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5 Important Ways to Follow Your Intuition When Traveling Alone

31.01.18

We’ve grown accustomed to traveling in packs, or at least in duets, as it gives us comfort. But solitary travel is like a rite of passage, an experience we should all embrace, although it comes with its risks.

But as women, we face a unique reality of traveling alone, so it becomes important to distinguish between false alarms and genuine warnings, and recognize our inner voice, our main guide on our solo adventures. For those who have yet to taste the wonders of companionless journeys, your intuition can be your northern star, and your inner compass.


Feed your intuition with knowledge

Thanks to the world wide web, you can learn about the cultures you plan to visit. And this knowledge will both feed your assessment skills and give you the power to blend in. We’ve all heard that slurping in Japan is a clear sign you’re enjoying the food, but other cultures find it rude, and customs like these matter.
Simple etiquette and common behavioral differences are just some bits of handy information you can learn so that you know what to expect, and how you should interpret it. The very purpose of travel for many is to experience the unknown and broaden our horizons – so let the adventure begin even before you set your foot outside of your doorstep.


Master the art of body language


We often fail to recognize our own emotions, let alone those of others. The same goes for simple facial expressions that can either mean hostility or disinterest. But these slight differences can lead to misunderstandings, or even unfounded fear. So how can you learn to read people before your next solitary trip?
Spend time with them. Sit in the park and observe people walking by. Try to understand their gaze, or what their pace is telling you. The next time you find yourself in a conversation with a friend, finetune your body language antennas and listen to this unique layer of communication. You might be surprised just how much meaning is hidden in these delicate signals.


Plan ahead


Spontaneous adventures are a priceless treasure in life, but when you travel alone, safety and security become your primary responsibility. Instead of overwhelming your inner senses with unnecessary fears and what ifs, you can take control of a great portion of your travels and ensure that your instinct can focus on the road ahead.
Finding luxury accomodation in Australia is now made easy with just a few clicks of a mouse. Best of all it won't break your bank and you will feel comfortable and safe during your stay. Get travel insurance, and put aside a sum of money that can be your emergency fund, and make sure you can access it any time, and always carefully consider your itinerary and think of back-up plans in case something goes awry.


Hone your instincts


Even when you’ve done everything “by the book”, blended in, learned, listened, looked, there might be a situation where a feeling of discomfort still arises deep in your belly. Some travelers get lost in the excitement, while others are too worried and find a reason for fear in every possible situation. But these two extreme polarities both have the power to ruin your trip in their own way.
And how can you strike the perfect balance? Experience. Common sense. Awareness and caution should go hand in hand wherever you are. Every time you feel a red flag rising, listen to your instincts carefully, but let your mind interfere, assess and decide. There’s no room for panic or naivety.  


Think in essentials


To compensate for the possible feeling of loneliness, you might be tempted to bring more things with you that carry the feeling of home. But if the purpose of traveling for you lies in discovering and inspiring your curiosity, then you will belong wherever you go, no matter what’s in your suitcase.

Pack your essentials, craft a schedule that allows you to spend most of your time in safe, inhabited areas, learn the basic language phrases of asking for help and directions, and always have someone back home with whom you can check in regularly. The fewer simple steps in your plan, the more your mind will be free to remain aware of your surroundings, and focus your attention on the journey.