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Travel Resources for Women Who Travel Independently

When I started traveling on my own, the web didn't exist, and women rarely traveled solo. 

Solo travel is relatively newTravel has changed a bit since Augustus Egg painted The Travelling Companions in 1862

Many of us traveled in pairs.

There were few travel resources for women. I had to dredge existing guidebooks that dedicated a paragraph or two to women's travel, no more.

But today things are different.

We have the web, and it's crowded with information and advice for us. Sometimes too much advice, so I'll try to simplify things by sharing the travel resources I personally use to plan my travels.

Use these essential travel planning tools to organize your trip

Deciding where to start planning can be complicated - there's so much out there. Start by exploring these initial tools and branch out from here.

Essential Planning Tools

- To do my research, I usually use either Lonely Planet or Bradt Guides
- Read some great book reviews about Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the rest of the world
- Getting organized is complicated: I use Evernote to keep everything in order
- I book my flights with CheapoAir (it's called that for a reason!)
- I book my accommodation (hotel, apartment) through or compare hotel prices with HotelsCombined
- For hostels, I use HostelWorld
- Whenever I book a walking or city tour, I use Viator or Get Your Guide
- I always buy a brand new travel journal for each major trip

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Deciding what to take with you

Packing Like a Pro

- Here's my master packing list - it's for long-term travel but use it as a template
- Visit my Women's Travel Shop for your gear, clothes and essentials

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What you need to stay healthy and safe during your travels

Whatever your travel plans or concerns, staying healthy and safe should be at the very top of your list. Don't fall prey to the "it won't happen to me" syndrome - it doesn't have to, if you take a few precautions.

Resources to Stay Healthy and Safe

- No matter what anyone says, I always buy travel insurance (I use World Nomads)
- If you're past the age limit, I've found several great insurance companies to take you on
- Here's how to stay safe in your hotel room
- If you're scared of flying, consider taking the SOAR course (it worked for me)
- If you're headed to the tropics, make sure you protect yourself from malaria mosquitoes (and your clothing)

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These resources will help you afford to travel more

We never seem to have enough money to travel as much as we'd like - that's a fact. Here are some ways to save money, or earn more to travel more.

Resources to Earn More Money to Travel

- Learn how to teach English with MyTEFL (use my code SCRIBE35 for a 35% discount)
- The perfect introduction to How to Make Money from Blogging
- An excellent course on becoming a travel writer
- Save on your accommodation by becoming a housesitter

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