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Solo Travel

Hello solo travel tribe! We're here to celebrate everything amazing about solo travel, and hopefully give you the inspiration you need to head off on your own solo travel adventure. We love the fierce, independent and free spirits who head out in to the world on their own terms, so keep doing you! Want to chat to someone about planning your trip? Talk to one of our Travel Experts.

Top hostels for solo travellers

Lobby of Lub D hostel in Bangkok

Lub D

Koh Samui, Phuket, Bangkok, Cambodia & Philippines

Lub D is the epitome of a sociable hostel: with enviable locations (e.g. overlooking the beachfront of lively Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui), game zones, swimming pools, bars, restaurants and social activities where you can have the perfect combo of chilling and partying. There's plenty of opportunity to meet other travellers, 24-hour security, luggage storage, free wi-fi and easy-to-follow directions from various travel points. Basically, it's a good'un.
Outdooe pool at Selina hostel in Mexico

Selina Hostels

Lima, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica & Mexico

A unique place to stay, Selina mixes the vibes of a boutique hotel, co-living space and hostel together to make the ideal sleep spot. Their places are beautifully designed, give the option of sleeping in hammocks or camping (a teepee in Panama? Ok!) instead of dorm rooms, offer surfing and wellness packages, bars and other social activities. They're even well-connected between their other hostels, with shuttle buses, and run free 'Selina Gives Back' activities that give back to the local communities.
Exterior of Base hostel at Magnetic Island

Base Hostels

Sydney, Magnetic Island, Melbourne, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Rotorua & Taupo

  Base is synonymous with backpackers - they know how to host a party! From 'full-moon' parties, live DJ's, backpacker bars, and a calendar that's totally booked up with social activities, you won't get bored or struggle to find friends in a Base hostel. They also help you set-up if you're looking to do a working holiday visa, offer bed-hopper passes if you want to stay in a few of their other hostels, and tons of communal areas: a steal for solo travellers wanting to find new travel buddies.

Top tips for solo travellers

Research your destination
If you're a first-timer, research destinations that are well-travelled and get recommendations from other solo travellers. Once you've been to a couple of places on your own you'll have more confidence to visit more places which are off-the-beaten-track.

Pack light
You're a one-man-band so make sure you pack efficiently - try microfibre travel towels, light-weight rucksack/suitcase and jacket, and a small carry-on. If you're a bookworm, don't pack tons of books - there'll be book swaps in cafes and hostels along the way!

Mix with other travellers
Sociable hostels (check the reviews), organised group tours, volunteer placements and local day-trips are easy ways of mixing with other travellers (and you might even find a travel buddy or two).

Arrive during the day
Try not to arrive in the evening or late at night, especially if you're a first-timer. Trying to negotiate your way to a hostel in the dark when you're in an unfamiliar place can be quite overwhelming.

Download these handy apps
There are hundreds of apps out there, but the main ones are Skype, (offline map) a translator app as well as a currency converter, Uber and Spotify for those long and boring coach rides.

Embrace local experiences
Whether it's a local cooking class, a home-stay, a village visit or another local experience... get amongst it. You'll get a real feel for the culture and you'll meet other travellers with the same interests as you.

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