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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.

Find Someone with the Same Budget Priorities In whatever type of relationship, money can be a big tension point. Do you like luxury hotels? Or would you rather break the bank on your food budget?  You'll want to find someone who shares similar things they want to save money on and similar things they're willing to splurge on. 
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How To Be A Better Travel Companion

Many women have been taking solo travel adventures around the globe. And even if you are a frequent solo traveler, there are likely still times you’re looking for a travel companion. This can be you sister, a good friend, a significant other, or even a new travel companion.

Whether you’re trying to travel smoother with someone you’re close to or your picking a new travel buddy there are things that can make you a better travel companion.

Find Someone with the Same Budget Priorities

In whatever type of relationship, money can be a big tension point. Do you like luxury hotels? Or would you rather break the bank on your food budget?  You’ll want to find someone who shares similar things they want to save money on and similar things they’re willing to splurge on. Ways to be a better travel companion and how to find the perfect travel buddy.

Make Sure to Have Alone Time

If it’s a short trip you might be able to spend a full weekend together, but even then it’s good to spend a little time apart. This might be reading a book in a cafe or there could be something one of you wants to explore that isn’t important to the other. Being a great travel companion also means you can do a little solo travel at the same time.

 

Discuss the Pace You’ll Travel

About as important as budget, is what pace do you travel at. Do you want to spend the entire time running from activity to activity? Do you want to spend more time relaxing? Also, are you an on-time person or do you tend to run a little late?

You might not find the perfect balance but being on the same page is a great spot to start. After that, it’s finding patience when your travel partner and you are at different speeds.Ways to be a better travel companion and how to find the perfect travel buddy.

Go with the Flow

Travel rarely goes how you plan it. That’s part of the fun, it is also pretty stressful. Being able to go with the flow will make you a better travel companion. Instead of getting frustrated, especially with your travel buddy, just find a spot to read or grab a drink and wait for the challenges to pass.

Have an Opinion on What You Want to Do

From the planning stage to where you want to grab dinner that night. Have an opinion! You don’t want to force your travel companion to do what you want every time, but not having an opinion can be even more frustrating. So when you want something specific to be sure to let you travel buddy know. But be sure to let them win a few times or find a compromise when what you want doesn’t match. Ways to be a better travel companion and how to find the perfect travel buddy.

Find Yourself the Ideal Travel Companion

Sometimes you have the perfect travel buddy in your life, but other times either timing doesn’t work, where you want to go doesn’t match, or you might be looking for something different. Finding a new travel companion can be a challenge. Lioness Travel is working to make it easy as possible so stay tuned and be sure to sign up for updates on our travel buddy app releasing soon. Find Someone with the Same Budget Priorities  In whatever type of relationship, money can be a big tension point. Do you like luxury hotels? Or would you rather break the bank on your food budget?  You'll want to find someone who shares similar things they want to save money on and similar things they're willing to splurge on.

What you need to know to be a healthy traveler. Tricks for being healthy when you travel.
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How to Be a Healthy Traveler on the Road

When you travel frequently or for long stretches it’s very easy to break the healthy habits you have at home. It’s important to try and be a healthy traveler. This can make traveling harder on your body and so you feel like you’re dragging on your trips. And likely even worse when you get back home.

For women travelers, it can be even more important to stay healthy as it allows us to stay alert on the road. Give these easy tips on being a healthy traveler a try on your next trip.

Stay Active By Walking, Hiking, & Exploring

While you might not get in as many workouts in while traveling as you do at home a good way to stay a healthy traveler is making activity a part of your travels. Find a way to walk a few miles each day. That might be exploring the city or it might be finding a hiking route each day. If you walk a ton you can keep of some of those extra calories you’re likely to pick up. What you need to know to be a healthy traveler. Tricks for being healthy when you travel.

