Whether you’re looking for a life changing experience, a once in a lifetime trip or simply some good old fashioned peace and quiet, booking a solo holiday can be the first step in achieving all of the above.
Make sure you have ample funds for your trip and everything you need when you are there. Also try to ensure you have some emergency money ‘just-in-case’, because you never know what life will try and throw at you. More to the point, make a daily budget for your trip – and stick to it!
When you first arrive in a new country or city, it can be daunting until you become accustomed to the local way of life. It’s important to take your time in doing this. Perhaps grab a drink at a small, local cafe and sit for 30 minutes to enjoy it. Savour the atmosphere and absorb everything going on around you. You will learn a lot and it will really help to acclimatise. It won’t hurt either to smile at strangers -not in a creepy way of course, and this will tell the world you are happy and approachable.
One of the best things about travelling solo is that you have nobody else to answer to. You can sleep as late you want, eat where you like and explore at your own pace. You get to be with people when you want and to be completely alone when you prefer. All things considered, it’s important to be in the right mindset before taking a solo venture, so you don’t come back wondering why you ever bothered.
If you want to meet up with other travellers, research to make sure there are some guided group tours to get involved in. If you’d prefer being alone, look for somewhere with lots to do with no company required.
As with anything unfamiliar, it can be harrowing if you are taking, or thinking of taking, your first ever solo holiday. It’s completely natural to have a whole host of questions and for this there are companies such as Friendship Travel which offer a great range of Single Traveller Holidays to book and would be able to assist you every step of the way.
This is probably the best trait to have a solo traveller. Don’t be that person always on their phone. Start up conversations in your accommodation with everyone you meet, take a walking tour of the city and ask lots of questions, book a seat at a communal dinner table for your next meal and get to know your neighbour.
When it comes to getting from A to B on your travels, common sense can help a lot. Whilst it isn’t always going to be lethal going out in the dark, it won’t hurt being a little more vigilant than you may be at home. Be aware of your surroundings and try to avoid getting drunk. It can often be worth telling a friend when they can expect to hear from you next, so they don’t worry about you if you’re out for an evening.
Where are you off to next? You can travel anywhere for your holiday, but do make sure that you will return fulfilled.