To some people, travelling solo might sound like a daunting experience, to others it might sound like the most rewarding one.
When travelling solo, you travel on your own terms – you can set the stage for your very own adventure, do whatever you feel like doing, be as social as you want, eat whatever you want (and at any time you want), maybe learn a bit more about yourself, and surprise yourself with skills you didn’t even know you had in you.
Of course, travelling solo has its concerns too – such as safety concerns and loneliness, but with a little preparation and following a bit of advice, we are sure that your experience will be the greatest of the adventures.
Before you start planning, here are our 10 tips for travelling solo:
Before leaving, try to get as much information as you can on the destinations you are travelling to. Check for good hostels (it’s the best way to make new friends!), hotels, cool bars or cafes where you can meet locals and other fellow travellers.
Safety first, solo travellers. It’s always a good idea to leave a detailed itinerary of your trip with someone, so they can keep track of your movements, just in case. If you don’t know where you will stay yet, just let your family and friends back home know as soon as you reach your destination.
When travelling solo, your phone is your best friend. So treat it well, keep it safe and charged at all times!
Nothing breaks the ice better than a thank you or greeting in the local language. Learn a few other useful words as well – nothing is more appreciated than an effort to communicate in the country’s language.
Instant friends guaranteed – and maybe new travel companions to share your adventures with.
Make sure you are always aware of where you are, and always present – so if you want to leave the party/situation early, you can do it even by yourself.
Not that we are telling you to lie… but don’t overshare. Keep some things to yourself and make sure you never look like a lost tourist.
Eating by yourself scares you? No problem, there are so many people out there who feel the same way. The best way to avoid that feeling of ‘everybody is looking at me because I am sitting here all alone’ is by sitting at the bar, have a chat with the wait staff – and even share a table with someone.
Even if you are a bit shy back home, on a solo adventure best to keep it a secret. Be curious, ask questions, start conversations and you will never be alone.
Boring but always useful. Don’t leave without an insurance policy and make sure you have cover for your phone as well. As mentioned in our tip #3… your phone is your best friend when you are travelling alone!
Writer Robin S Sharma said: “As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal”.
So don’t be afraid – and pack your bags for a solo adventure.
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