The thought of solo traveling, to a foreign country, may be terrifying. So, it’s really important to keep a positive attitude. Believe me, I may not have much experience but, after 2 abroad trips (in Bulgaria and Scotland), but I realized that the only scary was that very thought. Of course, danger is everywhere, so you have to be responsible for yourself!
But instead of thinking “I wish I had someone to travel with me” should be aware of the privileges. Solo traveling is one of the best cases of self-knowledge, which we may appreciate later when we won’t have this possibility. Wandering around, you may notice the most beautiful details that you wouldn’t have noticed if you were there with your companion. Details that you’ll include in your memories and will have bigger value than souvenirs in your suitcase. Your thoughts and your senses will become more powerful and your spirit will increase your strength inside you! True story! So, it’s really important to make this gift to yourself at least one time. Just taste the experience!
So, here are some tips for a solo traveling, that will make your experience more safe and more enjoyable:
- If it’s your first time, plan the route in detail before you leave. Knowing where to stay takes your stress away. You’ll know that you won’t be looking for accommodation in an unfamiliar place and that you’ll always have a shelter to run if you start feeling nervous. To plan your next solo trip, you can use Apps as Travelmuse and Gogobot.
- For extra safety, before you leave, inform your parents, a relative or a friend where you’re going and how long you’ll stay there. It’s a relief to know that there is someone who is thinking of you. Also, don’t forget to communicate with this person, as long as you are abroad, via messages or e-mail.
- Traveling “alone” doesn’t mean that you’re traveling “lonely”. The most usual question I hear, when I return from a solo trip, is “Didn’t you feel lonely?” and my answer is always “No, not at all!” and it’s true! In fact, it’s almost impossible not to meet new people when traveling. Hostels, money exchanges, excursions, parks, cafes and bars are the most common places to meet someone. When you are alone, you are accessible, especially for someone who thinks to talk to you when he also travels on his own. You may meet very interesting people. But, of course, you can choose when you want to be alone and when you want to be social.
- Do a research for each city before arriving. How much research is needed, depends on your personal travel style. No matter how many solo travels you made in the past, it’s very important to do some research via search engines to get an idea of what you can do in your destination and, most importantly, to get information about security issues. For example, most people believe that the tourist area of a city is the safest, which is not always true.
- So, use the technology to make your solo traveling easier. Personally, wherever I go, I always have a fully charged mobile phone, a city map and the hotel’s card. My favorite tool is Google Map and GPS because I know where to go, what to see and how far is the next bus stop or train station. By the way, I’m in love with TripAdvisor App. It always helps me to find a cheap, beautiful place to drink a cup of coffee or taste a good quality local food.
- As I said above, when you travel alone, it’s important to keep a positive attitude. There is no reason to be melancholy because you’re alone. The other reason why I love solo traveling is that I have the ability to choose where I want to go, what to do, when to do it and for how long. It’s so common for some couples to want different things: you’re may interested in adventure and outdoors activities while your companion is a guy who prefers museums. You don’t have to compromise on a destination and, of course, you have full control of what, where and when of travel.
- You have to know that solo trips aren’t for everyone! It’s something I recommend to everyone to try it at least once, even if it’s a short trip, but it may not be for you at all. It’s all about your character and your personality. So, It’s ok if you don’t feel ok for solo traveling! There are some people, like me, who always have fun spending time alone and some others who feel better when they have a companion with them, when they visit a new place. And don’t forget: if you want to travel and you can’t find anyone to come with you, there’s always the solution of group trips.