Sure, having a travel buddy can make traveling less stressful for many, but it doesn’t mean that traveling alone can’t be a fun, adventurous experience. Follow these tips for traveling alone to make the most of your solo trip:
1. Pick Your Dream Location. Since it’s only you taking the trip, you don’t need to compromise on location, hotels, itineraries or any of the other travel arrangements that would normally need to be cleared with your travel buddy.
Pick your dream location, whether it’s laying on a beach in the Caribbean, or snuggling up next to a fireplace in Vail.
2. Make A List. Make a list of things that you want to accomplish or see while you are on your trip. This will keep you from getting complacent when you arrive.
It’s much easier to talk yourself out of doing something than it is to talk a travel buddy out of doing something, so having the list will be a reminder to you to get out and get exploring while you’re traveling solo.
3. Pack Smart. With only yourself to rely on when traveling alone, you’ll need to make sure you pack smart and have all of the essentials you’ll need. If you’re traveling internationally, consider bringing a dictionary of the foreign language, a guidebook, outlet adapters and anything else you can think of that will make the transition to a new place easier.
4. Be Adventurous. Adventure can take on different meanings for different people depending on personality and comfort level. For some people, this will mean signing up for a whitewater rafting trip with a group of strangers. For others, this will mean taking a cooking class while abroad. Push your limits a little and try something new when traveling alone.
5. Plan Your Meals. For most people, one of the most uncomfortable parts of traveling alone is dining out alone. Choose to eat at popular places during non-peak hours if you aren’t a fan of dining alone. Sit at the bar, or outside if that is an option.
Eating at local markets, food courts, or street carts is also a great option. If you want to cook your own meals while traveling, opt to stay in a vacation rental or suite with a kitchen instead of a standard hotel room.
6. Be Safe. Be extra cautious when traveling alone, as you have no one else to watch your back, or your belongings. Stay away from known dangerous areas of cities or towns, and guard your belongings both on you and in your hotel closely. It’s better to be overly cautious than overly carefree when traveling solo.
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