Although travelling solo can seem a little daunting at first, many people love travelling alone and getting to spend their time away exactly as they wish. If this is something you are considering, we have provided some tips to help ensure that you have the best possible experience.
1. It’s okay to say no. Sometimes, the attention you draw when travelling alone can be a little intense. Make sure you learn how to say “no, thank you” and “absolutely not” in the local language, as well as the local non-verbal gesture for no if travelling in a non-English speaking country.
2. Pack a book. If you think you’ll feel a little lonely when out at a bar or restaurant, pulling out a book or magazine is perfectly fine. No one will bat an eye if they see you perusing the gossip columns or with your nose in the latest bestseller, so try not to think they will.
3. Don’t bury your head in it though. Although retreating into the pages of a book can seem like the perfect way to escape curious stares on public transport or in a restaurant, don’t do this all the time. This will ensure that you have opportunities to meet the locals and other travelers.
4. Take lots of photos. Be sure to take plenty of photos of your travels, even just the odd little details you notice about a place. Your family and friends back home will appreciate seeing things from your perspective and the story that comes along with the images.
5. Eat up. It might be tempting to live off fast food to avoid awkward restaurant situations, but don’t let this put you off. In fact, many of the “fancier” establishments are perfect when dining alone – don’t be afraid to take a table for two and eat to your heart’s content!
6. Be aware of safety. Although travelling solo can be very rewarding, you need to be mindful of safety concerns. Take care when out of your room at nighttime, always keep an eye on your drinks, be aware of any local scams and keep a close eye on your valuables at all times.
7. Get an early start. We definitely recommend waking up early, enjoying a leisurely breakfast and heading out to the parks, museums and other daytime-only activities on offer. By getting out early, you can often ensure that you beat the crowds and get the best possible viewpoint.
We hope that the above tips have put some of your fears to rest, particularly about keeping safe and what to do when you’re feeling lonely. Just remember that there are lots of solo travelers out there, so you’re not alone. Once you’ve travelled alone, we’re sure that you’ll want to do it again and again!