Change of pace

The world is ever changing and as much as I’ve enjoyed traipsing around each continent in velcro shoes holding tightly to my mother’s hand, I’m ready for a new challenge.

I’ve been lucky enough to experience a lot of the world due to my upbringing and the opportunities I was presented through dance competitions. With a rocky end to 2017, I needed some independence, something to do for myself.

The start of a new adventure began on the 19th of February 2018 I booked my first solo overseas adventure. Hawaii would be my first port of call.

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Hawaiian Island Source: Blue Hawaii

I decided to leap, I’m ready to leave the nest and as I looked at my teary eyed mother I clicked confirm on my flights. The nerves, excitement and anxiousness washed over me as I realised I’m about to travel for the first time as a single female.

A new way to travel

Within a world that’s so accessible via social media, I quickly realised my excitement and passion was shared but a wide group of females. I realised that I was not alone and that between 2013-2015 Solo travel increased by 9% while female travel increased by 72% according to the Visa Global Travel Intentions Study.

Each week I want to learn a new tip of how to be safe but all while enjoying my adventure. I thought compiling them into an easy to read blog would not only be beneficial for me, but for others wanting to travel alone as well.

Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii Source: Dhilung Kirat

Pinterest as a helpful travel tool

I started my Pinterest board and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of ‘Pinners’ and ‘Boards’ that related to mine. Pinterest as a whole also noted the 350% increase in women pinning solo travel ideas since 2014. The main demographic responsible for this surge ageing from 18 – 34.

One of the most helpful ‘boards’ that I have come across allows for a thorough insight into the top things to do on each island.

 

Source: Easy Planet Travel

With flights booked, I was confronted with the fact that this holiday wouldn’t be spent in a secured luxurious apartment. In order to keep the cost down, as yes I am myself a uni student, I decided to stay for my 20 days in a backpackers style accomodation.

After thorough research I decided that I would splurge the extra $5 a night to stay in a room that would house 4 females. As it is my first trip I figured what better way to make some girl friends who understand how to take good Instagram pictures.

 

Source: Eva Gutowski

An increase of 230% of day trips and adventures treks are now Female only and designed specifically with solo female travellers in mind.

The countdown is on and in 113 days I will be arriving at the airport, fresh passport in hand. Excited for an adventure without constraints, equiped with all the best travel tips I can find.

If you would like more regular updates feel free to have a look at some of my other platforms linked below.

I am excited to learn new information, so feel free to leave any helpful tips below.

Have you ever traveled by yourself? Where did you go?

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