TIPS FOR GOING SOLO

Solo travelling is great. You get to do what you want when you want. When you travel alone, you travel on your terms. Traveling on your own is fun, challenging, vivid, and exhilarating.  Of course, single travel has its perils too — such as safety concerns and loneliness.But a little preparation and common sense can get you through the rough spots.

Some tips for your solo trip:

 1.Plan in advance

Do some advance planning, that’s one of the best tips for solo travellers. You don’t need a detailed plan but you should know, for the first night at least, where you’re going to stay. Book your hotel before you leave.

2. Pack light

Pack light so that you can manage your luggage by yourself with ease. One carry-on, a suitcase or backpack, should suffice whether you’re out for one week or three.

3. Try to arrive during the day

Plan to arrive during daylight so you’re not trying to find your way through an unfamiliar city in the dark, especially while traveling alone.

4.Make new friends but use good judgement.

It’s inevitable that you will make some new amazing friends when you travel solo. That’s the beauty of going it alone! Go out, have fun and explore with them, but always be mindful that you did just meet them. Always remain aware of your situation and surroundings.

5. Watch the world around you

Take the time to observe how people interact, and how things work. While sitting at a sidewalk cafe, on a park bench, or just killing time you can learn how to use public transit, whether to pay your bill at your table or at the counter, how to tip or how to hail a cab and much more.

6.Have Confidence

You’re on your own for the first time, and it’s as daunting as it is exciting. Adopt a secure and open posture when you go out and explore.You’ll look approachable to the right people and not an easy target for the wrong people. Don’t feel confident? The old adage is right: fake it until you make it.

7. Always have the essentials

Carry the essentials with you when you head out for the day. Have the name of the place you’re staying on a piece of paper in the local language. Have a copy of your emergency contacts and your documents on you.

8. Take advantage of other useful apps

Travel apps are amazing in offering all kinds of assistance, from finding a good accommodation to guiding the routes to popular places.When you are alone, these can be your valuable companion to reduce the chances of getting lost or landing into problems. Apps like GPS, a translator & a currency converter will be proved very beneficial for you.

9. Avoid dark alleys

Know the value of being seen. A public place is always safer than a private place. Choose a busy location that offers transportation.

10. Check in with your gut frequently

Be aware of your surroundings and listen to your gut.  If something doesn’t feel right, turn around and get out of there.

11.Inform and Keep in Touch

Your family members and friends must know about your itinerary or travel schedules. In case there is any kind of chance in plan, don’t take time to update them. It is also advised to inform them about every hotel you stay at.

At last, Don’t get too bogged down with worrying about traveling solo that you forget to enjoy the experience. Take chances, live a lot and enjoy the adventure!

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