Experiencing another culture at your own pace, on your own terms, can be an incredibly fun and insightful adventure. While such a sojourn is liberating, some worry about safety and solitude in unfamiliar territory.
Now, solo women travellers can easily find a plus-one before and during their trips with the help of mobile applications and online communities.
These apps and sites have become must-have virtual passports that provide real experiences and tips in real-time, using an identity verified network.
Think of it as the Tinder of solo travel – minus the romance.
Tried-and-true methods include apps that help the solo girl traveller find company for meals, social activities, guided tours or homestays.
As Michael Klumpp, founder of the German-based Tourlina travel app for solo women travellers, tells Her World: “Solo women travellers find that having a female partner on their travels can help with many things, from breaking down of costs to safety and forging new friendships. Users have to create a profile by logging in through Facebook, so the app admins can verify that the user is really a woman, and not a fake account.”
Tourlina has more than 10,000 downloads from 110 countries. The app’s newly released version also has a user chat function.
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