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Traveling alone seemed scary at first but having done it, I love it and would do it again. There’s a lot to think of when you’re traveling by yourself. I’m sharing my 10 best tips for traveling alone. When I’m out, I’m always hyperaware of what’s going on and try to have my basis covered. It’s a bit scary traveling to a new place on your own but can be the best adventure. Use these tips to make it the best time!Heading on a solo trip? Here are the 10 best tips for traveling alone! Click To Tweet
Tip #1: Research Thoroughly
Research is everything. Not just for planning your trip and what you’ll do, but knowing the ins and outs of where you’re going. If you’re going to a different country, research goes beyond that. For example, I went to Australia and they don’t do tips like in the US, people tend to walk on the left side at all times, and they have their own lingo. Get to know the area and its customs, not just the landmarks. This will help to keep you safe and to respect the country you’re visiting.
- Research the customs of the country/city you’re visiting
- Look up the most populated/safest locations
- Learn language basics and etiquette
- Look at the religion, politics, and views
Tip #2: Share Your Itinerary and Important Copies with Closest Family and Friends
Even if not set in stone, send your planned itinerary to people you trust. That way they always have some idea of where you will be in case something happens. Keep people you trust updated in case things change. Another big thing is to share a copy of your passport or visa with someone you trust in case you lose yours or something extreme happens. I gave my parents a copy of my passport and Australian visa in case something happened.
BONUS: Turn on Find My Friends if you have an iPhone so people close to you can see where you are in real-time. Also, let them know about any time differences so they’re not worried if they can’t get in touch.
Tip #3: Look Up Directions Beforehand
Make sure to find the directions before you leave the place you’re staying at. Screenshot different routes in case something happens and you don’t have wifi. Looking over it ahead of time will also help you to not look down at your phone often when trying to find a place. It can be a fun guessing game standing in front of train screens trying to figure out where to go, but looking at it ahead will help you stay on time and not have you looking extra touristy.
BONUS: Google Maps lets you download maps for offline use. Download the general map of where you’ll be going and you can have that on your phone at all times.
Tip #4: Keep Things to Yourself and Fib a Little
Be kind to locals but don’t give too much away. If you have a different accent, they will know you’re not from around. So if they ask questions about where you’re staying, visiting, etc. it’s okay to dance around the truth. I usually give general answers that won’t pinpoint anything. Always be nice but don’t feel like you can trust everyone you meet.
Tip #5: Look Into Travel Insurance
Find travel insurance to keep you safe and prepared. Especially if you’re traveling on a busy season or when weather is a bit rougher. I feel like it’s so easy to skip this over because we anticipate the best and don’t want an extra charge. But if you’re alone, you don’t want to get stranded at an airport you don’t know. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Tip #6: See What You Can Pack to Keep You Safe
Since pepper spray has more of a possibility to be thrown out, see what other items can pass through security. Lately, I’ve seen people have a kitty shaped keychain (Self Defense Cat) that is dull enough to pass security but still pointy enough to protect you. There may be some items you can pack in your checked luggage so make sure to look into what is safe.
Tip #7: Don’t be Obvious and Blend In
Don’t call too much attention to yourself. I know it’s now the thing to wear the cutest outfit to snap a picture for Instagram. But make sure to blend in with the locals. Clothing can be a giveaway to show you’re not from around. Make your outfits work while taking into account your surroundings.
Tip #8: Act like You Know and Be Alert
Similar to point 7 but more about how to act instead of appearance. Walk into every place with confidence even if you are unsure of where to go. Act like you’re meant to be there, even if you walked into the wrong place. It will help to not make it seem like you’re truly out of place. Don’t look down at your phone too often, even if it’s just browsing when you’re on a train or bus. Anything can happen within seconds. Use your phone to take pictures and get you to your next place but put it down and enjoy your surroundings.
Tip #9: Get an International Phone Plan
Don’t rely just on wifi. Get a sim card or get a dedicated plan through your current provider. This is another better to be safe than sorry type of thing. I have Verizon and it charged me $10 for 24 hours. So I could actually use wifi for a whole day and not get charged but if I was out and about and needed to use my phone, the 24 hours would start then to the following day. For example from 1 pm to 1 pm the following day. I used it as a safety in case I really needed it when I was exploring. Definitely check into your provider and make sure you have a plan.
Tip #10: Always Have a Plan B
Seems a bit obvious but sometimes we hope for the best and forget. The scariest thing is not knowing what to do when your plan fails. Especially when you are somewhere you don’t know and don’t want to seem obvious that you’re not from around. Just make sure you have a backup plan in case something falls through and you’re not left wandering.
These were my 10 best tips for traveling alone. As an anxious person, I never thought I could go to a different country by myself. But doing all these things helped me be prepared and showed me I can take care of myself.
Have you ever traveled alone? What are some of your tips?
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