Drink More Water & Less Alcohol

Pack a reusable water bottle and keep filling it up. Even set goals for how many you need to go through in a day. Staying hydrated can be a make or break of staying healthy while you travel. Drinking enough water will help you sleep better, eat better, avoid getting sick, and so much more.

On the flip side of that, the more alcohol you drink the worse all the above will get. That doesn’t mean you can’t drink but either only have a drink or two. Or skip drinking altogether a couple nights. This also helps you save money as you travel.

Commit To Eating At Least One Healthy Meal A Day

For many of us, traveling is just as much about the food as it is about anything else. It’s easy to make excuses when you travel to stop eating well. While it’s okay to allow that part of the time make sure to keep it’s limited. Consider having a healthy breakfast each day or a salad each lunch. This will help your entire body feeling better. Also instead of eating heavy consider keeping healthy snacks in your bag. What you need to know to be a healthy traveler. Tricks for being healthy when you travel.

Make Sure To Get Enough Sleep To Be A Healthy Traveler

It’s so easy to run at one hundred percent for twenty-four hours when you’re traveling. It might feel like a way to get more in but you’ll quickly end up too exhausted to enjoy anything at all. Set a good sleep schedule for when you travel. For some people, that’s going to bed early so you can start fresh in the a.m. For the night owls out there it might be letting yourself sleep in. Try and get in 6-8 hours each night get the most out of your trip.

Find An Anywhere Workout That Works For You

If you do Pilates or swim for a workout at home you might not be able to easily do that on the road. At the same time, there are plenty of workouts you can do just about anywhere, even your hotel room. Consider learning enough about yoga or Pilates mat workouts where you can do them right on your floor. Or other core exercises you can do in your room. While running isn’t everyone’s favorite thing it can be done just about anywhere and a great way to explore the city as a healthy traveler. What you need to know to be a healthy traveler. Tricks for being healthy when you travel.

Don’t forget to find someone who wants to day healthy on the road as your travel buddy. It’s always easier to stay healthy when you have a teammate with the same goals. Make sure to join our list to get updates on how to find the perfect travel buddy.

What you need to know to be a healthy traveler. Tricks for being healthy when you travel.

Enjoy a girls getaway weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. What you need to know from food, music, and more.
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A Perfect Girls Getaway Weekend In Nashville, Tennesse

Whether you’re touring the U.S. or you need a getaway with your girlfriends, Nashville makes a perfect destination for foodies, music lovers, and more. You can get a taste of everything the city has to offer with a girls weekend in Nashville.

Head to Nashville for a chance to explore all the city has to offer with your best friends, sister or a new travel buddy. As much as the city is hyped up, it is still likely to beat your expectations.

First and foremost the live music

Welcome to music city. Whether you love country music, folk, pop, or rock, you’ll come across countless acts to enjoy. Start with wandering around Broadway where you’ll find cover bands playing many of your favorite hits.

Don’t forget to look into some of the cities classic venues, check out the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. You’ll want to get tickets early for any show you want to see at the Ryman or the Opry. The Bluebird is mostly a first come, first serve situation, so be ready to spend a few hours standing outside for the show. If that’s not your style find one of the countless singer/songwriter showcases around the city at spots like the Listening Room and others.
Enjoy a girls getaway weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. What you need to know from food, music, and more.

Get outside the city and explore

Downtown Nashville has plenty to offer but the region has much more to explore. Consider heading out to the Grand Ole’ Opry and exploring Opry Land a massive hotel that makes you feel like you’re in Nashville, Disneyland, and Las Vegas all at the same time. Or pop into the nearby town of Franklin to wander the historic streets for cute boutiques and delicious spots to eat. If whiskey is your thing, take a day trip out to Jack Daniels and tour their distillery.

Let your foodie out

You will leave Nashville with a few more pounds than you came there with but don’t worry it’s worth it. Nashville is the perfect place to explore with your fellow foodie girlfriends. To get the most of the city you’ll want to share some meals, otherwise, the portions will leave you full enough to skip a meal or two.

