba but it is a misconception that it means Cuba is an unsafe place. In many ways, Cuba is a safer place than both tourist destinations and other Latin American countries.

The crime rate in Cuba is instead very low. You won’t have many pickpockets to deal with. And other than people trying to get you to take a taxi or tour at a little higher price, you won’t find too many scams.

As a woman traveling alone, you will likely receive some comments and even be approached by men, but not in an aggressive way. Instead, you’ll be asked to get a taxi or even if you want to go dancing that night. Feel free to ignore or dismiss any of these people, that is unless you want to go dancing. What you need to plan a your trip to Cuba as a solo female traveler. From safety to accommodations to meeting other travelers.

Is Solo Travel in Cuba Okay? Yes!

If you are thinking about solo travel in Cuba don’t let others concern make you hesitate. While you should do your research and need to be aware of your surroundings there is no reason why you shouldn’t take a solo trip to Cuba.

Or if you’re not so sure about traveling solo, find another female traveler to join you on your journey.

Take the chance to explore a country filled with beautiful places, people and culture.What you need to plan a your trip to Cuba as a solo female traveler. From safety to accommodations to meeting other travelers.

All the safety tips you need to know for women solo travelers.
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Must Have Safety Tips for Women Solo Travelers

More and more women are taking off and traveling the world on their own. There are so many aspects to solo travel that allow you to best experience both a destination and yourself. Whether it’s a round-the-world trip or just a weekend away, taking a solo trip as a women traveler can be intimidating, to say the least. There are a few safety tips for women we’d recommend.

Odds are when you plan your first solo trip you’ll hear a lot about being safe and whether you are sure it’s safe to travel there by yourself. In reality, as long as you’re prepared it’s safe to travel alone just about anywhere in the world.

Much of the intimidation comes from not know what you’ll experience, and while many of the fears are unfounded, you do need to be prepared.

Be A Good Person, Not A Polite One

A simple safety tip for women is being honest to yourself above all else. Especially in touristy places, as a traveler, you’ll always be approached by people trying to sell you something. And as a solo women traveler, you’ll likely be approach by men wanting to chat with you.  Ninety-nine percent of the time these people are entirely innocent. At the same time, you don’t have to talk with them if you are at all uncomfortable or just don’t want to.

It’s okay to say no! Get comfortable with it. Make sure you are a good person but don’t be polite just to be polite and put yourself a situation you don’t want to be in.

Don’t Go Too Far Off the Grid

It can be invigorating to be out on your own, and part of the point of traveling solo is to disconnect from your world back home. At the same time, in case something does happen you want to have people know where you are. One of our safety tips for women is don’t fall too far off the Grid.

If you’ve planned ahead, leave an itinerary with a few family or friends. And, touch base from time to time with them, even if it’s just letting them know you’re at a new destination.All the safety tips you need to know for women solo travelers.

Take Care of Yourself

As a solo traveler, you do need to be more alert of your situation. That shouldn’t stop you from enjoying yourself but you do need to be more aware of taking care of yourself.

Knowing your limits is important. Whether that is watching how much and what you drink, ensuring you’re getting enough sleep, or not getting sunburnt. Not only will this keep you safe it will allow you to have more fun.

Trust Your Gut

We have instincts for a reason and while you might be overreacting it’s better than underreacting. When you’re uncomfortable in a situation, trust your gut and get out. At the same time, if you’re comfortable somewhere or with someone trust that as well. You won’t enjoy the experience if you’re paranoid and unable to connect with locals and other travelers.

Be Prepared & Have Fun As A Solo Traveler

When traveling solo, it’s good to prepare a little more than normal. Take a minute to consider these and other safety tips for women. That might mean having a ride to your accommodation when you arrive, buying travel insurance, and knowing enough of the local language to get help when you need it.

At the same time, being prepared will allow you to better enjoy and experience your destination as a solo traveler. So ladies, get out there and explore the world!All the safety tips you need to know for women solo travelers.