Solo Travel Travel Tips

9 Tips for anyone who wants to travel solo

Travelling alone can be quite scary, the first time is always very nerve-racking and for a lot of people travelling alone sounds absolutely crazy. But it’s not. It’s actually one of the best things you can do. You don’t always have the ability to travel with other people, especially if you want to travel often. And you shouldn’t miss out on moments and experiences just because you’re waiting for someone else. So here are 9 tips for anyone considering a solo trip.

Start small

You don’t have to pack a bag and travel to the other side of the planet, at least not the first time. You don’t even have to leave your own country. Start by taking a weekend in a new city, book a hotel and spend some days exploring a new place on your own. Book a weekend trip to a country not too far away, or even just go and do something on your own where you live.

Write a bucket list

Write down a list of all the things you want to see or do in the place you’re visiting, do some research and write down restaurants you want to try, places you want to go, and things you want to do! It will

Make a Pinterest board

Pretty close to the tip above, but visualising the place you’re going to and really seeing it is one hell of a good motivation! Just look at it every time you start doubting your trip and use it for inspiration when you’re actually there!

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Bring a book

Bring something that will keep you occupied, take it with you out to dinner or read it while drinking your morning coffee at a cosy café. Going to dinner on your own might seem really awkward and daunting, bringing a book actually helps.

Connect with other travellers

Travelling solo is actually really common, probably a lot more common than you might think! Join the travel community and get to know other people who are or have been travelling alone. There are plenty of great Facebook groups for travellers, sharing tips, inspiration, travel hacks, and much more, so just join in and you’ll feel a lot less alone. It’s also a great way to get some tips on what to do in a specific place or things to think about when travelling solo.

Get a travel buddy

If possible, meet up with someone when you’ve arrived. A great way to meet likeminded people, or find someone to meet up with in a new place, is using social media. Go on a Facebook group from the above tip, and ask if anyone will be where you are during the same time. Maybe you can meet up for a coffee and explore together? Staying at a hostel instead of a hotel is another great way to meet people. It’s not as glamorous as a hotel, but a lot cheaper and a lot better if you want to meet others who travel!

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Do your research

It’s never wrong to know as much as possible about where you’re going. Sure, it’s really fun to wing it and just go with the flow, but if you’re travelling solo for the first time, you might feel more confident know where you’re going and what you’re doing. Make sure to have a hostel or hotel booked before arriving, and book an airport pick-up with the hotel to be on the safe side. Do some research about the area, are there places to avoid? Know where to turn to if things actually do go wrong, bring a document with emergency info, like emergency numbers and an address for the embassy, just in case.

Be open to new experiences

Travelling always brings new experiences, whether your travel alone or not. But I do find that travelling alone somehow makes experiences a bit stronger, I have to me more focus and really take it in, and I’m not distracted by anyone else. And I can do, see, and discover, exactly what I want in my own way.

Go for it!

If you feel like travelling alone would be the worst thing ever and you have no desire of venturing out of your comfort zone, you might not be the right person for a solo adventure, which is fine. But if you do find it exciting and thrilling adventuring out on your own, go for it! It’s an amazing experience and travelling solo is a great way to become more confident, grow as a person, and learn about yourself. The worst thing that can happen is that you hate it and won’t do it again, but at least you know. And who knows, you might just love it.

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12 Comments

  • Reply Elodie February 20, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    I’ve actually been looking at my first solo trip to Korea and even though it’s not exactly starting close to home, I have a few friends in Busan so I can always leave Seoul if I find it too overwhelming on my own. I have to say, I really hope I can connect with people at a language coffee or online, because the lack of face to face human interaction is what makes me a bit “meh” about the whole thing. Still, this article definitely made me want to take the plunge!

    • Reply Michelle Serra February 20, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      Amazing, really want to visit Korea as well! But yeah I agree with you, the lack of actual interaction can be the most ‘meh’ thing about solo travel, but it’s quite easy to meet people though, especially via internet – just ask in travel communities if anyone is in Korea at the same time and if they wanna meet up 🙂

  • Reply Dani March 14, 2017 at 4:05 am

    Very practical trips! I’ve visited Peru and Thailand and at certain points had to travel alone, which was initially intimidating. It’s really cool through when there a chances to connect with other travelers and locals!

  • Reply The Travel Ninjas March 14, 2017 at 5:26 am

    “Go for it” is great advice for all travelers. You’re so right. There will always be obstacles, hassles, and reasons to sit on the couch. When going solo you have to motivate yourself.

  • Reply Emma March 14, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Solo Travel scares me – I’m always in awe of anyone who goes abroad on their own. I find it hard to eat in restaurants on my own so making friends or trying to connect with someone else before you get there is a great idea!

  • Reply neha March 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Wonderful tips. I guess the most important is being open to new experiences. A solo trip is high on my bucket list

  • Reply Saidat March 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Very useful ideas. The Pinterest board will really inspire one to travel since one can pin everything right from planning to actually travelling.

  • Reply Stacy March 14, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing your tips. Being solo shouldn’t keep folks from traveling. Cheers!

  • Reply Jen March 14, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Oh I’m afraid to travel solo…. I hope I have the courage to travel solo someday and if it happens, I’ll take your list with me.

  • Reply Nicole Anderson March 15, 2017 at 12:10 am

    The trend of women growing in their confidence to take the initiative to travel on their own is growing like never before. It’s posts like this and people like you who show how great it can be…along with tips that help ensure a safe and fulfilling journey and experience. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Jill Conyers March 15, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I enjoy traveling solo. I prefer family trips but the occasional solo trips are all about me.

  • Reply Sushmita March 18, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    I agree with you dear, these are very helpful tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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