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Solo Travel

Time: 1 minute 24 seconds

The video opens with upbeat music. There is a title screen that reads “Working Holiday in New Zealand” on the top half, with text on the bottom half that reads “Tips Series Solo Travel”. There is a video of 2 people standing on a mountain.

We see the iconic image of Bag End in Hobbiton in New Zealand.

Female Narrator: Travelling solo might be daunting. We thought you might want to know some of our tips for New Zealand.

An image of 3 people standing on a hill overlooking Auckland Harbour. A shot of Auckland Harbour with the caption “CBD = Central Business District”. A first-person shot shows a car changing lanes as it drives along a street in Auckland.

Female Narrator: Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, and where many people start their journey.

A busy restaurant is shown with a canopy of fairy lights above the diners. People cross the street, looking confident.

Female Narrator: The CBD streets tend to get quiet after 7 p.m., so be aware of the time and your surroundings when looking to visit some of the nightlife areas of Auckland. Try to look like you know where you are going so that you will not look like a tourist.

People walk along a pedestrian street in New Zealand. We see a tram travelling along another street. A close-up of a young woman texting her friend and then writing on a sticky note saying when she expects to be back.

Female Narrator: If you are meeting someone for the first time, make sure to meet them in public first. Text your friends or leave a note to let them know who you are meeting, where you’re going and when you expect to return.

Close-up of someone pouring coffee into a cup.

Female Narrator: Be careful when accepting offers from strangers and do not leave your food or drinks unattended.

A group of 4 people are walking along a coastal walk. A woman walks with her backpack along a city street.

Female Narrator: While New Zealand is a very safe place, you should always take the same precautions that you would take at home.

A young woman is sitting in a chair at a library, reading through a tourism book. Another young woman sits in a café with her computer, doing some research.

Female Narrator: Do the research before you go somewhere to figure out if it is safe.

Time-lapse shot of a busy New Zealand street with cars driving past. A young woman gets onto a train at an outdoor station.

Female Narrator: It’s always good to save money, but not at the expense of your safety. If you feel unsafe, spend the extra money to take a taxi or public transport instead of walking.

A passenger films a driver as they drive down a suburban street.

Female Narrator: Although stepping out of our comfort zones while travelling is encouraged, it is important to know your limits.

Three people sit on a beach overlooking an island in the distance. Overhead shot of Auckland.

Female Narrator: You may feel scared on your first solo trip, but carry yourself with confidence and fake it till you make it!

Text: Visit to plan your own experience

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