The Top 5 Archaeology Sites to Visit in Greece

Greece is a beautiful country filled with phenomenal archaeological sites that are vital to our understanding of modern history. Greek sites interweave mythology, major events, and daily life in a way that has captivated archaeologists for centuries. Now, many of the sites are in ruins, but they are still beyond incredible to behold. Below, I’ve compiled a list of what I think are the 5 most can’t miss archaeological sites in Greece.

5. Ancient Olympia

 Where: Olympia, Elis
Cost: About 9, which includes the site and museum.

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Ancient Olympia is where the Olympic Games were played every 4 years beginning in 776 BC. These games were much different than the Olympics of today, they were a religious festival in honor of Zeus. Athletes were male and would compete in the nude. Games included boxing, chariot racing, long jump, pankration, running, and wrestling, to name a few. Spectators were also male and would come from all over the Mediterranean to watch the games and take part in a huge sacrifice to Zeus on the third day of the games, which was essentially a giant BBQ.

At Ancient Olympia, you can visit the Temple of Zeus, the Altis, the Temple of Hera, the Nymphaioin fountain, the Workshop of Pheidias, the Roman Hot Baths, and the Olympic Stadium. The Altis is especially awesome because it once housed the Statue of the Olympic Zeus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, though it has, unfortunately, been lost to history.

Olympia is relatively flat, so you don’t really have to worry about footwear. Depending on the time of year, you might want to take a jacket for your visit. Sneakers are encouraged if you plan on running the original track!

 

4. Delphi

Where: Delphi, Phocis 
Cost: About 12, which includes the site and museum.

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The archaeological site of Delphi lies along the slope of Mount Parnassus. Known as the navel of Gaia, Delphi grew incredibly prosperous because many Greeks believed it was the center of the world. Being the center of the world gave Delphi a major leg up economically, as other cities decided to use the area to place treasuries. Myth also suggests that Apollo slayed some sort of snake or dragon at Delphi, making it a panhellenic sanctuary. Beginning in 586 BC, athletes from all over the world would come to Apollo’s sacred precinct of Delphi to compete in the Pythian Games.

Major structures at Delphi include the Treasury of the Athenians, the Treasury of the Siphnians, the Ancient Theater of Delphi, the Dome of the Athena Pronaia, and the Temple of Apollo at Delphi. The Temple of Apollo at Delphi is particularly interesting, as it was home to the Pythia, or Oracle of Delphi, who was a young woman chosen by the priests of Apollo to make prophecies. The Pythia would have been the most powerful woman in the classic world.

As Delphi is on a mountain, it can get rather chilly. Make sure to pack a windbreaker or wear sleeves/pants and sturdy shoes, as you will be walking!

3. Mycenae

Where: near Mykines, Argolis 
Cost: About 12, which includes the site and museum.

Ancient Greece guide for solo female travel

Known as the golden city, Mycenae is a large archaeological site near Mykines. Mycenae is important in mythology because it was said to have been founded by Perseus, who famously vanquished Medusa. After a few generations, a new family took up the throne, which led to Agamemnon taking up the throne. If you’ve read the Illiad or know anything about the Trojan War, Agamemnon led the Greeks and even sacrificed his own daughter to win the 10-year war against the Trojans.

Historically, Mycenae was a large and prosperous city, dominating much of southern Greece, Crete, and the Cyclades from around 1600 to 1100 BC. At Mycenae, your visit begins walking through the iconic Lions Gate. You will also be able to visit the Treasury of Atreus, which serves as the tomb of Agamemnon, and the Wall of Tiryns, which was praised by Homer in his epics for its strength.

A visit to the site will take the majority of a day and requires lots of walking, so wear sturdy shoes.

2. Delos

Where: Delos, Mykonos 
Cost: About 12 for the entrance plus the cost of the ferry from Mykonos (price varies). Guided tours begin around 50, some of which include ferry cost.

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Delos is a UNESCO World Heritage site that spans an entire island in the Cyclades. Mythology tells us that twins Apollo and Artemis were born on Delos, making the island sacred. Because of this, no mortal is allowed to be born or die on the island. Evidence suggests that habitation of the island began around 3000 BC, with the population really booming between 1580 and 1200 BC.

