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Benefits of travelling as a solo female

By 20 May 2015 Travel

“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.” – Hannah Arendt

Travel is a marvellous thing. Not only can you explore new places but you can also explore your own mind, especially if you go on your own. There are places you can go to on your todd where you’ll meet loads of new friends and party like mad, if that’s your thing. Otherwise, you can enjoy peace and quiet and room to think.

One of the benefits of travelling solo is that you don’t have to talk to anyone if you don’t feel like it. This is perfect for introverts who tire easily from too much human interaction. You can enjoy destinations in your own bubble of quiet contemplation. For me the major benefit is being able to do what you want to do. Travelling by yourself means you don’t have to follow anyone else’s itinerary. Go where you please, when you please without having to worry about anyone else. As someone who doesn’t even like to go shopping with other people, it’s lovely to only have to please yourself. There are less compromises to be made when you go somewhere on your own.

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If you’re happy to stay in a hostel, going it alone means you can benefit from single bed prices. There’s no need to fork out for expensive hotel rooms unless you want to. Girls can enjoy female only accommodation in most hostels. Many around the world boast dedicated girls’ facilities that include home comforts such as fluffy towels and extra mirrors.  I’ve stayed in a wide range of hostels in my time from clinical Hostelling International places in the USA with professional quality kitchens, to party hostels and a converted town house in Malaysia where there’s only one dorm room with about 20 beds and lizards in the toilet cubicles. Although some were less than ideal I never really had a problem in any of them, plus the one in Malaysia cost about £3 per night so you can’t really complain!

Another benefit of travelling alone as a woman is that is allows you to feel empowered. It’s like a big two fingers up to anyone who’s ever doubted you or your ability to do anything. When you’ve arrived alone at an airport on the other side of the world, negotiated an Asian toilet, got on a local bus and stepped around a dead rat in the middle of the road, having to get the train to Manchester for a business trip seems like the piece of piss it really is. You don’t need to feel self conscious about eating alone in a restaurant. You don’t need to worry about waiting at the gate to get on a plane without knowing a soul for miles around. Feel free to take your time, enjoy your own company and stop worrying so much about other people. Sometimes it’s good to be selfish.

I’m married now so I’ve got someone who I can share travel experiences with. However, it’s still good to get some alone time and I don’t intend to completely stop solo travel. Hubby doesn’t enjoy just lazing around on a sunbed so I can foresee taking myself off for a long weekend in the sun at some point in the next few years.

Have you been on holiday or travelled on your own? How would you sell it to someone who isn’t sold? Leave a comment below.

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5 Cheap Getaways for 2015

By 15 February 2015 Travel

The fab thing about low cost airlines is that it makes a cheap getaway somewhere exciting within reach of most of us. Jump on a plane on a Friday and be back to work Monday morning. Wouldn’t those ‘how was your weekend?’ conversations much more interesting?

Of course, there’s nothing stopping you flying away for longer. Each of these destinations offers enough to keep your attention for some time.

So, these are five new routes for 2015. With more of the world being opened up by low cost flights, where will you go next?


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This year, easyJet is becoming the first UK airline to fly to the bohemian Moroccan city of Essaouira. This port city, according to Lonely Planet pronounced ‘essa-weera’, is the perfect place to escape from the dreary British winter. It might be 8 degrees today in Kent, but it’s 18 degrees in Essaouira.

Jet away to Essaouira from Luton from just £40.99 each way with easyJet.

Ponta Delgada (Azores)

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If you’re more of an outdoors girl, then the Azores could be the perfect getaway. Just 4 hours from the UK, this volcanic archipelago offers a mild climate all year round and a ridiculous amount of outdoor activities to keep you busy. You’ve got hiking, canyoning, kayaking and paragliding if you’re feeling energetic, or if you prefer to chill out on your island paradise, why not go whale watching, enjoy a spa treatment or laze on one of the dark sand beaches. The whole thing sounds pretty idyllic.

Fly to Ponta Delgada on Sao Miguel from Stansted from £44.99 each way with Ryanair.


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From May, Monarch is adding Rhodes to its list of destinations. For long sun-drenched days this summer, head out to Greece where temperatures are usually in the high 30s. Spend your days reading next to the pool or swimming in the crystal blue waters while in the evenings you can explore the white-washed villages and hilltop acropolis.

With flights starting at £39.99 each way, you can jet off to Rhodes from Gatwick or Manchester.


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The colourful and romantic city of Porto nestles on the steep bank of the Rio Douro. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can explore to your heart’s content. Wine lovers can disappear into the world’s oldest demarcated vineyards for tastings. Porto is becoming a popular weekend break destination because of the low cost flights. Go there now before it gets too busy!

Fly from Luton to Porto with easyJet from £36.99 each way.


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Once the royal capital of Poland, Krakow is now a lively city with as much nightlife as there is history. Be the queen of culture during the day and then party the night away. Don’t forget to visit Wawel Castle, the Renaissance palace that was the political and cultural hub of Poland until the end of the 16th century.

British Airways are flying to Krakow from Heathrow from a super £72 return. Bargain!

Share your thoughts – if you could fly anywhere for next weekend, where would it be? Leave a comment!

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