10 Useful And Handy Tips For Solo Travelers

Whether you agree or not but Solo travel is one of life’s most inspiring adventures on can undertake. Doesn’t matter where you do it or how, it brings a renewed passion for exploring new places, doing something adventurous, meeting with new people, and understanding of the world around you. It can be a bit of a daunting undertaking, so here are 10 handy and useful tips for solo travelers:
1.      Plan in advance: First and foremost, do preparation and planning in advance, that’s one of the best tips for all the solo travelers. You need not to have a detailed plan because your journey might not go exactly as you planned for, but you should know, where you’re going to stay. Best advice is to book your hostel before you leave and confirm your booking by phone.
2.      Pack light: Pack light, may be just for a week, even if you are travelling for two weeks, so that you can manage your luggage by yourself with ease and you don’t need someone to carry your luggage for you. You can use same clothes for two different days, and no one knows because by the time you would have in a different place among different people.
3.      Try to arrive during the day: Try to arrive at the place you plan to travel to during daylight so that you don’t have to struggle find your way through an unfamiliar city in the dark, especially while traveling alone, because some places might be dangerous especially during night.
4.      Watch the world around you: Don’t keep walking around all the time, take time to observe how people interact, and how things work in that particular place. That will ease your opening conversations with people and understanding their culture and know more about the place you are exploring.
5.      Get off the beaten track: If you want to meet other travellers, go off the beaten path. Travellers that find each other where there are few tourists are more inclined to talk to each other to break the ice and have company. Plus, you will likely have something in common which will enhance the joy of your travelling.
6.      Go on organised tours: Break up your long trips with organized tours. If you’re travelling alone, you’ll enjoy the company and a chance to let someone else take care of all the details. Also, you will meet people like you who love travelling and exploring the world alone like you.
7.      Always have the essentials: Carry the essentials with you like money, mobile phone, compass, portable charger to charge your phone when its battery, your passport and travel documents when you head out for the day. Have the name of the place you’re staying on a piece of paper in the local language. Have a copy of your emergency contacts written in a pocket diary and keep it always with you.
8.      Save on Roaming Charges of Your Phone: Consider buying a local SIM card for your phone in each state or country as you travel. This will save you lots of money, roaming charges might through your phone bill off the roof. Install Skype onto your phone so that you can connect with friends and family for free when you have access to the Internet, also if possible divert your calls to Skype when you are travelling out of country and don’t want to keep buying local SIM cards. This will also help you save money.
9.      Take advantage of Google Maps other useful Apps: While travelling alone, you’ll find it handy to download Google maps offline, because you don’t where you loose network, you should also download other useful apps to your phone such as a GPS, a translator, a currency converter and some travel guides. This will help you with navigating to places you want to visit during your trip.
10.  Be aware of safety: Travelling solo can be both adventurous and rewarding, but be mindful of safety concerns. Be alert and take good care of yourself in large cities at night, watch your drinks, be aware of any local scams and keep a close eye on your personal belongings and valuables.

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