Guest post by Chris
Travelling solo is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences a woman can have, and it’s extremely liberating to have the freedom to go where you want, when you want to. But sometimes, you may just want to be able to share some of your amazing experiences with a fellow lady (or ladies). There are certain things that you think, feel and experience as a female traveller that only another lady friend can understand. So whether you want to find a new travel companion for a portion of your New Zealand trip, meet other single female travellers to mingle with, or just find some new people to chat to about your travel plans (and get some of their recommendations in return) here are some top ways to meet other female travellers on the road.
Check online forums
Forums like Lonely Planet or Travbuddy are a great way to find other travellers who have similar travel dates and plans as you, and are looking for people to join them along the way. You can post your itinerary and see if anybody responds to your call-out. Just be sure to always meet up in a public place when you meet someone initially. Meetup.com is another great way to find local meeting groups of travellers who have may have interests in a particular hobby that you might also share (such as photography or travel writing, for example).
Attend travel events and expos
Check online for when local travel fairs and expos are happening in town. This will give you a chance to chat with stallholders in person about their specific accommodation, tours or activity packages they have available, which could be a great opportunity for you to meet other travellers.
Take part in organised tours
New Zealand has countless sights and activities to experience. Joining organised tours for women – is a great way to meet likeminded travellers who are interested in the same activities, sports or even historical eras as you. There are plenty of tours offered by different companies, which focus on widely varied aspects of New Zealand’s history, landscape and culture, so check online to find one that piques your interest.
Choose the right accommodation
Hostels have always been the perfect way to meet other travellers on the road, so opt for shared accommodation rather than single hotel rooms if you really want to up the social ante of your trip. If you organise accommodation through Airbnb, it will often mean that you get to meet the owner, who can suggest great local meetups, social groups and organised activities to do around the local area.
You can also check out our Women Travel Accommodation section, which provides heaps of info on women-owned accommodation, volunteer opportunities, and WWOOFING and work exchange information.
Get in touch with travel bloggers
Got a favourite blogger that you follow that happens to be in New Zealand at the moment? Why not get in touch with them and ask if they’d like to meet up? Chances are they’ve already figured out some cool things to do and see in the area, and will be more than willing to share their experiences and tips with you (they already do it as their main hobby, remember!)
Don’t forget that the best way to meet new people on the road is simply by being open, friendly and willing to chat with everyone that you meet. Social media is a great way to keep in contact with your newfound friends, and it’s also the perfect way to organise to meet up at a later date if your travel paths happen to converge once more. Internet cafes and public computers can often be hard to come by, so if you need your own new gadgets to help you connect with people on the go, be sure to get your hands on a laptop, tablet or smartphone in advance. Online retailers like The Good Guys offer cheap delivery on a whole host of different technology and travel gadgets, so check online for deals before you head off on your travels.
How do you like to meet other female travellers when you’re on a solo adventure? Any tips and advice you can share with us?
I think staying in hosted accommodation is a great thing in N Z – most hosts are very friendly and welcoming.