There are a few things that give us a distinct sense of freedom and accomplishment, and one of that is journeying to a far-off place all by ourselves. Solo travels are getting popular these days and an increasing number of travelers are getting more willing to travel on their own. According to a research back in 2015, one out of five already travelled alone.
Solo travels may be frightening to those who haven’t tried it yet. If you belong to those who wish to travel alone for the very first time, here are seven travel tips to help you understand solo-travelling like the back of your own hand.
Hack #1: Let your self-doubt pass.
Before and during the first couple of days into your first-ever solo travel, it’ll be a typical experience if you hear yourself question the choice you just made. It will also be normal to feel the need to bunk off from your plan and head home particularly if you feel lost and alone. Travelling solo is a big leap and a totally different dimension especially if you’ve gone accustomed to traveling in groups with people you know.
The primary thing you should know, whenever you feel a strong amount of hesitation, is that you should trust in yourself more. Just let it pass, carry on with your plans, and enjoy it all the way and it will all get better.
Hack #2: Have somebody know where you are headed.
Relay your plans to someone close, like a family member or a close friend, and provide them with more specific itinerary if possible. If you have the information already, give them the list of contacts on the places you’ll be staying at. Have them know when you’re planning to take-off and when is the estimated time you’ll be back home.
For a safer travel, commit yourself to check in with them every day at a specific time. Do not forget to check in at the agreed time so the person will know you’re safe.
Hack #3: Schedule self-recovery periods.
Travelling alone may sometimes stretch you into your limits since you’re all on your own, both physically and mentally. To avoid fatigue, it is best to set-up a time when you stop wandering around just to relax and recharge.
Ending the day and going to bed very tired may just ruin your plans on the next days so it is best to recover every now and then than let your plans, mind, and body suffer.
Hack #4: Solo trips don’t need to expensive.
Firstly, you should allocate some bucks into your emergency fund should anything unexpected happens like cancelled trains or missed bus trips. Keep a portion of it in cash in case of medical emergencies where you need to pay the expenses upfront.
Consider downloading a budgeting app and make sure to track all expenses so you know where your money is going. Some budgeting apps may also allow you to allocate certain amount to categories, so you’ll know if you’ve spent too much on something.
Lastly, if you have a moderate time allowance in your itinerary, you have more time to consider transportation alternatives. Indirect travels may surprisingly cost you less and it might show you around wonderful places on the way provided you are time rich.
Hack #5: Budget-friendly accommodations? Hostels and Airbnb!
If you’re travelling alone, staying in a hotel room will quickly drain your funds since your usual travel companions won’t be around to shell out for the fees. Thankfully, hostels are almost as common as hotels and you get to share a room with some other people. Hostels are usually home for solo travelers and it would be awesome to share a story or two about solo traveling.
However, if you’re uncomfortable to share a room with some other strangers, you may look around Airbnb for the most decent private rooms at affordable rates which may be way cheaper than a hotel room.
Hack #6: Stop over-planning everything.
As a solo traveler, you can now practice independence and you may also practice spontaneity! While it is good to have an itinerary, you no longer need to follow it strictly and you may go around according to your preferred pace without looking out for other people.
There are days when you can just wing it and wander around to anywhere your feet take you. However, it is not always applicable to some places, such as locations that require advance bookings and tickets.
Hack #7: Rediscover yourself.
Traveling alone is a brave act and it can also help you rediscover yourself. There will be many times where you will need to step out of your comfort zone and you will get to know a version of yourself that you haven’t realized before. At the same time, your boundaries will be challenged and strengthened that will absolutely make a better person out of you. Make sure to always reflect and learn more about yourself. Afterall, this journey is all about YOU!
Once-in-a-while solo travels are a must-try for everyone. You could meet and get to know lots of people, and you could also keep rediscovering yourself. With these seven travel hacks for solo trips, you’re ready to make your first leap!