We understand that traveling solo can be intimidating, but it also allows you to see the world differently. Never fear: We’ve got the ultimate guide to ease first-time solo traveler jitters. Follow these tips, and you may just fall in love with traveling by yourself.
The Benefits of Solo Travel
- You can do whatever you want, whenever you want. This includes taking naps after a busy day or lounging by the pool instead of whatever you had planned.
- You can spend your money however you want. This means you can add mugs to your collection, get a T-shirt everywhere you visit, or splurge on dining.
- You’ll get out of your comfort zone – a ton!
- Enjoy as much reading time as you want.
- Explore all the places you’ve always wanted to visit – without compromising with anyone.
Start small with local adventures and day trips, then work your way up to weekends. This is a fun and easy way to ease yourself into traveling alone and understanding your traveling style.
Know Your Limits
You never want to be far from home and intoxicated. Likewise, overexerting yourself on a hiking trail can be just as dangerous. So take it easy on the cocktails, and if you feel tired, rest. Remember, there is no shame in chill hotel nights to rejuvenate the body for the next day’s adventures.
Don’t Over plan
Don’t over plan a trip. You’ll find the coolest, most unique spots while lingering and not rushing from point A to B.
Be patient during your travels, especially on your first day in a new place. It’s normal to feel a little lost. Allow yourself time to get your bearings.
Know Before You Go
Study maps of your destination ahead of time. This will make you feel more at ease once you’re there. Gain your sense of direction by finding local landmarks.
Let Others Know Your Plans
Share your plans with family and/or friends and schedule check-in dates/times. This gives everybody peace of mind that everything is going accordingly.
Do Your Safety Research
Research the safety of neighborhoods, public transportation, and areas to avoid. There could be a reason the Airbnb you chose is so affordable.
Catch Local Events
Local events are great opportunities to chat with locals about what else to do, see, and eat.
Don’t Forget the Selfie Stick
When taking photos on a solo trip, you’ll want to invest in a selfie stick if you’d rather not ask people to take your picture!
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
No matter where you are, be constantly aware of your surroundings. Keep your valuables close to you and out of reach of pickpockets.
Try not to overpack because you are responsible for your luggage. Plus, you’ll need some extra room for souvenirs.
- If eating alone isn’t your forte, bring a book to the table.
- Never pass up the opportunity to take a free or low-cost walking tour.
- If you’re a single female and don’t want to get approached, wear a fake wedding ring!