There are few vacations more rewarding, inspiring, and eye-opening than the ones you go on alone. Travelling solo is exciting and amazing, but it can also pretty tough, especially your first time. The fact that you won’t know anyone at all can be pretty daunting, and it’s understandable why it could put some people off, but you shouldn't let it. If you’re considering going it alone for your next trip, then here are some tips to help enhance your experience.
Have A Rough Plan
One of the huge advantages of travelling alone is that you only have to focus on the things that you want to do, and because of this can pretty much wing the entire trip. However, just because you could do something, it doesn’t mean that you should. It’s much safer to have a rough plan so that those back home know what you’re going to be up to.
Hostels are great, but if you really want to challenge yourself and get closer to nature, then pack your tent and portable gazebo and go camping instead. You’ll have your own space, which is something you won’t get in a hostel, but you are also incredibly close to lots of other travellers, and as such will still be able to bond and make friends like you would in a hostel.
Learn The Language
If you’re travelling abroad, it always makes sense to know the language before you jet off. Of course, you probably won’t be able to learn it fluently, but knowing how to say “hello, do you speak English?” will go a long way if you want to make friends with the locals. It’s also always sensible to know how to say no, please, and thank you.
Love Your Phone
You may have gone away to get away from everyday life, but that doesn’t mean that you should ditch your phone and head out into the world. Keeping your phone on you at all times is a must when travelling alone, as it allows you to contact home and the emergency services, and has maps for when you get lost.
Try New Things
The real benefit of travelling solo is that you can do things that you wouldn’t normally do with people you know watching. This could be anything from trying new foods to scuba diving. You’ll either have a great time, make a great story, or can forget it because you won’t have anyone reminding you about it every day.
The biggest concern that most people have when travelling solo is their safety. Of course, you’re always going to be more at risk when you’re on your own, but there are a few things that you can do to stay safe. These include keeping your phone with you, watching what you drink, trying to blend it with locals as much as you can, and trusting your gut around strangers.
Travelling solo is one of the best experiences you will ever go through, so grasp it with both hands, and use the tips above to make the most of your trip.