Traveling solo can be a life-changing experience. There’s something about being far away from home, relying only on yourself for company that can really help you get to know yourself better. You will learn more about what you like to do, and you will find out just how much you can do on your own, without anyone’s help. Many people discover a strength they never had while traveling alone.
Before setting off on your first solo adventure, you should consider a few details that could make your trip more enjoyable. These tips can help to make sure that your vacation is hassle-free and pleasurable.
- Choose your destination carefully.
You can go anywhere on your first trip alone. But, to have the best experience possible, there are some things you should consider before choosing a destination. You should choose a location that is convenient for a solo traveler.
Look for destinations with excellent and easy-to-use public transport, like London or New York City. This will make it easier for you to get around, since you won’t have anyone to help you navigate. Also, especially for first-timers, you should go somewhere that the people speak a language in which you are fluent. That way, if you do need help, it won’t be too hard to ask. Remember that many countries have a sizeable English-speaking population.
- Choose your hotel wisely
Try to find a hotel that is centrally located for your first solo vacation. Before booking, make sure that the hotel is near restaurants and public transport stops. Once you have more experience traveling alone, you can start staying in more remote locations, but you should make it easy on yourself this first time out. Staying close to everything will make you feel safer, and decrease the time you spend figuring out how to get around.
- Do some planning in advance
To get the most enjoyment out of your solo trip, you should make a loose daily itinerary. This way, you don’t spend too much time every day figuring out what you want to see. Plus, you make sure that you get to see all the sights that are most important to you. But do keep the schedule loose, as you’ll want to leave time to relax and explore things you might find once you get there.
- Take some steps to stay safe
If you do a few things to ensure your safety, you will be more able to relax and enjoy your trip. Make copies of your passport and credit cards, and leave them with someone at home, in case they stolen. Also, give this person the name of your hotel, your room number, and a rough idea of your itinerary. Finally, set up times to check in with someone at home. It’s highly improbable that anything will happen to you while traveling, but a little precaution can help you avoid bigger problems.
- Don’t be afraid
Most importantly, don’t let fear ruin your solo trip. Eat out at restaurants on your own. Go on a walking tour with a bunch of strangers. Visit everything on your list, and don’t allow the fact that you are alone stop you from enjoying it. Embrace the solitude, and you will come to enjoy it. No doubt you’ll soon be booking your next solo vacation.