Everything you need to know about Solo Travel

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For anyone who has just arrived here on World of Wanderlust, Hi! My name is Brooke. In December 2013 I sold all my things and  packed everything I had left into a suitcase to travel the world… solo. I was 22 years old when I left home, had just completed my university degree, and despite not knowing where I was going with my life, I knew I was at least going in the right direction.

But there comes a point where you realise that is exactly what life is about – not doing what is right, what is acceptable, what is expected of you and knowing where your life is headed… instead, it’s just about going in the right direction. Besides, believe you can and you’re half way there.

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So let me tell you everything I know about Solo Travel

A crash course:

Lets start with the obvious but complex question, Is Solo Travel Safe? This question is asked expecting an answer, but considering how elusive this question is, it is not entirely possible to answer without considering a number of factors. Generally speaking, there are few countries in the world that are considered completely unsafe for travellers – not just solo travellers – which should be avoided. Any country with an established tourism market is likely to be safe for solo travellers. 

Will I Enjoy Myself? Of course this totally comes down to the individual. However if you have been brave and bold enough to make the decision to go alone, chances are pretty high that you will enjoy yourself on the road solo. It will be a rollercoaster ride of good and bad, highs and lows, but this is all a part of the experience.

I booked my ticket. Great. Now How Can I Calm My Nerves? A few handy hints to remember: The worst that can happen is that you hate it, turn around, and go home. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know. Ask a stranger to take your photo (just learn how to pick a good one!). Pack light and buy what you need as you go… you’ll be surprised how little you can live with when forced to. Dress & act like a local. Use your judgement… if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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The 10 Best Destinations for Solo Travel

Including Australia, Ireland, Norway, the real life Chronicles of Narnia and more!

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12 Unexpected Tips for Solo Travellers

A list of 12 tips you probably haven’t already heard (or thought) of! This one will help calm the nerves.

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10 Practical Tips for Solo Female Travellers

Booked your trip and feeling a little nervous about whats to come? Here’s 10 Practical tips geared toward the solo female traveller.

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Why all Women Should Travel Solo Once in Their Lives

For all the girls out there! Explaining the importance of solo travel and how it will help shape your education and outlook on life.

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20 Places to See in your 20’s

In need of inspiration but no idea where to start? This post lists 20 of the most popular places to see in your 20’s.


How to Meet People when you Travel Solo

Wondering how to make new friends when you travel abroad solo? Here’s a list to help you on your way!

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11 Awkward Solo Travel Situations

& what to do when they occur (because they will)!!

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Young & Restless: The Modern Day 20-Something

In need of that final push? This article will have you booking the next one-way flight outta there! 

Solo Travel Guidebook

The Solo Travel Guidebook

Still want more? For a complete guide, I wrote “The Solo Travel Guidebook” to help newbie solo travellers on their adventure. Enjoy!

Still want more? If you’re after specific solo travel tips and would like your questions answered or just need a few words of reassurance, please leave a comment in the section below! I’d love to hear from you!


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    December 10, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Very easily Solo Travel just more everything Destination could be on effective travel.

    Adrian Ann
    March 24, 2015 at 12:41 am

    I LOVE solo travel. I started when I was 16 but didn’t really set off on my own until I was 27. After 2 years, I’m addicted and a nomad. 🙂 Great article!

    January 23, 2015 at 9:17 am

    I love all your picture and was wondering who takes your pictures if you travel solo?

    Jenny B
    January 22, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I read so much of your stuff for my upcoming trip! Thanks!! Love it!

    January 20, 2015 at 5:25 am

    I’m new to blogging, and have really only started to research my long-time goal of traveling the world. Your blog is one of my absolute favorites. And honestly just the fact that you dropped everything, not knowing where to go, and left…that’s terrifying and amazing all in one. I would love to do that, but my family has always drilled the importance of money into my head. Do you have a hard time with spending while you travel? What do you do that makes the money aspect less controlling?

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    January 14, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I bookmarked this post and will come back to for sure! On Jan. 1st of this new year I booked myself a ticket to China! All by myself. I’m a little overwhelmed by my own courage, but also so so so so so so looking forward to this!


    January 12, 2015 at 2:17 am

    Agh, never travelled solo and the thought sounds so exciting and adventurous but so .. scary! Remember my first experience flying solo because my friend forgot to get her passport stamped at immigration and I was such a nervous wreck – and this was during a two hour flight to Stockholm!! Learnt to be better over the years – essentials include a good pair of headphones, a decent playlist and a fully charged iPad or very good book to divulge in!

    Diana xx |

    January 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing Brooke. I’m weighing up going to Tel Aviv over Easter.. by myself!

    Dulce Taylor
    January 9, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Great post, Brooke! I just finished a three month solo road trip across the Western United States and it was one of the best trips of my life! Every girl should travel solo at least once.

