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Travelling Solo in Australia – Everything You Need to Know

July 24, 2014 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Travelling alone can be an exciting and rewarding adventure. They often say that experiences are best shared with others, but I don’t always agree with that. That being said, travelling solo can also be scary—especially if you are not properly prepared. While safety is the number one concern of those travelling alone, there are other issues to consider: what specialty items to pack, special spots to visit alone, and precautions to take to ensure your safety.

Sex, Age, and Ability 

When planning your solo trip, it is important to consider what makes you unique. There may be special considerations to plan for based on sex, age, or travelling ability (or disability). A quick online search can help provide trip-specifics for your differences. The following is a website that offers insight into attitudes towards solo, female travelers in Australia. If you are visiting from somewhere on the opposite side of the world, a quick look into their customs, culture, and beliefs can make transitioning easier and more comfortable.

Age and ability fall in the same category because both could major factors in determining what activities you can do independently. If you are seventy and use a walker, travelling across rough terrain would not be ideal. Your trip would be much more enjoyable spent on beaches along the many wonderful resorts that Australia has to offer.

Safety 

Before embarking on your solo-adventure, do your research. There are unsafe areas in any country you visit; find them and avoid them. Furthermore, request known and reputable services (like taxi companies) from your hotel’s concierge—they can provide you with a company that will ensure you have save passage while travelling alone.

If you are the outdoors adventure-type, do not go to notoriously dangerous areas to partake in extreme sports (surfers, check out this list of the “most dangerous rip prone beaches in Australia”). That being said, if you are the type to participate in extreme sports, you probably won’t heed my words. Therefore, at the very least, make sure and buddy up with a partner so that someone will notice if you fall into a pit or start to drown. A recent BBC publication stated that “Researchers in Australia have declared treacherous ocean currents the nation’s deadliest natural hazard.”

Packing and Preparation 

If you don’t want to pack all the following into your travel bag, I understand; however, the following items should be purchased immediately upon arrival in Australia, especially for those backpacking and spending a lot of time outdoors: a flashlight, bug spray, sunscreen, and proper shoes. These four items will ensure that you are protected from those things most prone to causing illness and injury.

If you are one of the unlucky that become injured or ill, I highly recommend purchasing trip insurance. It will make a cancelled or delayed trip more bearable. Moreover, it will cover your medical cost while on vacation. If you travel a lot—like I do—then annual plans are a great investment.

While the buddy system is generally advised for travel in foreign countries, the aforementioned should serve as a helpful guide to those looking “to make a go of it alone.”

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