Travelling solo may seem like a daunting experience at first. You have no company and you have nobody to rely on emotionally either. On the flip side, you are in control of your own vacation. You get the chance to cater your vacation around you in every way, without having to worry about meeting the needs of other people or even missing out on opportunities.
Confidence can be a powerful thing. When you are travelling solo, you only have yourself to rely on. Sometimes you may need to psych yourself up so that you can be as mentally strong as possible. You also need to feel as though it is possible for you to do things. If you are not able to push yourself like this then travelling solo may not be for you.
Be Open to New Things
Most backpackers, locals and travellers are just looking for a friend. Don’t be too scared and try and mingle with them. Go to a bar, make conversation, join an excursion or even try and meet up with other solo travellers in the country. A lot of people think that travelling solo means that they have to be on their own at all times, but that’s not the case at all. It just means that you are travelling on your own. If you can make some new friends when you get there then this will really enhance your experience.
Sometimes, you need to be rude. You may need to tell people to go away when you don’t feel safe, or you may need to have stern words with a pushy stall owner. You also need to make sure that you are on guard as well. Travelling solo can be a very enriching experience, and you can also learn a lot about yourself. You do however, need to stay aware, probably more aware than what you’d be if you went with close friends.
Get a Phone
Your phone is your best friend, so treat it this way. Always make sure that you have full charge whenever you go out, invest in some extra phone data and get some emergency contacts in place. You might also want to look into apps such as Google Maps, Facebook Messenger, Skype and more. They may be your only link to the world, not to mention that they can also help you to get around too.
Hire a Car
If you’re travelling on your own then you may not feel entirely comfortable getting on the bus or even on a train. This is especially the case when you have no idea of the local language. If you want to get around this then it may be worth hiring a car. This way, you can go anywhere you want, at any time! Why not look into an affordable car hire service before you go. That way, when you arrive, you know that you have everything sorted out and you can be ready to start your adventure.
Have you solo travelled? What’s the best lesson you learnt? Let me know if the comments below!