Of course, traveling alone has its perils too—such as safety concerns, loneliness, and the dreaded single supplement. But a little preparation and common sense can save you money and get you through the rough spots.
Why Travel alone?
It is cheaper
When you travel on your own it is much easier to keep up with your budget because you are the one who decides where and what to eat. That also means that it is much easier to save up money for other things such as trying an adventurous sport or travelling to a distant island.
You will make new friends easier
Being a solo traveller makes it much easier to interact with the local people and make some new friendships. The truth is that the locals are much more interested in what someone travelling on his or her own is doing in their country and are more likely to help you out and could be also more open and engaging.
You will start enjoying your own company
You can see the importance of “me time” only when you travelled somewhere alone. You will start appreciating your own company much more and enjoying the time you spend on your own. Being alone on the road is also a great way to connect with your higher self spiritually and enhance the relationship with yourself.
Make your own Desicion
The magical thing about solo travel is that it gives you the opportunity to do whatever you want, whenever you want. No one is telling you where to go or when to go, what to do, or how to spend your time. It’s entirely your call, and that’s empowering! You do things for you and no one else, so if you want to leave a day early to go somewhere else or extend your stay somewhere because you love it, you have no one to ask. Do you want to wake up extra early to get ahead on the day? Stop off at a café and spend an hour people watching? Change up your itinerary entirely and take a bus to a new city? Go for it! It’s a time to be selfish and to enjoy your time however you please, without having to abide by anyone else’s schedule.
My Advice for Solo Travelers
Do your research.
The more you know about where you’re going, the more confident you’ll feel. Study a map of your destination so that you have an idea of how your destination is laid out. Find out about local transit and the cost of taxis so that you know how you’ll get around. Understand the currency and exchange rate so that you’ll be able to quickly do the math in your head to know what something costs in your own currency. Get a few phrases down.
Get a local contact.
Remember six degrees of separation? Well, that number was determined based on snail mail – well before Facebook. Now you likely have a friend of a friend just about anywhere in the world who is local and whom you could meet for a coffee or call should you have a moment of anxiety.
Choose the right accommodations.
Book a hotel with a 24-hour front desk if you’ll be arriving late, so you don’t end up sleeping in your car or worse places.
Trust everyone and no one.
One of the best reasons to travel alone is to meet new people, but this also makes you more vulnerable. It’s okay to hang out, travel, and share with new friends, but you might not want to ask them to hold your money. Scam artists can often be the most charming companions you’ll find; you want to be open-minded, but keep your guard up enough to ensure your safety.
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