Even though traveling with friends and family can be a fantastic experience, there’s something magical about traveling on your own. Since you’re more open to meeting people and experiencing things outside of your comfort zone, your travel experience has the potential of being more transformative.
Traveling with people you’re comfortable with, usually means that you’re less likely to go out on a limb. Why would you if you have a buddy already? However, when you travel alone, you transform from being the comfortable observer into the fearless explorer that dives in.
That’s not to say that traveling alone doesn’t involve some potentials for disaster, however. For as much excitement there is to be had, there are also plenty of things that can go wrong. After all, when it comes to life, accidents can happen. To help you prepare for your trip, here are some of the best tips for taking on a trip solo.
Stay Aware Of Your Surroundings
It’s important to know your surroundings. Wandering around without an awareness of where you are or what the potential risks are isn’t responsible.
Try to get a feel for the best parts of town which are safe for tourists. If you do wander into the less desirable parts of town, just make sure to keep your wits about you.
Sometimes it’s as simple as avoiding consuming massive amounts of alcohol and wandering into a dark alley in the middle of the night. It’s a matter of simple logic and being smart.
Don’t Be Afraid To Talk To Other Travelers
If you see other travelers sitting in a restaurant you’re eating at, or staying in the same hotel as you, don’t’ be afraid to strike up a conversation. Chances are that they’re just as shy as you are, yet also eager to make a connection.
Sometimes it’s as simple as saying “Hello where are you from?” Once you start to get into the habit of striking up conversations with strangers, it will begin to feel more and more natural.
Learn Some Basic Phrases
If you’re traveling to a foreign country which speaks a language other than your own, it’s a good idea to know some basic phrases.
You never know when you may need to ask for directions or inquire about basic topics like the bathrooms or where to get some food.
Ask Locals For Advice
Even though the internet can be a fantastic resource for learning where to go during your trip, sometimes locals are even better.
Don’t hesitate to ask your hotel receptionist or bartender what some of their favorite things to do are. Sometimes the best things to do and see are off the beaten path and far from reviews on TripAdvisor.