Solo Down Under: What the Ladies Need to Know for Traveling in Australia
Australia has so many things to attract the traveler. From the rainforests and coral reefs in the north, through the red center with its natural and geological formations, to the metropolitan cities with their enticing food culture and sandy beaches, it’s a fun-loving country. Oh, not to mention the cracking weather and brilliant beaches. If you’re considering venturing to Australia, here are a few things that every female traveler should know and some tips to make your experience Down Under as enjoyable as possible.
Always take out travel insurance, especially if traveling for an extended period of time. If anything does happen to your travel arrangements, such as a delayed flight, or to your possessions while away, insurance will reimburse you and can help you make alternative arrangements. It’s important to get medical coverage as ambulance and medical care in Australia costs. There are dedicated companies that provide travel insurance for women, so these should be your first port of call. You’re likely to get a better price than a more general insurance company — and that means more Australian dollars in your pocket for your adventures!
Australia has a long history of welcoming backpackers and travelers, so even if you are traveling alone, there will be many others in the same situation. Australia is also a very safe country and renowned for its friendliness, but as with all traveling, err on the side of caution, trust your instincts and don’t do anything you don’t feel comfortable with. Always carry a mobile phone with you — and make sure you always have credit on it — for any emergencies that might crop up. Solo female travelers shouldn’t advertise the fact that they’re traveling alone — say your partner is back at the hostel or at the ATM until you are confident in a situation.
Hostels are the budget-friendly choice for accommodation in Australia. There are a lot of them around, from those in the heart of cities to others right on the beaches. Many hostels will have female-only floors so request a bed on one of these if you would prefer not to be in mixed dorms.
Book a tour
A tour is a good option for the solo female traveler. Several companies offer women only tours and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people who may well become lifelong friends! Tours can last from a few days to a few weeks and involve nature, culture, cities or cuisine, or all of that!
Australia is a smashing place to travel round. Whether traveling alone or accompanied, a lady can have a real fun time out in this country. Many say that life is meant for two, but the travel experience in Australia can be just as amazing even if you’re traveling without another half.
Photo credit: Les Haines
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