Delos is home to many incredible structures, including the Terrace of the Lions, House of Dionysus, House of Kleopatra, Temple of Hera, and the Temple of Isis. Many of the Houses on the island are decorated with exquisite mosaics. Phallic statues are scattered throughout the island, which are characteristic of the Dionysiac cult that once thrived there.

A visit to the island can take hours, with the ferry taking approximately 30 minutes each way. Delos gets hot, so dress comfortably and wear suitable shoes.

1. The Acropolis

Where: Central Athens 
Cost: About 20, which includes a number of other archaeological sites in Athens

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Acropolis roughly translates to city top or citadel. The Acropolis in Athens is arguably the most iconic archaeological site in Greece, which might be why millions of people visit the site each year. The Athenian Acropolis rises nearly 500 feet over the rest of the city and has a surface area of nearly 7 ½ acres, which is huge! The Acropolis is a complex made up of many buildings, 4 of which are still standing today. These buildings date from the 5th century BC, so they’re a couple thousand years old!

The Parthenon is a temple that was built for Athena, for whom the city of Athens was named. At one time, a 30-foot tall ivory and gold statue of the goddess stood inside the Parthenon. The Temple of Athena Nike is a small marble temple on the southwest corner of the Acropolis. It’s no surprise that the temple was dedicated to Athena Nike, and citizens would visit the temple in hopes of victory in war. The Propylaia is a monumental gateway that stands on the west side of the Acropolis at the entrance to Athena’s sanctuary. Entrance to the Acropolis was controlled by the Propylaia, which was especially important since the treasury was on the Acropolis. Finally, we have the Erechtheoin, which is where Athena and Poseidon supposedly disputed the patronage of the city. Essentially, the Erechtheoin tells the story of Athens, making it incredibly special.

Visiting the Acropolis will take some time! It’s best to go early in the day to avoid most of the foot traffic.

The sites listed here barely scratch the surface of all of the amazing archaeological sites in Greece, but they are a great start! Every site is incredibly unique, which is probably why so many visitors trek back to Greece time and time again to take in the amazing history in this classic destination.

about the author

Women Solo Travel Greece

Katie-Beth Gamblin

Originally from Kentucky, Katie-Beth Gamblin is a freelance writer and blogger behind www.herlifeinruins.com. KB is a trained archaeologist, lover of history, and passionate traveler. 

When she isn’t on site or on the road, you can find Katie-Beth hanging out with her dog, Indiana Jones.

Finding Jobs as a Digital Nomad

When I tell people I work remotely, I have to mentally prepare myself for their response, “So, you don’t have a real job.” But as I became more accustomed to the telecommuting lifestyle (and realized there was a large community of freelancers like me) I started taking pride in my free-spirit, free-lance identity “Yeah, I work for myself and I’m a boss at it” became my professional mantra.

Remote Trends

Whoever spread the rumor around the classroom growing up that you can’t money without a 9-5 career, was, to put it nicely, stuck in a time machine. Not too long ago, remote workers or telecommuters comprised 10% to 15% of the workforce. A study by Virgin Media Business Report now estimates that by 2020 more than 60% of the workforce will be telecommuters. Today it is estimated that 30% to 45% of most US companies are composed of telecommuters, the majority of these are startups.

The trend towards remote work is expected to continue well into the next 5 to 10 years. An increasing number of companies are acknowledging the power of digital technology and the influence of the Internet to bridge oceans and find the best talent in the world. However, with globalization and bending the rules of corporate structure comes the challenges of uncertainty, ambiguity and potential volatility for remote-professionals, especially as a single woman who does not automatically have the security of full coverage health insurance.

Choosing Remote Work

Working in an office every day for 8 hours and braving the rush-hour commute seemed like an impediment to the lifestyle I wanted to live. If being a successful professional is about making myself happy in the end, why not make myself happy now? This is why I made the decision to only work remotely, and today I am a full-time remote worker. That’s not to say I didn’t have to work in an office from time to time while I was starting my career, this balance allowed me to to keep a roof over my head while establishing a network for myself.

finding remote work as a solo female traveler

Finding Remote Jobs

My number one choice is Angel ListAngel List is a U.S. website for startups, angel investors, and job-seekers looking to work at startups. I find this site especially awesome, because you can narrow your search to only view startups who have listed “Remote OK” as well as select your preferred salary range. In reality, most startups can’t afford to fun a full-time staff and office, so remote workers actually play a key stakeholder in business development.

