So you decided to undertake a solo trip? Fantastic! We are happy for this! We already talked about the great influence it will have on your life and now we are going to give you some more technical advice that you should take into consideration before leaving, to better understand how to get the most from your solo travel.
Beside the common tip “take all your important needs and items always in the same place” that is an important suggestion for every kind of travel, we want to offer you a bunch of advice to face some of the major difficulties all solo wanderers find during their travels, particularly in their first experience.
1- If this is your first solo trip you are already moving outside from your comfort zone, so don’t overdo and plan things in advance. Consider money to feel more comfortable, decide your accommodation in advance and think at the opportunity of sleeping in a hostel to meet other solo travelers, or to search for an home stay to acquaint with local people and have some useful tips from them.
2- Plan in advance and try to reach your destination during the day to be sure to have time to explore the place with natural light. It could sound weird, but this will help you a lot in staying positive, as the day after everything will appear at least a bit more familiar.
3- Decide to eat out and sit at the bar or in communal tables to have more chance to talk with bartenders and other people. Moreover, if you want to, you can keep going in the same restaurant to get familiar with the staff and be sure to meet people to talk with any time you want.
4- Don’t be afraid to talk to strangers and locals, even if they don’t speak your language! By the way if you really are in troubles, don’t panic! There is always an easy way to connect with local people or other tourists, for example take an organized group tour to meet people and talk to them, find a lesson or a course to follow… Be curious!
5- Observe people and learn small things from them. While you are sitting in a bench or drinking a coffee at the bar, use your time to observe how locals interact and behave like in their city and in their places. How do they order a coffee? How do they hail the taxi? How do they use to act with other people when they meet?
6- Being in contact with family members and friends is always a good idea to balance the loneliness of a solo trip, but don’t waste too much time on Skype or internet. Instead, pick up a map and explore the city, wander through the city’s alleys and streets, parks and museum and use your time to try local food and create memories.
7- Treat yourself: being alone gives you a freedom you are not used to feel. Don’t waste it, eat when you are hungry, relax when you are tired, do whatever you want whenever you want, and customize your travel according to your needs and will, to enjoy and live it in the best way.