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

How to chose a backpack

The most important item that any backpacker will get is their backpack. 

But what should you look for in a backpack? 

What makes a good backpack?

What backpack should I buy?

Most the answers to these will be personal ones with everyone saying they have the better backpack however, I have a few things you may want to think about when getting a backpack that will hopefully narrow down the choices.

For some context I have the Osprey Fairview 70L backpack, this is the female-specific version of the rucksack where the Farpoint is the unisex version.

What size should I get?  

Deciding what size backpack to get is probably one of the first things you need to decide.

For me, I got the 70l because I was this bag camping as well so needs to fit a tent etc, but I also like to travel for longer and feel like I would struggle with a hand luggage size bag though, it can be done and people do only travel hand luggage saving themselves money on checked-in baggage.

You can get to a 45l Fairview/Farpoint rucksack if the style I have appealed to you but want a smaller size.

What about a day Bag?

Whenever backpacking you will need to bring some form of the secondary bag to carry with you during the day.

Most people will carry a second backpack, a bum bag, foldable backpack or a combination it just depends on what type of traveller you are and what activities you will be doing.

For me having the day bag which can be detached from the main bag was something super important, the ease it brought me when needing that extra bag out in the airport and trying to carry it, there are a few backpacks out there with this feature but it is a limited number.

Having a detachable day bag may also be something which just isn’t important to you either which is also fine plus it does open you up to a lot more styles and range of bags.

Rain Cover

One feature that is often overlooked is does the backpack come with a rain cover? Even when in the sunniest of countries it can still rain so knowing you have a cover you can use is super handy.

You can buy a rain cover separately and keep it in an outside pocket that is easily accessible, but if you can get a bag with it built it, you will save time and money of buying one separate.

How does it open?

This one may seem odd but looking at how the bag opens is thing massive thing to look for!

I find having a bag which opens up like a suitcase is so handy and makes life far easier when needing to find anything inside, it also makes packing easier too.

Colour

You may not put much thought into the colour of your bag, going for any colour that isn’t black would be my suggestion. 

Imagine if your bag got lost at the airport and you had to describe how many black bags do you think there are? Compared to green or red there won’t be as many making if easier to find. 


Hope this has helped you in what to look out for when buying your next backpack

Comment below what backpack you use and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for more travel content.


In the meantime 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

Tips for saving to travel

Everyone wants to travel but how do you afford it? 

There are many times I have looked at different travel nomad and wondered how? How did they save the money in the first place to travel? How do they keep funding the travel they do? How can I save the money to go travelling around the world when I am a student which as many people know means little to no money. 

Well, I have some good news it can be done so here are a few tips on what I have done to save money so that I can navigating around the world. 

1. Get a savings account

Sounds simple right? Most of us probably have a savings account which we put money into every now and then but having one for a specific reason and making sure to put money into every month with a target amount to save is something not everyone does.

This tip is one I did that helped so much I always saved the money from birthdays and Christmas growing up just to save but when I decided I wanted to travel I found that having one big pot of all my savings which I dipped in and out of for different things, left me feeling like I was getting nowhere so I searched different savings accounts till I found one right for me. Even went and had a meeting at the bank to make sure I was picking the right account for me. Set a target amount to save and from there did my best to put a set amount aside each month into this account.

2. Bring/make your own

The amount I saved as a student making my lunch the night was amazing. The smallest thing saved me so much money but was also a lot healthier than buying meal deals every day.

I also brought my reusable mug which saved in money on drinks but also would use to get free drinks. How? Well, I would ask for hot water which was usually free or a few pence then have my tea in a small pot in my bag. Between bringing my lunch and reusable mug for discounted or free drinks I would save around £4-£6 a day which does add up. 

3. Shop around

As a student, Aldi was where I always did my food shopping or at the local market but anything I needed outside of food shopping I would shop around for it on any website I could think of looking for the cheapest price as well a using any discount apps to further save me money. It took more time but was worth it when I had more I could put towards my savings.

Also asking myself if I needed what it is I am buying helped as well the number of times I went to buy something I didn’t need or realised that fixing something or even getting second hand was just as good not only saved me money but helped the planet a little a lot the way which can’t be a bad thing at all. 

4. Have a goal amount

When saving I found giving myself a target of the amount I wanted to save in a certain amount of time helped.

Making sure the target it realistic as well is important I simply took the amount I wanted to save and the amount I could save each month then gave myself saving targets each month of the amount I will put into my travel fund account and if I was able to save more in one month would give myself a small reward.

Knowing that when I hit that target I can go on that trip and seeing that goal get closer and closer help so much when I was feeling down and that I would never be able to save enough to travel.

5. Don’t be hard on yourself

Life isn’t perfect things happen, stuff comes up. When they do don’t be hard on yourself I would be lying if I said that I perfectly saved the target amount for each month. They were times where my car needed to be fixed or I needed to get new trainers, a birthday gift I forgot about which meant I saved less that month.

I was annoyed because I didn’t hit my target but I didn’t give up and go on a mad shopping spree as I really would be bad at square one I just saved best I could that month and knew next month I just needed to get back on target.

Hope these few tips are helpful and you with your saving targets whatever they may be.

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