Tips for women travelling alone

It can be hard for women setting out to travel alone.

Women in Australia live, on average, 3 years longer than men. The divorce rate is increasing for people who have been married for more than 20 years. The median age for women at divorce is 42.5 years old. That is, just when your kids are growing up, after you’ve spent years looking after everybody else. So, what do you do next?

Many of the women I’ve met who are travelling alone or with a female friend are doing so because their partners died before they could make that trip they had been planning for years. I started travelling solo this time because Doc (my partner) can’t get extended time off work. I got sick of hearing “next year”, and decided that my next year is already here.

If you don’t do things by yourself, how are you going to do them at all? Here are some tips to help you get started.