12 Practical Tips For Your First Time Solo Travel

Are you thinking of traveling somewhere alone for the first time? It may feel like a daunting task, but trust me, it will make you stronger than before. You will enjoy it to the fullest although you will possibly face some difficulties during that period. 

Solo Travel tips

Oftentimes, people remain concerned about the uncertainty of their upcoming adventures but if somehow you can muster up the courage to step outside on your own personal voyage, you will start feeling the real thrill of independence. Another reason you may need to travel solo is that If you wait for someone to travel to your long-cherished destination, chances are that you may not be able to visit that place in your life for various reasons. 

In this article, I am going to share some insightful tips from my personal experience, which might help you prepare yourself for your upcoming first-time solo travel.

Book Your Flights And Tour Details From Travel Comparison Sites

Make sure to check the cost and details of your flights, hotel cost, etc. with different travel guide comparison sites. From there, you can get the best deals possible according to your wish. You can save a lot by a little but smart research. Skyscanner, Kiwi, Momodo are good examples of such kind of websites. 

Email Your Passport, Flight Itineraries And Necessary Documents To Yourself And A Loved One

Email a copy of your passport, flight Itineraries, and other necessary documents to yourself and to your loved ones. You never know when you need them.

Pack only Practical Things

When packing for your first-time solo travel, prioritize on practical things over cute things. You don’t need a third pair of shoes. Pack only the things you really need during your travel time. Travel light as much as possible.

Choose A Safe Destination

Choose a safe destination for your first-time solo travel. Choose a place where people are used to tourists such as Iceland, Southeast Asia, etc. It can be a place where you have been before with your friends or family. Or it can be a new place completely if you want.

Research, But Don’t Plan Everything

Research everything you can about the places you are going to travel online or the essential travel gears that you may need (Stuffoholics can help with this) or the comments of the people who had been there before. You will get much more specific and helpful advice from them to prepare you well for the tour.

One thing to note on this point is that you don’t need to plan everything. Just plan the important things on your tour. Leaving something unplanned will give you the opportunity to enjoy fully. It is very possible that something won’t go as you planned. Don’t be frustrated in that case. Through this, you might find some unexpected happiness.

Make a Backup Plan

It is always helpful if you have a backup plan. In case of any shortcomings of your original plans, you will always find relief through your back up plan.

Talk to People

Talk to people as much as you can. People of most of the travel destinations are very friendly and cooperative. Ask them about popular foods, places, and customs. It will add more value to your time. You will learn new things, customs, and history. You might make some new friends over the process. This experience will be with you forever.

Beware of Scammers

Beware of scammers when you are all by yourself. In some parts of the world, there are people who will try to scam you by fooling you or making you uncomfortable socially to make you spend more than you need. Be firm on your decision, don’t be shy to say no if you feel the need. It’s your money and nobody should force you to spend it. 

Don’t Draw Attention to Yourself

When traveling, try to blend in with the people as much as you can. You do not want to draw any unwanted attention like scammers or mugs. Wear modest clothes, avoid wearing flashy pieces of jewelry and expensive cameras. You do not want to face scammers, especially on your solo trip.

Wander Without Destinations

Try wandering aimlessly for some time in your travel time. Explore the local area. Stroll the road instead of taking vehicles each and every time. The purpose of a solo trip is not only visiting natural and historical beauties, but it’s also about exploring the tiny things that might give you something to reflect upon, to find inner peace.

Trust your Instinct

Always trust your instinct, especially when you are all by yourself. It is better to be safe than sorry. Do not bend the knee to any kind of social peer pressure if your gut feeling goes against it. 

Embrace the Loneliness

Be prepared to feel the awkwardness and loneliness on your solo trip. It doesn’t matter how much fun you are, you will get lonely at times. Try to embrace the feeling. It will teach you some aspects of life which are hard to get when you are surrounded by friends and family. Hopefully, when you finish the journey, this will leave an impact on your personality.

Hopefully, this guide will help you to enjoy your first-time solo travel to the fullest and make it one of the most memorable tours of your life. 

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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