It’s a big world out there, and the urge to experience it all might just be too much for some. Venturing out on a grand quest of discovery all by one’s lonesome has become increasingly popular, especially with the advent of budget airlines and services like Airbnb. Yet, safety is always paramount when it comes to traveling abroad, and even more so if you’re flying solo!
1. Always do your research
Exploring a new place can be daunting. The idea of arriving at a new destination with no plan may sound romantic, but as a solo traveller you’d want to sort out all the details in advance so you that can minimise both risk and downtime. The things to look out for are currency exchange rates, commutable routes to places you want to visit, and key locations such as the hospital, police station and your country’s embassy.
2. Practice self-love.
You have more time to focus on yourself when you are travelling alone. It's a spiritual experience for your body, mind and spirit. While it can get lonely when you are travelling solo, you tend to pay more attention to the sights and sounds around you. Plus, you get to meet fellow solo travellers when you are abroad. The conversations will flow, and your trip will be even more fulfilling. Take your trip as the perfect opportunity to nourish yourself by addressing both your physical and emotional needs.
3. Stay open-minded.
Travelling solo is pretty much like taking a masterclass on self-awareness. You'll venture out of your comfort zone to try new experiences, meet new people and explore new lands. Bursting out of your bubble of familiarity will make you appreciate how your life has been so far and open your eyes to what it could be. Plus, it all makes for interesting topics for conversation with the ones back home.
4. Trust your instincts and always be conscious of your surroundings
Always take precaution when travelling alone. It's important to safeguard your well-being when you are in a new environment. Approach strangers with caution if you’re at a bar and don’t be too trusting of other people, even if they seem friendly. Avoid dodgy alleyways and always be light on cash when you intend to come home late. Practice the art of discretion as much as possible and try not to draw too much attention to yourself, especially in areas where tourists are commonly preyed upon.
There are many inspirational and whimsical stories out there penned by solo travellers, but these rarely happen by chance. Laying the groundwork for a successful holiday is one of the most important things you can do if you want your experience to be a positive one. Above everything else, stay open-minded and know that it's worth it. Solo travel is liberating, fulfilling, and one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself!