Taking photos as a solo traveller

Who doesn’t love a good holiday photo album and sharing your favourite photo pic with your friends and family?

When you are a solo traveller being able to grab a photo isn’t always that straightforward.

Here are my favourite ways to take a photo as a solo traveller.

Ask someone

The old classic of simply saying to local or other tourists can you take a picture for me, you will normally find someone who will take the photo for you.

Top Tip: Have the camera set up already and explain the frame to them as well, but above all check the photo after! Make sure it is something you like and if not ask them to take it again and explain what it is you are after.

Use a Tripod

There are so many options now for lightweight travel tripods that fit into a bag easily taking up hardly any space, allowing you to snap pictures to your heart’s content.

I do recommend having a Bluetooth remote option as it can be easier than using a timer.

Making friends

When travelling solo you are bound to make other friends on the road so asking them to take a photo and doing the same for them is one of the simplest ways to get travel photos and the one I probably use the most.

Makeshift tripod

Use objects around you as a tripod

If you don’t own a tripod or don’t have room for one in your bag, place your camera against a wall, on some rocks or books anything to make your makeshift tripod is another great option when wanting to take a photo with no one around, plus you aren’t always going to have your tripod on you.


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Faye

How to overcome loneliness when travelling

When you are travelling solo there will be moments where you feel alone and slightly homesick, which is perfectly normal! Every solo traveller at some point will feel alone and go through this so know that you aren’t alone, while this may not happen at the start of your trip it will occur so knowing how to get out of this slump and back to your adventures is a good thing to learn about yourself.

One massive way to help combat that feeling of being lonely is to go out and make some new friends check out this blog post for tips on how to make friends when travelling.

Now for my tips to help you combat feeling lonely when you are navigating your way around the globe.

Stay in a dorm

If you normally stay in a private room then switching to a dorm will massively help.

Straight away you will be pulled out of any isolation, finding it easier to meet new people and not feel as lonely. If the hostel you are staying at has different dorm sizes maybe opt for a bigger one with the chance of more people being coming in and out of the room compared to a smaller 4-bed dorm.

Force yourself to meet people

While staying in a dorm will be a massive help to this, booking on a group tour can also be a good idea helping you to meet fellow travellers but also the chance to possibly meet some locals.

Making yourself interact with people can be a massive help, after all, we need human interaction now and then.

Don’t book a return ticket

Just because you are feeling lonely and not having the best time in the world doesn’t mean that you get on a plane ride home.

Think about all the places you haven’t yet been too and will miss out on, when will you have the chance to travel to this part of the world again?

This feeling won’t last forever so don’t end your trip early over it.

Take a rest

Burning out at the start of the trip can happen a lot!

You arrive somewhere and go off on all these adventures but yourself, then a few days feel alone as you haven’t made any friends yet and want to do some activities with people.

Don’t worry you can easily make friends (here are a few ideas). However sometimes that feeling of loneliness can come from simple being burnt out, so taking a day or two just to chill at the beach or pool, take a stroll around the town, sit in a café and read a book, do the laundry and other small tasks you haven’t had a chance to do yet can help you in feeling ready for the next adventure in no time.

Taking time for myself down at the beach, listening to the waves.

Avoid calling home

If you are struggling with being homesick, calling home may not be the best idea sometimes it can only make things worse, knowing yourself is important when it comes to these tips.

For some a phone call home to chat about the trip so far, come up with new places to visit discussing how you have been feeling down and using family to come up with an action plan for how to get back on top can be super useful, but for others, it can mean booking that plane ticket home.

Being aware of yourself and the situation for this one it can make things worse.

Move to somewhere new

If you have been in a location for a while try moving on, if there are things you still want to do look for a new hostel to change the sense or head to a different region, find yourself somewhere new to explore, people to meet activities to do.

Remember you will only have a certain amount of time to travel in so if you have seen and done everything you want to do in a region move on don’t hang around if you don’t need too.

Acknowledge it

Embracing the feeling and acknowledging it can be a massive help to combat that lonely feeling we all get from time to time when travelling.

Remember you don’t need to be doing a thousand activities a day it is okay to have rest and more chilled days just sat by the pool you don’t need to be the height of the party every day, we all need a rest sometimes.

But this simple acknowledgement can go a long way in helping in the future and helping you to understand yourself and grow during your trip.


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Enjoy navigating the globe
Faye

5 reasons why you should volunteer aboard

When travelling we tend not to think of charity work or volunteering, however, it can come with a lot of benefits, offering new travel opportunities as well as making travel more budget-friendly at the same time, therefore more accessible to everyone.

Mixing volunteering and travel is something I have only started doing this past year and while it may not be something I do in every location I go to it is something I will be considered in most of my future travels.

