10 Tips for Travelling Solo

Travelling SoloWe’ve written a lot of posts about travelling with a group, with the family or with your significant other and it’s always a surefire way to have loads of fun (and it comes with a lot of perks too). But there is something about travelling alone that makes it so compelling; perhaps it is the thrill of aimless wonder or having freedom to roam without a care, both or even more!

At least once in your life, you should try to make that trip alone. Hop on to that bus going to a destination you’ve always wanted to go to or book that plane to the country or city you’ve been dreaming of. Going solo can bring you some awesome benefits too: there’s absolutely no fuss, no drama and no searching for the “perfect” travel buddy.

Tips for Travelling Solo

Not only will you discover and enjoy a lot of great and thrilling adventures, you’ll also find out more about yourself and your perspective of the world widen. As they say, “you’ll never be the same person who left…” Before you go, though, here are some tips for travelling solo and tricks you need to know:

  1. Research. It cannot be stressed enough that research on information about the place you’ll be travelling to is essential and should always be the top priority. If you actually need a reason why, here are three. First, for your safety. Uncertainty could be a lot of fun but danger is surely not. Read reviews on what others are saying about safety and security about a place or the particular area that you are going to. Second, it would be great to know when the best time to go is. Is there a festival or celebration you can visit while you’re there? Third, there might be some promos and-and discounted accommodations or transportation that you can find online. Keep your tabs open for social media accounts, blogs and websites, just in case.

  2. But never too much!  Like I said, there’s always a thrill if there is at least a little bit of uncertainty while on vacation. There is such a thing as “too planned” where travelling loses its spontaneity.  Surprise yourself by going to different routes so you can explore new opportunities and maybe even find a hole-in-the-wall that serves better food than most top-rated and well-known restaurants.

  3. Talk to the locals. Locals always know where the best things are hidden and located. They’d know how to sift the authentic from marketing fluff. Still, they say that you should trust everyone and trust no one so you better take things with a grain of salt. There are  also times when you’re gonna get lonely and all you’ll need is someone to talk to. Don’t be afraid. As long as you’re in a public area and within an earshot of everything, then there’s no need to fret.

  4. Book accommodation according to your needs. In some places, you’ll want to book luxuriously because the moment calls for it. There are some destinations that would be best experienced with relaxation while there are others that will only require you to have a place to leave your luggage. Take a while to know what’s what. If you’re unsure, living in your campervan would save you a lot of trouble and a lot of money.

  5. It’s okay to say no.  Some of the most memorable adventures are those when you just left all your worries behind and said ‘yes’, however, it’s okay to say ‘no’ sometimes. Spare yourself (and everyone else)  of the trouble if you’re not feeling too keen about something. Simply politely decline. For instance, if you’re feeling a bit unwell, you are allowed to refuse downing a drink or jumping from that cliff.

  6. Learn the language. This, I believe, needs no reminding. If you’re travelling to another country that has another language, you should learn at least the basics. Also, take time to learn some of the cultural differences like when to actually use chopsticks, an unlucky number or wearing a particular colour to an important event or celebration. Remember, you are a visitor so respect the culture and the heritage.

  7. Take it slow. There’s no need to rush on trying to get to every place in the guide book or on your list. If you do this, chances are, you might end up just taking photos and not actually stopping. Even worse, you might not enjoy at all. Imagine visiting multiple beaches in a day but not going in for a dip because you wanted to ‘see’ them all. You guessed it right: a total waste of time.

  8. Ask. There is always a pool of people who have had the experience you want to take. This is part of the research process. Try participating in forums and discussions on how to travel a particular place so you can get the most out of it. There are some things you cannot find in the guide book. You can start with a group or ask for help from other solo travellers too!

  9. Do away with fear. In the field of communication, there’s a theory that says too much exposure from the nightly news (or other forms of media) can cause people to have what is called a “mean world syndrome”. In this theory, people get scared of visiting a particular place because of the “danger” they watch from the news. However, if you’re looking to travel, the news isn’t much of a help. Try to visit more travel blog sites and watch features on places you’d like to visit for a better source of travel information.

  10. Never take away the opportunity to learn more. One of the best things about travelling solo is the chance to know more about yourself (sometimes through the eyes of others), your surroundings (the culture, the history and the heritage), the people (they say all people are the same but are also different). There is so much to learn out there and you can discover them country at a time if you choose to do so.

There really is no actual reason and there is no perfect how-to that can help you with travelling solo. Just take this steps to make it easier with your planning and you’re good to go! We’ll keep you posted on more blog posts through our Facebook page: facebook.com/SalamandaTravel or follow us on Twitter: @SalamandaTravel today!

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