Solo Travel Tips

Solo Travel Tips

There are many reasons why one would choose to travel alone. It’s a great way to get out there, see exactly what you want, when you want and how you want. It’s also a great way to meet people, discover new places and learn about yourself in the process.

 

If you haven’t done it before, solo travel is a highly recommended experience, even for those who could just as easily find a travel partner.

 

But there are some tips you should keep in mind when traveling on your own.

 

The main concerns of solo travelers have to do with safety, budget and the fear of loneliness. In order to combat all three, all it takes is a positive attitude and a little planning.


Safety tips

When in doubt, there’s usually good reason. Trust your instincts if something doesn’t feel right (always a top safety tip).

 

Be confident in your composure and walk with purpose.

 

Go for a look that blends in. That means don’t mark yourself as a tourist (camera, money belt, Disney t-shirt and map in hand), or draw attention with expensive jewelry or flashy clothes.

 

You don’t need to tell everyone you meet you’re traveling alone. For example, feel free to tell people you’re meeting a friend when asking for directions, so they don’t even consider joining you.


Budget tips

Avoid the infamous single supplement by booking your vacation with a tour operator that offers roommate matching.

 

Alternately, last minute bookings are a great way to save money, and since you have no one else’s schedule to worry about, the perfect opportunity for a solo traveler.

 

Find out the cost of basics like a taxi from the airport before you embark on your journey to avoid being “taken for a ride”. Solo travelers are often seen as easy targets for overcharging.


Combating loneliness

While you may find it difficult to eat out on your own back home, remember, this is an adventure you chose. You are out here eating on your own because this is where you want to be. Embrace that.

 

Take your entire trip as an experience of being whoever it is you want to be, at any given moment. That’s one of the great beauties of solo travel. With no history or expectations to hold you back, you’re free to reinvent yourself every step of the way.

 

Talk to people. You may be surprised how easy it is to start a conversation with a simple smile. Not everyone will end up a lifelong friend, but each encounter will be a small marking on your overall journey.
 

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