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Solo travel is a great way to take time for yourself, test your limits, explore the world at your own pace, and connect with other travelers and locals. It’s also quite popular.

About a quarter of millennials have already travelled solo. Online searches for “solo travel” have surged in recent years, too: a 2018 analysis from a prominent UK research group found that in the past seven years, the number of people traveling alone has doubled. And a Booking.com study of some 20,000 travelers found that more than a third loved their first solo trip and already hoped for another.

As fantastic as solo travel can be, planning your first trip can feel daunting as you consider how to stay safe and finance a trip on your own in a new place. You might even be questioning if it’s truly going to be fun!

Not to worry. With just a bit of planning, you can care for your emotional, logistical, and safety needs while you explore alone.

In this blog, we have put together some solo travel tips for first-timers. Read on and get yourself ready to go solo!

1. Decide on the Destination

First things first – the destination! All seasoned travelers agree that in solo trips, the experience of exploring places alone is more important than the destination itself. That said, it is indeed better that you choose a place that makes you feel at ease since traveling solo is already an overwhelming experience. Is there a place that you always dreamt of traveling to? A place that you always felt attracted to? Do you like cities bubbling with activities or are you more of a nature lover who enjoys quiet and picturesque places? Ask yourself and accordingly plan.

Those who are feeling a little panicky about traveling alone can start with familiar places while hard-core adventure seekers can even consider places abroad. Either way, it should be a place that motivates you and keeps you excited.

Suggestions: A place with good tourist infrastructure, that is closer to your hometown or where they speak a language you are familiar with are sure to earn some extra brownie points with first-timers.

 

3.Visualize the trip you want.

Start thinking about the opportunities that are present when you travel alone long before you leave. Is it down time you really want? Build that into the plan. Are you after a creative travel experience? Research the opportunities before you go and then dream on them until you get there.

4.Travel light

It doesn’t matter if you’re going away for a weekend or for a couple of weeks, pack light. Make sure you have everything you’ll need but don’t overdo it. Go for simple, instead of fashionable. The less you need to take care of, the lesser your worries will be. Besides, remember you’ll be alone so taking more than you can handle will only cause a headache.
 
 Yes, our phones, social media, and the internet are fundamental elements of our everyday life. But when traveling alone, try to disconnect a bit. By this I don’t mean, forget about your phone and don’t contact any of your friends throughout the whole journey. The Internet is a necessity, even while traveling. Google Maps always comes in handy when in a foreign land. But control your urge to upload pictures or stories of your every move to social media. Maintain basic communication with your loved ones and then forget about what’s happening back home. Enjoy your here and now wherever you are. Appreciate your environment, observe your surroundings and explore. You can’t have a meaningful and immersive journey if you’re body’s there, but your head is somewhere else.

13. Take photos

Making photography a mission, even if it’s just snapping odd little details you notice about a place, gives structure to your day. Your friends back home will appreciate your perspective and the stories behind the pics. It’s also a great way to reminisce after your solo travel adventure and remember what you’ve achieved.

If you fancy upping your Insta game, you could investigate taking an Insta-oriented tour.

14.Eating out alone

Eating out can be a daunting prospect for some people travelling alone, especially in the evening, but it doesn’t have to be an ordeal. If you’re feeling self-conscious, aim for restaurants with communal tables or bars, as they often have a more sociable atmosphere. Tables next to the window or on the terrace offer plenty of people-watching opportunities. Wherever you go, chat with the waiters – and take a good book.

15.Do Something You Normally Wouldn’t Do With Others

When traveling solo, you might be hesitant to try new things in case they don’t go as expected and you don’t have someone by your side. Instead, this can be a time to try something others in your normal travel party will not do. For example, you can spend all day touring an art museum when they would rather hang out on the beach, or vice versa. Maybe there’s something you can do alone that you can’t do if you bring the kids along.

This trip can also be an excellent opportunity to cross an item off your bucket list.

16. Make a List of Your Emergency Contact Information

This final tip is a good idea for every traveler. Make a list of your emergency contact information that is readily accessible. The list can include your own personal contact information, the name of an emergency contact back home, and any other pertinent phone numbers you might need. For example, you might include the toll-free number for your credit card company in case your card is stolen or you have to activate the travel protection benefits if your plans are interrupted.

You should also take a picture of your stove. It can be easy to forget to turn off your stove, coffee maker, or iron before you head to the airport as you are making sure you didn’t forget to pack anything. Once you arrive at the airport, look at the picture of your stove dials to ensure everything is turned off. If not, call a friend or landlord to turn it off for you and that’ll be one less worry on your mind while you are away.

 

Summing up

Solo travel is not just another vacation. It can be a thrilling, fun-filled, empowering experience. With solo travel, you get to do things your way, mingle with the locals and make unforgettable memories. This solo  traveller guide should help you start your journey with the right do’s and don’ts.

Solo travel is a chance for you to get to know yourself and the world better.

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