Many of us are excited to travel abroad now that restrictions are easing.
One listener is longing to plan her next adventure, but is nervous about doing it alone. She is a 37 year old single woman eager to explore South America, and asked for advice on taking a long term trip to unknown territories. Mairead brought listener Laura on the line, who has travelled abroad by herself many times and has some fantastic tips on managing solo travel
Read Laura's full list of tips below
It is safe, and better in general, to stay in hostels. Hostels are full of other solo travellers, couples or groups. You can meet up with them and stay connected to others.
Embassies are also everywhere ready to help if you’re in trouble, so don't let your safety concerns stop you from planning that dream trip.
Travel Insurance is absolutely essential-. Laura paid €3500 for just an X-ray and an overnight stay in a hospital in Peru after tearing her ligament. Thankfully, the insurance covered the bill.
Always have an extra 50 dollars (or equivalent in local currency) with you in case you’re in a jam. Laura hid this in a sanitary pad in her rucksack. Thieves know women often hide money in their bra, so don’t do it! You can also use safes in hostels-and needless to say, don’t bring your passport or other valuables out and about with you.
Ubers are safer than taxis. The most vulnerable you will be is when you arrive in new place with all your luggage. Often taxis can steal from their passengers and a driver can turn on you and ask for everything. To work around this, when you’re on a bus or plane, look for other tourists. Ask them if can you share a taxi with them, so you’re not alone. It is also recommended to book your taxi transfer through the hotel or hostel you’re staying in. These will have reputable drivers on file so you can arrive safely.
If you're thinking of carrying a pepper spray-think again. Sprays like mace are illegal in some countries-so if you are asked for your things- the best thing to do is just hand them over. You can always replace your things. It might be wise, if possible, to bring a second hand “burner phone” with you too. This way you can hand this over instead of your real phone!
Hear all of Laura's Tips in the full chat by clicking the Play Button below