Here are some other websites useful for finding remote work:

Remotive. Remotive helps 25,000+ remote workers and was founded by the former COO of Buffer. As far as I can tell, it is the largest and most comprehensive job listings especially for remote workers.

CloudPeeps. Launched in 2015, CloudPeeps is a community, marketplace and platform that empowers freelancers and businesses to do their best work. They connect freelancers and professional service providers with top clients, in a seamless platform that makes it easy to manage relationships, payments and more.

GitHub. This is a community where developers can access more than 24 million projects. GitHub encourages people to work wherever and however they want to produce the needed results.

FlexJobs. There are over 50 career categories to choose from; freelance, full time, executive or entry level. The best part of FlexJobs is they qualify all job openings to make sure there are no risks in applying. There are more than 20,000 job openings to choose from.

Skip The Drive. With a name that summarizes why it’s great to work remotely, Skip The Drive provides a good listing of remote jobs to choose from.

Guru. Another fast-growing work community that allows you to create an online portfolio with your profile.

 

My favorite part about working remotely is that it allows me to work while exploring and pushing my comfort zones of adventure. Companies like The Solo Female Traveler Network and SafetyWing provide me with the community and support I need to stay confident and safe as a female digital nomad.

about the author

communities for solo female workers

Annie Brown

Annie Brown an entrepreneur, cartoonist and history nerd. She is also the social media director for SafetyWing, the first travel insurance provider made for digital nomads, by digital nomads with coverage plans starting at $37/month. At SafetyWing, we are building a global safety net for digital nomads which includes our first product – affordable, reliable travel medical insurance.

The Solo Female Travel Insurance Guide

Plus our tried and tested, favorite plans.

You’ve probably heard the saying – If you can’t afford travel insurance, then you can’t afford to travel – right? At the risk of sounding like your mother, we agree!  

We don’t mean to scare you, but the fact is, it only takes one mugger to set his sights on you, one little slip of an ankle on a hike, one irresponsible airline to lose your luggage, or one cancelled flight to make your travel insurance investment completely worthwhile. It’s just a fact of travel! For all those crappy days on the road, you’ll have 10 more magical ones, but don’t let those bad days send you home. Protect yourself with travel insurance, so you can become whole and move on. Travel insurance doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. We are going to tell you what to look for in a plan, why it matters, and some of our personal favorite companies.

Compare, contrast, choose

There are tons of travel insurance companies in the world. Some are specific to a country’s residents, an age range, a type of traveler, or a pre-existing condition. There are too many providers for us to cover (get it?), so this list includes not only what to look for in a plan, but also the ones we use and love ourselves as travelers from all over the world.

The plan you choose depends on what is most important to you. If you don’t have a return ticket booked, for instance, World Nomads and SafetyWing will still cover you. World Nomads also has a plan for adventure sports that a lot of other companies shy away from. But, they are a little more expensive. Allianz has a great reputation for paying out on claims quickly and with minimum fuss, but the coverage they offer isn’t as comprehensive as some others.

The SoFe Travel Insurance List

World Nomads

Many of our members, mentors, and the SoFe Travel team choose World Nomads. When you look at the reviews for World Nomads, there are some stories that are not so good. The complaints are mostly around their actual claims process, which can take a little longer than we like, but in our experience they prioritize what’s urgent. Some of our claims have come back within a couple weeks and others a couple months.

For us, World Nomads has been great. When one of our team was robbed in Mexico, she lost just about everything: her computer, camera, lenses, all her dive gear (she’s still crying about it), and cash. Everything except her pile of dirty clothes was gone. World Nomads sent her a check for the maximum their policy allowed within a week. One week, guys. That’s pretty good. For less serious claims like a $50 doctor visit, they take a little longer.

