TOP 10 SOLO TRAVELER TIPS FOR ANYONE WHO’S NOT SOLO TRAVELER BEFORE
today I’m giving you my top ten solo traveler tips for anyone who’s not solo traveler before or anyone who just wants to learn a bit more about solo traveler, I’m gonna be using all the experience I gained from that’s to help you guys out in this article.
So if you do find it useful at any points be sure to let me know by leaving comments or questions down below in the comment section
let’s just jump straight into the blog ok, so I’m gonna go in a bit of a logistical order starting from things that you kind of need to do first and then working the way through the trip and I’m actually gonna start off with the planning process.
So some of these first tips may be a bit obvious but obviously a lot of People kind of avoid them.
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The first one is mainly just do your research and have a plan, And obviously I’ve mentioned this many a times on my blog if you do read my travel blog, that you should have some kind of plan and that’s not just for yourself, that is mainly for the people back at home and obviously It’s kind of for yourself a bit boy it’s mainly for your family friends people, who love and care about you back home.
So they can have this peace of mind that they kind of know that you have at least some kind of structure to your trip, and then obviously they know whereabouts you are in case they need to contact you or anything like that.
so having a plan not only gives you a bit of peace of mind of at least you have a rough idea of what you can go off and then obviously, if you Meet new people washed or traveling you can change your plans, but just having a rough guide doing your research on where is good for solo travels to go to, and then obviously letting your family know your friends and stuff like that.
So they know how you are doing and obviously how they can contact you that is the first tip for any solo traveler.
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Now the next tip again is pretty obvious but it is pack light, now this goes for every type of trouble, but it is especially important for solo travelers because at the end of the day you’re going to get to a stage at some point in your trip.
Where you’ll be complete be on your own and if you have a really heavy rock suck and you have a long walk or you’re not too familiar with where You are or you need to cut your train or anything like that, no one is there to help you whereas if you’re with people, you can kind of share the experience if you’re getting tired.
They can potentially hold your bag for you or if you need to go into a shop and any type of situation where you need to have your bag, just watched if you’re traveling with people that are perfectly fine.
You can just throw your bag on the floor and walk off and go to a shop or whatever whereas, if you are traveling alone your bag has to go with you everywhere you go and that’s as I said especially you really notice it.
To be honest when you are on a travel day so if you’re going to a bus station and then you’re getting on a bus or you’re waiting for a bus and there’s not really much around but you see a shop and you’re thinking oh I’ll just go in there you realize you’ve got to take your bargain with you and it gets draining especially in warm conditions so do pack light it will save you so much during your trip.
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Now the next tip is for arriving in your destination this is not just for when you first arrive for your trip, this is every single destination there within your trip, say you’re going for six months I recommend doing this every single time and it is try to arrive during daylight hours.
So essentially when it’s light outside and the reason for that is it makes it a bit easier to obviously navigate and find things, but you feel a lot more safer especially as a solo traveler when you’re arriving in daylight, I arrive late at night in Bangkok and I’ve never experienced Thailand before and it seemed a bit a bit shady.
To be honest purely because there was nighttime if I arrive during
the day, I probably would have felt a lot more comfortable which I can actually compared to my Croatia trip, where I did arrive very early in the morning everything seemed very peaceful very calm and it was just a lot easier to figure things out. Because it is daytime so you just felt a lot more comfortable with what you’re doing, so I do recommend trying to arrive during daylight hours just so you feel a bit more safe and a bit more relaxed with the whole situation, especially if it’s the first time so I’m traveling for yourself.
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Now the next tip is to actually observe how everyone acts and how things Kind of operate, this is mainly important for first-time solo travelers because if you’ve not stayed in hostels or you’ve not solo travel before you don’t really know how the whole thing works and especially with hostels.
The first time you walk into a store as a solo traveler it’s a bit of a weird experience unless you’ve done hostels load times in a group there maybe not so much, but if you do walk into a hostel for the first time, it’s a bit weird walking into the dorm, it’s a bit weird figuring out The rules and how you kind of behave in a hostel and stuff like that just to respect everyone else in the room.
So just kind of take a few days wherever your first trip is to wherever your first destination is just too kind of observe the people who are traveling, how they act, what they do in their days, and obviously the locals as well.
Because that will differ from country to country it doesn’t matter whether you’ve travelled for two years if you go to a new country that you’ve never been to.
this tip is also for you because that country could have completely different etiquette and if you don’t respect that then you’re not gonna have the best of times with the locals, so do observe how everything works and you will benefit a lot more during your trip.
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Now the next tip is to kind of put on a front put on a face be approachable unconfident even if you’re not now they work hand in hand Because if you’ve come across as confident then obviously no one’s reallygonna try and scam you or bother you or hassle you.
So maybe if you’re walking through a market and you seem quite confident in the way you walk the way you’re acting you’re not like looking atYour phone trying to figure out directions no-one’s gonna try and rip You off to get a taxi no-one’s gonna try and sell you things that you don’t want, and then on the opposite side of things.
if you act approachable even if you’re not, if you just kind of come across a bit more approachable, it’s gonna be a lot easier to make friends and then that just makes the whole solo travelling Experience a lot easier.
Because then you can share that experience pretty much straight away because solo travelling is good, but if you can’t meet up with newPeople and obviously making new friends is a great part of being a solo traveler.
So if you do come across as approachable that makes that aspect a lot easier, now if you ever feel lonely during solo traveling there is a great option, which not many people consider, because the price tag or they just think it’s for big groups of people, but joy an organized group tours.
