One of the extreme forms of self-love is travelling solo. It gives you a sense of liberty and makes you more independent. You get to control the entire trip, follow the itinerary at your own comfort, and take up challenges that you usually wouldn’t take around other people. From booking flight tickets to looking after your safety in a whole new place, the experience can be a little overwhelming, especially if it is your first time. To make your solo travel a little easier, here are some tips to remember.
Pack necessary items only: As a solo traveller, your excitement and nervousness will know no bounds. You may feel the urge to overpack and fill your bag or suitcase with unnecessary items. Be mindful of what you carry along since you will have to take your items around on your own. For example, it is a good idea to keep a power bank, first aid kit, flashlight, etc. with yourself for emergency purposes.
Do your own research: Knowing about a place will help you make knowledgeable choices. If you are travelling alone internationally, it becomes even more crucial to do your own research. This would enable you to receive information about the important documents you need to carry, places to avoid, the best tourist spots, and the like.
Choose the right places to stay: Adding on to the research portion, choosing the right accommodation is a must. Sites like Airbnb contain a variety of resorts/hotels that let you choose the accommodation by listing the prices, user ratings, best hosts, and facilities available. Make sure to read the experiences that people comment on the property page and compare the pros and cons.
Know the local language basics: Learning the basics of the local language is never a bad idea. Not only will it help you understand the locals of a place, but will also help you to communicate and mingle more with them. Words like ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘help’ or knowing the right way to introduce yourself in the local language are some basics that you need to know.
Make cashless payments, if possible: Having cash on you makes you vulnerable to instances like theft. Cashless payment is a convenient way to carry out your transactions and maintain a record of your expenses. You do not have to worry about not having extra change or looking for an ATM to withdraw money. Keep only a small amount of cash on you and try to make cashless payments, if possible.
Share your itinerary: It’s always a good option to let your family and friends know about the places you’ll be visiting and the accommodations you will be staying at. Keep in touch on daily basis, either by call or text. This can be done as a safety precaution so that people are aware of your whereabouts, and if there is an emergency, they can help or reach out to you.
Keep physical maps: While Google Maps comes in handy to instantly know about the route and other information about the places you want to explore, it is also important to have a physical map in handy, just in case you end up in a place where the network is not good enough. If you do not have access to physical maps, download the maps offline on your phone.