Another SoFe team member also used them when she was in Australia and just feeling tired and sluggish. She went to a naturopath and got some fancy, expensive vitamins, and World Nomads paid for it. All of it. We love that it didn’t have to be traditional western medicine to be covered.

Check out their Explorer plan if you’re into adventure sports and getting off the beaten track.

Get a quote here

Pros: Flexibility for anyone, anywhere
Cons: Can take a while for reimbursement to come

 

SafetyWing

SafetyWing is the answer to many of our travel insurance dreams. They were founded by Norwegian digital nomads and focuses on providing great coverage for travel nomads. But anyone can use this insurance.

Their insurance plans clock in at around 1/3 of the price of their competitors. SafetyWing describes their products as travel medical insurance protecting nomads worldwide. They’ve partnered with Tokio Marine, one of the big guns in the insurance world, and are underwritten by Lloyds, another big name.

They have a subscription model for their services, making them pretty flexible. You choose your start and end dates and can cancel at any time,  ideal for the lifestyle of digital nomads who may not know where they’ll go next or when. Some home country coverage is also included, which is unusual, and a major perk.

There’s an interesting thread on ProductHunt where the CEO and Co-Founder, Sondre Rasch, chats to commenters about how the start-up began and grew here.

Pros: Can be purchased while already traveling, low prices
Cons: They’re a new company, so not quite as established as some of their competitors

Allianz Global Assistance

Allianz is another name that comes up a lot when you search for travel insurance recommendations. They’re a robust and credible brand, backed up by one of the world’s biggest diversified insurance companies, so they know their stuff. Although they don’t have coverage that encompasses the breadth of activities that World Nomads does, they have a rep for good, reliable standard coverage. Their customer service standards get a good rap and ease of claims processing is pretty great.

They also have an option for annual coverage, which could suit you if you travel frequently. Allianz has a 24-hour hotline with multilingual staff on hand, so you can get help whenever and wherever you are. While the premiums are generally lower at Allianz, so are the limits, meaning the caps on reimbursement for things like lost luggage may not be as high as other providers.

Allianz gets a great score on Trust Pilot, check it out here.

Pros: Good customer service and ease of claims processing
Cons: May not cover some of the activities of more intrepid travelers

Bupa Global Travel

Bupa is another solid all-around provider. With reasonable coverage options for pre-existing conditions, travellers who are over 60 and some adventure sports (though not all) they have a wide net, and a fairly good advocacy base across the interwebs. Like Allianz, they have an annual plan that is good for frequent travelers, provided that no trip is longer than 30 days. Bupa widely publicizes the fact that they have a variety of medical consultants available via their customer service helpline, so you can get professional advice over the phone if you require treatment for illness or injury on your travels. We don’t know if this is a huge selling point for us, because likely they will send us to the doctor in most circumstances but maybe we are too sceptical. The good news is they provide cover for travelers up to 69 years of age, where some other providers stop their coverage at 65 years of age. Download a brochure here. Pros: Reasonable prices, personal liability coverage option Cons: Not available for US and Canadian residents

STA Travel

One of the original backpacker travel insurance providers, STA Travel Insurance is an option that pitches itself squarely at the youth, student, and budget traveler markets. In some countries, STA seems to be going through a bit of an overhaul, hopefully in response to increased competition. They have some decent basic plans, but they really are basic, and you’ll have to comb through them to check that the items you need are included in your policy. STA is underwritten by Allianz, but this doesn’t mean that the service, packages, pricing and policy details are the same. This is kind of the insurance you would go for just to be able to tell your parents you are covered. We wouldn’t put this high on our list, but it is right for some travelers. The UK STA Travel blog has some good tips, have a look. Pros: Good options for students studying abroad Cons: You are unlikely to be able to claim if you choose a basic policy  

What to look for in your coverage

As we mentioned earlier, your policy needs will differ depending on the details of your trip. Wherever you’re headed, though, there are a few key features that it’s good to look for when you’re evaluating the merits of different providers and packages.

Evacuation

Evacuation can refer to medical or non-medical situations, including terrorism, civil unrest, natural disasters or other emergencies that require you to get out of that place, STAT. For medical evacuation, this may mean being treated for serious illness or injury in your own country, where the medical staff speak your language and you can be with your loved ones. Yes, please. Repatriation is sometimes included which is the transportation of your body back to your home country if you die overseas. A horrible thought, but an important consideration.