Now the reason why I said that people think it’s just for a load of people it’s because when you see group tours in the UK or group things itTends to be like a group of ten and you’re probably gonna get some people
who know each of the kind of thing, But when you’re travelling the groups are a lot larger, it could be like a group of thirty people and I can guarantee you the probably twenty of them are solo travelers, who just want an opportunity to meet up with other people and whilst these day excursions or whatever it might be can actually be quite expensive.
It’s a great way to me you people at the end of the day they’re Interested in the exact same thing that you’re doing and they’re also travelers, because you don’t get many locals doing these tours, because at the end of the day it’s in their home city it’s in their hometown. So you will meet travelers if you are feeling lonely by doing the group tour which is a great option if you do feel that way however having said that.
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Next tip is to appreciate the downtime the long time that you do get during traveling as a solo traveler, because if you meet new people all the time it can be very hectic, so maybe just every now and again just to have a bit of a long time.
Want to be the world of harm it’s actually quite nice you can relax you can potentially have a hobby if you have some type of hobby then it gives you time to work on that maybe you just like reading gives you time to read, if you like taking photos you can edit your photos, or if you need to you can just phone home or even just relax rest up is a great thing to do whilst.
You’re traveling can taught you out, so do appreciate the alone time that you do get as a solo traveler don’t be afraid of it just embrace it and it will help you in the long term for your traveling.
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Next step is to have a hobby or interest that other people can relate to,
now I mentioned a few like photography reading hiking even YouTube justanything like that, if you have something that’s either interesting or relatable, then it does give you a conversation starter for a lot of people, if people see me blogging the amount of times people have seen me blogging they’ve asked all do i blog do I do YouTube do I do photography if we have just got my camera and it’s a great conversation starter.
Because they might either be interested or they might actually also Do the same thing, and then it’s just a great way to make a new friendship and obviously if you’re just reading a book you will not realize the amount of times.
That if you’re just sat and hostile reading a book someone will probably Have read that book and then there’s a straight away conversation starter for you guys to just talk about and you never know you might make a newlong-term friendship there, so you can carry on traveling together so having an interesting or relatable hobby will help you out in the long term.
Now this seems like quite an obvious tip to always stay in hostels, the amount of solo travelers I’ve met or just here to seen on Facebook anything like that the hub stayed in hotels or like private accommodation, because they just feel a bit more safer yes you might feel safer.
but trust me I was having this conversation with a friendly they actually feel a lot more safer in a hostel because at the end of the day if anything goes wrong there’s a lot more people around you to help you out and obviously it’s the social environment of staying in a hostel.
That will get you through solo trips especially if you have the moments where you feel lonely as a solo traveler then there’s tons and tons of people that can help you out, so you’re probably going through the exactsame thing.
So if you do ever get that just think why am i staying in a private accommodation let’s go and stay in a hostel even if you just try it once, I guarantee you that you will enjoy travelling a lot more if you don’t Already stay in hostels and for those of you that do you know exactly what I mean by it’s the best option for traveler’s especially solo travels.
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now this is one that isn’t utilized and open it is used social media and stuff like Facebook groups to actually meet up with people who are also traveling there’s a lot of groups on Facebook that are strictly for
People who are traveling Europe, travel in Croatia, traveling Italy, travel in Greece, or even further afield traveling Southeast Asia Thailand’s.
They have groups four continents, they have groups for individual countries and obviously people just put on there if anyone’s in this area on this day and want to hang out or want to go to this place. just let me know kind of thing so you do obviously have to be aware but most of the people in these groups aren’t literally so travelers who just want to you know experience whatever they’re going to do with a couple of other people, so nine times out of ten it is very safe, but as I said to be aware but it is a great way to actually just try and see if there’s anyone else who wants to do a similar thing to you or even just get ideas for what you can actually do in a specific area or country during your trip.
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Now another big concern for solo travelers that I see is eating alone Unto be fair.
I was a bit like that when I took my first solo traveling trip. I was like is it gonna be weird to sit in a restaurant or even just the cafe and eat alone now obviously if you look like you’re doing something.
If you’re on your phone, if you’re keeping busy then obviously not people just kind of look away from it. but if you’re in a restaurant on your own it probably would feel as though it’s a bit bizarre, but trust me it’s not me and my friend as I said we’re talking about this the other day, and it’s actually a great way to actually eat because no one’s waiting on you if you’re taking forever to order something.
who cares you’re on your own if you’re taking forever to finish your meal who cares you’re on your own order as much food as you want or there is a little thing it’s down to you.
You can be there as long or as short as you want you can choose exactly where you want to eat exactly what you want to eat whereas if you’re in a big group environment, it can be quite difficult to figure these things out and cause quite a few arguments.
So do embrace the fact that you can’t just eat alone and obviously Pick exactly where you want to go every single time you want to eat something, it’s a great perk of traveling solo, so don’t use it as a negative look at the positive in the situation.
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The finally a tip that I use in quite a lot of my blog is just learn some basic key phrases in whatever language, you are traveling to this is especially important though for solo travelers, because obviously if there’s a group of you can kind of just get by without.
Actually knowing any of the language whereas if you are on your own and you need help from the locals because you don’t really know anyone else kind of there, it’s very difficult to get your point across or just kind of come up with a separate idea, if you are literally on your own words if you’re in a group environment, you can kind of bounce ideas off each other or maybe someone else knows the local language.
So if you are traveling solo it’s a big tip, just kind of to bear in mind you don’t need to learn the whole language but, just a couple of key phrases just to make sure that you’re safe and you can obviously communicate with the locals.
If they don’t have any knowledge of the English language so it’s a great thing to do especially if you are going further afield to somewhere like Southeast Asia it’s just something that you do need to bear in mind that is all.
For this blog I hope you did find some of the tips useful these are just some of the things that I’ve learnt along the way in my solo traveling experiences. If you have any tips that you want to share with anyone else be sure to leave them down in the comment section.