“A guide and Encouragement to Travel Solo” If you don’t have a travel buddy but are in need of ADVENTURE, gather up your globe and get rolling. We will help you with some practical tips to make this trip enjoyable, rejuvenating, and story worthy.
1. Book Your trip in Advance + Research
You know never know what the weather will be like, dress codes or local customs. A little preparation can go a long way towards a blissful journey. By booking your very first night’s’ stay regardless of the time you get in, you give yourself an easy transition from plane to adventure paradise. No one wants to arrive tired, find out all the local hotels are booked and have to stay with your friend’s- friend’s- cousin’s cat’s babysitter.
Travel Insurance is not a bad idea if you have a lot of layovers, multiple hotels and are traveling to or from a place with known adverse weather conditions. Bonus: if you get insurance in advance it’s cheaper!
2. Face Insecurities and Intimidation
Traveling alone can feel strange and you might end up talking to yourself while reading the underground map. (Personal experience talking here- Hollis.) Oh well! Traveling is one of those things that is designed to nudge you out of your comfort zone. This healthy change can help you grow past the boundaries that you have set up without ever realizing it. Becoming more worldly is how we learn to connect to others, beyond a common language, and instead on a common thread of humanity, of femininity.
My mom is never happy with me traveling because she is afraid for my safety. It is important that you don’t let your fears hold you back from discovering more about yourself and the world that is around you. Just GO! If you plan a bit, are prepared, and ready for the adventure that might not go exactly as planned, you will expand your perspectives and push yourself to grow.
3. Don’t Overpack
We all know…we like to have EVERYTHING with us. We did just tell you to be prepared, however, most of the time you will only use a quarter of what you packed and the rest will be in your way. Try this:
Make a checklist of all the things you NEED to participate in the adventure. Some obvious but important suggestions:
- Pack a few shirts, two pairs of pants, maybe a dress if you like to wear them (not me- Leann), a jacket, a bathing suit, underwear, socks, etc.
- Two pairs of shoes (hiking shoes and tennis shoes or flip flops and hiking shoes). Wear the bulkier one on the plane or in the car to save space.
- The essentials depending on your excursion (toothbrush, deodorant, hair ties, etc.)
- Baby Wipes, this should probably be number one on your list… Trust us.
4. Enjoy the Culture Change
Dress the way the locals dress. Learn to listen and watch what the locals are doing. Find out where the locals are eating and you will probably find out that’s the best food! Usually when traveling overseas, we have opportunities to eat our same favorite foods, shop at our same favorite places, and in general, pretend you are home with a few new strangers speaking another language perhaps. Why did you travel in the first place? For adventure. Immerse yourself to the best of your best ability and absorb new things.
5. Let Someone Know
It’s always a good idea to let a loved one, friend, boyfriend, or girlfriend know where you will be and how long you will be gone for. Safety takes no holiday, and Liam Neeson is not your dad.
6. Explore, duh.
DON’T STAY COOPED UP IN YOUR HOTEL OR HOSTEL!! Even if you’re introverted, GET OUT!
Go wander the streets, take a book with you.
7. Relax, slow down.
You are probably planning an adventure because you needed to de-stress and are in need of a change of pace in general. It can be stressful and unnerving to be in an unfamiliar place by yourself but remind yourself to relax. You made it. You’ve taken the journey. Take a deep breath and put one foot in front of the other.
Tip: Check maps and transport schedules before you leave your room each day to head in the right direction. This will help you find the easiest way to get to where you want to go with no pressure. If you know where you’re going, you will be more apt to actually engage with your surroundings instead of following your phone or a paper map.
- Be Confident and well informed.
- Pick the destination that best fits you and the adventure you are looking for.
- Use your basic “street smarts”
- Be Assertive
- Keep valuables close and don’t flash all that cash
- Open up, be warm and friendly, find new friends!
- Most Importantly: RELAX AND ENJOY!