Whether you want to to try out backpacking or just want a weekend escape to the coast, it’s good for us to see new places and witness different cultures. Travelling is an uplifting and enriching experience we all should experience throughout our lifetimes. It’s lovely to share with someone but can be even more special when done by yourself. If you’re thinking of being a solo traveler, use this guide to help you avoid making mistakes that could disrupt this life changing trip.
Don’t be afraid of your own company
It’s likely you’re going to meet plenty of wonderful people during your trip. But don’t let this stop you from doing what you want to do. You may want to try out a Zanzibar safari or a hike up a nearby mountain, which your new friends might not be interested in. You might feel pressured into doing other activities just because everyone else wants to. Being a solo traveller allows you the freedom to please yourself so be firm and do what will make you feel happy and fulfilled. You can catch up with your new friends later and share your experiences from the day.
Don’t run out of money
Money is something you’re going to need regardless of where you choose to visit. Running out of money is never a good idea, but especially when you’re travelling alone. Sleeping on benches and asking strangers for help is something you want to avoid at all costs. Not everyone will be as trustworthy as you think and they may take advantage of you in this vulnerable state. To avoid this always plan how much money you want to spend each day and keep some emergency money in a safe place. Try not to carry too much cash around with you as this may attract thieves. Budgeting is essential so get saving and planning before your trip.
Don’t over-schedule yourself
Yes, you want to enjoy every minute of your adventure, but don’t over do it. Making your travel schedule jam packed can be tempting if you’re going to a new and exciting place. But allow yourself time to relax and rejuvenate. If you pack too much in, you’re going to end up feeling exhausted and may even get ill due to lack of sleep and care. The best trips are often the ones with the least planning. Choose some standout activities and attractions you want to experience and then use the rest of the time to go with the flow. That way you have the freedom to choose how you spend your trip. You don’t know what opportunities may present themselves while you’re there.
Travelling by yourself is rewarding and exhilarating, but it can also be hard work and tiring. Look after yourself and give yourself time to rest in between all of the excitement. Create a versatile itinerary that can be changed easily depending on how you feel and always make your safety and health a priority. Be spontaneous and you’ll have the best time possible on your incredible adventure.