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A Guide for Solo Travel

13.12.18

Plunging into solo travelling is not a decision that one easily makes. But more and more people around the world opt for this step – not only because they won’t depend on anyone, but because they will be able to see whatever they want to see and go wherever they please. On another plus side, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and share experiences with someone you don’t know at all. Having all these perks in mind, and the fact that perhaps you’re considering going solo somewhere (as why would you otherwise click on this article), take a look at some of the most important things that you have to bear in mind.




Allocate your budget


Obviously, just like it’s the case with any other way of travelling, having in mind the amount of money you will be able to spend at your destination(s), and the budget for the tickets and accommodation, is of the utmost importance. This will furthermore determine how many days you will be able to stay away from home and how much money you will be able to spend per day. Since you’re travelling alone, bear in mind that the accommodation might be a bit pricier than travelling with someone. This is where great options such as couch surfing come to the rescue, as you can practically crash somewhere for free or for a very, very small fee. If you’re not up for this option, the next best idea would be to browse through different hostels and find the one that’s best for you. There are also great ways to save money on plane tickets.


The key is in detailed planning


Now that you have the outline of your budget, it’s time to work around that and decide on all the places you want to see. Many people who travel alone choose to go to an exotic or a faraway destination, or even better – do a road trip around several countries in the world. One of the most popular destinations is Australia, which is excellent because you can enjoy some of the magnificent wildlife there, see all of its secluded spots that are very much Instagram worthy, and enjoy the best Sydney cruises before eating a classy dinner at one of the amazing waterfront restaurants. Other options include Europe, and if you opt for this one, you can see many different countries bit by bit.



Try the food


One of the reasons for travelling solo to a faraway destination is certainly getting to know different cultures and seeing what other countries are all about. One of the best ways to see that and experience the local life is to try their cuisine, so make sure that you do your homework beforehand and try to find the best restaurants in that specific area or country online. You don’t want to spend your holiday eating junk food, pizzas or McDonald’s, so finding an authentic restaurant is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Equip yourself with apps

Solo traveling, especially female solo travelling, is totally different than it was 20 years ago, and honestly, much safer. However, one of the reasons this is so is because of technology and all the apps that you will definitely find useful while travelling. Apart from maps and apps such as Foursquare that will help you find the best restaurants, clubs or museums, it’s also important to have social networks and perhaps meet other people who are also travelling solo. Connecting to people you don’t know and making new friendships is also one of the perks of solo travelling, and you shouldn’t miss on that. There are also apps such as Backpackr where you get to see other people’s travel plans and itineraries and see if they match with yours.




Take group sightseeing tours

If you want to save some time, and explore in a fast and probably much more detailed way, you should definitely consider taking a group tour of a certain place. First of all, many cities offer free group tours that are, as the title reveals, free, even though you will be expected to give a small tip to the tour guide once it finishes. This is a great option to explore the area and see some important landmarks but also hear about the history of this particular place. Other option would be to find on the map places that you want to see by yourself and then do a bit more of a research to find something about its history. By choosing a group tour not only will you achieve this in a faster way, but it’s also a great way to meet someone new.

It doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert – if you can handle your own company, you should definitely opt for solo travelling. It’s a great chance to get away from your everyday life, see something new and just explore the world by yourself.