You have finally decided that you want to travel solo. You can’t wait to have a taste of that much needed sense of freedom and all the benefits of traveling solo has to offer. No need to worry about your travelling companion’s preferences and to adjust to someone else’s timetable. But before you pack your bags for your travel destination, there are things that you should take into consideration before you get all excited.
1. Plan Ahead
While traveling alone can be very exciting, it can also be daunting; more so, if you don’t have any plans. Know everything first about your choice destination in the comfort of your own home. Do some research. Create an itinerary. Make a list of things that you want to do or accomplish in your travel. A definite plan helps boost your confidence and takes some pressure off from solo travelling.
2. Travel Light
Unless you are rich enough to afford first class tickets, limousine transfers and your own butler in a 5-star hotel, there are many reasons why you should travel light. For one, there will be no one to help you with your luggage. Second, it is going to save you on baggage fees especially if you are flying on a low-cost carrier. You can also keep your luggage by your side at all times. In addition, your mobility will not be compromised.
3. Be Vigilant
Your safety should be always be a top priority. Be very careful when traveling alone. There are a lot of good people out there; however, there are also a lot of bad people. Don’t give them any reason to take advantage of you. Be attentive when it comes to little things such as not leaving your luggage unattended. Do not carry large amounts of cash. There are smart ways to carry money when travelling. Beware of pickpockets. Remember that occasional pitfalls do happen even to the most experienced traveler.
4. Be Open
You travel to expand your world. This is only possible if you travel with an open mind. Leave behind your prejudices with other countries. Go outside your comfort zone. Be open to new experiences and different ways of doing things. Immerse yourself to the local culture. Try out new foods. Make new friends. Smile.
5. Give a Copy of your Itinerary to Someone you Trust
As a precaution, always inform somebody else your detailed itinerary. It could be your family or close friends. You could even give it to multiple persons. Include flight times, your hotel reservations and if possible your intended day-to-day activity. The point is people from home should know where you are and should be able to contact you at all times.
In the same way, include this list of people in your emergency contact information. Place it in your bag tags or in any place that is easily accessible for others especially in case of emergency.
How about you, have you tried traveling alone? Is there any other tips for solo travellers that you would like to share?