There is a massive misconception that travelling on your own both isn’t fun and isn’t safe. I can definitely disagree with both these statements. As long as you’re vigilant, do some research and a bit of planning ahead, you can have the perfect trip! Here are my top tips on how to ace solo travel.
Choose a good backpackers hostel
Read reviews on whatever website you book on. I mean REALLY read the reviews. There have been two occasions I went price first and it didn’t end well. Look at those which look like they have a good communal space or ones that put on particular nights in their bar. One place I’d recommend if you are travelling Europe is The Generator. They are reasonably priced, nice and are made for meeting people! You can find them and other hostels, plus see reviews on Hostel World.
Book Guided Tours
Although I wouldn’t recommend only doing these trips, they are great for meeting groups of people. Because there are always so many choices, I recommend checking out a few in the area and comparing, that way you know you are getting the best deal.
Research, research and more research
Sounds boring but you do need to be a bit more careful being on your own. Look at what kinds of taxis the locals use, what areas to avoid and look online at spots other solo travellers have recommended in the area. That way you’ll have an idea of what to do and where to go before hand.
Make the most of hostel/hotel staff
Get their advice on best places to visit for meeting people or just generally. They will know the area and will be helpful in giving you the best options.
Make the most of your own company. You can spend ages just exploring the city you’re in without worrying what your companion wants to do. For me, this was a major benefit. I could stop when I wanted, go somewhere else when I wanted. Make the most of it and do everything you want to do!
Make sure you’re safe
You’ll probably never need them, but make sure you’ve got the local emergency numbers in your phone and make sure you lock your stuff up in your hostel when you’re out. For safety whilst you are out I’d suggest a fanny pack, especially those you can put under your clothes. I would also suggested learning ‘no’ and phrases like ‘definitely not’ in the local language so locals are clear what you mean. This comes in especially handy when people are tying to sell you stuff.
Know what you enjoy
Do you enjoy the buzz of being in the midst of a crowded city, or prefer the calm of a rural town or quaint village? Travelling on your own, especially for the first time can make your environment seem more intense so make sure you go where you know you will feel comfortable.
I hope these tips have been helpful in planning your solo trip – trust me, some of the best trips I have had have been by myself. As long as you plan and make sure you’re safe, your trip is open to endless possibilities!
What are your tips on how to ace solo travel?