6 Tips for Solo Female Travel

the post where I talk about female advice..

So you’re going travelling? Travelling alone? As a female? Isn’t that dangerous? Will you be safe? Are you sure you want to do that?

YES, YES, YES, NO, YES, YES

I’m sure we’ve all heard one of those questions, if not all of them at one point or another. I know I heard all six, and I still hear them now when people from home find out I’m travelling.

Here are some helpful tips, that have definitely helped me along the way

 

 

KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU

I’m not telling you to be terrified and trust nobody, but be vigilant. Just because you’re abroad and acting like a holiday, it doesn’t mean you’re invincible. When I go to a foreign country, especially alone, I write down the local emergency numbers and local words that can help you in you get lost or injured.

THINK, DRESS AND ACT LIKE A LOCAL

If you’re travelling to South India, make sure you cover your shoulders, chest and knees. If you’re entering a mosque, cover your hair. This really helps if you want to blend in, and avoid the unwanted stares and attention. A lot of the time when you travel you don’t want to look like a tourist, blending in with their clothes etc will definitely help you fit in more.

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ARRIVE AT YOUR LOCATION BEFORE NIGHTFALL

This one is mainly for locations like Asia, but not limited to. Getting off the coach in the dead of night on an unlit road with no internet on your phone probably isn’t the safest. I personally always book flights/coaches where I know I’ll be arriving in the day time. Or at least know someone is picking me up from the other end safely.

DON’T BE SCARED ABOUT BEING ALONE

Solo travelling doesn’t mean you’re going to be alone. Whether you’re in a 16 bed dorm or camping on Fraser Island, you’re pretty much always surrounded by people. My mums biggests fear before I started travelling was that I would be alone constantly and that would be dangerous. I don’t think there has been a day where I’ve been completely alone unless out of choice.

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TELL SOMEONE ABOUT YOUR TRAVEL PLANS

Before you venture off into the Amazon Rainforest, tell someone, maybe some back home, where you’re going and the rough amount you’ll be gone for. That way, if no one here’s from you, then they can give a rough location of where you were last seen. I know a lot of people like to be care-free and separated from home, but sometimes that isn’t a good idea.

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TRUST YOUR GUT

If you feel that something doesn’t seem right, then you’re probably right. If you ever feel uncomfortable in a situation, don’t feel nervous to leave or speak up. Travelling alone can be daunting sometimes, but it doesn’t mean you have to be scared. Don’t leave you luggage unattended, and don’t be too trusting of everyone. Not everybody you meet is going to have good intentions.

ENJOY YOURSELF BUT DON’T GO TOO WILD

This one probably makes me sound like a party pooper, trust me, I’m not trying to be. I’ve seen too many occasions where girls (and guys) drink way too much and end up in sticky situations. Yes have a drink, enjoy yourself, but know your limits, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar foreign country.

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But at the end of the day, enjoy yourself. Travelling alone is one of the best decisions I have ever made.

 

Until next time x

 

 

A Week in the Middle East

Okay, so this is going to be a little bit of a throw back post.

If you’re up to date with my blog then you’ll know my last few posts have been about Australia (where I’m currently settled in Brisbane), and I felt like for a little bit I should write about some other places.

Last year in April I went to the Middle East for a week with Mumma Sinclair, and I never wrote about it on my blog, oops.

Over the next couple of days I will be writing about my adventures in Irsael, Palestine and Lebanon.

I hope you enjoy the posts, and it breaks it up a bit after my many Australia posts..

ENJOYYYYYY

 

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Bottle Feeding Baby Alpacas

the post where I talk about bundles of fur..

Yep, you read that right, this post is going to be all about alpacas (and the occasional other farm animal).

After I finished my East Coast trip, I realised I was stuck up in Cairns, a place I wasn’t too fussed on. My aim was to get back down to Brisbane, and if you know Aus well, that’s about a 16 hour drive.. and I don’t have a car. Luckily I had come across Jarravale Alpacas based in Marian, about 20km inland from Mackay, and they were always looking for volunteers.

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After 10 very long raing days in Cairns, myself and Amy drove the 8 hours down to Marian to work on the farm for 2 weeks.

Oh my, I was not ready for what I saw. ALPACA’S EVERYWHERE, EVERYWHERE!!

I was in love.

 

Meet Jolene

Jolene has been hand reared by Josie since her birth when her mother rejected her. Now aged 10 months, Jolene is the life of Jarravale. When I found out I would be bottle feeding her every morning, I was over the moon. I mean c’mon, who wouldn’t want to spend their mornings bottle feeding a baby alpaca?

As well as Jolene, there is around another 30 alpacas of all ages at Jarravale. There isn’t  just alpaca’s though, they also have 3 miniture horses, a calf, 3 deer, two sheep, two goats, 4 pigs, two donkeys, and loads of birds and chickens (not to forget the 4 cats and one dog).

Initially when I came to Australia I was determined to do my 3 months farm work and stay for a second year. However, after completing the East Coast, I realised that maybe I didn’t want to stay another year. I knew that I couldn’t do my farm work at Jarravale as it’s volunteering rather than paid work, but I wasn’t too fussed. The fact I was going to be surrounded by alpacas was enough to catch my attention.

