On travelling alone + $100 Travelzoo credit

Tips for happily travelling alone + a $100 Travelzoo giveaway

Be sure to bring a journal! Travelling solo is all about self discovery.

Have you ever taken a vacation by yourself? I took my first solo trip when I was 26-years-old. I spent a blissful five days wandering around Paris, popping into whatever shops and museums I fancied. I loved the sense of freedom – doing whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Apparently I’m not alone. Travelzoo recently released their first-ever Female Solo Travel Report and a surprisingly high 70% of the women in Canada surveyed are interested in travelling solo, too.

On travelling alone + $100 Travelzoo credit

You’ll want to meet other people, so sign up for classes and experiences where you can interact with others – like a food tour.

Why go solo?

According to the Travelzoo report, almost half of all female travellers surveyed have taken a trip on their own. As I discovered firsthand, travelling on your own is a great way to recharge your batteries, while taking some well-deserved me time. It also provides a fantastic platform for self-discovery.

In Paris, I realized I didn’t mind eating alone. I didn’t feel guilty when exhausted, I fell into bed before 10 pm. There were no shoulds. I walked in and out of the Musee de l’Orangerie in 15-minutes flat. That’s all the time I needed to see Monet’s Water Lillies. Then surprisingly, I spent half a day inside Musee d’Orsay. I spent hours shopping in Kookai and Printemps Haussmann. If I was with a friend or god forbid The Huz, I would’ve kept my shopping to a respectable two hours a day.

I enjoyed that trip so much, I went on a similar solo sojourn for my 40th birthday. I didn’t really want to do a big group trip, but I did want to go someplace on my bucket list. That place was Cornwall. I took surfing lessons, stayed at a swish coastal hotel and had the most amazing dinner at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. (I can still taste those stuffed zucchini flowers!) With both solo trips, I felt completely comfortable in my surroundings. But safety, along with cost and the loneliness factor are the main reasons women hesitate to travel on their own.

travelling on your own

Here’s a travel tip: Never pull out a giant map in public. Thank goodness for iPhones!

Feeling safe

I felt pretty chuff after reading the Travelzoo report because their safety tips are the same ones I employ. Whether I’m travelling on my own or with others, I always give my itinerary to someone back home. Some might think this is overkill, but whenever I leave my hotel, I let the front desk know where I’m off to and when I expect to be back. When I lived in Japan, I learned it’s important to register with the Canadian Embassy whenever you’re abroad. If there’s a natural disaster or something equally big, they’ll track you down and can help you get out of the country if needed.

female solo travel

I usually head for the city when I’m on my own, but the beach has a certain appeal, too!

Feeling lonely

I don’t recall feeling lonely when I went on my first two solo trips. I just felt so free. (And on a perpetual sugar high with all the pastries I was inhaling.) But since having my daughter, I often feel homesick – even when I travel with others. The best thing to combat loneliness or homesick ness is to surround yourself with others.

Alberta food tours

Start small. Maybe take an Alberta Food Tour before booking your flight.

Nothing brings people together like good food. Alberta Food Tours unites foodies in their sessions that run in Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Banff. It’s a super fun activity, where it’s easy to mingle over food and wine samples. They’ve got a new food tour called Eating the Castle at Fairmont Banff Springs, which would be a good trial for those interested in striking off on their own.

woman hiking alone in Banff

These are some of the views you’ll experience at Sunshine Meadows.

Another great solo activity is hiking Sunshine Meadows. Normally, I wouldn’t advise hiking on your own, but there’s always people hiking the trails here. What’s more, tickets are priced per person – no single supplement here! Incidentally, Travelzoo currently has a great deal for the gondola/shuttle bus to Sunshine Village. Solo travellers can meet other hikers either on the gondola or the chairlift up. With the larches beginning to turn colour, now is an ideal time to get outdoors and exploring on your own. Here’s a look at my experience hiking Sunshine Meadows

Solo travel accommodation in Alberta

On my first solo trip I stayed in a hostel. I ended up meeting a lovely gal from the U.K. and we spent a day bombing around Paris together. She was a vegetarian and introduced to me to my first completely vegetarian restaurant, which was fantastic.

hotel guest room of singles

You’ll be snug as a bug in the Chickadee Room!

Of course, solo travellers can bed down at any hotel but it can be harder to meet people that way, plus it’s pricier. Besides hostels, university dorms are a good bet, as are some mountain lodges. In the Kananaskis, Mount Engadine Lodge has the Chickadee room specifically designed for solo travellers. It’s a sweet single bedroom in their main lodge, that’s priced at a significant discount AND includes meals served up family style. Better still, they have winterized yurts which can be booked for a solo guest at $125/night+ tax, also including meals. They’ll even give solo travellers $100 off per night if staying in one of their new glamping tents. I’m going to check this out in October, so circle back for deets on that experience.

hotel rooms for solo travellers

No single supplement at Mt. Engadine Lodge!

Win a $100 Travelzoo credit

What would you do with $100 all to yourself to use on experiences or travel deals? Travelzoo provided me with a $100 credit to give away to one awesome Travels with Baggage reader. To enter:

  • Sign up to receive Travelzoo’s exclusive deals and rates here(Must confirm Travelzoo membership via e-mail confirmation link.)
  • Follow Travelzoo Canada on social media (Twitter or Instagram).
  • Then, let me know in the comment section you’ve done that AND where you’d love to travel to on your own.
  • Entrants must be over 18-years of age and residents of Canada.
  • Contest closes by midnight, September 20, 2018. All entries must be received by then.

Thank you to Travelzoo for always providing such great travel deals and local experiences, and for offering one Travels with Baggage reader this credit.

By |2018-09-13T13:39:02+00:00September 14th, 2018|Categories: Travel|Tags: , , , , , |5 Comments

About the Author:

I’m a freelance writer with bad hair, a loud mouth and a serious case of wanderlust. Whether it’s luggage, time or just life, I cram as much as possible into small compartments. Warning: Contents may shift during flight. My life is one bumpy ride! Follow me on Twitter or Pinterest.

5 Comments

  1. Gemma 14.09.2018 at 18:42 - Reply

    I already receive Travelzoo’s exclusive deals (love them!) and follow on instagram. I’d love to go to Vancouver Island.

  2. Linda 17.09.2018 at 01:34 - Reply

    I’ve signed up to receive Travelzoo’s exclusive deals and rates. I followed Travelzoo Canada on Instagram. I’d love to travel to Victoria, BC, on my own.

  3. Laura Moser 18.09.2018 at 12:00 - Reply

    i already get emails as well and i followed on twitter & instagram! i would love to do a solo trip to whistler

  4. Mandy Sandhu 18.09.2018 at 20:08 - Reply

    I’ve signed up to receive Travelzoo’s exclusive deals and rates. I followed Travelzoo Canada on Instagram. I’d love to travel to the Fairmont Chateau Montebello in Quebec for a day away on my own.

  5. Lisa Edmand 20.09.2018 at 13:11 - Reply

    I would love to go to Waterton

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