Traveling solo doesn’t have to be as boring and lonely as it sounds. With the right attitude and outlook, you can make your next trip alone an absolute blast. And who knows, maybe you’ll find out that traveling solo is actually the perfect way to travel for you.
Here are some tips to help you on your next solo trip:
Do Research On The Place You’re Visiting
You can always ask help from a native, but just to be on the safe side, make sure that you find out as much as you can about the place that you’re visiting.
Remember: you won’t have a constant companion by your side helping you decide where to go. Also, don’t settle on the tourism websites. Read blogs or watch Youtube videos of people who have actually been there to avoid the usual tourist traps.
Be Open To Anything
Since you’re alone, you won’t have someone else to consider when making decisions. You should make the most of that. Do whatever you want, whenever you want it, or however, you want.
Be a Responsible Drinker
Remember that you are in an unfamiliar place with no one to carry you back to the hotel if you pass out. If you’re planning to drink, try to look for the bar that’s nearest your hotel. Better yet, try drinking at the bar below your hotel. That way, you wouldn’t have to worry too much about going home.
Update your loved ones about your whereabouts as frequently as you can. This will give them the peace of mind. In the event that something unfortunate does happen to you, at least they’ll know where you are.
Don’t Over Pack
If it’s your first time traveling solo, it would be understandable to worry about the availability of certain things and over pack. Try to fight that urge. Try to pack your bags with just the essentials. Keep in mind that for the most part, no one will be there to help you carry your stuff. If you can’t even carry your own bags to the airport by yourself, then maybe you should consider leaving a few things behind.
Bring Something To Keep You Busy
If the trip includes bus rides that last for hours, it would be great if you have something to do. Bring a book, a video game, or even a laptop filled with movies and TV shows. This will keep you from getting bored and feeling lonely.
Being alone for too long can be unbearable for some people, so it would be a good idea to make friends. Maybe strike up a conversation with the barista at the coffee shop near your hotel, or talk to the guy you sit next to in the tour bus. Having a conversation with someone from a different culture can be illuminating, making your trip all the more enriching.