Tip top tips for a solo female tripster

It seems that travel blogging is awash with Top Ten This and Seven Reasons Why That. And while some of these lists make interesting reading, I have to say, most of them seem fairly useless to someone of my ilk, namely a forty-something solo female traveller who is still slightly nervous but remains determined to explore her on own. The lists seem very much to be written by, and for, the gap-year generation or else the hardcore in-depth traveller spending months on end in a particular country. But if statistics are to be believed, there are more and more women like me who work full-time but choose to take trips alone.

So, not to be outdone, here are my tip top tips for a solo female tripster.Continue reading “Tip top tips for a solo female tripster”


Time out: what to do when you’re not travelling

I haven’t been on a trip since October.  That’s a long old time for me and my feet are growing very itchy.  Fortunately I don’t have long to wait now until I’m jetting off again but this abeyance in adventure got me thinking about how I fulfil my travel needs even when I’m not heading off to explore somewhere new.  Just because I’m not away doesn’t mean my head’s not in the clouds.

So here are my top six tips for what to do when money or work, or some other petty annoyance, dictate that you can’t travel. (Read also, How to Stay Sane). Continue reading “Time out: what to do when you’re not travelling”

Chins up, passport out

So right this very minute I should be sitting on a plane to New York with my (now ex) boyfriend.

Instead I’m shuffling around the house in my pyjamas and a pair of dirty socks with just the cat and a bottle of prosecco for company.

It was Henry David Thoreau who said, “The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.”

It’s an oft-used quote in the solo traveller community.  And for good reason.Continue reading “Chins up, passport out”

How to score cheap solo travel

I’ve had more than a *few* emails arrive in my inbox today about so-called Black Friday travel bargains to be had.  But, from what I could see, not a single one of them was offering me a saving of any kind.

The truth of the matter is that the cost of travelling solo can really add up.  However, with a little nifty know-how, and some boxing clever at booking, going it alone doesn’t have to mean a second mortgage.

So here are my top tips for getting the trip you want at a price that’s right.Continue reading “How to score cheap solo travel”