New Zealand is the perfect country for solo travel as it is safe, friendly and easy to get around. Traveling by yourself does not necessarily mean you will be alone, pop into the nearest pub for a beer or meal and you can make friends with the locals. Solo travel leads to a greater sense of freedom, as you can do whatever you want and won’t have to compromise with travel buddies who may not have the same goals. You won’t have to squabble over budgets, food, accommodation or activity choices and will be able to change your mind at the drop of a hat!
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5 Tips for Fun & Safe Solo Travel
Even though New Zealand is well known for being a safe country, you will still need to stick to a few rules to ensure your solo travel adventure is full of fun.
- If you plan to venture into New Zealand’s beautiful wilderness for a swim or a tramp, let somebody know. Don’t go tramping without filling out the intention books supplied at Department of Conservation huts. Let your accommodation manager know where you are heading and when you will be back. Stick to well know tracks and beaches and always be prepared for New Zealand’s changeable weather conditions.
- Stay at a place with communal or shared spaces so you can interact with people. New Zealand has great backpacker hostels and lodges and most have private bedrooms if you don’t want to share bunk beds.Travelling by bus or train as this is another way to get to know other people and meet Kiwis.
- Join in group outings and activities. Try a winery tour, a group bush excursion or a cooking course. Pop down to the nearest pub for happy hour and play a game of pool or darts with the locals.
- Make sure you lock your car and don’t leave valuables in there like your laptop, phone, cash or passports. Lock up your room and put valuables in a lock-up safe if you can.
- If you are traveling by hire car or campervan, make sure you learn New Zealand’s road rules throughly before getting behind the wheel. If you are in a campervan stay at camping grounds rather than attempting freedom camping.
Solo travel will give you a great feeling of accomplishment and confidence. As long as you stick to a few safety rules, not having to compromise with anybody will allow you greater freedom during your travels. New Zealanders are a great bunch of people and no matter where you’re from, you’re assured of a good old kiwi welcome!