Really try your hardest not to overpack! 7/11s are everywhere and you can get absolutely everything you need there. However, sunscreen is really expensive in Thailand, so bring a lot of it. After paying $1 or $2 for everything else, shelling out like $13 for a tiny bottle of sunscreen will be painful. Also, make sure to bring tampons if you're particular about the kind you use. They're difficult to come by in Thailand, and when you do, they're usually some uncommon brand.
It's no secret that ladies traveling alone face a higher risk of falling victim to crime than men do. This is an unfortunate reality but it should not stop any girl with the travel bug from adventuring out and ticking off destinations from her bucket list. I've compiled several of my best tips on how to be smart and safe so you don't end up needing Liam Neeson to come rescue you!
One of my concerns as a solo traveller was what I was going to do with my things when I went to the beach. There was no way I wasn’t going to enjoy the beautiful beaches along the coast of France and Italy after I had spent all that time and money getting there. Of course I could just lay on the beach and not go in the water but how could you resist taking a dip in the freaking Mediterranean Sea? It’s also almost impossible not to go in the water considering how hot it is during the summer. Here’s some tips on keeping your things safe while still being able to enjoy the beautiful beaches.
One of the first things I like to do when I check into a hostel or Air BnB that helps me get settled is unpack my belongings. Now I don’t mean unpack your entire bag, but I like to lay some things out to help me feel less stressed while I’m adjusting to a new place. One of the quickest ways for me to feel frustrated is by having clutter around me and not being able to find the things I need. This is especially the case when I’m staying in a hostel and I have to keep my stuff locked away in one of those cage lockers. If you have ever stayed in a hostel, then you KNOW how crazy your crap can get in those things.
When you’re traveling abroad, it is SO easy to get sick. You’re most likely not sleeping enough, eating foods you’re not used to, encountering tons of people in airports and train stations, and really exerting yourself physically each day. The last thing you want is to come down with something and waste your precious time suffering in your hostel bed and trying to figure out the local healthcare system. Here’s a few tips to ensure you don’t ruin your trip by getting sick!
One of the most commonly asked questions I get about solo travel is “How do you not get super lonely if you’re traveling by yourself?” I TOTALLY get the crippling fear that you’ll have no one to talk to for your whole trip because that was one of the things that initially stopped me from going through with buying my ticket. I thought that I wouldn’t meet anybody and that I’d end up booking a flight back home after a few days of ugly crying in my hostel room.