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Travelling Solo: 5 Easy Steps To A Safe And Worry-Free Trip

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04/07/2016 8:35 AM AEST | Updated July 15, 2016 12:56
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The number of Aussies travelling solo is on the rise.

Travel: they say it's the only thing you can buy that makes you richer, which probably explains why more people than ever are heading overseas.

In Australia we've got a particularly huge crush on the world, with more than 13 million Aussies taking a trip in 2015, of which 1.7 million went it alone.

According to Allianz Global Assistance, this was a 3.5 percent jump from the previous year with travellers aged 18 to 24 unsurprisingly leading the charge.

But it's not just Millennials looking to enrich their lives with solo adventures.

The past ten years has shown a steady increase in the popularity of solo travel amongst Australians of all ages.

"The past 10 years has shown a steady increase in the popularity of solo travel amongst Australians of all ages," John White, general manager of travel and medical at Allianz Global Assistance told The Huffington Post Australia.

Whether finally ticking Machu Picchu off the bucket list or visiting your favourite retreat in Ubud, White explains the importance of remaining vigilant and adequately preparing for a trip in order to ensure your safety.

To break it down (without sounding like a nagging parent) Allianz Global Assistance has released an infographic checklist. Named the "5 C's for Solo Travel", it's basically like a guide to creating your very own safety net.

So while you might be going it alone, you've set yourself up in the best possible way to ensure your personal safety no matter the situation.

Allianz Global Assistance

In-flight tips to ensure you arrive healthy

  • Avoid dehydration before, during and after the flight. "Travel with a large bottle of water, electrolyte tablets such as Hydralyte and fresh fruit to keep you hydrated," Fiona Tuck, accredited nutritionist and FESS Frequent Flyer wellness expert told HuffPost Australia.
  • Boost your circulation. "Gentle, regular ankle rotations and calf stretches will keep your circulation and lymphatic system moving to avoid puffy feet and ankles," Tuck said.
  • Calm your nerves. "Reduce anxiety before flying by eating tryptophan rich foods such as salmon, turkey, chicken, milk and bananas," Tuck said.
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