Member story: Travelling solo
RACQ member Lorelei Bache shares her experiences of travelling the world solo.
RACQ member Lorelei Bache has travelled to every major city in the world by herself.
“I travelled overseas for the first time when I was 25 years old and went to Europe for a year as a backpacker,” Ms Bache said.
“Since then I have been to Britain, North and South America, Canada, United States of America, Chili, Argentina and Brazil.
“I’ve travelled extensively through Asia, have lived in Singapore for a year, seen the highlights of Peru, travelled through the South Pacific Islands and been to Japan a couple of times.
“I’ve been to every state in Australia - I have been very, very lucky.”
The experienced solo traveller works as an early childhood and special needs teacher on the Gold Coast and said the key to travelling by yourself is to “do your homework”.
Ms Bache said if you are planning to travel solo for the first time, book through a reputable tour company who you can give you trusted advice.
“Be clear about where you want to go and what you want to do,” Ms Bache said.
“Be sure of yourself, be informed, don’t put yourself at risk in anyway, pack light, be independent and don’t travel with expensive jewellery.
“Check your health, what vaccinations you might need and always carry your medications on you, not in your suitcase.
“It’s really important to have travel insurance.”
After 40 years of travelling around the world by herself there have only been a few occasions where Ms Bache has felt unsafe or lonely.
“You tend to mingle more when you travel by yourself,” she said.
“I find that on tours there’s usually a lot of couples who are quite social and the singles tend to mix more.
“I rarely eat alone because you are more inclined to put yourself out there and eat in groups.”
Ms Bache said one of the hardest things to overcome when travelling solo is the single supplement.
“I could probably go around the world first class with what I have paid in single supplement fees,” Ms Bache said.
“For example, when I did five weeks in North America the single supplement for me on that tour was $7000.
“It’s a lot of money, but there’s not a lot you can do.”
Over the years she has seen the single supplement change with some companies waiving the fee for certain destinations.
Despite tiring of long haul economy flights, Ms Bache is eager to explore the Middle East and has her sights set on visiting The Kimberley.
Planning a solo adventure? Our experienced travel consultants can take the stress out of planning your solo adventure and help create the holiday that best suits you. Visit RACQ Travel or contact one of our friendly travel consultants on 1300 096 166.