Here are a few reasons why you should consider charity/volunteering work as part of your next travel plans.

Save on accommodation costs

You can often volunteer to work at a hostel for the time you are there in exchange for free accommodation or a discount on a bed saving you money as you travel, helping to extend a trip and possibly stay in nicer accommodation then you would normally be able to afford.

It is worth noting though that you may need to contact the hostel before you arrive to confirm that you can work there in exchange for a room.

Travel off the beat track

Some opportunities are off the beaten track allowing you to explore parts of a country you wouldn’t normally visit, for example, I am climbing to the base camp of Mount Everest thanks to a fundraising charity opportunity I got involved in.

This is something I would never have done if it wasn’t for this opportunity to work with the charity!

Learn more about the local culture

Living and working with the locals will allow you to experience a culture in a new light away from the touristy side you may experience most of the time.

Likely to go on activities that tourist wouldn’t normally do as well as being able to see the country and way of living through their eyes, opening up a new appreciation for the country.

Unique experience

As this is something people tend not to do it makes for a unique experience and story to tell. This new way of travel can also be more sustainable.

This form of sustainability comes from the help you prove the local community, supporting that business and economy to grow, but also the environment as you are likely to spend longer in that particular location with this type of ‘slow travel’ having a massive environmental impact for the better.

Learn something new

Volunteering with the locals allows you to learn more of the language as they may not speak another language very well compared to more touristy areas.

Learn more about the traditions and culture, giving you an understanding that you may not have gotten if you just attend a group tour to somewhere.

You may even learn a new skill so that you can complete the volunteering in the first place.


Comment below and let me know if you have ever mixed volunteering and travel, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more travel content.


Enjoy navigating the globe
Faye

Safety tips for solo female travellers

Being a solo female traveller you will always get questions around safety and how safe is it to travel, especially in some parts of the whole more than others.

However just because you are a female does mean you can’t travel and it especially means that you can’t solo travel just because of your gender.

Most things are common sense and rules you would follow in your home country so just because you are aboard it doesn’t mean you won’t follow the same safety rules.

For general safety advice and more top tip for safety when travelling check out this post.

I have 5 top tips that I follow when I am travelling to help make sure that I stay as safe as possible.

Arrive during daylight

This one is a favourite tip of mine for a few reasons, the first being is that arriving in the daylight you can fully assess your surroundings just making it safer.

It means that you save money travelling to a location on an overnight bus which is cheaper than a hostel room for the night. In the day it is easier to follow where taxis are taking you as well as providers, helping you get a better deal.

You will also be more awake and aware, when in a new location too which is just safer.

Don’t tell people where you are staying

Okay tell the taxi driver where they need to take you, but don’t tell other people on the street you wouldn’t do it when you are back home so don’t tell people when you are aboard either.

Don’t walk around at night on your own

When at home you wouldn’t walk down a dark street alone or through a random park, so don’t do it when travelling, if you go on a night out make sure that there are people from your dorm room or hostel to walk back with.

Safety really can come in numbers.

Don’t flash valuables about

This is more a general safety rule, but it is seen as easier to pickpocket/rob women. Just watch where you are keeping valuables and when you are getting them out.

Be sensible on a night out

Again more of a general rule for everyone but women, unfortunately, are more likely to be targeted on a night out.

You can have something put in your drink or just have someone approach you (even though you don’t want it and will probably have to tell them a few times to go away before they get the idea).

Be aware watch your drink, go out with friends and don’t drink too much so that you are unable to look after yourself because no one else will.


Hope these tips for travelling as a solo female have helped

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Meanwhile, enjoy Navigating the Globe

Faye

Making friends as a solo traveller

Being a solo traveller the main idea, of course, is to be alone while travelling but that doesn’t necessarily mean you want to be alone, at least all the time.

There will be things that maybe you don’t want to do alone or maybe nicer to do with others such as going out to food or exploring a hidden waterfall but how do you make these friends to then go and do all these activities with when you are a solo traveller.

Stay in a hostel dorm

There may be some nights when you have been travelling for a while that you just want a room to yourself to get a good nights rest and recharge without people always coming in and out, having someone snoring all night, which is perfectly fine.

However, staying in a dorm room is the number one way for any solo traveller to make friends and is probably the number one recommendation with there being a reason for that.

Food!

Whether you go into the hostel kitchen to cook your food and start a conversation or ask people in your room if they want to go for food, you normally find at least one person who will say yes, creating the start to any friendship.

Saying hello

Sometimes you just need to go up to someone or a group and introduce yourself.

This can sound rather scary but most backpackers are friendly and will gladly include you in the conversation allowing you to make more friends.

Tours!!

