Travelling solo can be one of the most exciting, liberating and eye-opening experiences, no matter your age. It offers ample opportunity for self-reflection and growth and boundless freedom. It can also be daunting, especially if you’ve never travelled solo before.
One of the top concerns for people planning a solo trip is safety. While it definitely pays to be cautious, it shouldn’t stop you from heading off on your next adventure. Picking the right destination can make all the difference, with some places more suited to solo travel than others. Travel insurance is always a good idea, as is keeping family and friends notified of your whereabouts. Apps like Find My Friends have proven popular for this, providing peace of mind for people back home.
Learn the local language
It may sound obvious, but making the effort to learn a handful of phrases in the native tongue can make a huge difference in how you experience a country, especially when you don’t have anyone with you to lean on for translations.
Talk to the locals
Very often, the key to having a unique and unforgettable experience when taking any type of trip is the willingness to stray from the usual path and side-step the tourist spots.
Look for shared housing options
Be open to shared accommodation options, as a single occupancy hotel room can be both expensive and let’s face it, lonely at times. Staying in hostels and Airbnbs are a particularly good way to meet people.
Experience it all
When Airbnb introduced experiences, diverse local-led activities in cities all around the world, it completely reshaped the industry. Now, solo travellers around the world can take part in countless unique experiences, while meeting new people.
Believe in yourself
Solo travel can be challenging, but the rewards make it all worth it. Many travellers report heightened feelings of confidence and happiness after undertaking a trip by themselves, as well as some newfound outlooks on life.
Take your time
Solo travel means ultimate freedom (more and more people are leaving their partners at home to travel). Embrace it and take things at your own speed. One day you may feel inspired to go sightseeing, while another may call for a slower pace. The joy is making the decisions yourself.
Be your own photographer
Solo travel is a photography enthusiasts’ dream. With no plan or schedule, a day can easily be spent capturing shots of bustling side streets and beautiful landscapes. And when it comes to capturing a moment with yourself, sometimes it’s good to look beyond the selfie.
Join a cruise
Some solo travellers love complete freedom, while others enjoy having more structured options. Multi-destination cruises tread a comfortable middle ground for many people, allowing them to kick back and relax in a group at their leisure, or go off on a mini solo adventure once they disembark at a new destination.