Travelling solo is one of the most thrilling experiences that you’ll have in a lifetime. From going to the airport, to landing in your destination, there’s something about travelling alone that fuels the feeling of independence.
I’ve travelled solo to Europe, and to America. Each time was a great journey of self-development and reflection, but I learnt a few things along the way.
1. DO – Always let someone know where you’re going
When you’re travelling alone, you may meet people on the plane or your accommodation that you can connect with. It’s important to always let someone know where you’re heading, even if it’s local. If something were to happen to you, someone has the location of where you were last.
When I travel alone, I always let my hotel reception know that I’m going out shopping or sightseeing. If they don’t see me return in the evening, then they have an emergency contact number they can use to get in touch with my family.
It may seem like something small, but you have to be mindful that you’re in another country where things aren’t familiar. The aim is to enjoy yourself, but to also be as safe as possible.
2. DO – Stay in public places
Make yourself seen. The more people you’re around, the safer you are. Connect with the locals around you so you get to know more about the places surrounding your location so you know the best places to be and when.
3. DON’T – Don’t be anti-social
Not because you’re travelling alone does that mean you shouldn’t interact with others on your travels. Socialise with people from your hotel or while shopping. Make friends so that you can do things together, and really make the most of your trip.
4. DON’T – Avoid leaving drinks unattended
This is something you shouldn’t do at home or abroad. Leaving your drinks unattended can lead to so many problems. Systems are very much different and the help you might need may not be readily available. Always keep drinks and any personal belongings within eye sight.
5. DO – Make sure you have travel insurance
Accidents happen, and if one happens to you, it’s best to be prepared for it. Buying travel insurance may seem like something insignificant, but if you ever need medical help in your destination for whatever reason, it’s crucial. You may not be able to get the assistance you need without it.
6. DON’T – Don’t get swindled by travel reps
Solo travellers are the perfect target for people abroad that try to sell excursions, and other products or services. It’s important to always be firm and know when to say no. If you would like to do more exploring, then shop around before committing to anything. Different vendors have different prices. Be sure to get the best one!
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