Taking to the road alone is a brave decision. We're exploring solo traveling with award-winning writer, podcaster, and solo female travel specialist Gemma Thompson.
Today's guest is Gemma Thompson. Gemma is an award-winning writer, podcaster and specialist in solo female travel. In 2014, she published the popular anthology ‘A Girl's Guide to Travelling Alone’, and has also recently launched a podcast of the same name.
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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:
Gemma’s favorite adventure: The Great Barrier Reef
Why it’s a good idea to try solo traveling at least once
How to stay safe while traveling solo:
-- Be aware of cultural differences
-- Be aware of civil unrest
How a door wedge can keep you safe: Security Door Wedge
Tips for a great solo trip:
-Make sure the things you want to do most are accessible from where you are staying
-Plan your route beforehand at least from the airport to your hotel
-Make sure you have a couple of alternative routes to the hotel just in case
-Have the address and route written out on paper in case your phone doesn’t work
-Have a currency conversion chart and common words translated ("please," "thank you," "how much?")
Tips for eating alone:
-If you want to go to a fancy place, lunch is a good option to feel a little more comfortable
-Don’t overthink it. People aren’t really paying attention to you
-Research spots first to find the most solo friendly places
-It’s ok to take a book
-But, try not to look at your phone the whole time
What Sparks Joy for Gemma:
The joy of waking up in a new country.
Gemma's podcast: A Girl's Guide to Travelling Alone
"The best things happen when you're just wandering around."
"Doing the research is absolutely key when you're traveling alone."
"You have to respect the culture of the city or the country you're going to."
"Once you've eaten out on your own a couple of times it gets easier and it doesn't feel awkward."