Top Tips for Travelling Solo!
Traveling solo for the very first time may be an intimidating prospect, but it's an incredibly rewarding experience. People travel solo for different reasons; freedom, adventure, independence, unique opportunities or even just to escape the 9-5 (guilty!)
Whatever your reasons, it’s important to remember that if you choose to travel 'solo', you're never actually in it alone. If you're considering embarking on a life-changing adventure, we've gathered some tips to put your mind at ease and get you exploring!
Everyone’s idea of the ‘perfect trip’ is different. Are you after warm tropical beaches, interesting architecture, bustling cities, dramatic mountains or authentic cultural experiences? Understanding what you want out of your trip is crucial before you start planning. Do your research!. Learn as much as you can from blogs (tick!), books, films, friends, social media or travel agents to find destinations that appeal to you. Many people decide to plan their trip as they go, talking to people they meet along the way to learn about their first-hand experiences and recommendations. Word of mouth is one of the most useful sources of information!
Make your money go further, so you can too!
Decided where you want to go? Great! But how much is it going to cost? Unfortunately, money is something we all have to consider. In terms of budgeting, not all destinations are equal. Places like Australia, New Zealand, America and some parts of Europe are going to burn through your budget much faster than cheaper places in South East Asia. Knowing roughly what the cost of living is in each destination will really help you make the most of your moolah. This information can be easily found on Google, and for any INTRO destinations, we have a handy little guide on our app. Set yourself a budget and stick to it! But be flexible enough to allow yourself those once in a lifetime experiences you’re out here for – after all, you may only be here once!
Pack it up, pack it in…
Where to begin? Packing can be a nightmare - especially for those longer trips with varied climates. You don’t want to pack too much and end up with luggage that weighs the same as a small vehicle, but you do want to cover all your bases. Obviously climate will play an important role here, so make sure you look into the weather conditions and pack your bikinis or thermals accordingly! There are lots of useful vlogs dedicated to being a packing superstar on YouTube. You can also check out the packing lists from INTRO on our app.
Daunting dorm rooms
Yes, hostels and dorm rooms can be intimidating for first-time solo travellers. It’s not exactly a familiar concept to be sharing a bedroom with 3 – 30 strangers, but it’s all part of the experience! It’s also one of the best ways to meet people, including fellow solo travellers. Many hostels host social events and games like quizzes, karaoke, and offers on free/cheap drinks and food. They can also give you useful information when you arrive in your new destination on transport, places of interest and utilities close by. If the prospect of staying in a room of strangers is not for you, many hostels do have private rooms available as well as female-only dorms. Check out reviews on TripAdvisor and get recommendations to ensure you pick the best accommodation for your needs.
Our final (& best) advice for any solo traveller is to go with an open mind. Be willing to try new experiences, take on challenges, and meet new people. Get out of your comfort zone to do things that might seem unlike you (or at least, who you are back home). An undeniable perk of travelling is meeting people from all over the world, so utilize those social skills to gain some new friends, memories and perspectives. After all, the whole point of travelling is to learn about the world! As long as you travel safely and responsibly, we guarantee you'll surprise yourself with your independence and have the time of your life.
Consider a group tour
And of course, the best way to meet new people when travelling solo is to jump on a group tour for an immediate new crew of like-minded travellers. A group tour will also help you out in other ways i.e. safety; since a good tour will have an experienced guide that knows how to travel the country safely, as well as saving you money. If you choose a group tour that includes all your activities and accommodation, you can budget easily and avoid paying the higher costs that come with booking activities, transport and accommodation on the ground when you arrive.
So, are you ready to get out there? Check out our other blogs for more tips on safe solo travel: