Things To Keep In Mind While Traveling Solo
Updated: Jul 15, 2020
The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience’ and what better way to accomplish the same than on your own, with yourself and by your side, such as the beauty of traveling alone.
Solo traveling in India not only introduces you to a spectrum of cultures and myriad of humans, but it helps you rediscover yourself too. To make such a liberating experience furthermore fruitful, we list here some tips for your solo trip in India.
If you don't have anyone to travel with, why not just travel solo?
Now, I know what you might be thinking: I can't possibly travel alone! you say. But it's actually never been easier to travel solo than it is right now. As technology expands to all corners of the globe, everything from booking hotel rooms to staying in touch with family is incredibly easy – and totally doable on your own.
From someone who has traveled solo to countries on six different continents, I'm here to let you know that solo travel doesn't have to be scary or daunting. In fact, traveling on your own can be incredibly fun and liberating!
If you're considering trying solo travel for yourself, I decided to put together some tips for what to do before you leave home, as well as what to expect once you're on the road.
Below are a few things that you should always keep in mind if you are going on a solo trip...
Smartly Choose Your Destination
I get asked all the time about the “best” places to travel solo. And while the answer ultimately depends on you and what you're interested in, I do have a handful of destinations that I recommend for first-timers.
Essentially, you'll want to find a place where you won't run into a huge language barrier; a place where the locals are friendly and helpful; and a place where you'll feel safe on your own.
You'll, of course, want to take the weather forecast into account when you're putting together your packing list, but you also should do a little homework into whether or not there are any cultural standards that you should know about before you go. Dress codes (especially for women) can vary from country to country, especially in more conservative parts of the world.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a traveler is wearing clothing that can either a.) make you stand out as an easy-target tourist or b.) be offensive to the local people.
As a solo female traveler, I've found that I feel far more comfortable wandering around on my own when I “blend in” and dress more or less as the locals do.
Make A Communication Plan
Don't be surprised if family and friends express some worry about your solo travel plans. Traveling solo is still somewhat outside the norm in many communities, and it's often viewed as being a dangerous pursuit – doubly so if you're female.
The good news is that it's never been easier to stay in touch when you're traveling. Wifi can be found even in remote areas, and it's much easier than it used to be to pick up a local SIM card for your phone.
Before you leave home, come up with a communication plan that will work for both you and any concerned family members.
Keep Your Stuff Safe
Safety is always a hot topic when it comes to solo travel, and there are plenty of things you can do to ensure the safety of both yourself and your belongings.
How you'll keep your stuff safe is something you can plan for in advance, too. Along with being aware of your surroundings and trusting your gut instincts (and not carrying all your money on you at one time!), there are some products you can buy to make it harder for pickpockets to get you.
Carry 2 Of Important Things
Passport, tickets, reservation confirmations… it's a good idea to have hard copies of things, and to also have photocopies of important documents like your passport – just in case!
Keep these copies somewhere safe, ideally separate from the originals. (This is the sort of stuff I would put in my portable safe along with my laptop!)
Get Travel Insurance
It's not nice to think about, but getting injured/sick is a possibility whenever you travel. Plenty of other not-so-nice things can happen to you while you're abroad, too, like having an airline lose your luggage, or getting pickpocketed on the street.
For this reason, having travel insurance is really important. When it comes to getting sick on the road, your current health insurance provider might already cover you overseas – you'll just need to call and check. If not, you'll definitely want to invest in good travel insurance that will not only cover any health issues that arise, but that will also cover you in the event of a canceled trip or other non-health-related misfortune on the road.
Meet The Locals
The primary purpose of a solo trip is exploration without any inhibitions and it is through getting to know the locals of the places that you can truly explore the place.
Other than simple exploration, such meetings at times guide the traveler better than the travel guides too.
You might not always get someone to travel with as your travel buddy or your travel partner. And in case you are planning a solo trip then you should keep all the above points in mind.
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