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Josie and two of the alpacas

 

The average day on the farm:

5:45 – wake up. shower. breakfast. get ready.

6:30 – prepare the bottles for the baby animals aka Jolene, the calf and the two sheep

6:45 – feed the baby animals

7:00 – rack the padocks of poop from the night before (about 5 padocks)

7:30 – feed the rest of the animals

8:00 – change all the water and collect any eggs off the chickens

8:30 – move the animals into different padocks

9:00 – clean the laneways of any poop left from moving the animals

9:15 – break

10:30 – 2 hour tour including feeding animals, photos and information

12:30 – break

1:30 – 2 hour tour including feeding animals, photos and information

3:30 – break

4:00 – move the aninals into padocks

4:15 – prepare dinner for the animals (hay, grass and special nuts)

4:30 – feed the alpacas, and the rest of the animals

5:00 – collect grass for the guinea pigs

5:30 – rack the padocks the animals have been in

6:00 – take the wheelbarrows of poop down

6:15 – finisheeeeeed

 

This was the average day on the farm, but these weren’t the only chores we did;

Giving vitamin shots to all the alpacas. Fixing the fences after the baby alpacas *cough* Diego *cough* decided to destroy them. Compress the food into barrels (this took about 3 hours and a lot of jumping). Going to the local primary school (only 12 kids in the whole school!!) and weighing mummy and two baby guinea pigs for their school project. Injections in the baby alpacas.

 

All in all it was an amazing experience. I have never before worked on an alpaca farm, and to be honest I doubt I will ever get the opportunity again. If you are ever in the area, or would like to travel to Marian and volunteer on the farm, I would highly recommend it.

 

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Five Favourite Things about Fraser Island

the post where I talk about beauty..

At the beginning of January I travelled to Noosa to do my three days on Fraser Islands with Nomad Tours.

Even before I came to Australia I knew Fraser Island was definitely something I wanted to do. Everyone that I knew that had been to Aus had said Fraser Island and the Whitsundays are incredible. So it was only right I did it too.

These are my five favourite things about Fraser Island

 

4×4 Driving

This was something I had never done before. Growing up in the countryside of England, beach driving isn’t something you really get to experience. Unfortunately I hadn’t had my licence long enough to actually drive one of the 4×4, but that was probably a good thing (didn’t want to be responsible for killing people..). The beach driving was so different to driving I had seen before, one minute it’s so smooth, then you’re crashing through puddles and jumping across the dunes.

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Nomads 4×4

 

Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora)

Wow, where do I even begin with Lake McKenzie? It is a fresh water lake on the worlds biggest sand island. The water is completely clear, and because it’s fresh water, it means you can open your eyes. I have never seen a sight as beautiful as Lake McKenzie. My pictures don’t even do it justice and I would kill to be back there now. The sands around the lake are composed or pure, white silica and the water in the lake is also so pure that it is unsuitable for many species.

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Lake McKenzie

 

SS Maheno Shipwreck

The SS Maheno was an ocean liner that was washed ashore on Fraser Island by a cyclone in 1935, and has remained as a wreckage ever since. Over the years the wreckage has sunk further beneath the beach, and just the top remains. However it’s an incredible sight. In its time, it was the second largest ship after the Titanic.

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Team Nomads next to the wreckage

 

Dingoes

Unfortunately we weren’t able to see any, but we did hear them. A couple of us went down to the beach at night to stargaze, and we could feel we were being watched by the dingoes from the dunes. Even if you keep completely still and silent, they know you’re there, so its unlikely they’ll come near you (unless you leave food out then they’ll probably do anything to get that off you)

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Peacefullness

Although I was with a group of about 20 people, you’ll be surprised at how peaceful the island really is. Especially as it is 250km long, if you did go in a small group then there is definitely stretches of beach where you won’t find any other people. This is something I probably loved the most. Even moreso when you go up Indian Head and can sometimes see the sharks in the water if it’s calm enough.

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view over Indian Head

 

There’s probably so much more I can say about Fraser Island, but the title says ‘five favourites things’ (mainly because it rhymed better than 6).

I would highly recommend doing Fraser Island as part of your East Coast trip. Although it can be pricey, it is definitely worth it, and something I would love to do again.

 

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The Koala’s of Port Macquarie

the post where I express my love for koala’s

Sydney to Port Macquarie was my first journey on my Greyhound hop on hop off pass.

I had already seen a couple of Koala’s at Featherdale outside Sydney, mentioned here, but I was eager to see more. I had heard about a Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie that rescues and rehabilitates injured koala’s.

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In Port Macqaurie I was staying at Port Macquarie Backpackers (highly highly recommend) and they kindly drove us down to the Hospital which is free to get in.

Once you get to the hospital you are taken around in tours where they tell you detailed information about the individual koala’s they there, and their release times (if they can be released). Unfortunately some of the koala’s will be living there permanently, like Barrington Xavier who is permanently blind.. it’s much kinder for him to be cared for there.

