Traveling alone is probably more common than you thought. Sometimes we can’t find a partner who shares our strong passion for the open road, so why let that stop us? If you do it right, you may even like it as much, or maybe even more, than traveling in a group. There are certainly far fewer planning variables, but it’s always a good idea to have some preparation before going on an adventure. Here are some tips on what to do when flying solo during your personal vacation.
Here’s where you’d think it would be the easiest part of planning a trip for yourself. We go that is both true and false at the same time. True, you will spend less, of course, only with a group of people. However, it can be quite easy to accumulate expenses, if you do not have much self-control. Gift shopping, in particular, can sneak up on you and start eating into your other budgets, such as food and entertainment.
At the same time, you give a lot more when it comes to overspending by yourself. It can be difficult to keep track of the budget for several people, while being as fair as possible for everyone. Traveling solo allows you to enjoy more accommodation options such as hostels, bread and breakfasts, or an extra room in the room, they would prefer to supplement them at lower rates and, ultimately, save big for not being picky.
Traveling alone can be scary, which is probably the biggest thing that keeps people from traveling alone. When traveling in a group, the best way to avoid bag thieves, pickpockets, etc. you can always travel alone safely. You just need to travel smarter. Because you don’t have the benefit of an extra pair of eyes, you need to be more aware of your surroundings and where you are going to avoid getting lost. Another important aspect of travel alone is light travel. Don’t take all your vacation savings with you at all times. Keep some in your pocket, wallet or bag, and some in a hidden place where you stay. Of course, if you have the option, use a credit card where you can, to avoid the loose cash situation altogether.
The Lonely Road
Just because you’re traveling alone doesn’t mean you’re alone, thanks to the many ways to stay connected with family and friends. Post updates to your social media from all the places you have visited, take a lot of photos, etc. Even if the reception is bad for a phone call, you still have the option to communicate via text / twitter.
It is always a good idea not to stray too far from civilization. Which means: if you are planning some kind of outdoor adventures or walks, try to get a guide or companion to accompany you if you are not sure about the area. You will probably meet other solo travelers when traveling solo, it has something to do with that inner human compass that we have for socializing.