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More Women Travel Solo
Once upon a time, a girl travelling alone, or even with other girls would have been an ill advised venture. Traveling to the outer reaches of the globe came with a multitude of safety concerns and worries (as well as interrupting the all-important beauty regime!). Thankfully, things have changed and the improvement of hostels coupled with credit crunch cut-backs has led to increasing numbers of women choosing to backpack their way around the world solo.
In a survey of 100 women travellers conducted with Lost Girls World, 67% regularly travel alone and 76% said that they would stay in hostels most or some of the time on their trip. Hostels are a cheap alternative to hotels, providing basic and safe accommodation to backpackers in cities, villages and those hard to reach places that are well worth the extra effort. Their rising popularity amongst women is not solely down to saving money, as hostels are offering more and more little luxuries for savvy female travelers.
Added touches like hairdryers and all girl dorms go a long way when you have been on the move for months, and hundreds of hostels are tuning into this. With many providing single sex dorms, some such as the Cairns Girls Hostel in Australia and the Pink Hostels in New York have taken it a step further and opened the first all-girls hostels. These welcome developments have proved highly popular as they give female travellers a sense of safety in an unfamiliar setting.
In order to provide more information for female travellers, HostelBookers have put together a huge collection of recommendations, guides, packing tips and safety advice for women's travel. These include guest blog posts from Chelsea Duke (author of High Heels and a Head Torch: The Essential Guide for Girls who Backpack) and Lauren Resnick (responsible for the popular Princess with a Backpack guide and blog).