Have you been thinking of traveling on your own, but feel scared as a result of news that you’ve come across in newspapers, social media, radio or TV?
Sometimes your best travel buddy is your own self. As a solo traveler, you can do what you want to do without telling anybody. You can eat what you want to eat and you can go wherever you wanna go.
Traveling alone is a fun adventure, the Online Travel Consultant article about The Fun Side of Solo Travel answers the question, “What is it like to travel solo?”
Maybe the only concern in solo traveling or traveling alone is your safety, especially if you’re a woman. In this article, Celeste Moure shares some tips on how to travel alone
“… being a good traveler is about being a smart traveler. Once you get over the idea that traveling solo is scary, you’ll discover it offers complete freedom. You get to choose where to go, what to see, and when to see it. Want to visit every museum in town? Go for it! In the mood for a sunrise hike? No one’s stopping you. Feel like sleeping until noon and ordering room service? This is your trip, so go ahead and be selfish (or lazy).”
Keep these things in mind for your safety:
- Research about the place you’re going to, ask others who already went to that place and ask for some suggestions.
- Share your travel details and travel plan with your friends and families
- Copy important documents like passport, tickets, identification cards, credit cards, etc. scan them and email them to yourself.
- Develop good instincts, be alert! Avoid dark street and dark places, pay very good attention to your surroundings. Try to blend in and dress like a local.
- Check in regularly. Let your family and friends know that you are safe by texting, emailing and posting on social media.
- Make new connections. Ask some friends maybe they know anyone in the destination you are heading to.
- Choose the right hotel. Talk to the staff at the hotel, make some conversations with them.
- Party of one. Go out and enjoy your own company. Choose a lively place where you can also have a chit chat with other strangers. And if you don’t feel safe getting back to your hotel, ask the staff of the restaurant to call you a cab.
- Don’t skip the nightlife but don’t get drunk.
- Go with a tour operator.
So for those of you who are hesitant in traveling alone, it’s time to kick your worries aside and get your passport ready.