Travelling is an adventure. There is nothing quite like going to a new place and exploring the hidden treasures in it.
While this is true, your first solo trip can also be the type of adventure that you should experience once in your lifetime. There is nothing that will give you freedom and an unforgettable experience other than a solo trip.
Travelling alone might be daunting, but I believe everyone should give it a try. Solo trips are the best way to grow and learn as you enjoy yourself. Travelling solo will make you more responsible and aware of your surroundings. It is the type of experience that will make sure you have fun and learn life hacks along the way.
If you are one of those people who have never had the experience of going on a solo trip – like me, then this might seem daunting and terrifying at first. So, before you set out, you need to have a solid plan for your first solo trip.
Planning for your first solo trip won’t be easy. There are many times you will feel confused and get stuck. But there is nothing to worry about; like most things, everything can become a little easier when you have a good plan and stick to it.
Make a journal of things you want to do
The best way to plan for your first solo trip is to make a journal of things you want to do when you arrive at your destination. Having a guide on things you need to do will help you save uptime. Researching about the place you are going to visit will also help you from getting lost.
Making a journal of things you want to do will help you be at ease on your first solo trip, and you won’t get worried when you have a journal at your disposal.
Your journal should have basic information about the place you will be visiting, the hotels you can stay in, and contacts of the locals. Please tell me you have made some travel friends on destinations that you have travelled or looking to travel in future. It is one of the best ways to be sure that your solo trip would be a good one when you have some locals in your friend list. So, go join those travel groups on Facebook now! Furthermore, your travel journal should also include all the travel destinations you want to see and what the best ways to get to them to are.
Research the place you are visiting
If you are going on a solo trip, then researching the place you will be visiting is of the utmost importance. Research about the country you are visiting will help you get to know it better. It will help you understand the customs and traditions of the place and, consequently, it would help you fit in better.
If you plan to make a travel journal, good research can be monumental in formulating a great one. You will get a better idea of the best deals and know the best way to get around the city.
Another great benefit of doing research is that it helps with organization. It will make sure you have a great time and also explore all the great places in the city you are visiting.
And let’s not forget you want to be safe on your solo trip, so another important thing to research about is the crime rate of the destination. You have to make sure the destination you are planning to go on you solo trip is safe.
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Always have extra money with you
When you are alone in a foreign land, being short on cash might sound like a nightmare. Thus it is crucial that before you leave the hotel, you check your bag for money.
You should also have your credit cards with you, but cash on hand is just as important. Be sure to keep enough money with you, so you can travel around with ease and won’t have any issue even if there are no ATMs nearby.
Keep in touch with the people back at home
When you’re traveling alone, you should always try to stay in touch with the people at home. It is crucial for your family or at least your friends to know your whereabouts.
It won’t just bring them peace of mind but will also help you stay in touch with people you know. Travelling alone can get pretty lonely sometimes. So, it is crucial for you to always leave a message or two to the people you care about back at home.
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Being confident might sound easier said than done but always remember the phrase, ‘fake it till you make it’. Try to appear confident to the people around you even if you do not feel that way. Otherwise, you never know the type of people you will meet, and some of them can turn out to be cons as well.
Avoid telling people you are new to the city and or saying that you are travelling. Try to keep it to yourself that you might be a little clueless. Instead, appear confident while you interact with the locals and keep your nerves in check.
Travelling alone for the first can be daunting. But it is one of those things that I would recommend everyone give a shot. Are you planning on going on a solo trip? If so, where? And have you made any plans that will aid you to travel with ease? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.