Whenever it comes to traveling outdoors we always plan of ganging up with our friends, family, college group, colleagues group, in short, any group to enjoy together. But it’s never late to have some “me” time without sharing. Solo traveling gives the kind of enjoyment every human being once in a lifetime has been dreaming of.
Here we live the moment in our own terms, do whatever we want without caring if others are okay with it or not. We like to try out something, we go for it if we don’t like something we can simply ignore it. This is the best part of solo traveling that it allows you to have some alone time for yourself.
There are a few important things to keep in mind while traveling alone as there’s no helping hand with us. Let’s have a look at the to-do list:-
Helpful Tips For Solo Travellers
Before you plan a solo trip it’s very important to manage your savings accordingly so that you do not run out of cash after the trip ends. Firstly, research well about the trip you want and the expenses incurred during the trip at every step. Make a chart list with all the expense points with an approximate amount and calculate the total.
After you have the estimated amount now start tracking about your monthly expense and how much savings you are doing each month. Try saving as much as possible in your daily routine to enjoy the best travel experience.
Your budget is mostly dependent on your annual income and your financial status. This world is full of amazing places but then nothing beautiful comes at a low cost. So before you plan a trip to your dream destination set your budget and then research places as per that.
The budget can be calculated with different factors like Staying Accommodation, Food, Entertainment, Travel insurance and how much break you can afford on your budget. Make a list of all the expense and set your budget to move forward.
Choose the Destination
Whichever dream destination you have in your mind research about it thoroughly, read the reviews of other solo travelers for that place to get an idea, know in details about the exciting tourist spots of the place to plan your trip along with the safety measures available in the place especially for girls travelling alone and finally food because without good food happiness is impossible.
In case of solo traveling it is advisable to have safety in every single way. So while you travel if you have the opportunity to get insurance, do it in the first place. Generally, the flight offers an insurance policy that must be taken, if traveling by train with no insurance policy; make sure to take every necessary first aid measures available to protect your-self from danger.
Take your time to choose your stay. Be it a home stay or hotel or hostel or any holiday home/resort that is safe and good for the solo travelers.
Try to take a minimum amount of clothes for comfort and easy travel. Pack all the necessary outfits and footwear you need depending on the weather and climate of your desired place. For girls, you can go for the fashionable items if the place is such. Try to limit that too with varieties in less quantity.
Any new destination takes time for settlement. So try to relax for some time or a day to watch the lifestyle of the city and planning. Try to grab a map of the city and ask the localities for information regarding to the best places to start with.
In case of any doubt ask in places where you will get the genuine help like a reputed store or police station or traffic police or if it’s a well known hotel or resort you can get help from. Study the map carefully to get an idea of the routes and avoid flashing any expensive belongings like phones, jewelry or camera.
Make you sure you don’t feel lonely while you travel. Try to interact with different people in the places you visit with a bright smile on your face. If you get the chance to learn some words of the local language try speaking them, engage yourself in the culture of the place. You can look for cafes, shopping malls where you can interact with people with a cup of cappuccino.
Try to choose your stay in places where maximum interaction is made among people or read a funny book to laugh out loud. Traveling alone means that you need to find enjoyment with yourself because you are on a trip with no one but you. So go around break the limits and enjoy.
Making your way
How you will make your way to the new destination depends on your motive of traveling. If you only want to know about a city before exploring it, a short tour is fine and if you are looking for both it goes for a long tour. To know a city at first walk around the streets, visit the local stores, shopping malls, restaurants or do some shopping to know the environment.
For other linguistic countries where English or your national language is not used try seeking help from hotels or resort where you stay before moving out.
Fight or train the most important is to carry minimum luggage so that it comes in a backpack for the ease to move from one place to another. Reach before time to the station if journey by train and to the airport to complete your boarding formalities, luggage check-in, security checks if travelling through the flight. Carry food with you always no matter how good the service is.
Never compromise with a single safety measure when you are traveling alone. Both for men and women safety is a must. Check the time when you are leaving for a place and by how much time you will be back. Daytimes are fine with walking here and there for help but night times are not safe at all especially when it’s a new place. Avoid walking at night time and use transports like cabs which give service to tourists, tourist bus, and local buses if available.
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Before you head out for any new location ask the localities if the place is fun and safe to travel alone. Don’t give any details about yourself to anyone like where you are staying or what is your full name. If you feel unsafe while traveling at any destination or if you have lost your way, without a second thought head to the nearest police station, you will be helped by the cops to your way back safely. Be witty to interact in a minimum way and finally keep a sharp eye on your each and every belonging to keep it safe.
These are the minimum amount of tips that are required for a solo trip. Before you plan your trips alone read the above instructions thoroughly and do a well research of your dream destination before moving out. You will not only have your safety but also enjoy like you always wanted without any hazardous situation. So pack your bags and get ready for fun.