Top 5 Solo Travel Tips

Top 5 Solo Travel Tips

Let’s be honest with ourselves. Most of us are too intimidated to go out to the movies alone, let alone visit another country by ourselves. Although traveling by yourself may seem daunting, it can be quite an enjoyable experience. According to new travel statistics, over 24% of all travelers are going on vacations by themselves. There is no absolutely no shame in leaving the kids at home, and taking yourself on a fun filled adventure! If you have an upcoming one-man vacation or are thinking of taking one in the future, be sure to read through our top 5 solo travel tips.

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#1—Take yourself out to dinner

Although you may be tempted to live off fast food or takeout, you should not be afraid to go out to dinner by yourself. Visiting a restaurant in a new locale can open your eyes to completely new cuisine that you may not be able to experience at home. You can go out to eat without having to worry about what kind of food your traveling companion likes and dislikes. Many solo travelers like to pack to a book whenever they go out to dinner to give themselves something to do while waiting for their food to arrive.  You also have the option of eating at the bar where you can enjoy the company of other solo dinner mates.

Woman eating dinner alone

#2—Stay safe

Sadly, there are always people in this world that might be willing to harm you. As a solo traveler, you need to take extra precautions for your safety. This is especially true if you are a women traveling alone. As you are going through your travels, you should leave an itinerary and contact information for your family back home. Ask the receptionist if you are staying at a hotel to recommend the safest way to travel if you are going out at night—for instance, in some cities Uber may be the wisest option. Make it more difficult for pickpockets by using a bag which crosses over your body and closes completely with a secure zip.

#3—Apps are your new best friends

There comes a time in every solo travelers’ experience when you really crave some human interaction, and luckily there are several great apps out there to help you connect with both fellow travelers and locals. Couchsurfing and Meetup are both very popular apps, hosting regular social events and also offering the chance to arrange ‘hang outs’ with other travelers looking for some company. Often, you might gain some insider tips from more experienced vacationers or even be invited along to someone else’s plans—so why not put yourself out there, what have you got to lose?

#4—Take lots of pictures

A picture is worth a thousand words. As you tell your friends back home stories of your travels, they will inevitably say the words “pics, or it didn’t happen!”. Having photographic evidence is one way to get your friends to admit that yes, you did see giant statue of Superman on your travels! Also, having pictures to look back on in later life is a wonderful way to remember that time you braved a solo holiday.

Tourist taking photos

#5—Enjoy the freedom

When you are traveling solo, you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. Instead of stressing out about what the waitress is thinking of you eating alone, you should own the experience. You will never see these people again in your life, so it doesn’t matter what they think of you. You can be whoever you want to be around these people. Be confident wherever you go, and enjoy the travel experience!