A few must haves are Nashville hot chicken from spots like Hattie B’s or Biscuit Love, and BBQ with favorites such as Peg Leg Porker & Jack’s BBQ. It’s hard to pick just a few spots to eat during your weekend in Nashville but you can find a few more favorite spots to eat in Nashville.

Enjoy a girls getaway weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. What you need to know from food, music, and more.

Stay in the heart of Nashville

Nashville is a vibrant city but there are also parts of town that you and your girlfriends might not want to stay in. While much of the city has cleaned up its act you still want to be aware of safety when you’re booking a place to stay. The Gulch was one of my favorite areas to visit and would have loved to stay there. It’s a short walk to Downtown, Music Row, and more.

Dance your nights away

If you’re looking for a destination for a girls night on the town Nashville is the spot for you. Start the night out at Pinewood Social where you can enjoy craft cocktails and tasty food, all while bowling or playing a round of bocce ball. Then head down to Broadway where you can wander from spot to spot dancing along with live music in just about any spot on the strip.
Enjoy a girls getaway weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. What you need to know from food, music, and more.

Enjoy your weekend in Nashville

Whether you’re heading to Nashville for a concert, sporting event, or just a weekend exploring the city you’ll leave wanting to visit again soon. Enjoy your girls weekend in Nashville eating, dancing, and shopping your way through the city.

Enjoy a girls getaway weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. What you need to know from food, music, and more.

Enjoy a girls getaway weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. What you need to know from food, music, and more.

Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.
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Must Have Tricks for Your Next Road Trip

As the year begins to warm up it’s the perfect time to start planning your next road trip. Whether it’s a summer vacation trip visiting family, a road trip with girlfriends, or a solo adventure somewhere new taking a road trip can be the best way to explore much of the world.

A road trip is perfect for a weekend getaway or is often a more affordable way to explore a new country. Think about driving along the California Coastline, exploring a few countries in Europe, or even explore the Southern island of New Zealand.Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Planning the Trip

You’ll want to start out planning your trip with the basics like where and when you’ll be going. It can be fun to just get in the car and go but there are a few things that will help you make the most out of your next road trip.

Find Your Travel Buddy

First things first, who are you going with? A road trip can be a great way to better get to know a friend or family member. It can also be a chance for them to drive you a little nuts. If you’re looking for a travel buddy don’t forget to sign up for our updates on the Lioness Travel App that will allow you to find the perfect travel companion on your next road trip.

Plan Your Route

There are a few approaches to mapping a route. Do you want to get there fast? Are their major attractions you can’t miss? Is it the scenic drive you’re looking for? Think about what you’re hoping to get out of your next road trip and make sure you and your travel buddy are on the same page as you map your route.

Leave Room For Spontaneity

Figure out how much spontaneity you want on the trip. You might book a few hotels or campsite or you might want to play it by ear. Even if you’re a serious planner make sure to leave some room for a spontaneous side trip or stop every once in a while. Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Packing Up the Car

You’ll want to make the most of the space you have for both your destination and the road trip itself. Consider making a list to make sure you don’t forget anything important.

Technology & Chargers

While sometimes it’s nice to get away from the digital world you’ll want to bring along a few piece of technology. You’ll, of course, bring along a smartphone or two, but does your car have a Bluetooth speaker or should you bring one along. Also, make sure to have all the chargers and adapters you need so your map doesn’t disappear when you need it most.

Comfort & A Little Protection

Get cozy! You’re spending a few days in a car and you’ll want to be comfortable. Consider the clothes you’re bringing as well as any pillows, window shades, or other accessories that will keep you comfortable in the car. And don’t forget the sunblock! You might roll down the window and the next thing you know you’ll be sunburnt on one side. Bug spray always helps as well since you won’t know exactly where you’ll be stopping.