Starting/extending policy while traveling

If you’re the sort of traveler who likes to make up your itinerary as you go (we see you, nomads!), this is definitely something that you should look for in your policy. If you’ve already left your home country and need to get insurance, or if you get to keep journeying for longer than you anticipated (here’s hoping), then it’ll be worth your while to make sure your insurance covers these eventualities.

Electronics

Some companies only cover electronics like laptops, phones, iPads and camera gear if they’re in your baggage. Even then, the coverage may only apply if the items are in checked baggage that has been lost (so the limits in baggage coverage will apply). These days, our electronics are a pretty important part of travel for many of us, especially those of us who are digital nomads. Protecting your electronics in your insurance protects your ability to work, document your travels and stay connected.

Trip cancellation

Nobody ever wants a long-awaited trip to be called off, but sometimes it has to happen. If you need to cancel your trip or if it cancelled on you, your trip cancellation cover would help you to recover the money you lose by doing so, including non-refundable deposits, airfares, accommodation booking fees, and so on. Check the limits of this cover to make sure the amount you’re entitled to would actually compensate you adequately, and check when you can cancel and still receive a payout. Some companies offer ‘cancel at any time’ coverage, which is more flexible.

Pre-existing conditions

This can be a real minefield. Definitions of what a pre-existing condition are, the duration of the existence of your condition prior to your departure, the severity of it, the treatment you’ve received and medical opinions all factor in. As a general rule, if you have a managed and relatively less serious condition like diabetes, it would be covered automatically (although you should declare it and always double-check it’s included). If you have a terminal illness, a pacemaker, a condition that requires surgery or has recently required surgery, you can expect to pay more – if you can get cover for it at all. If you’re traveling with a pretty significant pre-existing condition, there are some dedicated travel insurance providers such as All Clear Travel Insurance that are worth considering.

Extreme sports

This is a tricky area. All companies differ in what they categorize as extreme or adventure sports or those that require specific coverage. Climbing at high altitudes, skydiving, shooting sports, some moped and motorbike riding, cliff jumping and sailing generally require extra or different coverage plans. Even things like scuba diving can have limits, according to the depth you’re diving, whether you’re with a qualified instructor, whether you have an open water license and the equipment you use. If you’re planning on running with the bulls in Pamplona or zip lining through a Canadian forest, or even snowboarding, always check that you’re covered.

Medical expenses

This is a major factor for a lot of us. It’s the stuff travel nightmares are made of – falling ill or being injured when you’re miles from home. What makes a bad situation worse is not knowing how to get help and maxing your credit cards just getting admitted somewhere. The good news is medical expenses are covered in just about all travel insurance policies, so this is really about the limits on your coverage. However, medical treatment overseas can be ludicrously expensive. While you’ll usually have to pay yourself then wait for reimbursement, it’s important to note the limits of such reimbursement, any excess you’ll have to pay and any circumstances that are excluded. Depending on your home country and where you’re headed, there may be reciprocal healthcare relationships in place, just ask your provider.

Baggage

Lost or stolen baggage is one of the most commonly claimed items in travel insurance policies. This is sometimes an additional, separate policy that you can purchase as an add-on to your regular package. If you’re taking valuables away with you, like expensive jewelry, musical instruments, sporting gear or electronics (as mentioned above), it’s really important to check that they are covered, don’t just assume they are. The wording on policies can be really sneaky and providers are especially careful about this, because so many people do make this sort of claim. You may only be covered if your provider deems you were acting responsibly (not leaving items unattended) and this can be a really grey area.

Other tips:

– Keep documentation for everything – police reports, receipts, emails from your airlines about delays, all of it. Record and keep everything with accurate dates and times. Take photos of paper receipts on your phone. Use an app to record phone calls, if you need to show evidence of verbal agreements or instructions. Take time-stamped photos of any valuable gear you take with you.

– Read the fine print of your policy to know exactly what’s covered and what’s not. Empowering yourself with this knowledge will save you the stress of what-ifs and wondering what to do when there is an emergency.

