Ever thought about travelling alone? The thought solo travel and not having to worry about others while exploring has definitely crossed my mind. Think about it for second, if your travel companion decides that they would like to sleep in late and your mission is to see the sights and you haven’t factored in your friend’s sleep deprivation nor the journey to go about your travels alone. Now you’re stuck between a rock and hard place. Friendship or FOMO – Just go it alone, see the world for yourself and see some of my solo travel tips below.
Why Solo Travel?
Whether it is by choice or because your schedule does not fit with someone else’s, solo travel is indeed a fascinating ride that everyone should experience at least once in their life. As far as I’m concerned, traveling solo is a liberating and eye-opening experience that feeds your passions, promotes self-discovery and stretches your comfort zone.
And when you travel solo, you also get the freedom to create your own schedule, relax when you want, and be social whenever you want. To top it all off, traveling solo will let you meet a ton of people as well as forge stronger relations than you would if you were with a travel buddy.
Is it Safe to Travel Alone?
Without a companion to watch your back, you are more vulnerable to criminals and scam artists. But the saying “safety in numbers” isn’t necessarily true—a solo traveller can blend in more easily than a group, and not drawing attention to yourself as a tourist is one way to stay secure.
Top Tips for Traveling Solo
- Know how long it takes and how much it costs to get from the airport to your hotel or to the city centre.
- Book a hotel with a 24-hour front desk if you’ll be arriving late
- Be your own best counsel; if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
- Carry good identification, in more than one place.
- Stick to open and public places, especially at night.
- Exude confidence and walk purposefully.
- Avoid appearing like a tourist.
- Don’t draw attention to yourself by wearing flashy clothes or jewellery.
- When asking directions, don’t let on that you are alone: “Can you direct me to the museum? I have to meet a friend.”
- Check your maps and transportation schedules before leaving your hotel/train/rental car/tourist office.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend or family member at home, and stay in touch regularly via phone, text, video chat, or email.
- Save Embassy numbers and address.
Best Solo Travel Destinations?
- New York City
- Montreal, Canada
- Copenhagen, Denmark
- Rajasthan, India
- Costa Rica
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
The topic of Solo Travel was discussed on air on Goodhope FM for Travel Tuesday (09/04/2019) on Lunch with Leigh-Anne.