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Barrington Xavier

Before going travelling I was always really sceptical about these sort of ‘sanctuary’s’. You know the ones you see on the news where they say they’re helping the animals, then someone releases a BTS video and you see the animal being abused. Well thankfully this wasn’t the case with the Koala Hospital. I can safely say this is a genuine sanctuary where they try their hardest to release as many of the animals as possible.

Visitors are welcome at the koala hospital from 8am to 4:30pm where you can walk around and see the koala’s they care from. At 3pm you can get a guided tour where you will see the animals being fed by the volunteers.

Photos are allowed, but no flash photography.

I would highly highly recommend the Koala Hospital are a free and fun activity in Port Macquarie.

 

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Mundane to Melbourne

the post where I talk about my first Australian city

I MADE IT TO AUSTRALIAAAAAA

I had been waiting for this day for so long. If you’re from the UK, then you’ll probably know that so many people go to Australia for a gap year after they finish sixth form/college before uni. I am just as cliche as everyone else.

 

Flight: $550 AUD from Heathrow to Melbourne via Delhi with AirIndia

Hostel: $24 a night at All Nations Backpackers which included wifi, pancakes for breakfast and pasta/rice

Transfer: $17 from Melbourne airport to the coach station

Phone: $30 a month on Optus (should’ve gone with Testra!!!)

Bank: ANZ (set up before landing in Aus, so my card was ready for collection)

 

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Melbourne street art

 

I was in Melbourne for 5/6 days, and it was pretty much a blue. This was a mix of jet lag and utter confusion that I’m alone in a completely new country.

In all honesty I didn’t do a lot in Melbourne now I think about it, as a lot of that week was planning the rest of my East Coast journey.

I booked it all through MAD travel that was connected to my hostel, and I actually got a pretty good deal. I believe I paid around $1800 AUD:

  • overnight coach from Melbourne to Sydney (12 hours)
  • 3 months Greyhound hop on hop off coach pass from Sydney to Cairns
  • Neighbours tour
  • Featherdale Wildlife Park
  • Blue Moutains
  • Fraser Island (3 days 2 nights with Nomads)
  • Whitsundays (2 days 2 nights with Ride to Paradise)
  • 4 nights accomdation
  • 10 nights Base accomdation card

This package had pretty much everything I wanted to do on the East Coast, minus a skydive and Cape Tribulation.. but you can easily purchase those separately.

 

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Accomadation:

All Nations Backpackers, 2 Spencer Street, Melbourne. $24 for a 8 dorm mixed room. Free pancakes 8am-10am, free rice, pasta, tea and coffee. Free wifi in the communal areas from 7am-7pm. Ubar next door.

 

Transport:

Free tram line runs from outside the hostel to the CBD and a 20 walk to CBD.

 

Food:

Coles and Woolies are only a 15 minute walk away from the hostel. 7/11 just next door, but that’s quite expensive to be getting regular shopping. Dominoes just around the corner ($5.95 for a basic pizza, yaassss).

 

Activities:

Neighbours tour (highly recommend.. however if you aren’t too fussed about seeing the set, then you can just drive to the street yourself, but there is security guard permanently on the street)

Penguin Island is just a short ferry ride away where wild penguin are seen on the beach

Luna Park is a massive world famous theme park that is free entry, but rides are priced individually once inside

St Kilda beach is just next to Luna Park, about a 20 minute tram ride from the CBD. If you go down the pier at sunset then you can often see miniture penguins who live in the rocks.

The Botanical Gardens are a lovely free activity where you can chill and have a picnic.

 

I wasn’t in Melbourne for long so I didn’t get to see many things, but the time I did spend there was lovely. Even though it is Australia and it is summer in December, Melbourne is one of the cooler cities, so make sure you have a cardigan or jumper for the evenings.

 

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Travelling Bucket List

the post where I talk about my goals..

I’ve always been on of those people who have massive dreams that are often told are unrealistic, and I always think to myself ‘why should they be?’ Why should our dreams be ‘unrealistic’..

With that thought it mind, I have created a bucket list, that fingers crossed I will complete and document on my blog.

Activities:

  • swim with sharks (wild)
  • skydive
  • swim with dolphins (wild)
  • 4×4 in a desert
  • swim with turtles (wild)
  • bathe an elephant
  • drive a tuk tuk
  • volunteer in schools or orphanages
  • climb a mountain or volcano
  • be in a Bollywood movie
  • watch a space shuttle launch
  • snowboard
  • blue lagoon outdoor spa

Countries:

  • New Zealand
  • Cambodia
  • Vietnam
  • Thailand
  • Nepal
  • Japan
  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Jordan
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Brazil
  • Peru
  • Iceland
  • Antarctica
  • Russia
  • India
  • Israel
  • South Africa
  • Kenya

Places:

  • Taj Mahal
  • River Ganges
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Machu Pichu
  • Hollywood Sign
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Dead Sea
  • Mount Fuji
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • Niagra Falls
  • Tabletop Mountain
  • Base camp of Everest

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