Have you ever wondered how it would be to just hit the road one day on your own?
Traveling alone for the first time can be an amazing, life revealing, and great spiritual experience. Also, it will give you plenty of time to think about your life, to meet new people, learn new languages, try different cuisine and enjoy the spectacular outdoors, all outside your comfort zone.
Traveling alone is very different than traveling with a group of friends and family. Sometimes you feel lonely or in danger, but that’s all a part of the life-changing and growth experience.
With the right tips and preparation, your solo travel can turn into a dream vacation. So, don’t despair, just pick a place on the map, because you are about to learn some useful stuff on how to travel alone.
Before you hit the road alone you should do the following things: save money, know your budget, buy travel insurance, choose your destination, pack light, choose solo-friendly accommodations, stay in touch with someone back home, and plan your daily spending budget.
Learn the local language
Every time you make an effort to speak the local language people will appreciate it and be happy to help you with everything you need. Also, they will try to say some words in your language as a sign of gratitude and mutual respect.
Don’t forget to smile
A smiling face is your ticket to successful travel. If you smile you open yourself to a lot of conversations and it means you are friendly and kind.
Go to local restaurants and coffee shops
You have better chances to meet someone new and start talking if you sit at a big shared table. Local people are always interested in meeting foreigners and learning about new cultures.
Take day tours
Day tours are a very nice way to explore the new environment and also to meet interesting people. The fact someone took the same tour, means you have common interests. Don’t lose the opportunity to make a new friend and maybe share a meal or go for a drink.
Be curious and ask questions. It will help you develop your language skills and get accepted in new surroundings.
There is no better way to get to know a city and understand its culture than walking. Moving by foot in a new city can be fun because you never know what’s hiding around the next corner. Being alone gives you independence and opportunity to go wherever you want.
Make sure you check local transport before your travel. Learn how the system works, costs and safety.
Travel between destinations
Being alone means you have to carry all your luggage by yourself, so don’t carry more than a backpack that you can handle. It’s good to move around as easily as possible.
If you travel alone and want to go out at night, don’t be paranoid and think you’ll be kidnaped, just be careful and follow these simple tips. Plan your transportation wisely, be sure it’s safe, stay sober, tell the hotel staff where are you going, and don’t carry any valuables.
Also, don’t forget to enjoy your solo trip and have the greatest fun ever.
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