7 heavenly hacks for females travelling alone
Solo travel comes with plenty of perks. Want to stretch out and slumber like a starfish? Be our guest. Can’t choose which bathroom basin to utilise? Use both. Those twin robes hanging in the closet? One for you… and the other for you… to wear to the pool if you wish.
Travelling sans companion can really be loads of fun and the ultimate in luxury, to boot. On a recent trip to an exclusive Whitsunday resort, upon learning I was journeying alone, I was upgraded to the owner’s suite, an African-inspired villa plonked in the middle of the Australian bush.
While travelling alone as a female can have its challenges – trust me, I’ve been doing this now for nearly a decade – the rewards far outweigh them.
Here are my top tips to squeeze the best out of your solo travels:
1. Utilise the ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign
Aside from not wanting to be woken by the room cleaner at some ungodly hour, this is an all-round clever security tactic whether you’re in the room or not, to deter intruders. For additional safety, make sure you actually lock your door and check through the peephole when someone knocks.
2. Be open to meeting new people
The most awesome thing about travelling alone is the number of people who are drawn to you. Random acts of kindness? They are there for the taking, whether it’s someone inviting you to sit with them for dinner, or volunteering as your snorkelling buddy.
3. Trust your instinct
While you should seize the day, it is also important to listen to your gut. They don’t call it women’s’ intuition for nothing. If something or someone doesn’t feel quite right, go with that. There’s a difference between being open to new experiences, and putting yourself in danger. Thankfully, Queensland has a reputation as one of the safest places on the planet for female travellers.
4. Order Room Service
One of life’s great joys is room service. When travelling alone, I like to wander to a nearby bar in the late afternoon and people watch, hands clasped lovingly around a pre-dinner drink. If I like the scene there, I’ll stay. If not, I’ll quite happily sashay back to my hotel where I’ll order room service, jump in the shower and my jarmies in the 30 minutes I know it will take to arrive, and be all clean and comfy in time for dinner.
5. Do your research
Thanks to the internet you can pretty much plan every aspect of your holiday before you even leave home. While I recommend staying open to serendipity, it doesn’t hurt to check out your hotel, resort or tour before you go. You can learn a lot from browsing photo galleries and reading reviews to see if this is the adventure for you.
6. Stay Connected
Aside from letting friends know what a fabulous time you’re having, social media is a great way to not only let people know you’re safe but also what your next travel plans entail. You’ll be surprised by how many travel tips you’ll pick up this way too. And it’s a great platform for feeling connected in those rare times you may become lonely – just bring your Facebook friends to dinner and you’ll never feel isolated again.
7. Have fun
Embrace the freedom, joy and rewards of travelling alone. You set the schedule and won’t be forced into doing any activities you don’t want to do. Oh, and that king-sized bed with 1000-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, she’s all yours. Did somebody say starfish?
Still worried about travelling alone?
We’ve got you covered with these tried and tested female-friendly operators:
- In Noosa, for great female guides, head out with Kanu Kapers for a kayak tour of the Noosa Everglades, or join the female instructors at Noosa Learn to Surf.
- The Whitsundays boasts several female-friendly accommodation options. Airlie Apartments is run by a single female manager who lives onsite 24/7 and will even offer to join you for dinner if you’re looking for company. Backpackers By The Bay offers female-only accommodation with female-only four share rooms available upon request.
- For a really cool female-friendly experience, head to the Outback Queensland town of Eulo and its Artesian Mud Baths which hosts women-only days.
- At Brisbane’s NEXT Hotel, you can borrow a GHD from reception and the yoga mats and pilates rings in the gym can be delivered to your room. Sage Hotel in New Farm has a garment steamer and also offers yoga classes. Both of these hotels also offer good security with each floor being locked so it is only accessible to people staying on that specific floor and their entrances are locked from 11pm to 5am.
- Want to get out and about with other cool chicks? Check out the Australian Offroad Academy’s ‘Girls Got Grit‘ courses, which take women on 4WD adventures around Fraser Island, among other Queensland locations.
If you’re not sure where to head on your solo adventure, here are five ideas to get you started.