Travelling solo can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life, discovering cultures, making friends for life and knowing the true feeling of complete independence. However, it can at times be a challenging journey, battling unexpected events and sometimes even loneliness. Here are some top tips for solo travel if you’re thinking about embarking on a solo adventure:
It can be a freeing experience to live life as it comes, taking opportunities that arise with no ties. This can certainly be achieved with solo travel and is definitely an element of its appeal. However, having rough plans in place could save you from not having anywhere to sleep, incurring unnecessary costs and prevent you feeling unsafe. You should, at the bare minimum, decide which countries you will be visiting, in what order, and research where it best to stay within those areas. Booking through Airbnb’s nowadays is popular for solo travellers, although it can be expensive, it provides you with your own space and can often be booked last minute.
Keep in touch
Loneliness can be your biggest battle when travelling solo. Try booking a room in some hostels amongst the Airbnb’s and hotels, where the feeling of community can help you to make friends. Making friends is an important part of a solo journey in order to stop yourself from feeling isolated. Engage in any festivals, events and open mic nights, and get yourself out there, approaching a group of people you feel like you may want to spend more time with. On many occasions, you will end up travelling on with them in future, meaning you’ve got some company for the long journey’s ahead!
Considering little ways to make the overall trip cheaper is the best way to keep the trip constantly affordable and have some spare money for any emergency. Booking overnight trains to save on accommodation might seem uncomfortable but with the right travel pillow you’ll be able to save some money long term. Using a travel card is another savvy tip to ensure you finances are safe and you get a better exchange rate. it’s best to take fitness clothing or something comfortable you can wear on a train.
Don’t take more than you need
The key to solo travelling is to travel light, taking with you only the necessities. Many travellers prefer to carry a backpack where they can fit their clothes, toiletries, spare sleeping bag and anything else they may need. This way, you’re limited with what you can fit, meaning you’re almost forced to travel lightly. If you purchase something and don’t have the room to bring it home, then why not post it? Many travellers come across items they’d like to take home with them and end up sending them back home to a relative to keep safe upon their return.
For countries such as America, you’ll need to apply for an ESTA, giving you up to three months travel without needing a Visa. A similar program is available in the UK, with their Visa Waiver system. However, if you intend on a longer stay, then it may be worth looking into how to apply for British citizenship. Visa policies vary from country to country, you’ll need to do some research into the countries you are visiting and establish what documents you may need before you travel.