Holidaying on your own? Well, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime! Solo travel not only means having complete freedom to do what you want, when you want, but it also gives you the chance to meet fascinating people from around the world.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to travelling alone, here are just a few tips and tricks that might help you along the way…
To plan or not to plan?
If you’re an organised person, the idea of winging it on holiday probably fills you with dread, but sometimes it pays to go with the flow and see what happens. You’ll probably stumble upon hidden gems that you wouldn’t have seen sticking to your itinerary!
Creating a bucket list for the destination you’re visiting is usually a good place to start. Add attractions that you definitely want to visit, restaurants you want to try and places you want to see, and plan your time around these key things. Look at day trips that you want to take and get to grips with the local public transport. It costs less than taking taxis and you might meet other solo holidaymakers on your journey.
The local lingo
Learning a few words in the local language can usually go a long way. Local people will always appreciate the effort you’ve made to communicate in their language and will usually return the favour to try and speak in yours.
Before you jet off, why not try to perfect basic words like ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in the new language? It’s also handy to know how to ask for directions and how to ask for the bill in a restaurant.
Meet new people
Smiling means the same in every language, so why not let people know that you’re friendly and approachable by giving them a grin? A smile can be a very easy opening to a fascinating conversation.
If mingling with locals is high up on your agenda, then head to independent coffee shops and cafés where there are large communal tables that encourage people to sit together. If you don’t feel quite confident enough to start a conversation, maybe take along your favourite book to keep you occupied.
It’s important to let family and friends back home know where you plan to be and for how long. It’s also a good idea to update them as you go, so they’re not worrying about you – a quick Facebook update or selfie post on Instagram will do!
When it comes to heading out and about on your own, it’s a good idea to stay relatively low-key. Leave valuables in your hotel room and keep your belongings close at all times. Flashing expensive jewellery or electronics like cameras and laptops may attract unwanted attention.
The most important part… have fun!
Whether it’s your first experience as a solo traveller or you’re a seasoned professional, you’ll soon see how much fun you can have on a solo travel trip. Taking time out of your everyday routine makes way for new experiences in a new country or culture.
So, what are you waiting for?
Posted: 26th Sep 2019.