Whether you are an experienced solo traveler or considering it as a possibility for the first time, preparation is key to make it a smooth and enjoyable journey.
Here are tips to help you feel empowered when traveling alone.
Plan Your Activities in Advance
Before you travel, it is always a good idea to plan your activities.Not only will it ensure that you get to explore the activities you hoped to, it will also help you iron out the logistics.
Learn Key Phrases of the Local Language
When traveling to a foreign country, learning the local lingo is the most practical skill you can possess. Even if you’re not very good at it, people will appreciate that you’re at least trying!
Knowing the basics, like how to introduce yourself, ask for directions, or order drinks and food will ensure you get the best experience possible. Check out this post for a quick rundown of words and phrases to learn.
Travel With Less
It is great to travel light and be minimalist when traveling alone. Packing less stuff means it’s easier to enjoy the trip and focus on other things. You’ll also be able to travel faster, cheaper, safer, and easier while without having to worry about excess luggage or storage.
Chat With the Locals
Whether you’re traveling alone or with family or friends, don’t be afraid to talk with the locals. Your experiences will be much richer for it.
Talking to people makes you leave your destination with a better understanding of the true local culture and history. You may also make some meaningful connections.
Look For Shared Accommodations
Be open to the idea of shared accommodations, as it’s often a lot cheaper and you might meet some great people. Hostels and Airbnbs are particularly good for meeting fellow solo travelers.
You can also select to stay with a local host or homestay. By choosing to stay with locals, you will get an experience that is full of culture, conversation, and local intel.
Bring Extra Cash
A good rule of thumb is to bring more money than you think you will need and have multiple options in case your plans change. Anyone who has traveled knows that unexpected expenses are always a reality, so it is always a good idea to bring some extra cash. Also, your credit and debit cards may not work internationally, or the companies may make you pay a fee even if they do.
Be Mindful of Your Safety
Be sure to take the needed precautions to stay safe when traveling alone. Stay vigilant, day or night. Also, consider sharing your planned activities with a friend or family member at home ahead of time or making it a point to check in with them from time to time.
Make Memories by Taking Pictures
As the saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That’s especially true when it comes to traveling. It is an amazing way to make sure you remember this unique time of your life. Take pictures of places you’ve been, sights you’ve seen, and things you’ve done.
Pay Attention to Transportation Methods
The best way to get around in one country might not always be the best way to get around in another. Some countries have highly developed public transit systems, while others may not. Choosing the right transportation method will save you a lot of time, money, and hassle.
Eat Like a Local
One of the things you’ll get to enjoy is the food and local dishes in your country of choice. Before going there, do research and make a list of some dishes that sound good to you. You can also make a trip to the local market and grab some snacks to try.
With this in mind, don’t be afraid to ask strangers or other travelers for recommendations or directions.
Solo travel can be a wonderful and empowering experience. Though, at first glance it may seem a bit overwhelming. With the right preparation, your solo trip can turn into one of the best adventures of your lifetime.