Travelling solo may not appeal to everyone, but anyone who’s done it once will agree that it’s a thrilling experience with many benefits. There’s nothing like doing whatever you want during your vacation and not having to worry about keeping your travel companions happy. Despite how exciting things can be, if you’re a first time (or veteran) solo travel, you’ll want to make sure you know these tips for solo travellers.
Book the right accommodations
If you’re looking to do things cheaply, a dorm room in a hotel room will likely be your best option. There are also private rooms on Airbnb where you might be roommates with the host. This style of accommodations may not appeal to all, but there’s no denying the value, plus, it’s better than having 15 roommates. If you prefer a hotel, there are plenty of budget options available if you’re willing to stay outside of the prime tourist areas. Regardless of where you stay, don’t book more room than you need and you should be able to find something at a reasonable price.
It may be cheaper to join a tour
Most solo-travellers don’t travel alone because they think it’s cheaper than a group tour, but joining a tour might benefit you. With tours, transportation and accommodations are covered so you don’t need to worry about how you’re going to get to each destination and where you’ll be staying. You might have to pay a single traveller supplement fee, but it may still offer good value compared to booking everything on your own. What’s great about tours these days is that there are so many brands to choose from that will fit your needs. Contiki, Intrepid Travel, G Adventures, and Trafalgar all have unique offerings so choose wisely.
Get to know other travellers
Despite the fact that you chose to travel solo, it’s natural to feel lonely at times while abroad. To get over the blues, make an effort to meet other travellers or locals. If you’re staying at a hostel, it won’t take you very long to meet, but what do you do if you’re staying in a hotel? You could easily book a city tour with a tour company which allow you to interact with other travellers. If you prefer to meet locals, you could check out events that are happening in town such as a music or food festival.
Okay, so this tip applies to all travellers, but packing light when travelling solo is essential. Since you’ll be on your own the entire time, you’ll need to transport your own luggage whenever you’re in transit. Bringing two checked pieces of luggage probably isn’t a good idea while a giant backpack could help you manoeuvre through cities relatively easily. Pack only what you need and budget some time for laundry. Trust me, spending a little time doing laundry while travelling is much better than overpacking.
Be smart about your travels
It may sound Cliché, but solo travellers need to be smart about their travels. Safety should always be a priority so be sure to be aware of your surroundings and leave your itinerary with someone. You’ll obviously want to keep your money by keeping your credit cards and cash separate. It’s also a good idea to make digital copies of your passport in case it gets lost or stolen. There’s no need to be paranoid the entire time you’re travelling, enjoy yourself and be adventurous
Although it’s been many years since I’ve travelled alone, I remember it being a thrilling experience. As a solo traveller, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Think of it as an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Go ahead and zipline through the jungle or how about taking a cooking class? If you’ve budgeted for your trip, don’t be afraid to splurge a little. It’s okay to buy that expensive souvenir for yourself or to treat yourself to a nice meal.