When you take the plunge and decide to travel alone, it can be incredibly exciting. It can also be quite scary as you won’t have anyone to rely on, so you’ll need to make sure that you're prepared. To help you out, we have put together a list of tips to consider when you venture out into the world solo.
How To Travel
If you're especially adventurous and want to explore and experience as much as you possibly can in the country you're visiting, a road trip is a fantastic way to do it. A compact car is a great choice of vehicle as its smaller size can be especially beneficial in places that have narrow roads, and your fuel will be far cheaper, meaning your travel budget will go further.
You’re In Control
When travelling alone, you have the choice to go wherever you want and do what you want to do, so make the most of this freedom you have. Take time to decide on the destination for you – choose a place that you have always wanted to go and is personal to you. This is your trip, so plan an adventure that will fulfil your travel dreams and leave you feeling that you have really achieved something.
Put Yourself Out There
You may be travelling as a single, but that doesn’t mean that you need to spend all of your time alone. You'll cross paths with other solo travellers who wouldn’t mind making a friend along the way. Joining up with others means you can go on outings together and make friends with people from around the world - some of whom you may even plan to meet again in the future. Try to put yourself out there to add a social dimension to your travel.
Stay In Touch
One of the greatest concerns for people who are travelling alone is the issue of being in unfamiliar surroundings, far away. No one wants their loved one to be out in the world with no one looking out for them, so communication is key. Set up a schedule with your family and friends that you can stick to, so that everyone knows where you are and what your next plans will be. If you commit to staying in touch regularly during your trip, you'll put everyone's mind at ease and be able to enjoy yourself more.
Plan Your Trip
Although the idea of just winging it may sound exciting, especially when you don't have anyone to answer to, your best chance for success - and safety - is to have a solid plan and organise your travel accordingly. You will still have lots of chances to explore to your heart's content, but having an itinerary that you share with everyone back home will make you a smarter traveller!