If you need sometimes to spend time with yourself to get distracted from life for a moment, solo travel is something that you should try. Travel alone provides you more freedom and growth yourself as you become independent. You can set your own schedule, do what ever you want that you can’t do when travel in group.
However, there are few things that you need to keep in mind if you want to travel solo. So here are the list of life hacks that you need to know before travelling alone:
Build Your Confidence
The first step that you need to have to do solo travel is building your confidence. It is similar concept as when you went to school on your first day. It’s normal for you to have this anxiety for everything that you do for first time. There is always be a first time to do something, right?
It’s highly recommended for you to start solo travelling in the nearby the place where you are staying such as out of your neighborhood, out of your city. That’s how most of the solo traveler started! The idea behind this is to get you familiar with all the vibes and need of travelling alone. Another reason is most of the beginner solo traveler tend to have this fear and question mark on their face which makes them an easy target for bad people.
Don’t get started with solo travelling to overseas if you’re not confident enough as different language can be troublesome. Once you build your confidence, you might start to think to go out of your comfort zone and travel further!
Do A Proper Research And Plan
While travelling alone will make you more vulnerable due to a new environment, it is highly recommended if you do a proper research including the rating of the place you’ll going to stay, the environment of that place, and what you can do around there. The review from internet will tell you the real experience that other traveler has been through and some of it might even give extra useful recommendation. Also, make a travel itinerary for yourself so that you have direction where you want to go.
The next thing you want to take note is make sure your travel budget is more than enough. Always add additional fund from your travel budget as the emergency fund.
Inform Someone About Your Travel Plan
It is important to share your itinerary plan to your families or close friend in case anything happen to you. You don’t need to frequently update them about your status as the main purpose of solo travelling is to disconnect yourself from your routine for a moment, right? You can set schedule when to update them, either once or twice a day is enough.
Do Some Activities That You Wouldn’t Do With Others
As compared to travel in group, now you have more freedom to decide the activity you going to do. You might start to think what are the activity that you normally wouldn’t do if you travel with your own gang or families? This is the best opportunity to do while you are travelling solo!
Put emergency contact information
One of the cons of travelling solo is you are now be more vulnerable. In case anything happen to you, you need to prepare some emergency contact information inside your wallet or your phone screen. By doing this, it will make you less worry about yourself.
Make sure about your safety
Pay attention to your surrounding and make sure you stay sober all the time! Plan your transportation wisely and don’t go back to hotel so late.
Other than that, you also need to be cautious of your own valuables things and keep them safe!
Open To A New Friend & Thing
Solo travelling does not mean you need to be alone all the time. Don’t be scared to make friend with a new person as most local/travelers are just looking for new friend too!
Try to be open minded to a new culture and things that you never seen before in a new place. Respect their culture and try to mingle around with the local by asking their advice.
However, not all people are nice, you still need to be cautious of some people that want to take advantage of you. If you feel that the new person is making you uncomfortable, just leave them away.
It all set! By reading all the tips above, now you’ve should equip yourself with more confident and knowledge about travelling alone. Don’t get nervous and remember that there is always a first for everything. Your solo travel trip would be a fun and memorable experience that you’ve never thought of.