From the free walking/bike tour put on by the hostel to an organised tour group expedition, they are a great way to meet like-minded people.

Smile and look approachable

Something small as smiling and looking as though people can come over and say hello can go a long way in making friends when on the road because who will go up the person who looks miserable in the corner.

By looking like someone people can approach you may find, someone comes over to say hey looking to make a friend.


Hope these 5 top tips on making friends as a solo traveller are helpful

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Enjoy Navigating the Globe

Faye

Safety tips for solo travellers

The biggest thing that gets brought up to any solo traveller is how safe are you? Is it safe to solo travel? Maybe you should think about travelling in a group?

However travelling in a group may not be possible or you simply don’t want to, but the answer to is solo travel safe is always YES!

It is safe to travel solo and something you will get better at as you travel more, with a lot of it coming down to common sense and being sensable while travelling. 

My top 10 ways of staying safe while travelling. 

Keep your valuables safe!

This one is something most people know but keeping your money, electricals and passport close to you, not having them out too much only when needed. 

Not only helps keep your attention on your surroundings, making you less of a target and harder for pickpockets to take advantage, but it also allows you to take in the place that you are exploring

Let people know where you are

When solo travelling you probably don’t want constant messages from back home all the time because you are too busy exploring and having fun to respond. 

However, getting a SIM card for the country you are in and letting someone know your movements as well as when you are going off-grid and can expect to hear from you again.

Is massively important for safety as at less one person back home knows where you are and if something did go wrong would have an idea as they haven’t heard from you. 

Get travel insurance  

Having insurance is something that people tend not to bother with thinking ‘oh I will be fine’ but having it an not needing it is always safer and saving you money when you do need it. 

Check government website

Checking on your government website for any update, advice and location of the embassies before you go can come in handy. 

Arrive in the daylight 

Getting a flight, bus or any other transport that leaves you in your new destination during the day not only is safer but also makes it easier to navigate your way around when first dropped somewhere new. 

Don’t drink too much alcohol

Of course, go out have a good time but don’t have too much to a point you can’t look after yourself because there will be no around who will, also be sure to keep an eye on your drinks too. 

Don’t flash valuables about

Linking back to keeping your valuables safe, waving your phone or camera about will just draw attention to you along with screaming tourist making you more of a target.

Be aware of your surroundings watch when getting things in and out of your bag it can become easy to get complacent which when you can become targeted.   

Learn the basics of the local language

Knowing basic phrases can not only show a sign of respect to the locals for their language and culture but also help you out when stuck if can know some of the local language commutating with the locals becomes a lot easier saving you both time. 

Don’t carry too much cash

While having some cash available on you is a good idea, having too much can also be a bad one. 

If something happens to that cash it would be all of your travel funds gone, so having a card you can use aboard to take money out at ATM’s, especially when going to multiple countries and carry different currencies.

Understand the local transport system

Understanding how the local bus and train system works can save you money on a taxi. Also ensures that you are getting the best detail and heading to the right place, without someone driving you around increasing the cost of your journey. 


Hopefully, these tips will help keep you safe as you navigate your way around the globe.


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Thanks

Faye

Growing confidence for solo travel

Solo travel, the thing we all want to do but having the confidence is the thing many of us don’t have.

I remember getting quite anxious and nervous about travelling on my own I even almost pulled out of a trip once I was so afraid but every glad I didn’t.

Being scared or worried about a solo trip is completely normally and okay to feel this way, but you are in luck because here are a few things that I use to confidence to do some solo travelling.

Getting use to your own company

Being happy on your own is one of the most important things when travelling solo and while you do meet people travelling you still spend time on your own.

Being okay with the fact that you aren’t always with people, that you will be going on adventures on your own is important as well as a great way to get to know yourself.

Days out on your own

Plan a trip to a city you have never been before and set off on your adventure.

Not only does it help with planning a trip and solving any problems on the way it also gets you to use to be in an unknown location exploring alone

Day trip I took to Oxford

Small things that give you comfort

For some, it’s going on a walk, reading, yoga, meditation and many more

When feeling alone and homesick knowing what can give you comfort, get you back up for an adventure is super helpful and help avoid you going home early from an amazing trip.

Too much media

Watching the media too much can scare you out of travel, a lot of the time only the bad is shown which unfortunately can put a lot of people off travel so remember some things should be taken with a pinch of salt

Go out for food on your own

Eating on your own is something which is happening more than you think, so getting used to it can be a massive help.

Start small by going to a café for a drink then a meal build up till you go out to a restaurant on your own (remember don’t worry about what other people think to focus on you)


Let me know in the comments any of your tips for building confidence to solo travelling.


In the meantime enjoy navigating the globe
Thanks
Faye

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