Off on a solo adventure? We have collated our top tips and tricks for you.
Travelling on your own is a wonderful thing and, if you haven’t done it already, we would certainly recommend it. We aren’t saying you have to go off for months or years, even a weekend city break counts.
It means not having to compromise on where to go and what to do, or whether or not you should have that second pain au chocolat!
However, for all the pro’s there can obviously be cons too, so we want to ensure you are fully prepared before travelling on your own, regardless of where you are going.
When travelling solo, you need to be much more organised than when travelling with family, friends or partners as it is all down to you.
- Once you have booked your flight and accommodation, give your itinerary to someone back home, just in case of emergencies.
- We also suggest, depending on how long you are travelling for, to leave an emergency fund at home with someone trustworthy so that you have a monetary back up if required.
- Make sure you have all your documents including your passport together and somewhere easily accessible, so you don’t have to continually search through your belongings to get it out.
- Ensure that you are very strict with your luggage allowance – you won’t have anyone with you to palm off any extra weight onto. Double check your allowance with your specific airline as they can vary between airlines.
- Also think about how long you are going away for, do you need hold luggage as well as your cabin luggage? It will mean more for you to carry until you reach your accommodation. If you are able to get away with just cabin luggage it may work out cheaper for you also as many airlines now charge for hold luggage.
As exciting it is to see somewhere brand new, taking it all in can be very overwhelming, so ensure you complete these steps to feel as safe as possible.
- After purchasing your holiday, take out relevant travel insurance for your trip. This should ensure you will be covered for cancellation if required as well as a host of other benefits whilst you are away.
- Look into what is best for the country you are travelling to with regards to payment. Some countries prefer cash and some towns won’t accept card. This can cause problems once there, so do your homework.
- When arriving at your accommodation, always check if there is a safe in your room or an option to have one. This means when leaving your room, you can rest assured that your prized possessions are safe and sound. We would recommend leaving your documents, passports and also spare cash in here too.
- Don’t carry around excess cash with you. Take what you need for the day, with a little bit extra for emergencies, just in case.
- Try and make sure your day bag has zips and is kept close to you at all times.
- You can also invest in a money belt if you want to be extra cautious. This one is also waterproof! For women, you can use this money solution which clips into your bra.
The main thing we want to make sure you remember is to have fun!
- Take pictures to collate your memories throughout your trip and make it easier to show everyone back home what you have been up to.
- Don’t be shy! You will be amazed at the amount of fellow solo travellers you will meet along the way.
- Don’t be afraid to do whatever you want to do, whether that’s see the really cheesy tourist sites or do something a little different. Indulging your travel passion can really help improve your mental wellbeing, whether required or not. Alleviating stress is a big factor on a trip, that coupled with new scenery can really help.
- If you don’t already, you will learn to love your own company which is one of the hardest things to obtain in life.
- You will step outside of all of your enforced comfort zones with each step you take and each time you say yes to something new!
If we haven’t inspired you to book to go away in the depths of the January Blues, we don’t know what will!
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