Travelling to new and foreign lands can be one of the most rewarding adventures of your life, but it can also be the most intimidating. For many travelling alone can be off putting, because of the fears of safety and being lonely. Don’t let your fears reside inside of you, just do it! You will find it is one of the best experiences that you will have. We have compiled a list of tips and tricks you can follow to ensure you have the best solo travel experience possible. It is time to live your best travel life.
Locals really appreciate when travellers make the attempt to learn the spoken language. Even if it is not perfect, many respect the effort you put in. Learn how to introduce yourself, order your favourite foods and definitely learn how to ask where the washrooms are! You can even take advantage of Google translate when trying to communicate the local language. Programs such of these allow for the ease of communication if you are really in a pinch.
Meeting other travellers is a great way to break up the monotony of solo travel and can lead to possible life-long friends and connections. You may find that talking with other travellers can provide you with great insights on places to go and things to see. If you find it hard to start conversations, offer to take a picture for someone, or use various other tools for an easy way to strike up an organic conversation.
Don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with the locals you meet. Bartenders, servers, and people in the street can offer up some amazing advice on cool places to go and great eats in the area. Make sure to do a bit of research on suggested places, before jumping the gun. Safety first!
Many hotels and cruise lines require two people to share a property. These single supplements should and can be avoided. Most fees should be disclosed before you book, so make sure that you aren’t paying for these needless charges. Some solo friendly accommodations are Airbnb, hostels and even some bed and breakfasts.
Travelling alone can sometimes be lonely, especially if you aren’t staying at places that encourage talking and meeting new people. Hostels are a great place to meet single travellers who are in the same boat as you. Bed and breakfasts are also good spots to have a friendly conversation. Try to avoid hotels and Airbnb’s if you plan on chatting up new people.
When you are traveling alone you are automatically more vulnerable, therefore it is extremely important to drink responsibly, so you can stay aware of your surroundings and keep your wits about you. Sometimes heavy drinking can lead to impaired judgement and you can find yourself in dangerous or uncomfortable situations. That being said, don’t be afraid to have fun!
Sending your family and friends a copy of your full itinerary including hotel bookings, flights, and your detailed destination schedule can help put everyone at ease. This is a simple and important step you can take to ensure your own safety. It also helps your family and friends get in contact with you in case of an emergency.
Before you go out it is important to plan all aspects of your night. If you know you are going out drinking and are not able to drive yourself, it is important to ensure that there is a taxi service at your destination. Traveling alone at night is not advised for any traveller no matter your age, size or gender. It is also important to confirm that the place you plan on attending is safe by asking the concierge or front desk worker.
Travel insurance can save your butt if you are ever in a tough situation. For a fee you can be covered for medical and dental emergencies, but you can also be reimbursed for lost baggage, trip cancellations and sometimes even rental car damage. The longer you plan on traveling, the more you should consider travel insurance.
When you first meet someone, on your travels, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation, but don’t be too quick to give out personal information about yourself and your travel plans. Only give people your first name and ensure that you leave by yourself using a safe method of transportation. NEVER tell people that you first meet where you are staying or where you plan on going afterwards.
ALWAYS be aware of where you are storing your valuables and make sure it is a safe place to keep them. Keep things like money, your ID and credit cards close to you and hidden, so they are not vulnerable to pickpocketing.
Travelling alone has many benefits, it can help you break out of your shell and find yourself. A great reason for traveling alone is to meet new people from around the world, but it also makes you much more vulnerable. It’s great to meet and chat with new people, but don’t EVER trust them with your valuables or give out much of your personal information, especially if you’re just meeting for the first time. It is a well-known fact that scam artists are some of the most charming people, so just be cautious.
Eating alone can be uncomfortable for many people. If you are one of these people, try dining at places like cafes and outdoor patios with a scenic view. Reading a book is a great way to combat the awkwardness of eating alone, as well as it can indicate that you are alone and ready to stike up a conversation. Try and be more obvious that you are a solo traveller by placing a map, camera or other things that signify you are a solo traveller.
Day tours not only offer you a great opportunity to learn and explore exciting areas, but it also gives you an opportunity to meet fellow travellers. Some places in Europe even offer free city tours, which can be a way to sightsee interesting places.
If you aren’t planning on hitting-up the nightclubs and want to spend your time doing something else, get an early start. Getting up early helps you to avoid traffic at busy tourist places. Sightseeing in the daytime is also a much safer option than traveling at night. If you are nervous about being out at night this is a great option, because you can pack your day so full of activities, you will be ready for bed by 9pm.
When traveling solo, it can be hard to break the cycle and try new things, especially when you don’t have someone by your side encouraging you to break your level of comfort. Travelling alone allows for flexibility to do the things that you want
Sometimes when you are traveling solo, it can be a little intense and overwhelming. Learning how to say, “No thanks” in the local language can save you when you are in an uncomfortable position. You will have to learn to be more aggressive, because solo travellers tend to get pushed around more than people travelling in groups.
Taking pictures helps you capture memorable moments and share them with your family. Some pictures are worth 1000 words, there is no better way to remember a scenic view or cool experience.