The majority of the time, travelling or going on a vacation is a relatively safe experience. People say they’re seeing the world, but really a lot of them are just taking the view from their hotel. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it’s no surprise that a lot of guys want a lot more. If you really want to explore, then take off all the pressures and expectations. Do it solo. Below, we’ll look at how you get the best solo travelling experience you can.
Be okay with just you
First, you have to be fine with travelling on your own. We are social creatures and the idea of travelling alone can be intimidating to anyone. Especially if you’re someone who loves a thrill or to be social. You can do those things on your own, without a doubt. You just need to choose the holidays to accommodate you. It can be as simple as booking a single room on a cruise or you can go to services like a single travellers specialist. There are sites and holiday providers who can cater all kinds of experiences to the solo traveller. From tours to river cruises and city breaks. You can find any kind of holiday you want on your own. In fact, you’re a lot less likely to be under the restrictions of others and their holiday wants.
Adventuring is all well and good, but you need to make sure that your safety comes first. There is good and bad in all places and tourists are the most susceptible to both of them. Make sure you pay attention to any travel warnings or advisories before you head off. Know how much of the country is affected and what the danger is. Even in the safest places, you need to keep your wits about you. Know how to say ‘no, thank you’ to the locals. Follow your gut. Stick to the best lit and most popular places. Don’t follow someone you don’t know alone.
Schedule your travel
A lot of success in travelling alone actually comes down to time-keeping, as exciting as that doesn’t sound. But getting used to scheduling your travel and figuring out where you should be when is going to help you avoid some headaches. For example, no-one wants to be exploring a new city at night. Make sure you arrive at any destination in the day. This can mean having to find places to rest your head for a night on the fly, so get used to that. Plan ahead and know where you’re staying by using things like Google Maps to figure out how long a journey is going to be. Create a schedule for yourself and stick to it. At least there’s no-one else slipping things into your itinerary.
Make new connections
Just because you’re travelling alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. Just because there is risk out there doesn’t mean you have to avoid people like the plague. It’s entirely possible to have a safe and awesome time meeting people abroad. So long as you resist getting too inebriated with them or going to unfamiliar places with them. For example, couchsurfing can be a great way to find a place to stay and meet locals. Just make sure you’re using services that allow you to see other people’s’ ratings on the places you’re staying. You can also try a lot more organic ways to meet people. Hang out by the bar and look available. Go to a partner dancing night.
Let your apps be your guide
Similarly, just because you’re adventuring doesn’t mean you can’t be smart about the whole affair. We have more resources and information to access in our pockets than ever before. You should be using your apps to help you in all sorts of ways. From finding accommodation and places to eat to translating and helping you understand the locals. You will want to ensure you have apps that can give you something to do on your downtime. Trains, planes, and automobiles can offer some long, boring trips. Just make sure that you have the means to charge your gadgets up when you’re out there. You don’t want to be left travelling with a dead battery.
Make a memoir
You can also give your travels a lot more purpose if you’re willing to record them. And nowadays, there are more options for recording them than ever. Some people love to take novelty photos, taking a concept to all kinds of different destinations. Others like a live capture of their travels, mounting a GoPro to themselves. There are still plenty who like the classic methods, too. It might be collecting postcards from every location, every city and town you visit. Or you might even put pen to paper and create some original memoirs. Recording your memories as you travel isn’t just good for posterity. It’s a great way to motivate yourself to get out there and make memories that are worth capturing.
Even as you travel, the world goes on. The people back home live their lives and will undoubtedly have their worries. It’s important that you make sure you’re not one of those worries by dropping them a line when you can. It’s not difficult at all to keep in touch nowadays. It’s not as expensive as having to buy international calling cards. It’s as simple as getting on Skype to send them a message or even face-time them whenever you have an evening in a place with wi-fi access. You can even make it something they look forward to by sending them postcards as you go. Don’t lose the connections you have back home just because you’re loving the adventure.
When you’re travelling alone, you need to be a lot more resourceful. You have to be able to keep yourself safe and organised. Hopefully, the tips above make it easier for you to do that. Now get out there and have an adventure.