Solo travel can be renewing for you mind, body and soul.
Some people dread traveling alone, but there’s no reason to! By following some tips for success, you will enjoy your time alone. What are some tips for getting the most out of your solo travel?
Download Google Maps
Essentially, this is a way for you to get maps offline. Even if you don’t have service, your phone can tell you when you are. You can pin your home and always know how to get home from there. You can also put your earbuds in as you walk, turn maps on, and it will lead you in the right direction.
Bring Only What You Need
You may feel like because you’re by yourself, you need to pack everything. You should keep everything small, condensed and controlled. You never want to have more than two bags as a solo traveler. Anything more than that is too much to travel.
Make Money Arrangements Ahead of Time
Tell your bank you’ll be out of the country. Make sure they don’t put any holds on your account or flag your account when they see international charges. You should have one or two debit cards, at least one credit card and cash!
Start the Day Early
If the idea of pub crawling and going to nightclubs alone doesn’t sound appealing, be an early bird instead. Getting up early makes it easier to avoid the large crowds at popular sightseeing attractions. There will be plenty of opportunities to sight-see alone and be completely safe if you visit a large, bustling city. By starting the day early, you will get a head start on the other travelers, and allow yourself the opportunity to have a nice, relaxing evening to yourself.
Make a List of Emergency Contact Info
The last tip is for all travelers, not just those traveling solo. Make a list of your emergency contact information that is readily and easily accessible. The list should include your own personal contact information, the name of an emergency contact back home like your parents or significant other, and any other pertinent phone numbers.
By following the above tips, you can ensure a positive solo traveling experience. Make sure you have Google Maps downloaded, pack only what you need, make arrangements with your bank ahead of time, start every day early and make a list of important emergency contact info.