    January 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    I have been traveling with friends, family and (ex) bfs then still wanted to travel. When I found myself single and couldn’t find a travel partner, I just went ahead anyway and experience a totally different way of traveling. Met a lot of interesting people long the way. Whether you’re 22 or just finished post grad, traveling solo can happen IF you Really wANT it! I’m planning my next adventure whether I’m with friends or alone because I chose to do it. For me, life is too short thinking about what ifs.
    Thanks for continuously inspiring people to travel. I can only wish to do the same.

    Rochelle Liyanage
    January 8, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Inspirational for sure. But would you say it’s less of a risk at 22 than at 32 by which time there are some accumalated responsibilities and used to a certain lifestyle.
    What would scare me the most is the source of funding to just keep going…

    January 8, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Travelling solo was the best thing I ever did for myself! Initially I was going to Europe with my uni friends, but they all pulled out. So I though, why the hell not? And went anyway!
    I came back a completely different person. Eager to explore more!

    Chalsie | The Workshop Co. x

    LEE @ Modern Granola
    January 8, 2015 at 7:33 am

    So inspirational! I love reading about your adventures and hearing your advice. It makes me want to be braver.

    January 8, 2015 at 3:44 am

    From all the articles you write I like the solo traveling articles the most. Have read all of these at least 2 times!

    Araba K.
    January 8, 2015 at 2:16 am

    I personally believe that solo travel is something that everyone should strive accomplish, even if it’s a weekend trip to a new city. I think you learn so much about yourself traveling alone. I certainly did and I’m hoping for another opportunity to do it again soon! Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the matter.


    Mary Lyndall
    January 8, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I have been needing a little push to go out on a solo trip, and this post did just that. Thank you! I cannot wait until I step off of that plane in a knew place all by myself. Have a wonderful year and good luck on future travels.

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    January 8, 2015 at 12:13 am

    Such a cool post! Love this post!
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    January 7, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    We met a lady on Straddie last weekend who is travling solo around the world. I sent her over to your website. I hope she has gotten on your blog this is a great resource!

    • Brooke Saward
      January 7, 2015 at 4:51 pm

      Aww thank you SO MUCH for sharing!!! really appreciate it 🙂 x

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    January 7, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    This is a very nice experiencing for our self. I love to travel with my family. I want to see the world but with my family not alone. Nice blog. Thanks for sharing.

    January 7, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I am dying to know how you get all these perfect photo’s of yourself if you are traveling solo? If you simply get strangers to take them then I am SO jealous seeing as I am lucky if I get a photo of myself with out any thumbs covering the lenses or from the most unflattering angles!

    Susan the farm quilter
    January 7, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    What do you do if you get sick/hurt…need-a-doctor-sick/hurt and you don’t speak the language? I have always traveled overseas with friends/family or met them there…I just seem to drive across the United States by myself quite frequently! Since I’m married with children and grandchildren, I’m always a bit concerned about what I would do if someone got hurt or sick whilst overseas (it’s hard enough when you are away from home and your own doctor!!). I especially love traveling with one of my daughters – we always have the best time together!

    January 7, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Great resource for solo travel. Thanks for sharing!

    January 7, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I’m so glad you did this roundup post! I’ve been following for quite some time, but now that I’m planning on traveling more this year (especially throughout Canada) I’m seeing these articles in a whole new light. Thanks!

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    Miles of Happiness
    January 7, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    My solo travel was the most amazing experience I’ve ever had. It’s true freedom. Nothing to hold you back. You do whatever you want. However you want. It’s a special experience everyone should have once in its life I think.

    Kiara King
    January 7, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I always thought I’d travel solo, especially seeing as though ‘solo travel’ doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to be by yourself. No doubt you’ve met a myriad of incredible people along the way. I’m glad I have my partner to travel and experience the world with, but I can imagine solo travel would be rewarding in itself.

    Jodi Duncan
    January 7, 2015 at 11:22 am

    This post seriously made me want to hop on the next plane out of here! Even though I’m only a teenager, I want to travel as far as I possibly can. And, I want to do it alone. Thank you so much for the inspiration B! As always, you’re absolutely amazing. xx

    January 7, 2015 at 11:08 am

    I am going on my first solo trip this summer, I’m pretty excited, but very very nervous of what to expect, not the place, but me alone.

    January 7, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Just got back from my first solo backpacking trip and now I don’t know if I could travel any other way! Great tips and advice. Like always say, you were part of the reason I decided to just dive in and do it!

    January 7, 2015 at 10:47 am

    i would love to solo travel, however i also think sharing the travel experience with a special person can really make the trip amazing 🙂

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    Danielle {Styelleish }
    January 7, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Don’t you get bored more easily, or at least lonely when you travel solo? I would love to try, but I’m afraid of getting lonely!