Even though traveling alone can be daunting, we think it’s something everyone should try out at least once in their lives. These six tips for traveling solo will help you well on your way to loving the life of wandering alone!
1. Choose accommodation wisely
One of the big game-changers for successful solo travel is thinking carefully about the kind of place you want to stay in. Put yourself in a large hotel and you reduce the chance you have of meeting other people. Book yourself into a hostel or homestay, and you’re guaranteed to meet other travelers and locals, which will make traveling alone a lot easier.
2. Don’t let fear overwhelm you
Many presume that you’re more vulnerable when you’re traveling alone, but that’s not always the case. When it comes to pickpocketing, for example, you’re not much more in danger than if you were in a big group.
Of course, if you wander around an empty street at night alone you might be asking for trouble, but a normal amount of common sense will keep you perfectly safe. Fear shouldn’t be something that gets in your way, but if you’re worried, pick a destination that you’re comfortable with – even if it’s in your own country!
3. Book yourself onto a tour
Joining a tour – whether that’s a quick one a city or something that lasts a few days – is one of the best ways to meet people. Having picked the same tour, you’ll already have something in common with the other travelers, which makes it easy to strike up conversation.
Also don’t forget to chat to your tour guide – every guide I’ve ever met is extra friendly and loves talking to new people.
4. Embrace the solitude
One of the best things about solo travel is that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want – so make the most of it! Make sure you do all the things you might not be able to do if you were traveling with someone else, such as lying in bed for a little bit longer in the mornings and setting your ideal pace for the trip.
Nothing beats the beauty of a smile, and as a solo traveler it is your most valuable weapon. Making sure you look welcoming and open to conversation will invite people into your life in more ways than you imagine. A smile will let other people know that you are friendly and fun, and with it you’ll quickly make new friends.
6. Learn the local lingo
Making sure you know a few phrases in the relative language is a good way to start interacting with the locals. You don’t have to be fluent to be able to connect with people – as long as you at least appear to be trying you’ll often find the locals appreciate the effort and will do their best to help you along.
Even if you mess up terribly, it will be a funny situation that you can all laugh at together! You’ll feel more comfortable being by yourself if you take everything in a light-hearted manner and go with the flow.