By Traveloka on February 26, 2019

 

“Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.”

No one says it better than renowned German philosopher and political theorist, Hannah Arendt on the powers and wonders of solo travelling.

In this day and age, the sad truth is many women often find themselves hindered from achieving their dreams whether it may be internal (e.g. self-confidence) or external (e.g. environmental) factors that sometimes may or may not fall under our control. We find ourselves bound and constrained by the limitations of societal norms that restrain us from becoming the best version of ourselves.

In light of International Women’s Day (8 March) – a day dedicated to celebrating women and their accomplishments – your trusty online travel companion, Traveloka aims to empower women with strength, confidence and courage to embark on solo travelling, expanding horizons and conquering fears to fully realise and master your true self.

THE ROAD TO EMPOWERMENT

Stepping into the unknown alone is undeniably a huge feat as much as it is a daunting endeavour. However, to fully understand the importance of solo travelling and the wonders it brings to the soul, let’s first explore the top three benefits to embrace solo travelling:

  1. Thrive independence & problem-solving skills

Communication barriers, lost for directions are examples of problems that you will inevitably encounter along the way. But facing it face first on your own will drive you to push past your insecurities and… by hook or by crook, learn to fend for yourself. The skills and lessons learned along the way are lifelong and valuable, and most definitely in-disposable.

  1. Seize the world with confidence

Conquering your fears and becoming progressively self-aware through your solo-travels fuel your confidence as you come to fully understand your strengths and weaknesses when put in difficult situations. By honing and sharpening your strengths, you’ll learn to love and embrace your true self and strut your walk across the planet, confidently and boldly. 

  1. Empathy for others

On your solo journey, you are bound to meet individuals from all walks of life who carry with them a wealth of knowledge and history that project a kaleidoscope of colourful experiences. Solo travelling empowers you with the ability to communicate and, most importantly, empathise with those who hail from a different background. Understanding this allows you to develop an open mind, subjecting yourself to inspire and be inspired, to better understand the world, and ultimately help make the world a better place when you learn to love people different from you.

BABY STEPS 

Frankly, we know that confidence and courage is not a quality that sprouts overnight. So let’s set reasonable goals to kick-start your solo travelling endeavours. The key is to start small (and near). Here are the top five destinations recommended by Traveloka for women looking to embark on their solo travelling journey:

Dear Women, Your Country is the World: The Importance of Solo Travelling and the Destinations to Get Started

Petronas Twin Tower, Kuala Lumpur

  1. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Sometimes you don’t have to wander far for a solo adventure; sometimes adventure is right at your doorstep. As locals, we often overlook the “must-visits” that the world finds mesmerizing within our own country. Visit the world-famous Petronas Twin Towers and check it off your bucket-list for that spectacular view; jump on the Kuala Lumpur Hop-on Hop-off Bus to cover a variety of landmarks that you’ve never had the opportunity to do so in the past; and dine at a local coffee shop of your choice as you take your own sweet time, sipping on the sights, sounds, and smells of KL city.

Dear Women, Your Country is the World: The Importance of Solo Travelling and the Destinations to Get Started

Madame Tussauds, Hong Kong

  1. Hong Kong

From mountains to city parks and historical places, Hong Kong spoils travellers for choice with a wealth of attractions that are safe and friendly to all. Check out the world famous Madame Tussauds where you can hang out and take selfies with your favourite celebrities across 11 interactive zones; ride on Hong Kong’s first double-decker that combines sightseeing with gourmet dining on the Crystal Bus Sightseeing and Dining Tour; and of course, a “not-to-be-missed”: spend a day with Disney’s famous characters at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Dear Women, Your Country is the World: The Importance of Solo Travelling and the Destinations to Get Started

Sanrio Puroland, Tokyo

  1. Tokyo, Japan

The Land of the Rising Sun is a favourite among many tourists. Safe, cultural and respectful – Tokyo offers a unique experience to travellers, granting them the best of both worlds steeped in rich history and modern technology. Visit one of Japan’s best indoor theme parks, Sanrio Puroland and chill with famous characters such as Hello Kitty, Gudetama, Pom Pom Purin and more; immerse yourself in an authentic Sumo Practice Show and get up close and personal with real sumo wrestlers; or learn Japanese recipes from a professional chef through a hands-on Cultural Experience-Japanese Home Cooking Experience in Shibuya.

5 Places to Consider before You Embark on Your First Solo Travel!

Don a Korean traditional attire, Hanbok

  1. Seoul, Korea

This city boasts a rich history of culture and endless sightseeing options such as trendy stores and boutiques. If you appreciate beautiful sceneries, N Seoul Tower is a must-visit for its 360-degree view of Seoul; don a hanbok, a traditional Korean attire dating back centuries; or perhaps plan your trip around one of South Korea’s many festivals such as the Hwacheon Sancheoneo Ice Festival, the Hampyeong Butterfly Festival and more.

Dear Women, Your Country is the World: The Importance of Solo Travelling and the Destinations to Get Started

Twelve Apostles, Melbourne

  1. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is considered one of the best and safest destinations for female solo travellers down under. Classy, artsy, scenic and vintage: the cultural capital of Australia dazzles with verdant gardens, large parks, galleries, museum, extensive shopping and architecture. Join a day-tour to The Twelve Apostles for its breathtaking view of the limestone stacks off the shore in Great Ocean Road; or feeling a little sophisticated? Visit the vineyards of Yarra Valley for a taste of Australia’s top of the crop wines.

WHEN IN ROME, DO AS THE ROMANS DO

Of course, with every destination you choose, remember to always:

  • Research and understand the local culture and traditions prior to your visit.
  • Be wise and discerning with the choices you make.
  • Stay wary of your surroundings and avoid secluded areas.
  • Keep your valuables safely secured at all times.
  • Be extra vigilant of the people you meet.
  • Keep your cash stashed in various places on you to avoid falling victim to pickpockets.
  • Research the area of your visit and familiarise with key areas such as police stations, hospitals, your local embassy etc.
  • Be aware of the food and drinks you consume to ensure it has not been compromised.
  • Keep your friends and family informed of your plans for the day and check-in with them as often as possible to ensure you are safe.
  • Check out reviews online and choose to go with trusted travel agencies instead of opting for the cheapest way out.

Travelling is meant to be a joyous and edifying experience when done the right way. Avoid taking shortcuts and get short-changed. Hence, always supplement your planning with substantial research to ensure you are well prepared for your journey.

Turn to credible resources such as Traveloka who offers all your travel solutions under one roof to enhance your travel experience, granting you access to its 24/7 customer service, ready to solve and serve your needs to ease your travel concerns.

“Truthfully, International Women’s Day should be celebrated every day. Our Traveloka family believes that everyone deserves to – and must – travel in their lifetime to fully embrace the wonders of the world. Solo travelling though much to offer, is however the road less travelled,” said Mr. Halif Hamzah, Traveloka Country Manager for Malaysia and Singapore.

“As the leading Travel Tech Company, our duty is to empower people with the right tools and technology to enable mobility, empower individuals, and achieve dreams to add meaningful years to peoples’ lives. Because a life less travelled, is a life less inspired, and a world less understood,” added Mr. Halif.

Travellers can visit Traveloka’s “Attraction & Activities” feature on its booking platform (via web or mobile) that helps make planning easier and more convenient for all. Take the opportunity to leverage on its must-grab discounts for numerous attractions (including those mentioned above) located within and across nearby regions for your first economical and safe solo trip.

For more information on Traveloka, visit https://www.traveloka.com/en-my/.

“As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world.”

– Virginia Woolf, the revered English writer.

 

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