Travelling solo can be a great adventure. If you travel alone, you’ll get to know yourself better and follow your own schedule. If you’ve been holding back, these tips will make it easier for you to head out alone. You’ll learn how to deal with three of the most common concerns.
Coping with Loneliness and Boredom
You may wonder about whether you’ll get lonely if you travel alone. The truth is that learning to enjoy your own company makes solitude rewarding. On the other hand, you can find companions if you feel like mingling.
Be mindful of your surroundings. Getting caught up in new experiences, you will leave little time for boredom
Take a tour
A day tour is ideal for meeting new acquaintances. It’s easy to strike up a conversation when you share the same interests with others, and you’re away from your usual routine.
Look for places with communal tables or ask your hotel to recommend them. Eat at the bar if you feel conspicuous at a table.
Stay in a bed and breakfast
The bed and breakfast owners may be happy to talk about local attractions. Hostels are another excellent choice. There will likely be other guests and maybe even other solo travellers at these places.
Frequent local businesses
Visiting the same fruit stall every day will quickly turn you into a regular. Exchange greetings and let them know you appreciate any advice on what to see.
Talk with new people
Approach your fellow travellers or locals who seem friendly and helpful. Trains and coffee shops are two good places to start.
Do volunteer work
Sign up with a non-profit organisation and perform group volunteer work. For example, travel to exciting places while building new homes through Habitat for Humanity.
Pursue solitary activities
Visit an art museum or lie on the beach with a good book. Enjoy the peace and relaxation you get from being alone.
Protecting Your Safety
Security is an important concern for any traveller. Some basic precautions will reduce your risks.
Looking like a tourist may leave you vulnerable. Walk with confidence and step inside a hotel or cafe to check your map.
Observe what’s going on around you. Ask your hotel to advise you about where it’s safe to walk. If you’re near an unsafe area, avoid unnecessary risks by taking a cab to your destination.
Watch your money
You may want to wear a shoulder bag strapped across your body or under a coat. Consider using a money belt or clip. Solo travellers are often the perfect target for pickpockets.
Assess your fluency
Language skills also matter. Ask yourself if you can communicate clearly in case of a medical emergency.
Gather your documents
Put a copy of your identification in your pocket, such as your passport and health insurance. Leave a second copy with loved ones at home.
Check-in at home
Speaking of home, give your whole itinerary to at least one person. Call or text them every few days to tell them you’re okay. There have been many instances of travellers disappearing on a trip, and nobody has realised it for quite some time.
Pack light. Leave your valuables at home
Travelling with minimal baggage increases your comfort and your ability to move quickly.
Sticking to Your Budget
You may run into “single supplements” on cruises and tours. This is when the venue charges single travellers extra to try and make up for the lack of a second customer. Still, there are plenty of ways to vacation affordably on your own.
Save up in advance
Put money aside gradually. Small amounts add up over time.
Be flexible about timing
You’ll tend to find the best deals at the last minute or several months before your departure. Be open to travelling during the off-season for further monetary savings.
Look for bargains
Check discount travel sites and look for deals. Some venues may even be willing to waive the single supplement.
Contact travel companies who specialise in solo travel. Ask to be paired up with another single traveller who is headed to your exact destination.
Spend a whole week at a pumpkin festival or browse the Louvre at your own pace. Avoid being intimidated by the thought of travelling alone. Solo travel creates memories you’ll treasure for life.