If you want to travel solo or if you have no choice but to go on your own to a holiday destination then you have nothing to worry about. Travelling alone can be a very fun experience and you would be surprised at how easy is for you to really turn any experience into a positive one. If you want to get some hints and tip for travelling on your own, read this article and you can find out whatever you need to know.
It’s great to come back from a trip knowing that everything you did was already paid for. After all, the last thing that you want to worry about when you are out travelling the world is money, and by saving up, you can help to avoid all of this. When you save up a good amount, you can get your currency converted before the exchange rate drops and this is a fantastic way for you to get more money for your trip without even trying. A good way for you to save money when booking your holiday is to look for a property for rent. This will be much cheaper when compared to booking a holiday villa or anywhere else similar and you will also be in the heart of the city as well so you know that you won’t have anything to worry about there.
You need to think of a destination where you can stay, and still have a good choice of excursions. You can save money this way and you can also get to know the locals that are around. It is also more than possible for you to find hotels or hostels that are specifically suited to those who are travelling solo, and this is one of the many reasons why so many people choose to do it on a yearly basis. This is also a fantastic way for you to meet other people who are travelling on their own as well, so do keep that in mind.
A lot of people don’t bother with travel insurance because they don’t think that they need it. This is something that you should seriously reconsider. Travel insurance will depend on the country that you are visiting and you also need to think about the cost of getting someone to your bedside should something happen as well. The main thing that you have to remember here is that nobody thinks that something is going to happen to them while they are on holiday, but there is always a chance and when you are travelling solo, you won’t want to roll the dice. Personally I have been hospitalised in Berlin, had my credit card stolen in Turkey, my luggage lost by airlines, and have had flights canceled. I highly suggest you get insurance.
Don’t be Lonely
When travelling alone, it can be very easy for you to get lonely. You may find that at times, it’s nice to have someone who you can talk to. Of course, the main thing that you have to do is smile, because this means the same thing in every single language. When you smile, it shows that you are very happy, approachable and kind. A smile is also a great way for you to try and open up a conversation. Another thing that you have to do is learn a few words in the local language. When you are able to make the effort to communicate, you will nearly always benefit.
You should also try and go to local or even independent coffee shops. You can have lovely conversations with those around you when you do this and you can also meet up with the locals who you have seen you around in the past. This is a fantastic way for you to try and meet new people and it can open up a ton of opportunities for you as well.
Staying in a hostel is also a great way to meet like minded people.
Establish a Routine
When you are travelling alone, it’s super important that you try and establish a routine. You need to visit the same café, or even the same restaurant every single day. This way you will get to know everyone who goes at the same time and they may even try and watch out for you as well.
Day Tours & Group Tours
If you want to get out there and see the sights then this is a great way for you to make the most out of your experience. When you go out on a day tour, you will get the chance to see everything that you have always wanted and it is also a fantastic way for you to save money as well. Tours are a great way for you to meet other people who speak the same language as you, so do keep that in mind. Remember that by being curious, you can always meet up with other people and you can also ask questions that can lead to great conversations.
Don’t Stick to the Beaten Path
When you are out and about, you may feel safer sticking to the pathways and this is completely normal. By going off the beaten path however, you can easily meet other people and you can also see other people who have the same interests as you.
A lot of people find it difficult to eat on their own and this is completely understandable. If dining out is one of the many things that you are worried about when you are travelling alone then you really do have nothing to worry about. If you want to make dining easier then you need to try and get friendly with the restaurant staff. You also need to have your restaurant meal at noon as well. The main reason for this is because you get the same quality of food, but the prices are lower. The crowd is also far less romantic as well, and the lights will probably be brighter too. This will make the whole thing way easier for you to deal with and it also makes it easier for you to dine alone.
When you do go into a restaurant, try and eat at the bar or even at a communal table. If you eat at a table designed for two or even four then this won’t give you any room to be social. Other things that you can do is try and make sure that you are obvious. Depending on your location (don't do this in Barcelona or places known for pick pockets) but you can try and place your camera, or even a map on the table. Personally I focus on making plans on my smartphone. This makes it obvious that you are a tourist, and even though some people are concerned about looking like a tourist, you shouldn’t be ashamed of any of it. After all, tourists are usually happy to try and socialise with other tourists and by making it obvious, you can make it much easier to meet up with other people.
If you want to get around as a tourist then hop off and hop on tours are ideal here. Walking is also another option because it slows things down. This way, you can see the ins and outs of the city and you can also get to know the local transit. When you are travelling between destinations, you can easily travel by train or even plane. It also helps to take a bag with you because this means that you can keep your safety gear on you as well. When you are travelling alone, it helps to tell the hotel where you are going and it also helps to have a tracking app on your phone as well. This will help to notify the police if something should happen.
If you're the type of person that is a tad on the worried side when you do go travelling, if legal, you can also take some pepper spray with you or a sound alarm wherever possible. When you are able to do this, you can feel safer when you are on the streets and it may even help you if someone happens to try and rob you as well. The chances of this happening aren’t likely at all, but it never hurts to be prepared and things like this can really help you if you happen to get in a sticky situation.
Another thing that you have to take note of is that you shouldn’t travel out to the bush or any other location in the wilderness for that matter, alone. You have to make sure that you go with a guide or someone who knows what they are doing because it’s not just the wildlife you have to worry about, it is the conditions of the wilderness and even the poisonous plants as well.
So when you are out and you are travelling alone, you do need to make sure that you stay safe and it also helps to explore the local area as well. If you are concerned about things like dining alone or if you are concerned about not being able to meet anyone when you are there then you have nothing to worry about because there are so many forums out there full of people who are looking for someone else to go and travel with. You never know, they may also be able to give you some great hints and tips for your travel as well, so do keep that in mind.
by Natalie Marie.
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I make all of the mistakes
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