Travelling with friends and family can be fun and is a great way to create lasting memories, but sometimes you just want to get away and be by yourself. Travelling solo allows you to relax and unwind while experiencing some amazing sights.
If you are planning on heading out on a solo trip, whether to an exotic international location or a national hotspot, we have some helpful tips that will keep you safe and make sure your entire trip is fun and enjoyable.
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Get Used to Being on Your Own
You might be used to spending an evening alone or going out for a solo lunch, but when you are travelling you will have a lot of time by yourself. So, it is important that you get used to it before you set out on your solo holiday.
Feeling awkward or anxious about eating alone or exploring a museum by yourself can ruin your entire solo trip. If you are unused to travelling on your own or being by yourself for long periods of time, make sure you prepare yourself before you leave for your trip. Take lunch or dinner alone at a favourite restaurant near your home or go on a shopping trip by yourself. This will help you get used to flying solo.
Make Sure People Know Where You are Going
There are some risks involved with travelling alone, especially internationally. However, that shouldn’t discourage you from taking a solo trip. You just have to make sure you let people know where you are going and when you plan on returning and if you are going to meet anyone.
It is recommended that when you travel alone, you leave a note in your hotel room or at the front desk with details about where you plan on going and if you plan on meeting someone. If something should happen, this information will prove invaluable.
In addition to leaving a note in your hotel room, make sure you let people back home know where you are going. You don’t have to leave a detailed outline of every activity you are doing, but make sure they know your flight information, hotel information and what cities you plan on visiting.
Give Someone at Home Copies of Important Travel Documents
Give a trusted friend or family member copies of your important travel documents. This will help you should you misplace them while travelling or if they are stolen. You can quickly call your friend/family member and have the documents sent over to you.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
While travelling alone, you will be exposed to new and different things all the time. It is important that you are always aware of your surroundings.
Some tips for being aware of your surroundings include:
- Stay sober
- Keep to public areas
- Walk in a confident, alert manner
- Avoid disclosing personal information that may alert individuals that you are travelling alone
- Keep valuables at home
Carefully Choose Where You Stay
Where you stay can make a world of difference when you are travelling alone. Staying in a large, impersonal hotel may give you a place to rest your head, but you won’t have many chances to meet new people. That is why many solo travellers choose to stay in a hostel or bed and breakfast.
Staying in a hostel or bed and breakfast will afford you numerous opportunities to meet and interact with other travellers. This will help you make new friends and not feel so alone while travelling.
Don’t be intimidated by the thought of travelling alone. It can be a lot of fun. Use these tips we have provided and you will be able to safely travel the world.
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