Travelling alone can seem daunting and scary, away from all the comfort of home. What happens if you get stranded somewhere? Can you go out at night solo? Won’t it feel weird to eat in a restaurant alone?
All these worries and more plague most travellers before their first ever solo trip, but quickly evaporate, outweighed by the amazing benefits and experiences. Here, our top tips on how to travel alone successfully.
1. Know your strengths
Are you a sociable person who wants to be in the middle of everything? You might go crazy if you can’t communicate, so head somewhere you speak the language of the locality.
2. Take Photos
Take a lot of photographs, even if it’s just snapping odd little details you notice about a place, gives structure to your day. Your friends at home will appreciate your perspective and the story that comes with it.
3. Keep your friends and family informed about your whereabouts
Keep people informed on where you plan to go. Just post some photos or text every day so people know where you are, and that you are safe (and in case something bad happens, where to find you).
4. Don’t take the usual route – Go off the beaten track!
Aim to get off the beaten track as often as you can.
5. Pack light
Pack light so that you can manage your luggage by yourself with ease. One carry-on, a suitcase or backpack, should suffice whether you’re out for one week or three.
6. Trust your instinct
Be aware of your surroundings and listen to your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, leave.
7. Mix with others
Connect with other travellers. The common rooms and lounges of hostels are great places meet short-term friends as well as pick up excellent tips for traveling alone.