You've researched your trip, decided where to go and are ready to book. With so many booking sites out there, it can be overwhelming knowing which ones to use. This page is a list of all travel resources for solo travel and the sites which I use to book my solo trips. From booking flights, hotels, hostels and airport lounges to the more mundane such as insurance and currency, here are my recommended travel resources for solo travel.
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Finding Cheap Flights
I always use this for my flights. Skyscanner is the first site I check because it not only gives me one of the best rates but it also allows me to search for flights with multiple airlines throughout the whole month. There’s even a function to search ‘everywhere’ for the cheapest deals to anywhere (which is brill if I'm somewhere and looking for the next cheapest destination). Once I've decided on the date that I want to fly, I can add a special alert to get notified when a flight price goes down, so I can book it at the right time and save some cash!
If you want to save money on accommodation consider Couchsurfing. I used this in Costa Rica, Paris and Switzerland and had good experiences. Look for reviews from other girls travelling solo if you're apprehensive about staying with strangers. It's a good way to meet a local, save money and have a ready-made friend when you arrive in a country for the first time. You do have to be sociable though so if you like your own company then maybe check into Airbnb or a hotel instead.
Hostels are a great way of meeting people and you don't have to stay in a dorm either. Most hostels often private rooms so you can still have your own space and then socialise in the common areas when you feel like it. Hostelz is the only hostel website which freely lists information on all the hostels so you can see where to get the lowest price. It also includes other hostels which you won't find on other booking websites, so you'll find all the hostels in one place. Easy!
Booking.com is so easy to use and I love this site. They have over 700,000 accommodation so you’re guaranteed to find a bed wherever you want to go. Each hotel is rated with reviews so you can read other’s opinions on location, facilities and check how good the Wifi is (an essential if you're a digital nomad). The ‘best value for your money’ option helps to narrow down your search, and you don’t pay anything until you check into your hotel. You can get some really good deals on this site, plus you can now find hostel beds on here too. This is my favourite site.
Airbnb connects travellers to unique travel experiences and it isn’t just restricted to spare rooms in local’s houses. You can now stay in villas, castles and even find penthouses within your budget. Plus you get the chance to stay away from the tourist areas with a local who can give you inside tips for their city or town, and in some cities, it works out cheaper than a hotel room for one. This was my preferred site when I was travelling in Caribbean as hotels were quite costly. Being solo I tend to stay away from the accommodation with no reviews and book the ones which have glowing reviews from other women. Book through this link to save $20 off your first stay.
If you want to see the USA the good ol' fashion American way, renting an RV with RVshare is the way to go. You'd be renting from a peer-to-peer company, meaning, other peoples' RVs that are cherished rather than the cookie cutter fleet rigs you see on the road (aka their logo wrapped all around them). RVshare is the largest and most trusted RV rental platform in the US that allows renters to try before they buy and owners to make money with their RV while it's sitting unused.
If you are feeling apprehensive about travelling solo, sometimes taking a tour for part or all of your trip can give you the confidence you need before going it alone. In the past I took a tour with G Adventures and definitely recommend them as a solo female friendly company. Trips range from active to cultural and cater for all types of solos with a maximum of 16 people (although the average is approx 12).
You don't even have to be that active if you don't want to be. As a sustainable travel company they also have their own non-profit organisation ensuring the communities touched by tourism benefit from the opportunities it provides. Find out why I and other Girls about the Globe recommend them in this review.
If you are looking to book a day tour, Viator has plenty to choose from. As a TripAdvisor company each tour is handpicked and pre-vetted to make such you get the best experience. From tours to museums and bus passes you’ll find every kind of activity and tour possible whether you prefer sightseeing, water sports, or just tasting the local cuisine.
What I also love about Viator is that many of their deals can’t be found anywhere else. Plus they also have 24 hour global support before and during your trip.
True Traveller is my favourite insurance, and one which is perfect for those who don’t know how long they will be on the road. You can create a tailored insurance policy with extras such as baggage, cancellations and all types of activities, or just opt for the medical insurance. Everything about these insurance policies are just fab but what I really love is the fact that they allow you to buy a ticket when you are already on the road or extend it if you decide to stay longer (which I've definitely made use of). Find out how to choose the right insurance for you.
I have also used World Nomads and found their service really easy to use. World Nomads is also for independent travellers and available in over 150 countries. Their insurance also allows you to purchase insurance once you’ve left home. What I also love about this company is that they have The Footprints Network, a community that helps you give back to projects and make a positive difference in the world.
Sometimes you just don't want to take a tour and may prefer to hire a car instead, especially if you're travelling to the Caribbean where airport transfers can be expensive. I hired a car which was cheaper than a transfer and a day tour, and had the freedom of driving myself around the islands.
Avis has more than 5000 locations worldwide so you’re pretty much guaranteed to find an Avis wherever you go. This makes it easy to collect a car at the airport and drop it off in another destination, or even take it one-way across a European border. Avis is ideal and many of their vehicles come with GPS too, perfect for those of us who are challenged in the map reading department.
Spending hours on a bus can get lonely so for those solos looking to meet like-minded others to share long journeys with, Busabout provides just that. I travelled through most of Europe with this company and it just made my trip so much easier than going it alone. They are a really sociable company and I met so many people during my bus journeys. Plus they drop you off and pick you up from a chosen hostel so you can stay with the friends that you just met on the bus.
The guides are great and give you information about your next destination on your journey and play movies relevant to where you're going (e.g The Sound of Music for Austria). I even went on a bar crawl in Prague which they arranged. For those who prefer to travel more independently, this is a stress-free way of getting around a country in safety and style. Originally with routes in Europe, they have now expanded to Asia and North Africa so you can get your Busabout experience globally.
Four years ago I booked my first airport lounge. Always thinking that they were more for business men I was so impressed with all the pre-flight treatments (not to mention all you can eat brownies). If you need some pampering before you fly you can get a pedicure, manicure or a massage to relieve the travelling stress. Awarded a four star bubble rating by the Good Spa Guide, and using skincare specialist Dermalogica, they can eliminate all your pre-flight nerves and get you boarding the plane feeling like a princess. N.b. At the moment the travel spas are only in some UK airports. (They also arrange limousine transfers too!)
You know the feeling, you arrive in a new country after a long flight with people shouting “taxi, taxi.” You’re told not to get into an illegal cab but you’re tired and don’t know what to do. That’s where pre-booking your airport transfer come in. Hoppa makes your experience so much easier and although it’s more expensive than a local bus, it will give you peace of mind especially if you're due to arrive after dark.