Solo Travel Tips
Travelling alone is one of the big travel trends of 2018. It can be an exhilarating experience, with no ties and just your own wanderlust guiding your path. It can be a time to take on new adventures, explore new corners of the globe or to simply have some much needed down time. For some, the thought of travelling alone can also be a little daunting so to set you up we pulled together the top tips from our solo Sheilas to ensure you get the most out of your adventure.
Do your research
Before you head off, check out the areas that you plan to stay and the hotel, hostel, Airbnb etc. Check out reviews from actual travellers on sites like trip advisor who may give a more candid view than the accommodation website. Don’t forget the power of your gut instinct, if you arrive at somewhere that just doesn’t feel right, move on.
Think about when you will be arriving into new areas. You can’t always dictate travel timetables and delays so have a plan for getting to your accommodation from the airport or train station. It’s also a great idea to make sure that you let someone back home know where you plan to be and when and remember to drop them an update if your plans change.
Whether that’s through a pre-arranged group trip, a walking tour, people in your accommodation or a solo traveller app. Meeting new people can be the making of a great holiday and sometimes you can make life-long friends. Don’t just limit yourself to other travellers either. Connect with locals who most likely can tell you much more about the best parts to visit than any travel site.
Make sure you take similar precautions as you would at home; always keep your wits about you. Check the credentials of any trips you plan to take, avoid drinking too much, keep a mobile phone with you and always let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
It goes without saying to keep these safe at all times but when you’re travelling solo that can be even more important. Make sure you have a copy of all your travel documents, insurance, passport and travel details on dropbox, google drive or similar so that you can access details even if the originals are lost. Travel light. This way you have less to carry, less to keep an eye on and you don’t look like a potential theft target. Take waterproof carriers so that you can keep your mobile, money and keys with you when you take a dip in the sea.
Keep a journal
A solo trip may be a life enriching experience for you and one that you’ll want to look back on in years to come. Keeping a journal is a great way to record all of the amazing places you’ve visited, the funny anecdotes to tell your friends and family back home and the small details that can’t be captured through the lens of your smartphone
Enjoy eating alone
For many people, eating out on holiday is one of the main events of the day and there’s no reason to change this just because you’re dining solo. Choose places with a view, that way you’ll have lots to keep you occupied as you eat. Whether that’s the hustle and bustle of a town square or the sound of waves breaking in a traditional beach shak bar.
If that’s not an option a tried and tested strategy is to take a prop or 5! with you. In our office poll these ones came out as the most popular; A kindle, your journal, smartphone, camera and a travel book so you can be planning the next part of your wanderlust bucketlist.
Do the undoable
Last but by no means least take the opportunity to do the undoable. That doesn’t have to mean a 3 day mountain hike or the worlds biggest bungee. Take time to do the things you wouldn’t normally do with your usual travelling partners. Get up early to see the sunrise. Try new foods, take your time pottering around markets, change your plans at the last minute just because you can. After all a solo trip is one of the few times in life you get to make things completely and utterly about you – enjoy!
Last but not least… Always make sure that you’ve got your travel insurance covered before you leave so that you can enjoy your adventure with peace of mind.