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Nikita Rudra Jul 17 2014

Can you suggest me some tips on travelling alone?

Pritha Manchanda Jul 17 2014
4 people found this answer useful Useful ?Yes

Travelling alone is both fun and adventurous. Whether it’s meeting new people, exploring unseen places or being one’s own guide, you can master the art of travelling alone by keeping some basic things in mind before you get started on your excursion.

Photo of a solo traveller (by danierlfoster437)

Why you should travel alone at least once in life

1. Destination of your choice

The best thing about travelling solo is that you can go wherever you want; you are not bound by someone else’s interests, likes and dislikes. You can travel the world and check off all the places on your bucket list at your own pace.

Photo of the globe (by Judy**)

2. Meet new people

Travelling solo is the best way to make new friends and bring out the extrovert in you. Chat with people you meet during your train, plane or bus ride or join a group of like-minded folks on an excursion--there are many ways of connecting with people while travelling. Make sure, however, that you are alert about your surroundings at all times.

Photo of people on the street (by Eisbäärchen)

3. Discover yourself

Travelling alone offers you an introspective and incredible experience. You get a chance to spend time with yourself, explore your thoughts and look at life from your point of view. Also, it empowers you to challenge your fear and insecurities and forces you to be independent and self-reliant.

Photo of a solo traveller (by Alex E. Proimos)

4. Simple logistics

It often becomes difficult to coordinate a trip with a group of friends owing to the difference in work schedules and priorities. Also, it involves planning far in advance. To escape such complications, travelling alone works best. No budget constraint, no following up with people and no tight schedules--you are all free to do what please you.

5. Do what you want

From bungee jumping to swimming with sharks, being a solo traveller, you can try out the weirdest of things on earth without being questioned. You have absolute freedom to travel the way you want and do things that you have never done before.

Photo of a swimmer (by SF Brit)

Tips for Successful Solo Travel

1. Pack light

Since you wont have anyone along who can keep an eye on your luggage, its best to pack and travel light. Try to limit yourself to a knapsack and a trolley suitcase. Also, lock your belongings properly. Keep your credit cards and cash separately and not with other belongings. Check out some tips for packing luggage.

Photo of a luggage (by Shoot first, eat later)

2. Pick the right destination

As a solo traveller make sure you pick the right destination. Research and pinpoint the places that you want to explore and select the one where you have a variety of places to see and things to do. This will ensure you never feel bored.

3. Do your research

Before setting off on a solo adventure, read up on your destination. Save maps and directions on your phone so that you do not have to rely on people to get from one place to another. If you have special dietary requirements, for instance if you are vegan or vegetarian, you should find out in advance places where you can get a meal of your choice.

4. Book the right accommodation

Since you are travelling alone, you can choose a hostel, homestay, B&B or a budget hotel to save on expenses. You’ll be charged per bed and not per room if you opt for a hostel. International hostels are generally reliable, secure and clean and open to travellers of all ages. These travel hacks for budget travellers might provide you with some useful information.

5. “Must-have” documents

Always carry all your important documents with you while travelling, whether it is the number of your travel insurance or ID proof. Also, don’t forget to scan and save a copy on your phone. In case you have an allergy or a particular medical condition, it is a good idea to inscribe this on a metal bracelet and wear it at all times. In case you run into a medical emergency, the doctors and nurses will know how to treat you.

Photo of travel documents (by irrezolut)

6. Travelling alone at night

It is always best to inform your hotel and friends and family members about your whereabouts. Make arrangements for transport especially if you are travelling far. Check with locals or your hotel on whether the place you are heading to is safe or not. Dress appropriately and avoid carrying too much cash. Also, never leave your drink unattended at a bar. Check out these best hotels for women in India.

Photo of a solo traveller at night (Dan Nguyen @ New York City)

7. The local language can be of great help

No one is asking you to master another language but learn basic greetings and jargons that can serve useful when in a jam. You could also install a local language translator app on your phone.

8. Stay in touch with friends and family

Don’t forget to message, call, or mail your near and dear ones periodically while you are exploring your desired stopover. Keeping in touch not only helps you stay safe but also lifts your spirits whenever you are feeling low.

Photo of a solo traveller (by Spyros Papaspyropoulos)

9. Be confident and don’t act like a tourist

Avoid standing clueless on a street corner with a huge guidebook or map in your hand. The key is to look and stay confident. In case you need to consult a map, always go into a shop or doorway.

Photo of a solo traveller (by pedrosimoes 7)

10. Don’t plan too much for a day

Take a stroll through winding streets or sip a coffee at a sidewalk cafe instead of packing yourself up with an exhaustive list of “things-to-do”. This way you’ll get some time to reflect on your experiences.

Photo a guy sitting in a cafe (by Anja Wolf)

Be safe and make the most of your journey while travelling alone.
Do share your experience with us and add more tips if you think something is missing. Also, you can check out exclusive clubs for women travellers, just in case you feel like travelling with your "girl-friends". Happy journey!

Siddharth Vikram Singh Jul 20 2014
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Reminds me of my solo-backpacking trip to Goa. What an exciting experience it was, clueless and the inner itch to discover , explore or may be to just get lost for a while from the regular life.Had a few adventures and met so many interesting gypsy souls from across the globe.
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