Don’t Forget Snacks & Water

A good way to avoid stopping too often and spending too much is bringing along your own water and snacks. You’ll avoid being miles between stops and having a craving or a thirst. Always pack a little more than you think you need just in case. Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Saving Along the Way on Your Next Road Trip

In many ways taking a road trip can be a cheaper way to travel but it’s also easy to spend a lot on the road. Check out a few tips on how to save on your next road trip.

Find The Cheaper Gas

Gas can quickly become one of the biggest expenses when you’re on your next road trip. It’s also easy to be stuck needing to fill up and only have one option where prices are inflated. Consider using an app like GasBuddy that allows you to search for gas stations by cost. Plan ahead a little and you can save enough for a splurge somewhere else.

Avoid Rush Hour

To save on gas and time try and avoid rush hour in metropolitan areas. You won’t have to stress out about sitting in traffic and you’ll get better gas mileage. Sometimes it’s unavoidable but think about stopping to check out an attraction or enjoy a meal.

Camp, Stay with Friends or try Airbnb

A great way to save on your next road trip is on accommodations. Consider planning your route around where you have friends’ couches to crash on or look into camping a few nights. Another great way to save is staying at an Airbnb where you can just rent a room and even meet some locals. Tips and tricks you need to make the most out of your next road trip.

Catch A Show Just about any weekend in San Francisco, you'll be able to find a show worth seeing. The Fillmore is a favorite spot for concerts. This historic small venue hosts major acts all year round.  If a play or musical is more your style the Orpheum Theatre hosts major Broadway tours. It was the first stop on the Hamilton National Tour, so you'll want to take a look to see what's playing for your weekend in San Francisco. 
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A Girlfriends Weekend in San Francisco

A girlfriends getaway is a great way to explore a new city. Get started with a weekend in San Francisco. Whether you’re looking for nights out dancing with the girls, eating your way through a city or exploring outdoor adventures, San Francisco has it all.

Visit San Francisco any time of the year. While the fog may roll in, it’s just as likely to be a beautiful day in January as July. You can pick any weekend of the year or head out for a major event like the annual Bay to Breakers race or Outsidelands music festival.

While a weekend in San Francisco will only give you a taste of all the city has to offer, it’s a great way to explore the city with your girlfriends.

Your Pick Of Boutique Hotels

Stay at one of San Francisco’s boutique hotels. You can book a room in the historic Sir Francis Drake on Union Square. Find the secret room used during prohibition or pop upstairs for a great view, cocktails, and even a drag show.

If you want to get away from the tourist zone, take a look at the newly renovated Hotel Drisco in Pacific Heights. A cute spot worth the splurge that is a short walk from the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. What you need to know to plan a girlfriends weekend in San Francisco. Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in San Francisco.

Get Outdoors in San Francisco

If you love the city but still want to fit in a few outdoor adventures a weekend in San Francisco is exactly what you need. Without leaving the city you have a variety of open spaces and conservation areas to take a hike. Consider heading into the Presidio or around the Golden Gate Park to get into the redwoods. More interested in hiking by the beach? Head over to Fort Funston.

Consider heading into the Presidio or around the Golden Gate Park to get into the redwoods. More interested in hiking by the beach? Head over to Fort Funston.

Also, think about getting out on the Bay itself. You can take a ferry boat across to Sausalito or Oakland for a cheap way to get a great view of the Bay. Or sign up for a sailing tour under the Golden Gate Bridge.What you need to know to plan a girlfriends weekend in San Francisco. Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in San Francisco.

Catch A Show

Just about any weekend in San Francisco, you’ll be able to find a show worth seeing. The Fillmore is a favorite spot for concerts. This historic small venue hosts major acts all year round.

If a play or musical is more your style the Orpheum Theatre hosts major Broadway tours. It was the first stop on the Hamilton National Tour, so you’ll want to take a look to see what’s playing for your weekend in San Francisco.

Shop Till You Drop

San Francisco can rival just about any city for shopping. Head down to Union Square to explore all the designer stores. Then wander through neighborhoods like Hayes Valley, the Marina, and Haight-Ashbury for boutique and quirky shops. You’ll find everything from bookshops to resale to music stores.

