Solo traveling is something I enjoyed last year. While it was short, it gave me a new perspective and a unique experience. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and got to discover more about myself.
Traveling solo might be overwhelming and sometimes scary for some, and that’s understandable. You worry about a lot of things like safety, getting lost, and so many “what-ifs” and that’s okay.
One might also think it’s not for them, but I recommend you do it at least once in your life. Now, if you’re reading this that means (most likely) you are thinking of Solo traveling and don’t know where to start.
You’re going to be making the trip alone so you can do whatever you want at your own time and your phase. While this is a good thing, you got to prepare the basics as early as possible.
Planning your itinerary, booking hotels, and tours ahead of time can significantly take the load away from you and give you more time to prepare for your solo trip mentally.
2. Organize important documents
The last thing you’d want to happen is forgetting your travel documents and passport. Print everything as well as scan or save a copy on your phone. The reason for printing the documents is in case your phone or tablet gets lost or something.
3. Know the important places in case of emergency
Familiarize yourself with places like the nearest hospital to where you are staying, police station, and even the embassy. God forbid we do not want anything wrong to happen, but being prepared is better than sorry, right?
4. Download important apps to your phone
Aside from getting yourself a physical map from the airport or your hotel or hostel, downloading travel apps is a must. Now, this is applicable for when you are traveling with friends as well. Download the train or bus system, language translator, and Google maps; make sure you can use them even if you are offline (Fyi, I use Pocket Maps).
5. Ask if you’re not unsure of something
Chances are you might get lost, and that’s okay. Do not be afraid to ask around. Print or save your address in the local language (especially if you are in a non-English speaking country.
6. Be safe and Be mindful of your surroundings
Traveling is fun, but when you are alone, it’s a bit different. You got to be responsible and be cautious of getting into things you are not sure of. Remember you are on your own, so no need to be reckless and going all out.
Are you going out at night to drink? Drink responsibly have a bottle or two and know your limit. Avoid unsafe places or spots. Research places that are good for solo travellers.
7. Always bring essential documents with you
Passport, ID, booking receipts, tickets, and money should always be in your bag no matter what. Photocopy, scan, or save a photo of the BIO page of your passport with you and in your luggage for emergency purposes.
8. Get connected online (as much as you can)
With technology now, we can call or message our friends and loved ones with a single click. Always update them if you are going from one place to another. It is an excellent idea to let someone of your whereabouts.
Since you are making a solo trip, you do not need to worry about the time you spend in one place (unless you booked a tour). Take it all in; you do not have to hurry to get to another location. Take photos, stroll, talk to the locals (if you can), sit, and rest and savour your me time.
Even if you have an itinerary with you, it’s okay if you don’t follow it to a T. If you enjoy hanging out in a specific place, then stay there for an hour or so. Grab something to drink or eat if you can.
10. Enjoy and have fun
Solo traveling can be a bit stressful, but don’t let it consume you. You have your itinerary with you, explore. Use the time to get to know yourself more and have more time for yourself. You deserve this!
I might have missed a few, do you have any additional helpful tips for solo travel? Let me know in the comments section below!