Solo travel is often considered a bit of a bold move, especially for women. It can also carry the stigma that travelling alone makes you a “lonely heart”, conjuring up images of lonesome sunset dinners surrounded by couple-y romantics.
Yes, holidaying alone can be daunting, but it’s also a great experience that gives you the opportunity to meet new people and discover new places. Here are some tips on how make the most of your solo adventure.
1) Stay cautious
Whether you’re travelling in a group or by yourself, you should always be wary of your personal safety. You’re bound to encounter some dodgy people while on holiday.
If someone notices that you’re travelling alone, you could become the target of travel scams or theft. Try to research some of the common scams that you may encounter at the destination that you’re travelling to. Knowing what to expect always helps.
If it’s in your budget, try to find accommodation that has a restaurant downstairs or that offers room service. That way, you don’t need to leave your room if you’re not feeling up to it.
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2) Learn the lingo
Make sure that you’re familiar with the laws and customs of the area that you’re visiting. Pick up a local travel guide to get a better understanding of the political and cultural environment. Also, if you can, try to learn a little of the lingo. The locals will love you for it and it means you can speak to more people.
3) Embrace your own company
Many people can’t bear the thought of travelling alone, solely for the fear of getting lonely. But you might find that you enjoy it more. Travelling alone means that you get to pick the restaurants, tours, hotels and destinations, and you can change your mind at any moment.