TRAVELLING SOLO ?
What to expect and do if you are travelling Solo
Hurrah!! You have managed to convince yourself that you can be on your own. Travelling solo is a big step in your life and is going to change the way you see your life and the world completely.
1. Be Optimistic and Open
Only happiness can generate happiness and because you are travelling solo you will be making new friends. Be prepared to open up to people (don't trust them blindly eh) but there will be some days when you will be all by yourself and not a single soul in sight so you need to be happy and prepared for whatever is coming your way!
2. Leave To Explore and Embrace
Do your research thoroughly to comfort yourself about going to an unknown place for the first time, but leave enough flexibility in your plans for adventures to find you. Make a plan with some sightseeing and leave some "me time" in it to explore ! Explore the places where the locals go instead of where the tourists go!
3. Essentials to take along
Pack your Important documents specially your passport if travelling abroad. Your bookings, Important phone numbers, proofs and addresses should be with you at all times. Separate your cash at two places and don’t pack all essentials in one bag. Travel light, Plan ahead. Don’t pack anything that you are doubtful about. Most of the countries allow medicines in the main bag so take your first aid box with you.
Also, I always make sure to travel with a copy of my passport and driver’s license. When I stay in hostels, I tend to keep the originals locked up in my room and I’ll carry the photocopies around with me while I explore. That way in the unfortunate event that anything does happen to my purse, I always have the originals right where I left them.
Plan your expenses wisely and explore all options before booking. Take your time. After you have figured everything, Keep a little bit extra for "just in case" situations.
5. Sleep around
I don't mean like that (lol) it means that try a cozy homestay or look for room rentals in an apartment – this gives you an automatic connection with residents when you’re travelling alone. As a solo traveller, you’ll have tons of options to choose from. Even if your landlord doesn’t take you out on the town, you’ll at least scoop up a few local tips. Hostels are of course ready-made for solo travellers too, but you might wind up spending more time with other tourists than with locals.
6. Travelling and Safety
First and foremost, let’s give ourselves a little reality check by remembering that things can happen to anyone at anytime regardless of our location in the world. If you are taking a cab, choose to sit in the front seat, strike a conversation with the driver, works really well to forge a bond. But be careful about believing strangers when travelling by public transport. Take care of your stuff and make sure its locked properly. If you feel it's not a safe part of the world do make sure that you stay at a good recognised place or in the main area instead of a quiet one.
7. Eat big
You might be tempted to live on fast food just to avoid awkward restaurant situations. Don’t. In fact, fancy establishments are fantastic places to dine alone. Waiters are happy to help solo diners who smile and say, “I made a special trip just to eat here. What do you recommend?” Social folks might want to eat at the bar, but there’s no shame in taking a table for two.
A good camera can be your best partner because it can share everything that you are witnessing. Sharing or not sharing them on a social level is a personal choice but the treasure is worth preserving and looking back at. Trust me, there will be times when you want to cherish all that you experienced.
9. Stay in contact with family and friends while you’re on the road.
Providing them with all of your itineraries and reservations isn’t enough. Always remember to use some form of communication to let them know you’ve reached your next stop and that you are safe. Whenever I travel, I always use WhatsApp to constantly stay connected with everyone. As long as you have wifi wherever you are, you won’t eat away at your data and your phone bill won’t get outrageously high. Another options are obviously Facetime, Skype etc. Whatever method you choose, stay connected.
10. Final advice, don't over-think it, Just do it !