Whether you’re an experienced solo traveler or you’re currently in the process of planning your first solo trip, continue reading to discover a few invaluable tips which will make traveling solo a breeze.
Invaluable tips if you plan on traveling solo:
Don’t walk around glued to your smartphone or with headphones in your ears
One of the best parts of traveling solo is getting to talk to locals and making friends with locals and fellow travelers alike, so do yourself a huge favor and make yourself approachable by putting your smartphone away and keeping your headphones in your bag. As you never know who you might meet on your next solo vacation.
As a bonus, if you don’t walk around glued to your smartphone’s screen or with headphones in your ears, you’ll be far less likely to be targeted by pickpockets or scammers.
Don’t be afraid to dine out alone
Another highlight of traveling abroad is getting to taste authentic local fare, which you might not have the opportunity to sample in your home city. Besides the Mexican food or Thai food which you’ll be able to find at a restaurant in your hometown, won’t be able to compare to the Mexican or Thai food which you’ll be able to order in Mexico and Thailand.
So don’t be afraid to find a cozy corner table at a local restaurant which takes your fancy. As there’s no shame in dining alone. If you feel a little self-conscious about the idea of grabbing dinner alone, simply take a book with you or a travel journal as your hotel’s room service will never compare to the food you’ll get to taste at a local restaurant.
Book accommodation in a safe, centrally located area
While accommodation may be cheaper a few miles outside a city’s city center, if you plan on walking around on your own at night, it’s definitely well worth choosing a popular hotel in a centrally located area.
Consider booking day trips in order to get yourself orientated in a new city
If you plan on spending a few days exploring a new city, which you’ve never visited before, it’s well worth booking an inexpensive escorted day trip. In order to get your bearings. As an added bonus, your tour guide for the day may be able to provide you with local tips, such as which restaurants you should visit for affordable, mouth-watering dishes.
As a further bonus, while traveling alone can be a fun experience in itself, you may also appreciate getting to socialize with other travelers for a couple of hours. Who knows, you may even make friends with individuals which you can hang out with for the rest of your trip.
Never hop into a cab without first agreeing on a price
In order to avoid being scammed by a less than moral cab driver, always make sure to negotiate a price, before you enter a cab.
So if you plan on traveling solo in the next few months, definitely take all of the solo travel tips listed above to heart.