Nothing boosts your confidence more than travelling alone. This is because not only are you the sole decision maker and problem solver, but you also have complete control over your time. However, before you take the plunge into solo travelling, here are some tips for travelling alone.
Select Your Destination with Care
Whether you are in search of a beach retreat, an activity-packed getaway, or a cultural journey, you want to choose a destination where you will feel safe. Your choice of destination will have a bearing on your overall experience as a solo traveler. Hence, it is important to take the time to check the safety rating of the place you wish to visit, research its history, political background, and prevailing situation.
Speak to other travelers who have been there and check out their blogs. Before you make a decision on where to go, it is also useful to check out the transport options within the country. This is to ensure that there are safe and reliable ways for getting around.
Your Choice of Hotel is Important
For safety and convenience, many solo travelers prefer to stay in the center of the city. It is recommended that you check out reputable hotels, close to the main roads. Staying close to the main places of attraction is also a good idea as it will minimize on transport costs.
Homestays are a good option if you are travelling alone, especially those run by locals, as this will give you insight into the culture, and the bonus is you may get an opportunity to sample local cuisine.
Whatever the type of accommodation you select, reading online reviews from travelers and the responses they received from the proprietors will give you a feel of the establishment and its reputation. Hotel websites will also enlighten you on the available amenities such as fitness centers and spas. Remember to enquire on whether they offer WIFI.
How to Plan Your Activity
Before you depart, have a definite idea of the sights that you wish to see, their location and the modalities involved in getting there. There are some activities that you will wish to pursue on your own, whereas others may involve booking a group tour. Check out the available departures and prices and pre-book your seat if necessary. However, try not to pack in too much activity.
How to Stay Safe
- Take out Travel Insurance and check that it covers emergency evacuation, hospitalization, medical care and other essentials; read the small print
- Make copies of all important documents and save them digitally on cloud
- Provide your family and friends with your itinerary and stay in touch with them.
- Switch your phone to overseas mode to enable to enable you to keep in touch.
- It is best to arrive at your destination during the day so that you can get your bearings as you take stock of your surroundings.
- Do not carry your valuables with you, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry and flashy gear.
Most important, remember to trust your instincts and follow the same precautions that guide you at home and you can be sure that you’ll reap the life-changing benefits of solo travel.