Traveling solo has the potential of offering you a wide and varied range of experiences, in some instances more expansive than when with a companion(s). If you are considering embarking on such a journey then here are some guidelines to help you get the most out of your solo trip, so check out these mistakes to avoid!
Cool and Calm
Many well seasoned solo travelers of the past have learned over the years, the hard way that carrying heavy and uncomfortable luggage is not the best way to enjoy solo travel experience. Not only does it detract from the actual traveling experience by a lack of mobility but it can also be an ongoing frustration. For instance:
- Over-burdening yourself with clothing etc. – resist this trap and travel as efficiently as possible
- Maintain freedom of movement
Plan Your Activities
Being in control is always helped by a reliable financial position, therefore speak to your bankers regarding funds and applicable exchange rate. Ensure your credit cards are in order and it could be wise to give them a copy of your planned tinier, as well as another party.
Keep in mind that the first and final nights of your journey are the most vulnerable.
- Luggage can increase your stress levels when trying to get on and off transportation
- On these nights, consider staying within easy access to the airport or train station
This will also give you the opportunity of reviewing where to intend going and what you want to do! Whether it’s sight-seeing that is related to your particular interests, or outdoors adventure seeking, make your life easier by some pre-planning. It can save you some time and money.
Trying to do too much in a shorter time as possible can have a significant negative influence on your travels in any circumstances. You are responsible for your wellbeing, which includes:
- Buying everyday needs like toothpaste
- Determining transportation schedules
- Access to funds
Be prepared for potential unforeseen eventualities, such as a cold or upset stomach, by carrying proper medications.
Listen to the Bells
As with any type of travel, there are various precautions that need to be taken regarding your safety and general wellbeing. They may have a significant potential for someone traveling alone than with others. However, whatever the circumstances a reliable rule to follow is your instinct:
- If you hear alarm bells ringing in your head, don’t take a tablet, listen and act on them!
- Book in advance for popular tourist attractions, or elsewhere and anywhere else that could mean some
Being a solo traveler doesn’t mean having to stay in hostels or other communal living establishments. Admittedly, you can meet other travelers easily but also consider the value to be found in more traditional lodgings. They can offer:
- Security if needed
- Added comfort when tired
- A place to relax, review your experiences and plan for tomorrow
What to do as a Solo Traveler
As a traveler alone you are given the opportunity to let your adventurous spirit roam free. Although many of solo ventures feature on how to meet people, this can in effect be counterproductive. You have elected to travel alone for a particular reason(s).
It is also well known that a large number of travelers who join large groups, frequently desire some “alone time.” Your solo experience enables you to enjoy the best of both worlds!
Be Influenced by Impulse
Although being on the side of caution, a great influence and one of the common travel mistakes is that some adventurers choose to follow their usual behavior patterns, or stick to their itinerary at all costs.
One huge advantage you gain by solo travel is being able to enjoy the freedom of changing your mind and plans about anything without referring to anyone else. In our time-regulated world of today, this should be a bonus you cannot resist. Accordingly, if you suddenly want to go North instead of South – do it!
Back to Control
On consideration, if you’re having a welcome alcoholic drink, is be aware of your progress and your cash. In the spirit of the moment, it’s easy to get carried away and forget about all warnings. In a bar, keeping a tab is probably a good idea for obvious reasons.
Traveling on your own means looking at the complete picture. If you are not exercising that control factor, you can become a tourist mark. Although being Teetotal is not necessary, remember this is your great alone travel experience; and one you can remember for the rest of your life. Don’t spoil it!