Travelling solo is a daunting task for anyone at first. Going to a foreign country alone presents you with all sorts of problems that you will have to sort out yourself.
In this guide, we aim to provide some helpful hints and tips to make travelling alone a much more pleasurable experience.
- Selfie Stick
- Pocket Guide
- A comfortable backpack
- Emergency contact details
Top Tips For Solo Travel
Sit in cafe’s
While making you feel safe and less alone, sitting in cafe’s can enable you to soak in the culture. Listen and learn from the people around you.
Always keep food and water on you
Travelling can always bring with it unexpected situations. You don’t want to be stuck in a position where you cannot grab some any food or water - so always try and keep extras with you at all times.
Buy transport passes
Depending on how long you will be staying in a particular place, buying travel passes will help alleviate the stress of getting from point A to point B.
Have a goal or plan for the day
While travelling is very much about the unexpected journey, it’s always good to have a rough goal or plan for the day - this will help put your mind at ease.
Journal your experience
Anxiety while travelling solo is common. Journaling or blogging about your experiences can help keep those demons at bay - also, you’ll have something to look back on in later years.
Keeping yourself entertained while alone is key. Pack your favourite books, pocket games, music or even a simple pen and paper to help keep your mind active during those long travel days.
Book excursions in advance
You don’t want to go all that way and find out the excursion is fully booked. Do future-self a favour and book in advance. Not only will you save yourself from disappointment, but you may also save money.
Solo doesn’t mean ‘alone’
Just because you set out alone doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. There will be many solo travellers just like you. Don’t be afraid to engage with them. Make friends. You’ll be amazed what they already know about the place.
Keep cash out of sight
There’s no excuse for travelling without a theft-proof bag. Theft from tourists is an all too real problem. Be prepared and you’ll have a happier time.
Split your cash up
Losing your money or getting it stolen is a true possibility. Limit the chance that you lose it all at once by splitting up your cash. Having two or three storage options is ideal.
Take a first aid kit
Accidents happen. They’re unfortunate but being prepared for when they do happen will make things go a lot smoother. Pack painkillers, plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes and anything else you might need.
Keep friends/family informed
Travelling solo can be stressful for your loved ones, so it’s best to keep them informed of your whereabouts, especially if you’re travelling to multiple countries.
You’ll be amazed at the amount of people who don’t get travel insurance. Getting injured without insurance is not a situation you want to be in. Be safe and get cover.
Listen, look, learn
Being in a new city or town is daunting, so take the time to listen, look and learn. Observe your surroundings.
Chat to the locals
By sitting in cafes and public places, you have the opportunity to talk to some of the locals. They can offer a great insight into the place your visiting, far more than what a tourist board could offer you.