The Single Traveler’s Guide

Have you ever dreamed of splurging on a romantic vacation to Paris, witness broad way plays in New York or be in love in Italy, but don’t have anyone to join you? Braving solo traveling might be the answer. For blogger, Jaclynn Seah of the OccasionalTraveller.com, traveling solo is the best and fastest way to understand yourself—what you’re made of and what you can do. It may seem a little scary at first, but with the right amount of knowledge and preparation, there’s no way it can be a disaster, here’s how:

Do the planning and research ahead of time

Any kind of travel must be well-thought and even more so, if you are traveling solo. You can start by looking up the tourist destinations and all other basic information then you can map out a daily itinerary. Downloading mobile applications widely used in the destination you are going to such as online navigation app, translator app etc. would greatly help too. Apart from the cool places to visit, never forget to also research about the tourist scams or traps to eliminate the possibility of falling prey to them. Remember, there is only one person you need to take into consideration—and that is you.

Keep and duplicate copies of important information

While your passport and other valuables must be highly guarded by you, contact information of the person in case of emergency, print-out airline tickets, hostel you are staying at and even the embassy of your citizenship/residency should also be secured. If possible, bring a photocopy with you in your carry-on bag and leave a duplicate copy in your check-in luggage.

Stay data connected

Life gets so much easier when you are traveling with internet connection. Use your data not only to navigate useful apps but also to check in with your family and friends back home from time to time. Keep them updated on your whereabouts which can be a simple post on Facebook or Instagram so they’d be less worried, too. Since staying connected can eat up your phone battery life, never forget to bring a fully charged power bank wherever you go.

Estimate your daily expenses and safe keep your monies

Depending on your itinerary, it will be helpful to manage your expenses so you still have more in the coming days of your tour. Moreover, leave some of your money locked inside your luggage at the hotel, do not bring them all at once to avoid temptation of spending them carelessly and just in case unfortunate situation arise that you get victimized by pickpocketing, at least you still have some left.

Explore with confidence

If you are lost, do not by any means, make it obvious. If you do, you are making yourself an easy target for scammers and criminals who are prying all over the place. Try your best to look confident as you walk along the streets, find a hotel or restaurant nearby where you can ask questions to a local staff and keep presence of mind. It seems cliché but don’t underestimate your instincts in times like this.

Experience your travel

It is your trip and yours alone, so do not stop yourself from experiencing whatever it is that you would like to try out. Eat the local dishes you want, travel at your own discretion and pace, take pictures on the places you’d like to go and go on an adventure! In solo traveling, you follow no one’s travel plans. Use this opportunity to discover not only place and people but above all—yourself.

5 Essential Travel Tips from Solo Escapades

 

Along with knowing yourself more, there are a whole lot of things you will learn from travelling alone. Sure, the adventure is fun and a reward in itself, but it needs preparedness to ensure you’re getting the most of your trip. If you’re planning for a soul-searching getaway, these are some of the things solo travellers ought to do (or, at least, try) during their adventure.

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  1. Research About the Weather. Whether you’re travelling to Southeast Asia or United States, it’s important to research about the weather of your destination. This may be an obvious pre-trip procedure, but forgetting to do so can seriously ruin your trip.

 

  1. Arrive During the Daytime. Traveling solo is exciting, but it could also be pretty risky. Before booking a flight, make sure to know you’ll be arriving at your destination. Pick a flight that allows you to land while there is still plenty of light when it is safer to walk around and everything is easier to see.

 

  1. Lie a Bit. When someone (like a market vendor or a cab driver) asks you how long you have been in the place, say at least two weeks. People may less likely take advantage of you if you seem familiar with the locality.

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  1. Speak the Language. It can be really frustrating, if not embarrassing, not being able to speak even just a bit of the local language. A quick solution is to memorize a few basic words such as the local words for “thank you”, “please” and “hi” before your trip. Other than just being polite, speaking the local language makes you seem like a smart traveller, putting you at less chances of being scammed or taken advantage of.

 

  1. Be Self-Centered. Travelling alone is the only time you have the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want it. So, enjoy it! It can be surprisingly fun to be alone, listening to your own thoughts and taking care of nobody else but yourself. Take advantage of this time to be introspective and reflect about what you have and what you want in life. If you are worried about feeling alone and lonely, remember that there’s a whole new world of people around you. Try to make friends with fellow diners or chat with locals at the market.

Travelling is one of the best experiences we can have in our lives. It pushes us out of our comfort zones and teaches us many things about ourselves and the world around us. Relish this chance, but always be smart with your choices.

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