The very best tips for any woman considering travelling solo.

Solo travel is often considered a bit of a bold move, especially for women. It can also carry the stigma that travelling alone makes you a “lonely heart”, conjuring up images of lonesome sunset dinners surrounded by couple-y romantics.

Yes, holidaying alone can be daunting, but it’s also a great experience that gives you the opportunity to meet new people and discover new places. Here are some tips on how make the most of your solo adventure.

1) Stay cautious

Whether you’re travelling in a group or by yourself, you should always be wary of your personal safety. You’re bound to encounter some dodgy people while on holiday.

If someone notices that you’re travelling alone, you could become the target of travel scams or theft. Try to research some of the common scams that you may encounter at the destination that you’re travelling to. Knowing what to expect always helps.

If it’s in your budget, try to find accommodation that has a restaurant downstairs or that offers room service. That way, you don’t need to leave your room if you’re not feeling up to it.

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2) Learn the lingo

Make sure that you’re familiar with the laws and customs of the area that you’re visiting. Pick up a local travel guide to get a better understanding of the political and cultural environment. Also, if you can, try to learn a little of the lingo. The locals will love you for it and it means you can speak to more people.

3) Embrace your own company

Many people can’t bear the thought of travelling alone, solely for the fear of getting lonely. But you might find that you enjoy it more. Travelling alone means that you get to pick the restaurants, tours, hotels and destinations, and you can change your mind at any moment.

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4) Pack light

If your travel itinerary includes multiple destinations, it’s a good idea to pack light. There’s nothing worse than lugging around an oversized suitcase from hotel to hotel and on and off public transport.

Most hotels will have some sort of washing or dry cleaning service, so you won’t need to worry about running out of clothes. Plus, the lighter you pack, the more space you have for shopping!

5) Don’t bury your head in a book

You may be tempted to bury your head in your favourite novel and block out the world around you, especially while eating at a restaurant or cafe. People watching, especially in a foreign country, is always lots of fun.

By putting down your book or phone and taking in your surroundings, you’re immediately opening yourself up to meeting new people, rather than shutting people out.

Travelling solo is on the rise and there are now plenty of solo travel options and packages to choose from, so it’s likely that you won’t be the only one by yourself. Don’t forget to wear a smile and revel in the freedom and learning that comes with holidaying alone.

Bessie Hassan is the Australian head of PR at At, you'll be able to compare from a variety of product types, from cards, to loans and insurance.