9 Tips To Make Your Solo Trip Safe And Enjoyable

For obvious reasons, traveling alone is at the top of many ambitious challenge takers' bucket lists. Anyone can be tempted by the exhilarating sense of freedom, life-changing experiences, and thrilling escapades experienced while traveling alone. Female travelers face a more challenging situation because it is uncommon for them to travel alone due to safety concerns and other limitations. However, solo female excursions are now more practical than ever thanks to the technology at your fingertips and careful advance planning.

1. Pick your destination wisely

Keep an eye out for the holiday destination that will suit you the most, taking into account your comfort level and ease with discovering new areas. It is recommended for first-time travelers to explore surrounding areas first before making their way to more distant destinations and nations. Don't get too daring too soon; only embark on journeys that you are sure you can manage on your own. Watch carefully for the safety procedures, associated costs, prevailing weather, and planned activities.

2. Stay in a hostel

With family and friends, resorts and hotels are excellent, but if you're traveling alone, hostels are ideal. The best places on earth to meet people are hostels, which are dorm-style lodgings where you will never feel lonely as a solitary traveler. Most guests at hostels are lone travelers who are keen to make new friends. Hostels are very social places, and they frequently plan group excursions or pub crawls. In hostels, you can meet some of the best people on earth.

3. Learn the local language a bit

It's typically not required to learn the local tongue before traveling because English will get you far in most nations. In fact, Google translate is always an option if no one nearby speaks English. Traveling doesn't require worrying about your language skills. But most locals appreciate it when visitors try to communicate in their language, even if it's just to say thank you or hello. While you are visiting the nation, take just a few online classes each day to learn a few basic phrases. It resembles a party trick that you can employ to dazzle the natives.

4. Make Google Maps your friend

Going to new places can be challenging especially in terms of directions. There maybe be times when you might get lost. At times like this Google Maps seems like a superhero coming to your rescue. Download the area map before you arrive so that you can use it offline. This can come in handy if you don't have access to the internet.

5. Get travel insurance

Avoid unplanned incidents by protecting yourself and the money you've spent on your trip. Travel insurance that covers interruptions and cancellations can help you get paid back for covered losses like those brought on by inclement weather, natural catastrophes, certain illnesses, and other problems. Other types of travel insurance can help protect you from unforeseen medical and evacuation costs, as well as losses caused by baggage delays, theft, and other factors.

6. Don’t overplan

The freedom to do anything you want is one of the greatest pleasures of traveling alone. Consider all the times you've previously had to make accommodations while on vacation. You are no longer required to keep up with someone at a fairly uninteresting museum. The awful hike your friend wanted to take you on is no longer something you have to pretend to love. The independence you get when you travel alone is one of its best features. An overly rigid schedule gives little flexibility for improvisation or any recommendations you might acquire from locals.

7. Share your itinerary with someone reliable

Tell a relative or friend back home about your travel plans, hotel reservations, and any activities you have in store. Additionally, before going on any solo trips, inform the hotel personnel of your destination and expected return time. Check with your smartphone service provider to find out what skills you'll need at your travel destination in order to stay in touch with friends, family, or the office while you're on your own, even sporadically. When you have Wi-Fi connectivity, you can also check in by email or social media.

8. Keep your valuables safe

When you go out, simply bring the essentials with you, such as your phone, a credit card, some cash, an ID, and a copy of your passport. Keep these hidden in a safe bag that you can always see. Additionally, you should carry a photocopy of your passport on hand in case something urgent happens to the original. Keep the copy in a secure location that isn't the same place you keep your original passport. Think about leaving a copy with a friend or relative back home as well. When traveling by bus, train, or other means of transportation, it's also critical to remain alert and keep your possessions close to hand. Use the hotel safe to store additional cash, jewelry, your genuine passport, and other vital papers.

9. Have an emergency plan

Preferably, when traveling, you won't experience a medical emergency, an accident, or a robbery. But it's wise to be prepared for the worst and know who to call. Before you travel, do some research on the hospitals, police stations, and other emergency facilities in the area. Learn some emergency words in the language of the country you're visiting so you can call for assistance if necessary. Before you travel, check with your doctor or a travel clinic to be sure you have the necessary immunizations. When packing, remember to include a supply of any prescription medications you might require, face masks, hand sanitizer, and gear to ward off insects that could spread disease, such as mosquitoes.