Have you been dreaming of traveling alone? Anyone can go on a solo journey whether in a local destination or in another country. It really doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or extrovert. The success of this kind of trip will depend largely on one factor : Preparation.
So how can you make sure that your lone adventure will be memorable, especially if it is your first time? Here are some tips on having a great adventure of a lifetime without compromising your safety.
One of the most important steps to a wonderful solo trip is to prepare yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and psychologically for this adventure. It’s normal to have doubts on being in another region or country on your own, but don’t let that completely hinder you from pursuing your personal journey.
Worry sets in because you fear something, so the best thing to curb this is to understand what worries you and then research how you can remedy it or prepare for it. One way is to read articles on travel by solo travelers or if you can’t meet a solo traveler.
Decide What You Want to Do
You will have all the time to yourself. So if you want to make your trip productive, make sure you know how to make the most of it. Do you want to see every globally known landmark in the place? Do you prefer to go on food trips? Do you want to only indulge in relaxing activities like yoga, meditation and spa retreats? By knowing what you’re itching to do, planning for your itinerary becomes easier.
Get a Map
If possible, have a printed map featuring your holiday destination even if you don’t have plans to spread it out in the open. It will serve as your emergency item just in case you’ll be lost and there will be no taxis around.
A map, whether in print or in digital form, will also help you familiarize the place you’re visiting even before you arrive. By doing so, you will have an idea of the locations of the main streets, popular establishments and other important landmarks. It will also help reduce your travel anxiety.
Book the Right Kind of Hotel
If you’re shy but want to meet a few friendly faces, you might want to consider booking a stay in a boutique hotel if available in your destination and if it fits your budget. On the other hand, if you’re an extrovert who wants to know many fellow travelers, consider renting a bed in a hostel or bigger hotels.
Do you want a cheap accommodation with a homey atmosphere? Guesthouses and hostels may be a good deal for you. On the contrary, if you don’t mind spending a little more just to enjoy modern facilities, a luxury hotel will be a great choice.
Understand Your Transport Options
Research and familiarize how to get from one place to another. Whether you’re on a DIY trip or a packaged tour, you should at least know how to get from your hotel to the shopping and dining areas. Will your hotel provide complimentary shuttle buses or cars? Are there train stations near your hotel?
Research Where and What to Eat
Unless the trips to restaurants or the meals are part of your vacation package, you have to know the location of dining establishments especially when you have special dietary needs. If you plan to be in a city where you
can just roam around to find any restaurant, at least find out where you can enjoy special dishes unique to the area.
Never forget to calculate your budget
You can plan for your rough itinerary first then determine your budget, or you can do the other way around. Whatever the case, having a financial plan will help you monitor and control your expenses when you’re in your destination already. And when your trip is about to end, your budget will help you determine how many souvenirs you can purchase while ensuring that you can get home.
Many people put off their travel plans just because they have no companions. Even if they’re itching to go, they’re paralyzed at the thought of vacationing alone. You shouldn’t be one of them. With the right frame of mind and careful preparation, you’ll be safe wherever you want to go.