Solo female travel has been a talking point since the dawn of the gap year. You’re a young, unconstrained female who knows her Bangkok from her Bangladesh, so there’s nothing stopping you. Independent female travel has become more and more popular over the last decade due to women generally wanting to settle down later in life instead of rushing into marriage.
In this day and age, nothing is stopping you from following your solo female travel dreams and roaming the globe. Just be sure to be careful. There are places that will require you to look and act differently because of your gender; make sure you know which countries they are. What if you’re living it up, island hopping the Pacific Islands and you notice you’ve run out of the Pill? What do you do next? You’ve just travelled from north to south Vietnam where there has been a radical climate change. It’s time to change out of your trousers and into shorts but you don’t have any razors and the locals don’t generally stock up on them in the village shop. How do you take care of any hair removal?
Female travel can be the best adventure of your life. It’s something you’ll always look back on with pride; just make sure you’ve done your research. To help you, we have a selection of female travel advice articles we’ve collated throughout the years. Read up and enjoy!
Rebecca Root offers up her tips on how not to look stupid trying surfing for the first time, half the gap year team could've done with this guide a while back.
Love backpacking, but hate the backpack? Gapper Anna Claeys shows how little people can travel without the pain of a huge rucksack.
Travelling with your significant other is easier said than done. Luckily for us, Marta Napierala has given her top 5 tips on how to travel with your partner.
Girls have more to think about when it comes to backpacking, so here are some brilliant tips for beautiful travel from some of the gapyear.com ladies.
Travelling with a partner is like having a child. You're with the person 24/7, and unless you're finely tuned in, there's no 'me', there's only 'us'.
One continent, far too many languages and countless places to go. Where do you start as a female rail traveller in Europe? Joanne Vasey sheds some light!
Working out who to travel with on your gap year can be a nightmare. Do you travel with a boyfriend, with a group of friends or do you travel on your own?
They may say this is a man's world, but there's no reason why us ladies can't conquer the globe, so here are some backpacking tips for girls.
Heya girls, I'm Pau-Lynn from Malaysia and this is my guide to shopping in Malaysia. These take place in Kuala Lumpur in March, August and December and I tell you, you'll go bonkers seeing those bombarded prices! As I'm born and bred in Malaysia, I thought that I'd help you girls sort out your 'shopping itinerary'.
If bargains and beautiful, unusual things are what you're looking for, then Thailand has to be one of the best places in the world to go shopping. Polish up your haggling skills - vendors actually get offended if you don't barter with them - and get shopping! Shopping in Thailand is so much fun. Here are a few hints and tips.
Egypt is the spiritual home of the hardcore haggler. The meek and mild are advised to stay within the confines of their hostel, as stepping even a foot outside the front door opens up a wealth of shopping opportunities. Haggling is a way of life in Egypt and vendors expect you to knock their initial prices down. The first price quoted to you can be as up to ten times the worth of the piece.
We realise travelling round the world can be a little confusing at times. That's why we devised these series of interviews, to give you some advice and ideas on what you can do on your gap year. In this interview we go to the Middle East. Deborah Barnard tells us what it's like travelling as a solo female in a Muslim state.
During my solo trip to Africa I began by climbing to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, then travelled to Zanzibar, and then joined an overland truck for two weeks from Nairobi through Western Kenya, across the whole of Uganda and into Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas. I learnt along the way that there were certain things to take and certain things to wear. Here's my little guide on both.
Solo travelling as a female can be daunting, but it shouldn't be! Travelling on your own can be an amazing experience. After all, you're your own boss!
Some of the gapyear.com girls where asked what it's like travelling as a female. They had a lot to say on the subject and gave their hints and tips. If you're female and about to go travelling on your own, then read this fantastic Q+A guide. It's packed full of information and it's not one to miss.
Do anti-malarials effect the pill? What should you do if you get Thrush or Cystitis whilst travelling? Can you buy tampons and sanitary towels all over the world? When should you take the pill when crossing time-zones? These are all questions asked before travelling. Read this article to find out some of the answers.
This article is one for the girls. It's been written by gapyear.com girls who have travelled and had some experiences on the road. It's packed full of advice that may help you on your adventures in the future. It may also put a smile on your face, so get reading. And remember, be prepared for everything!
There is no combination more ideal for meeting a new partner; sun, beach, cheap alcohol and nothing else to worry about. Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are on the rise, not just amongst young people back home, but even more so amongst young travellers. Research has shown that over 50% of travellers have sex with more than two partners whilst out on the road.
You've had your injections, packed your first aid kid and spent a fortune on sunscreen. You're all ready to head off into the unknown, right? Well not quite. As well as general travel health stuff - women have some special health issues to consider and a little extra preparation will maximise the chance of healthy, worry-free travels.
Solo female travel can be one of the most rewarding ways to see the world, but it can be an incredibly daunting prospect. Here, we cover everything from reassuring the parents, to what to take with you and meeting people on the road.