Solo travelling seems like a very scary things to do, and it can also seem a little lonely. However, I think the benefits of travelling alone outweigh the negatives.
For starters, there’s a lot more flexibility – if you want to go somewhere for the day on late notice then you don’t need to consult anyone, you just do it! You’re also not being held back from making friends – not that this would happen intentionally, but when you have a circle of friends, you’re not likely to want to leave so the chance of making friends is reduced. There’s no arguments! – one thing I found on my trip to Tanzania is that there were a lot of arguments within the group and it really puts a dampener on the trip.
So because of those benefits, I decided to travel solo. This is my list of top tips for those doing the same:
- Ensure all forms of travel are booked and run smoothly for peace of mind!
- Keep all documents in one place that’s easy to get to, and have back ups that can also be accessed! It is such a pain to go through all of your bag when you want your passport.
- Ensure your phone is fully charged, in case of an emergency
- Keep the trip flexible if possible to make room for changes in the schedule
- Ensure you have travel insurance for your trip (this applies to all travellers!)
- Don’t overpack! It’s such a pain to go through all of your stuff that you never use
- Do your research on the country you are visiting (I will be writing a blog post on ‘Booking Your Trip’ soon)
- Never leave your luggage unattended
- Keep your bag closed
- Update friends and family as to where you are at all times
- Have a form of entertainment – being alone can be boring!
- Charge your phone as you go
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help
- Don’t be a pushover (especially when it comes to asking for help, don’t let them take money off you when they’re meant to help you in the first place! I had an incident at the airport like this)
- Protect your identity
- Stay sober!
- Make multiple friends! (Also helps with homesickness, please see my latest blog about it!)
- Keep contact with your family
- Keep active and busy!
- Bring a travel book / app
- Know your budget
I hope that these tips help! Let me know in the comments below if you have any other tips that can help a solo traveller.