Solo travel has been one of the most rewarding and liberating experiences I have had. It has forced me to be comfortable with the uncomfortable, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Traveling alone is practical and allows you to enjoy what you want to do, when you want to do it. There is no need to compromise with another person, giving you the ultimate freedom to explore.
Introvert, extrovert, you name it, this experience is for you. Not sure where to start? Follow these 10 helpful tips to get you started on your journey.
Have a plan
While there is something to be said about the freedom of solo travel that does not mean you shouldn’t have some type of plan in place. Map out the places you might want to go that are solo friendly, hotels or hostels that are safe and reliable and maybe some bucket list items you need to do. Not only will this help you travel flawlessly it will also keep your family and friends informed of where you are.
Learn the local language
A handful of words or phrases goes a long way when it comes to being in a new country. Not only will it help you with directions or greetings, it shows respect and a genuine interest for the country and its people. Often locals appreciate the effort and are more willing to help you.
Don’t be a tourist
That might seem counterintuitive but as a traveler try to connect with the locals. Find a restaurant or a coffee shop off the beaten path and have a new experience. Most residents are incredibly friendly and can give you some of the best tips on where to go, what to see and what to eat.
Rely on your instinct
While solo travel is very safe there are going to be times you might find yourself in an uncomfortable situation. In these moments, trust your gut. Always be aware of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
While you came for solo travel there might be days where you begin to miss home. Instead of calling a friend or family member, why not take a day trip with a tour group. You will not only feel less alone but you will learn more about the country you are in and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.
Know your limits
Everyone wants to enjoy a drink or two when they are on vacation and as a solo traveler this doesn’t have to be any different. However, be smart and stay mindful of your surroundings for safety sake. Let’s be honest, nobody wants a hangover.
Embrace the culture
Learn about what shaped the country’s history, religion, its people. AirBnb Experiences and apps like eatwith do the research for you and help you to discover an authentic experience in any city you are in.
That plan I mentioned in tip 1, sometimes you have to throw it out the window. One of the benefits of traveling alone is the freedom to change your day or night. Solo travel is anything you want it to be in that moment.
Take the photo
We have all seen the traveler with the selfie stick or the tripod and vowed not to be them. Be that person! Take the pictures, the ones with you in them! This is a once in a lifetime experience people!
Be proud of yourself
Sit back and take it all in. This world is an amazing place and you have the opportunity to experience all of it.
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