Traveling alone is one of those experiences that everyone should consider having at least once in their life! Diving into new cultures, languages, tastes in a land unfamiliar to you is a raw experience, one that lets you step out of your comfort zone. It’s no surprise then that many people consider their solo travels a rite of passage. While this type of travel is definitely exhilarating, there are certain logistics you need to take care of for safety and financial reasons. But not to worry, that’s what we’re for! We’re providing tips you should consider when traveling alone!
Research, Research, Research
One of the biggest mistakes of traveling (solo or with friends) is doing zero research about the destination. Before your flight, make sure you’re aware of local customs and you have an itinerary ready for your travels. While you don’t have to follow a strict schedule, make sure you book must-see excursions ahead of time - trust us, you’ll be able to skip the line and save lots of time. Make sure you also research hotels, hostels, and other lodging - the more reviews, the better! Plan your events during the daytime, especially if you’re traveling in an area that you’re not familiar with - and definitely stay in public area at night.
Pack a journal and some books
Or even better, an e-reader! Travelling alone doesn’t mean you have to experience awkward lonely moments. It also doesn’t mean you have to fill your schedule with non-stop sightseeing. Instead, take some time for yourself to and truly enjoy the city you’re in. Whether it’s catching up on your reading list while sitting in a cafe, or self-reflecting in your travel journal.
Write down your emergency contact info
In the digital age, we’ve gotten used to saving our friends’ and families’ phone numbers and not memorizing them. While finding yourself in unfortunate predicament can be scary, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry. Make sure you write down your emergency contact’s information and have it with you at all times.
Make friends with other travelers
Just because you’re traveling alone, doesn’t mean you can’t make friends along the way! There are lots of ways you can meet other travelers - instead of booking a hotel, consider staying at a hostel (remember to do your research, beforehand!). You’ll meet lots of friendly people from around the world who are adventurous and ready to mingle. If you don’t feel comfortable living in a shared space, consider booking tours if you’re feeling a little lonely. Being in a tour group will allow you to meet tons of people along the way.
Learn important phrases in the local language
If you’re traveling to a country with a language you don’t understand, we highly recommend you learn important phrases beforehand. You can either keep a pocketbook translation dictionary or download language apps onto your phone. Google Translate is a great app - although the grammar can be a little off, Google Translate will provide you pretty accurate common phrases. They also have a feature that allows you to upload a photo (of a menu, sign, etc.) and will translate it for you right away. How awesome is that?