Some of the most amazing moments in my life happened while I was traveling alone. In addition to seeing fascinating places, experiencing different cultures, and meeting new people, what proved to be the most impactful aspect of solo travel was getting to know me better and experiencing tips for traveling alone.
At 18, the first time I went abroad on my own, the concept of going somewhere unfamiliar without a support system seemed daunting. Today, I embrace any such opportunity I get with open arms.
But there are also a few things I wish I would have known as that slightly scared 18-year old. They would have definitely made my adventures so much easier! Since I can’t go back in time, I’ll leave my favorite tips and tricks, with the hope that they’ll serve fellow future solo adventurers.
Let us dive into the details…
Discovering the World Solo – Tips for Traveling Alone
1. Plan Well
The key to a successful trip abroad is to plan it well. Don’t be scared to go into detail, as you might just find that it will save you a lot of worries.
Make sure you know what you want to see, where you are going to stay, and how you’re going to get around. You can search forums such as Reddit or TripAdvisor for good tips for traveling solo, or even invest in a guidebook that you’ll study before heading off.
This way, you won’t be short of things to do, and you’ll already have a pretty good idea of what you can expect. On the other hand, make sure you don’t over plan. Leave some room for spontaneity!
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2. Decide What You Want Out of Your Trip
Some of us travel to relax. Others seek out adventure. Some simply want to meet people. When you’re on your own, it comes down to you to ensure you get what you were looking for out of your trip. Defining your expectations is a great place to start.
3. Bring a Good Book and Music
Airplane travel, bus, and train rides can get pretty boring when you have to face them on your own. This is where good entertainment comes in. Sure, you could watch a bunch of movies on a miniature screen 30,000 feet in the sky. You could, however, also use this time to enjoy some analog entertainment in the form of a good novel, a great music album, or even an audiobook.
4. Bring a Notebook
While not everyone is a fan of journaling, solo travel can be a great opportunity to get into it. It’s quite simple: while you’re on your own, the chances to communicate with your best friends are limited, which may make you feel lonely. Having a designated notebook in which you can write down your thoughts can thus be a great way to reflect on all the novel experiences you’re enjoying.
And once you get home, you’ll have all your memories written down, so that you can look back on them anytime you want.
5. Try New Things
My favorite part of going someplace different is getting to try things I’ve never done before. Tango lessons in Buenos Aires? Check. Learning how to paddleboard in Lake Biwa, Japan? Yup. Eating Vegemite and toast for breakfast in Australia? Unfortunately. But hey, at least I gave it a shot (and found out something about myself in the process).
6. Meet New People
I absolutely love meeting people when I travel. It can, however, be difficult in some situations. If you’re shy, or simply don’t know how to strike up a conversation, you can try and join a group tour, or book your stay at a hostel. This will provide a good amount of opportunities to get to know fellow travelers.
7. Stay Safe
While I’m sure you’re tired of hearing this from well-meaning friends and family members, I feel it’s important to remind you of this aspect of solo travel. Be mindful of alcohol and inhibiting substances, keep a close eye on your belongings, and store your documents in a safe place (with backups you can easily access on your phone or in the cloud). Make sure also to have a trusted person back home with whom you’re going to check in a couple of times per day.
While traveling on your own can be intimidating, the most important thing is that you remember to enjoy your experiences. Take it all in, relax, seek out new things, and have a great time! Once you’ve experienced solo travel, you’re sure to fall in love with it, just like I did.
So this was it for today. I hope you have enjoyed reading this
Have a Good Day! 😇