Fancy traveling alone this year? We’ve all had days where we just want to experience things for ourselves – like sipping coffee in a café and watching the world go by the same thing with traveling, only a bit more extreme.
And no, one doesn’t need to be an intrepid traveller to enjoy taking a solo vacation. What you need is a desire to do it, smart planning that includes travel insurance, proper packing, and other essentials. Here are some tips for successfully traveling on your own.
Research far and wide
This first step is simply done via the internet. Thanks to Google, it’s never easy to preview a potential destination. Take note that tourism websites will only feature the best features to attract visitors. To get the real story, visit online forums and review websites to see if a particular location is as good as its ads. Same thing when looking for a good travel insurance. Check the feedback of other users. Through these portals, you’ll be able to post questions and get your concerns answered without bias, letting you know for sure what you’re committing yourself to.
Now how do you do this? When traveling solo, ensure that all your essentials remain in your carry-on in case your luggage gets lost or stolen. This means a full set of clothes for hot, cold, and even wet weather. Include walking shoes, your medications, as well as your identification and gadgets. You should also split up your cash and credit cards into different places so if you lose one set you’ll have another. It’s best to dress for comfort and always have some emergency cash with you at all times.
Since you’re traveling alone, you need to be double-no-triple careful of your personal safety and protection. However, don’t be so worried that you end up being paranoid and not enjoy your trip. Don’t dress like a typical tourist. This includes having fanny packs, cameras swinging, or home country flag patches. Never flash your money, expensive gadgetry or wear expensive jewellery. Keep vigilant of your surroundings and use main roads and travel in well-lit areas whenever possible, but walk with purpose and confidence even if you end up in unsavoury locations.
Why? Befriending local service people such as hotel staff, store clerks, security personnel, taxi drivers, and servers. Try tipping and you’ll make a lasting impression. When travelling alone, it’s a good idea to eat at the hotel’s bar. Most bartenders will have an inside scoop on things to do, and you can also befriend strangers so never really feel like you are dining solo. As always, stay wary and trust your instincts.
Do what you want
This is your special moment! And who knows, it may be a long time before you can travel again on your own, so try to do things that will push you outside of your comfort zone, after all, you’re on a solo quest! It doesn’t have to be something risky like sky jumping or hazardous like hand-feeding sharks. It could be as basic as singing karaoke at a local bar or taking a surfing lesson, as long as it’s something you’d never done before. You might be surprised to know what you’re capable of when you’re alone and no one is around to judge. *Wink*
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