There are many reasons to travel alone. Maybe your significant other is unable to travel due to work commitments. Or your best friend is wrapped up in her new job. Or perhaps you have fallen in love with the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone. Seeing the world is an amazing thing. Whether you have loved ones with you or not. You can still have incredible experiences – and make lasting memories – all by yourself. Are you thinking about travelling alone? Here is what you need to know.
Travelling Alone Doesn’t Mean Being Lonely. Just because you are travelling on your own doesn’t mean you will be alone. Think of all the amazing people you will meet. Like fellow travellers and locals to the area. Each and every one of them can enrich your travel experience. A story here…. a recommendation there…it will be amazing. Another fantastic option to consider? You can always take a singles trip instead. That’s right. You can go abroad on a singles holiday. This gives you the opportunity to see the world with other travellers. Even if your BFF is still at home and your brother couldn’t get the time off work. The best part? You can be any age to take a singles holiday. 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond. There is no time limit on travelling, sightseeing, and exploring.
Take Precautionary Steps To Stay Safe. The most important thing to remember? Staying safe is essential. Especially when you are travelling by yourself. So do your best to take necessary steps to ensure that you avoid dangerous situations. Use your smart phone or laptop to check in with friends and family back home. Do this once a day – and be specific about what you plan to do and where you plan to go. Avoid walking along side streets, leave your expensive jewellery at home, stay at hotels that have a 24-hour front desk (just in case you are checking in late or are returning to the hotel late), and always trust your instincts. If a situation feels unsafe? It probably is.
It’s Okay To Eat At a Restaurant By Yourself. Who says you need company to enjoy a fantastic meal? Don’t relegate yourself to fast food or quick service meals. You are on vacation, after all! You deserve to try out that oh-so-tempting dessert or that creamy pasta dish. Just remind yourself that it is okay to eat alone. Really! Use this as an opportunity to chat to wait staff (they might have some recommendations for the area or could just be a friendly face), catch up on your reading, or people watch. You can also take your dining time to plan out your day or go over your itinerary.
Other Solo Travel Tips:
- Be open to time by yourself. Sure, meeting new people is great. So is spending time with you. Re-connect with yourself. Journal. Take pictures. Explore.
- It’s okay to be impulsive. After all, there is no one there to judge you on your last-minute decision-making.
- Go at your own pace. This is your vacation. You can spend as much or as little time at each spot or attraction as you like.