10 Travel Tips for Your First Solo Trip
Travelling alone may seem intimidating and risky but can be self-rewarding. Riding solo, especially abroad, is a unique, liberating, and even life-changing event that every woman should experience at least once in their lifetime. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind for your upcoming trip!
1. Research and Plan Well
As exciting as the idea of spontaneity may seem, a better idea is to plan your trip ahead of time – at least your first day/night. This includes arranging and securing a hotel and airport transfer among other things. That way, you can map out the rest of your trip if you haven’t already, all from the comfort of your hotel room. No matter how tempted you are to book a one-way trip to paradise, don’t let your fantasy jeopardize your safety and comfort.
2. Update Friends and Family Back Home
Although this trip is your opportunity to be alone, it’s still important to check up on and check in with loved ones while away. Sending your itinerary, flight info, and reservations would give friends and family an idea of the fun you’ll be having as well as peace of mind. It’s one thing to document your trip and another to be completely off-the-grid.
3. Dress the Part
Express yourself! Pack clothes that will make you feel good. Feeling and looking good will surely boost your confidence and lift your mood. Also, being fashionably free helps you feel at your element. You’re there to have the time of your life so dress like it!
4. Try New Things
An adventure alone provides you with a wonderful opportunity to try things that you normally wouldn’t. You may find that pushing yourself out of your comfort zone provides you with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. You can go as extreme as skydiving or as mild as trying local food – it’s up to you!
5. Be on Top of Your Navigation Game
Even with free Wi-Fi just about anywhere, there is no guarantee that you will always have access to it or that your phone’s battery will endure your escapade. Be sure to keep a few contact numbers tucked away should you find yourself stuck. And instead of depending on beloved Google Maps, scribble down the directions of your next destination or create a rough sketch of the area. You will feel more confident and ready to conquer the day ahead!
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6. Learn the Local Lingo
There’s absolutely no need to learn a whole new language for your upcoming trip. Many countries abroad speak at least some English. You cannot expect an easy translation, but you can make things easier by learning a few words and phrases in the local language. You’ll seem more courteous and respectful too.
Travelling alone doesn’t equate to loneliness! Making friendly conversation with the hotel staff while enjoying your meal or striking up a quick chat with locals on the street can be wholesome and insightful. You can never go wrong with being friendly.
8. Be an Early Bird
The thought of bar hopping and clubbing by yourself may not be all that enticing. Get a head start to your day by getting up a bit earlier than you usually would. By avoiding the hustle and bustle of the city, you can enjoy a peaceful breakfast, catch up on some reading by an empty pool, or explore popular sites minus the crowd of tourists.
9. Enjoy Yourself
Although it may seem weird to appreciate your own company, it is something that you should learn to do. Being comfortable with yourself will truly help you feel at ease. Solo trips are meant for self-love, acceptance, and rejuvenating your soul. Use your time away to reflect and become one with your amazing self.
10. Bask in Your Own Glory
At the end, keep in mind that you took this trip for YOU. You aren’t causing inconvenience to anyone; therefore, you owe all triumphs to yourself. Perks such as moving at your own pace and deciding what’s fun are only a few of many freedoms you should take advantage of.
Be sure to make the most of your trip. Happy travels, babe!
“Travelling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”
– Ibn Battuta
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