Solo travelling has become quite popular these days. If you want to, you can escape the endless back and forth that is planning group travel. You get to create a personalized travel schedule doing what you want when you want. However, the reality on the ground is not as perfect as the picture in your mind. More so if you are a female traveller. Beyond the usual travel plans, you also find yourself paying extra attention to areas such as safety and sanitation. The good news is, more brands are focusing on female travel as a niche product and creating apps built for the solo female traveller.
Packing for a trip falls right there in the list of stressful activities next to flight delays and long aeroplane queues. You have to ensure that you pack all the items you want without forgetting the important aspects as well.
If you are an avid traveller, Pack point can come quite in handy. The application creates a customized packing list that takes into account your gender, reason for travel (business or leisure), and trip duration. It even checks the weather forecast and recommends items based on your destination.
It is available on Android and iOS
For many women, the idea of solo travel can be quite anxiety-inducing and understandably so. Security is key to enjoying a vacation or a travel experience. One of the key skills you tend to master as a solo traveller is the ability to do thorough research on your destination of choice. It helps with planning your expenses and itinerary.
Next time you are doing your research, take a look at Redzone. It is a security app that helps you navigate your way through your destination. The application uses crime based statistics to determine which areas are safe/unsafe then issue safety advisories.
Available on iOS
This one may surprise you but it is more important than you think. Just imagine yourself walking down the streets in a new town or city and suddenly you need to use the washroom. That is where Flush comes in. It is an application that allows you to locate nearby toilets that are available for public use. It even tells you if you need to pay for the washroom and if it is handicap accessible.
Available on iOS or Android.
One of the greatest rewards of solo travel is the opportunity to meet and engage with people you would have otherwise never met before. Say you needed a travel buddy to help you enjoy your excursions? Why not meet up with a friend or two for dinner or a day trip?
Tourlina is an all-female based app that allows you to connect with other female travellers. You can engage with them as long as you need to before agreeing to meet. Think of it as a dating app but for travellers.
Available on iOS and Android.
This is a lot like Tourlina, however, the added advantage is that it allows you to connect with women from the area you are visiting. These are users who are interested in imparting knowledge and tips on the area you are interested in. Since they live there or know the area well, they may be able to offer first-hand and unique experiences that online research may not be able to. They can direct you to great spots that you might enjoy based on your interests.
Additionally, they have an emergency button that allows you to connect with various users in the place should you need immediate assistance. All accounts are verified for security reasons so that is also a plus.
Available on Android.
Remember that while these applications can be of great help, it is important to exercise caution especially in regards to applications that connect you with other people.
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