Solo travel is one of the most popular forms of modern travel, and a solo traveler blog survey from 2013 suggests that 80% of travelers prefer independent solo travel compared to heading abroad with a travel companion. It’s likely this number has grown a lot in the past five years as well!
If the idea of solo travel appeals to you (and why wouldn’t it?), then you need to arm yourself with tips to help you enjoy the adventure as best you can. This might be something completely new to you, and it’s important to embrace it and make the most of it moving forward. So, check out these six tips for your first adventure as a solo traveler.
1. Get off the beaten track
The best way to get the perfect solo travel adventure is to go off the beaten track and explore more unique places in the world. This opens your eyes to many of the delightfully underrated places on the planet. Finding some excellent location ideas is a big part of embracing the appeal of solo travel. ‘The Secret Traveller’ blog by ‘1Cover’ lists Appi, Japan and Sardinia, Italy among its destinations no one knows about. These might be some good places to start if you are looking to visit off the beaten track places without a travel companion!
2. Meet people
Okay, so maybe you came away on your own because you didn’t want to meet people, and that’s understandable. But, it is also important that you do as much as you can to enjoy the social aspect that solo travel provides. You can get out and travel and see the world alone, but also be a little sociable in the process.
It’s important to look for ways to get out and meet people when traveling solo in the city. This still gives you the option to spend most of the trip alone, but it gives you much-needed interaction at the same time as well! You might even make a new travel buddy to enjoy some of your trip with.
3. Spend time enjoying your own company
A large part of the appeal of going away without a travel partner is so that you can spend time enjoying your own company. Too many of us lead very hectic lives these days, with a lot of stress, and it is sometimes unusual to get time alone. However, it is important to make sure you take the time to enjoy your own company; whether it’s a long walk alone, or sitting by the pool or ocean with a good book, ‘me time’ is an essential part of solo traveling.
4. Don’t go too far first time around
If it’s your first solo travel experience, it might be an idea to make sure you don’t travel too far from home this time around. You need to make sure you can acclimate effectively, and that you get used to the idea of solo travel without a travel buddy. This is something that can often take a period of adjustment, and you need to ensure you’re ready and well-suited to traveling alone. By staying fairly close to home, you’ll give yourself some time to get used to it. Next time, you can go further afield!
5. Be sensible and stay safe
Make sure you’re safe and sensible when you travel abroad alone, and try to be sure you don’t do anything you wouldn’t do at home. Traveling alone, without a travel companion, increases the chances of you feeling at risk and makes you a little more vulnerable, especially if you’re in a completely alien culture. Always check in with someone daily, and make sure you let people know where you are. This is going to help keep you out of danger and put your loved ones’ minds at ease, too.
6. Plan and be spontaneous
The key to successful solo travel is to make sure you find that fine balance between planning your trip and being spontaneous. Do some research and plan things out so that you know where to go and what to do (not to mention how to stay safe). But also make sure you’re spontaneous, and don’t hold back from doing things just because you haven’t planned them.
There are a lot of benefits to solo travel, and you can very much focus on finding yourself and fulfilling your dreams. However, you’ll also want to follow some of these tips to make the most out of the experience!
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