– When you’re deciding what level of coverage to get, don’t skimp on it. Get the highest level of coverage you can afford. There’s nothing more frustrating than paying for a policy, trying to claim, and realizing you’re not actually covered for the circumstance you’re in. Expect the unexpected, both good and bad, that’s what travel is about!

Table: Please note, the coverage for the items in this table may only be in plans that are beyond or additional to standard or basic options. 

Can I get coverage for:World Nomads AllianzBupa GlobalSafetyWingSTA
EvacuationYesYesYesYesYes
Starting/extending policy while travellingYesExtending onlyExtending onlyYesExtending only
ElectronicsDepends on country of residenceIncluded with baggageIn some circumstancesOnly if part of lost checked baggageYes, in premium plans with limits per item
Trip cancellationYesYesYes, additionalUnclearYes
Pre-existing conditionsUnlikely to coverYes, on applicationYes, on applicationNoYes, on application
Extreme sportsYesNoMany but not allNoSome, additional
Medical expensesUp to $100,000 USDUp to $50000Mostly unlimited, little or no excessSomeYes but very limited in basic plan
BaggageYesYesYesLost onlyYes but limited in basic plan

Are Organized Tours Still Solo Travel?

Travel is about experiencing and learning new things, being open to other cultures and perspectives. It’s feeling free and inspired and being humbled. No matter how you choose to explore the world, all that matters is that you do. Are organized tours still considered solo travel? To be honest, we’re not interested in rules about what is and isn’t solo travel. There are different intensities for everything, and while joining a tour may not be as fierce as camping in the mountains alone, for example, it is travel. 

And that’s what matters.

Maybe, we are biased, but we adore organized tours as a travel option. Some are great – maximizing your time and utilizing local connections that they took time and care to create – experiences you wouldn’t have had on your own. Some tours are awful – dragging you from one city to another on a stuffy bus without any authenticity. Be sure to choose wisely, but we encourage all travelers to consider a good organized tour as an option.

Organized tours are excellent for…

  • a first-time solo traveler
  • those who want to make like-minded, travel loving friends
  • people who like more structure and planning
  • a seasoned traveler who needs a break
  • a hard worker who only gets so much vacation time
  • those destinations where exploring on your own is either too hard, illegal, or expensive
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You and your fellow tour-goers spend so much time bonding over travel and all the new experiences you share, that you will definitely leave with new friendships different than the ones back home.

Not all organized tours are huge buses run on strict timetables with most of your photos taken through a dirty bus window. They can also be small groups with lovely local guides where your participation is supporting local families and small businesses. 

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When you find a good tour, there are great benefits…

  • safety
  • no stress of logistics
  • built-in friends
  • giving the responsibility to someone else
  • almost all the planning is done for you
  • comfort
  • leaving with new friends with couches to crash all around the world
  • maximizing your time
  • local guides, experiences, and knowledge

We sling our packs over our shoulders and get off planes with no plans sometimes. We adore impossible to predict adventures of traditional solo travel, but group tours still have a place in our lives.

Solo travel takes experience and skill, so tours are especially good for people who want to make travel a regular part of their life but aren’t quite ready to go on their own. It helps build confidence in your own abilities and can also give the really experienced traveler a little respite from the road. If you are ready to give a tour a chance, we offer Meetup Tours exclusively for solo traveling women.

When you come on a trip with The Solo Female Traveler Network, we give you the freedom to explore on your own while giving you the security that there are people waiting for you to come back at the end of the day. Your guides are local travel experts and will also cultivate a community vibe while providing the confidence to be independent. Remember, it is about exploring the world, no matter how you choose to do it, as long as you go!

Become A Budget Travel Hacker

Travel can be a hefty expense. But don’t let this stop you. Traveling on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean gross hostels or 40 hours transit time. If anything, traveling on a budget leaves more room for creativity and adventure. There are several ways to travel on a budget and keep costs down, both when preparing to travel and whilst you are traveling.

budget travel boat with solo female traveler

establish your budget

What is your financial limit? Before you can plan, know exactly how much you have to spend. Some destinations make traveling on a shoestring a lot more possible than others, so the first step is to establish a budget

determine your priorities

Maybe having a private room is a must instead of a hostel dorm room. Maybe your top priority is getting a scuba or yoga certification. Decide your priorities before you plan your trip, keeping in mind that when you have expensive taste in one area, you will have to sacrifice a little somewhere else. 