Also, make sure to visit the Ferry Building, San Francisco’s public market. You’ll find a wide range of local products from cheese (don’t miss Cowgirl Creamery) to soaps to the Book Passage Bookstore. You can spend hours exploring and make sure you go hungry. What you need to know to plan a girlfriends weekend in San Francisco. Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in San Francisco.

Let Your Foodie Out

While the Ferry Building should be on your eating list there is so much to enjoy across San Francisco. If there is any type of food you’ve been craving but can’t find at home you’ll be able to find it here in San Francisco.

Head over to the Mission for some delicious Mexican food. From El Techo, a rooftop bar, to the whole in the wall La Taqueria, argued to have the best burrito in the country.

Visit Little Italy for tasty Italian. Tony’s Pizza is a city favorite. Otherwise, you’ll enjoy just about any spot you wander into in the area.

Brunch is also a big deal in the city. You might have to wait but Outerlands is a delicious spot near the Golden Gate Park.

Explore The City With A Weekend In San Francisco

With so much to offer a weekend in San Francisco is a perfect way to please just about any of your friends. You’ll have a chance to enjoy a bit of everyone’s favorites and even try something a little new. Grab a few of your girlfriends and book a flight to the city by the bay.

So, grab a few of your girlfriends and book a flight to the city by the bay. What you need to know to plan a girlfriends weekend in San Francisco. Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in San Francisco.

 

Top tips for your summer travel style, what to pack and how to plan for your next summer trip.

Must Know Summer Travel Style Tips for Women Travelers

Whether you’re taking your summer vacation or traveling somewhere else around the globe where they’ll be summer-like weather you’ll want to take a little time to plan your summer travel style for your next trip.

Summer travel is great for many reasons and that includes packing. You can pack more into the same space or travel in smaller bags compared to the winter. It’s also a fun time to pull out things from your closet that might not be a part of your everyday wardrobe as much. Have fun putting together your own summer travel style.Top tips for your summer travel style, what to pack and how to plan for your next summer trip.

Plan Ahead & Think About the Full Picture

Like packing for any other time of the year, don’t just throw in three tops you like and two dresses. Make sure to look at the full picture of what you’re packing and what you need to bring. This helps cut down on the bulk and bringing things you don’t need.

Light Layers To Mix & Match

In the summer, you won’t need all the thick things you bring along in the winter but you’ll still want layers. Make sure you know how cool evenings get and if you need to have your shoulders covered anywhere you go. Then when you’re looking at the full picture throw in some light layers that will mix & match with most every item you own.Top tips for your summer travel style, what to pack and how to plan for your next summer trip.

Accessorize to Change It Up

Since you won’t have coats to spice it up, grab a few small accessories that will help one outfit turn into another. If you’re trying to pack light you might only bring one dress but think about what you can do to make it work for a few different situations.

Swimsuits – One Cute & One Sporty

Always pack two swimsuits! This way if you use one in the morning the other will be dry in the afternoon. Or if you took a dip in the hot tub at night the other will be ready for the morning.

Also, think about getting a sporty suit that is not just cute. One that is great for jumping around, getting on and off boats, snorkeling and more. You don’t have to sacrifice style but you can add functionality. Check out Athleta for some great options that balance style and function. Top tips for your summer travel style, what to pack and how to plan for your next summer trip.

Take Culture into Consideration

Summer travel can mean you want to wear short shorts and sleeveless tops. While the heat is something to consider, make sure you also know about the culture of where you’re traveling and how that can play into your outfits. If you’re visiting churches or temples you might want to care a shawl or even where a pair of light linen pants instead of shorts when you’re exploring.

Pack Dresses &  Shoes That Fit Multiple Occasions

Dresses and shoes are what take up the most space in your suitcase when you’re packing for the summer. So make sure that these are the items you know you’ll wear more than once. Maxi dresses are great for exploring in the day, then add a necklace and they’ll work for a night out. Same with shoes! What sandals can go from day or night? Wedges can be better than heels since they can me more versatile.Top tips for your summer travel style, what to pack and how to plan for your next summer trip.

Shop With These Summer Travel Style Tips in Mind

These tips are all helpful but first, you have to keep these items in your wardrobe. You don’t have to go out and buy all these summer travel style items for each trip but think about them when you next go shopping and slowly make your wardrobe at home the perfect wardrobe for travel as well.

Don’t forget to keep your eye out for the Lioness Travel Buddy App for your summer travels as well. Make sure to sign up here for the latest launch news.

Top tips for your summer travel style, what to pack and how to plan for your next summer trip.

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.

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Traveling Women To Inspire Your Wanderlust During Women’s History Month

There is a lot of talk about travel women today. Those who are traveling in groups and those taking off on solo adventures. Women from all generations are increasing their travel today.

But what about the traveling women who were taking adventures around the globe decades and even centuries ago?

In honor of Women’s History Month, take a look at these women travelers and adventures from across history to inspire your wanderlust!

Featured image to inspire traveling women was taken by Luke Price

Elizabeth Jane Cochrane

Better known as Nellie Bly is best known for being one of the pioneers of investigative journalism. On top of that, after being inspired by the book Around the World in 80 Days, she took off on her own round-the-world trip and beat that. She was the first woman to travel the globe in only 72 days. You can even read her book “Round the World with Nellie Bly”. Learn more about her here.
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Aimee Crocker

A railroad heiress, Aimee Crocker was known for living life outside of the boundaries for women of her time. From outlandish parties to traveling to the “Far East”. In her 1936 memoir, “And I’d do it Again”, she details stories from being given her own island from a Hawaiian King to being poisoned in Hong Kong.

Sacagawea

Not only did Sacagawea play a major role in the Lewis & Clark Expedition, she did all of this while caring for her two-month-old son. Traveling from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean. While she may not have been the traditional “guide” talked about in our history books, she was a vital interpreter and resource for the expedition. Without her presence along the journey, it is would have traveled peacefully and successful to the West Coast. Read more about her here.

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Amelia Earhart

One of the best-known women explorers who continues to inspire our wanderlust to this day. Amelia Earhart was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. After this, she continued to push boundaries in both her flights and activism. She was a Read more about her here.

Bessie Coleman

Another groundbreaking female pilot. Bessie Coleman was the first African-American and Native American woman to hold a pilot’s licenses. She was so determined to become a pilot, that she saved up enough money to travel to France where she was able to attend flight school as a woman. She then came back to the U.S. and became a successful air show pilot. Unfortunately, she died at the age of 34 in a flight accident. Learn more about her here.

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Annie Londonderry

A Latvian immigrant to the U.S. that was born Annie Cohen Kopchovsky. She became the first woman to circumnavigate the globe on a bicycle. The adventure came out of a wager that no woman would be able to complete the task. Having only started riding a bike a few days before her trip Annie was able to prove them wrong. Read more about her here.

Junko Tabei

The most current of our traveling women. Junko was born in Japan in 1932, was a groundbreaking mountaineer. She began mountain climbing at the age of ten. She was the first woman to reach the top of both Mount Everest and all Seven Summits. She continued breaking records into her sixties on top of working to advocated for ecological issues. She passed just last year. Learn more about her here.

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Jeanne Baret

From 1766-1769, Jeanne joined an expedition to circumnavigate the globe. She did this by disguising herself as a part of the all-male crew as “Jean. While she was eventually discovered, she eventually made it back to France. This endeavor led her to become the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Read more about her story here.

Women to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Throughout history, traveling women have been breaking barriers and stereotypes to explore the world. Now it’s your turn to take off and travel.

If you’re interested in joining a community of today’s inspiring women traveler’s make sure to sign up for Lioness Travel to meet other women travelers near and far.