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.
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!
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!
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.