Be flexible with dates

The plane ticket to any destination can be one of the costliest investments when traveling. But being flexible with your dates can save you anywhere from a few dollars to a couple of hundred dollars. Consider travelling during low season when everything is cheaper. Not only will you be able to save more but you will also beat the crowds. Also, consider travelling to a smaller or non-hub airport – flights may be cheaper, but the travel may take longer.

Consider an organized tour

I have been on two Meetup Tours with The Solo Female Traveler Network. Organized tours are almost never the cheapest way to travel, afterall you are paying for stress free travel where someone else worries about logistics, research, booking, fixing things when they go wrong, and giving you those built-in friends.

BUT you will know exactly what your costs are. When you book a trip, SoFe Travel give you plenty of time to explore solo knowing they are waiting for you to come back at the end of the day. 

Look for alternate accommodation

budget travel for solo female travel

Hotels are the most popular option, but they are far from the only one. Shared accommodation is what keeps cost down. You sacrifice privacy, but you meet other travelers. Some hostels have curtains on each bunk with your own power outlet and shelf inside. These make a big difference if privacy is important to you. 

Here is a list of alternatives from low to high cost.

  • Couchsurfing – this is a global community that allows you sleep on someone’s couch free of charge by connecting travelers (like you) to people with a couch and a passion for experiencing other cultures. It’s not to be used as a cheap way to travel as much as a cultural experience that happens to be free. Bring a gift for your host and be ready to hang out with the locals. We have our own FB group connecting our members to each other purely for free accommodation.
  • Hostels – These are budget-friendly shared accommodation, which means you don’t necessarily have your own room. However, some hostels allow you to book a private space (if they provide it) but for an extra cost.
  • Airbnb – A unique concept allows you to book your accommodation in someone’s home. There are a variety of kinds of spaces to book such as a private room, an apartment, a house, a mansion, a villa, a treehouse…you name it! You can find some very affordable options with some privacy, but your options will depend on the location you are looking in.
  • Hotels – The most popular accommodation for travelers and tourists. Costs will vary depending on the establishment and the kind of space you want.

TIP: When you book your accommodation make sure you are aware of its location. Locations that are farther away from the center of cities (or outside of the larger cities) will lower the cost. If you want to be closer to the city, it will cost a bit more. Don’t forget that if you are from the center, then you will either need to do extra walking, jump on public transportation, or get taxis. Do some research on the area to see what is available and be sure it is safe and worth the money you will be saving on the hotel.

Booking activities

budget travel for women

Having a tight travel budget doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to limit your activities and experiences. Many cities provide free walking tours (just be ready to give a well-deserved tip)! It’s a great way to orient yourself to a new place and make friends especially when you are on a budget.

Transportation

When it comes to keeping your own traveling costs down, public transport will always win. Become familiar with your destination’s public transportation system and taking advantage of it. Besides, Uber doesn’t exist everywhere.

Food

Food is one of the best parts of travel, if you ask me. You don’t have to spend an arm and leg to get some delicious meals. Laksa in Malaysia. Falafel in Israel. Dumplings in Vietnam. Noodles in Thailand. All so cheap and totally delicious. Local food is the best for both enjoyment and your wallet.

  • Stay out of the tourist areas when you want to eat. It is common that in these areas the prices of anything are much higher.
  • Consider finding places to eat outside these areas.
  • Join MeetUp groups and/or Couchsurfing events. Many of these events provide food and also fantastic opportunities to meet people (travelers and locals alike).
  • Prepare your own meals. Choose accommodation with a kitchen. Visit a local grocery store and cook something nice for yourself. This will really keep costs down.
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Christine De la Fuente

Christine de la Fuente is a creative travel blogger from Los Angeles, California. She enjoys traveling the world solo just as much as she loves traveling the world in LA – “How To Travel The World Without Leaving Los Angeles”. Most of all she travels to visit historical sites, eat good food and experience festivals all around the world.

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