Travelling alone can be an amazing experience – you can go where you want, when you want, and you don’t have to wait around for other people to make travel plans. However, if you’re not used to it, travelling alone can be a little intimidating. But – it doesn’t have to be. Check out these tips for travelling solo and see how far you can go!
If you are unsure about travel, one of the most important things to remember is to be prepared. Read up on where you are going before you leave. Find out about the culture, customs, safety and proper ways to dress. Read up on hotels, tours, and travel so you know what to expect.
The first thing to think about is safety – travelling alone means you don’t have someone to watch your back, and no one knows exactly where you are. Always carry identification (in more than one place), and avoid wearing lots of jewelry and flashing money around. Try not to draw attention to yourself by looking like an obvious tourist.
Keep to public areas, don’t get drunk and wander around in areas you don’t know, and always keep your wits about you. It’s also a good idea to leave a copy of your itinerary with friends or family at home, and keep in regular contact via phone or email.
Where to stay
The next thing to think about is where you are going to stay. If you are unsure about your destination, it can help to pre-book a hotel before you leave. Check out hotel reviews to make sure they are in good areas and are safe. You can click here to visit the Accor website & search for suitable accommodation no matter your budget.
When staying in a hotel, try speaking to hotel staff to ask about the area and where to go. A hostel is another alternative to a hotel, and can be a cheap way to travel. Again, read reviews, and be prepared to share a room.
If you are a regular solo traveller, you will know all about the single supplement. This is what some hotels, cruise lines and tour operators will make you pay, to make up for them losing money on a second occupant. To avoid this, try booking with an operator that offers roommate matching.
Find out about travel prices before you get there, such as how much it costs and how long it takes for a taxi to get from the airport to the city centre. To avoid being taken for a ride, research can make all the difference.
Tips for Dining
For some people, the thought of eating alone is terrifying – where you think that everyone is staring at you and wondering why you have no friends. However, travelling alone doesn’t mean you have to eat fast food your whole trip – eating alone in restaurants is no big deal when you get the hang of it.
Try taking a counter seat or a seat at the bar, or get some more privacy in a booth. Outdoor and café dining are great choices for solo travellers. Try taking a book to read while eating. Guidebooks can offer suggestions on good places to eat alone, or check online for sites that offer matching services for travellers looking for restaurant buddies.