Solo travel – something I’d never really thought of doing until this year really. Seeing so many girl bosses out their bossing their way from country to country really got me thinking and I know that to build my confidence a bit more, I wanted to experience a trip on my own and you know what – it was the best thing I ever did. From researching places to visit to trying out new foods to creating happy memories – it was all worth it and with that trip in the bag, it has given me even more confidence to do it again. Seeing as I’ve only solo traveled once, these tips may be a bit vague to start with, but I really hope to inspire and give someone else the confidence to travel alone. I really hope you enjoy it and if you have any tips, please let me know, I am always open to adding more to my super long list.
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone
Okay, so my solo trip was travelling to Singapore and for those who know me, know that I have been before and I do have family there, but each time I went, they would take care of me solely and I never explored on my own, they were my comfort zone. I really want to see Singapore by myself and this time round, I went with a purpose and refused all the help. There’s nothing better than waking up when I wanted and going out when I wanted, not because I was lazy in any sense, more so the fact that I had created my own trip and wanted to do it in my own time with no restrictions. I explored places I’ve never been to, ate foods that I would never have tried and I felt so proud of myself at the end – it was the first time, on any of my travels where I felt completely confident with what I was doing.
Create an itinerary to suit your needs for the trip
Social media really is your best friend with this one – if you want recommendations, just ask, there’s a world of information out there that people are willing to share which is amazing. I also looked up lots of landmarks, restaurants and activities myself and then created my own itinerary for five days. I cannot begin to tell you how great it was to have something to follow and even though, sometimes wondering around and stumbling across places are good, there’s nothing better than having some sort of structure especially because you’re on your own.
If you need assistance, just ask
Do you want a picture in front of that famous landmark or you need an outfit picture for your Instagram, don’t be afraid to just ask someone and give them a quick brief of what you want. Quick brief meaning something like ‘full outfit with so and so building in the background’. It may not always come out the way you’re imagining it to be, but beggars can’t be choosers and just make do with what you have. To be honest, some of my best pictures have come from strangers, so never be too afraid to ask.
Take something that reminds you of home
Whether this is item of clothing from your loved ones, a favourite book or even a cuddly toy – take something that makes you feel comfortable when travelling alone. Whether you believe it or not, some of the most adventurous and confident people get lonely too, so when you carry something that reminds you of home, you will feel instantly safe and at ease.
Plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need
With this I mean, all your important documents i.e.passport, visa, ID cards etc. When travelling with others, it’s very easy to rely on them to remind you, but when you’re on your own, it’s only you and you need to look after yourself. I always carry my Aspinal of London travel wallet with me and put my passport, travel money, transport cards and important telephone numbers in there. Then I will print off all my flight confirmations three days before, hotel bookings and transfer bookings (I know a lot can be done on phones nowadays, but I am one of those who needs it on paper, old school style, haa!). I will also set a reminder in my phone for online check-in because I use to always miss it, so now I set an alarm for either 24 or 48 hours before (depending on the airline) and ensure I pick a good seat and print off all my boarding passes too.
Give your family/friends all the details of your whereabouts
This is a no brainer and I’m pretty sure your family/friends will appreciate you giving them as much information as possible, so they know you’re safe. Flight numbers, time of arrivals and the hotels you’re staying at should be sufficient because you’ll be able to use your phone in most countries through wifi to get in contact for day to day updates.
And to end this post, if you do decide to travel solo, have fun! It’s both nerve-wracking and exhilarating at the same time, but YOLO - you do you boo!
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