There is nothing like traveling the world to broaden your perspectives while having fun. Whether you travel to the wilds of Africa or just head for the local beach, getting away from it all is a wonderful experience.
Unfortunately, solo travelers are often intimidated, and worried about everything from safety to cost. If you would love to see the world as an independent traveler, you do not have to worry any longer.
Here are 10 tips to make your independent journey the best it can be.
1. Research your destination.
The more you know about your destination, the better and safer you will feel. Take the time to get to know where you are going so you can hit the ground running when you get there.
2. Take an orientation tour.
Those sightseeing buses may be touristy, but they are also great for getting the lay of the land. Take a tour on your first day, get to know your new city, and make notes on places you want to visit in greater depth. Or if you’re on a solo safari in Kruger Park, for example, go ahead and make use of the helpful guides.
3. Consider staying at a hostel.
Hostels tend to be centrally located, making them great for solo travelers. You will also meet lots of other solo travelers, so you can stay independent without feeling alone.
4. Divide your cash
Divide your cash and credit cards and keep a spare card and wad of cash in a safe at the hotel or hostel. Carry only as much cash as you need, and use your credit card for most purchases.
5. Know the route
Know the route from the airport and how long it should take to get there. Some cab drivers try to take advantage of solo travelers by taking a circuitous, and more costly, route.
6. Seek out deals without single supplements.
The dreaded single supplement can double the cost of travel, but not all tour operators gouge independent travelers. Look for solo-friendly tour operators – and keep more money in your pocket.
7. Seek out restaurants and bars
Seek out restaurants and bars that are popular with locals, not just tourists. You will meet interesting people, enjoy great food and probably save money.
8. Pick a day and just wander around.
Use the maps you have downloaded and just explore the local area. Use your common sense, avoid dark alleys and sketchy neighborhoods, but do not be afraid to let your independence shine.
9. Use your street smarts.
Walk like you have a destination in mind, even when you are just wandering and enjoying the sights. Street smarts go a long way, making you feel better and keeping you safer as well.
10. Talk to locals as you travel.
You will learn the secrets of your destination, get the inside track on great places to eat, and feel better about your solo travel adventure.
There are perks to independent travel, and no one should avoid a trip because they lack a traveling companion. When you travel independently, you can go where you want, when you want, and you can have a lot of fun while you do it.
The 10 tips listed above are designed to keep you safe while allowing you to truly enjoy your solo travel adventure.