Travelling is an adventure. And, this adventure becomes more exciting when you travel solo. Nevertheless, do not forget that you never travel alone; you merely exclude those people whom you know and explore the world on your own. Today, I’m sharing tips for traveling solo in today’s world.
Tips for Traveling Solo in Today’s World
You’re sure enough going to encounter new people, make new friends, and explore new wonders of nature by traveling alone. You would not be distracted by anyone from anything you desire to enjoy while traveling. Traveling solo is more exciting, but there are some challenges also that come with traveling solo instead of going with groups.
I’ve already shared the Benefits of Traveling Solo, now let’s talk about some tips for traveling solo to take with you before heading out on your journey.
Observe Your Surroundings When Traveling Solo
Wherever you land in the world, take some time to sit in a busy market and enjoy a coffee. Invest an hour or so there, to observe people. How they talk, how they meet, how they behave, etc. It will teach you more about their culture than any guidebook in the world. It’s a surefire way to discover new friends, and since you have observed their culture, you would recognize whom to trust and whom not to trust. It is a beneficial step for your safety also.
Meet Other Travelers
No matter how many friends you have met, locals can still clearly distinguish you from others. In this way, some street vendors, pickpockets, and thieves deceive the tourists. Their skill in their respective field is because of their ability to distinguish people no matter how well acquainted they seem. Hence, add an extra cover of safety by befriending other travelers. They could help you in hard times and tell you many things that are worth visiting. They might also give you tips about locals and their selling practices.
Start Out Early
Start your city tour early in the morning. This way, you would be able to avoid crowds and traffic jams. Moreover, you could thoroughly enjoy tourist attractions even better. These tips are commonly acquired early in the morning when local shops receive fewer customers, and the administration of tourist attractions has fewer people to tackle.
Explore Your Wild Side
When you are traveling solo, you feel less hesitant to attempt something that you would typically avoid doing with those you know. This is the opportune time to do such things. For example, museum lovers could spend as much time as they want in a museum, or beach lovers can try water sports, etc. Have a bite or two of food you usually wouldn’t eat at home, but still eat healthy while traveling during most of your days. A solo trip could also be an excellent time to strike off items from your bucket list.
Be A Photographer
Take plenty of pictures to make your trip memorable. Get acquainted with several impressive features that a smartphone offers for a beautiful view through its tiny lenses.
Take Emergency Contacts
A solo traveler should make a list of easily accessible emergency contacts. The list could include your personal information like allergies. Also, it should consist of numbers of those who can be contacted in case of an emergency, for example, contact number of your home, number of your friend, spouse, etc.
Inform the Family
Do not suddenly take-off on a trip without sharing your itinerary details with family and friends. The travel itinerary should involve your hotel reservations, flight times, and a vague idea of sightseeing plans. If you are planning abroad, then register your visit with the embassy as soon as you land.
Best Tip for Traveling Solo in Today’s World is to Go Prepared
Check your destination’s requirements for entering their country. You want to make sure the country you’re traveling to doesn’t require a mandatory 14-day quarantine. Today’s world, as we all know, is under distress, and when traveling solo, there’s no one for you to turn to should you get stressed out about requirements you knew nothing about. So plan ahead.
Also, take along a couple of masks just incase places you visit require you to wear one. Read up on the laws before you go so you can be prepared – standing six feet apart just may be the norm in today’s world – where ever you go.
There is fun in solo travels, but safety is also a fundamental aspect. So be safe and have fun!