Tip #1: Remember… YOU’RE NOT ALONE!
We all know traveling alone could be scary for the first time and being alone for a long period of time can be daunting, but just go with the flow! Try new things on your own. Meet new people. Remember there are people from around the world traveling to the same location as you. If you’re feeling social, try to make friends. For the most part, everyone is always happy and welcoming when they’re on vacation, so you should approach these new people. Start by offering to take a photo for a family who are struggling to take that selfie or sit next to a chatty crew at the bar. Get an early start to your days. Don’t waste time while you’re traveling alone. Get to know yourself a little bit more and be sure to learn about other people and their culture!
Tip #2: Sleep Around
OKAY! Not like that….Make sure you sleep around in many different hotels, hostels or home stays. Hotels could be expensive so if you’re looking to save some money, choose a hostel! Hostels are a great way to meet new travelers. You simply cannot beat the social aspect of staying in a hostel. Now, when in need of more comfort, safety and convenience, choose a hotel! Hotels are a more secure place to keep your belongings in and they provide a bit more comfort when you are tired. Lastly, for those who want to be offered a true insider experience and a calm adjustment, choose a homestay. Home stays allow you to rent an entire home, apartment, or a bedroom in someone else’s home. The host usually will make you feel a part of their family during the time with them. Whatever option you choose, be sure to sleep around and experience as much as you can!
Tip #3: Be Mindful of Safety
Be mindful of safety concerns just as you would if you were traveling with a group of friends. Watch your drinks in the bar, hold on to your purse, and watch for suspicious people in big cities at night time. Be aware of local scams. I would suggest researching local scams in every city you’re going to visit before you begin your traveling. I remember getting off the cruise ship in Bermuda and immediately having a bracelet being tied onto my wrist. Well, guess what? That bracelet that I did not ask for ended up costing me $10 because the lady who put it on me was causing a huge scene, as if I stole it from her.
Tip #4: Learn a bit of The Local Language
Before you begin your travels, make the effort to learn a few common words and phrases. It will only benefit you! I would suggest learning how to introduce yourself, how to say “Hello”, “Goodbye” ,”Please”, “Thank you” and how to count from 1-10. People LOVE to know you’re making the effort to learn their language. In Paris, I remember speaking to a little old man working in a wine store, who did not speak a lick of English BTW. I successfully asked him, “Une bouteille de vin, s’il vous plaît”, which means “One bottle of wine, please”. I did not even bother to get into more detail about which kind of wine I wanted because then my cover would be blown! So, my point is– The little old man had the biggest smile on his face from the time I spoke to him from the time I paid for my bottle of wine. Learning a bit of the local language will get you far and create a better experience when traveling solo.
Tip #5: Take Photos
Make photography your MISSION! Take photos of the food you eat everyday. Take photos of the beautiful beaches. Take photos of the local markets and the local people. Take photos of the little details. Your family and friends at home will appreciate your perspective on each and every one of your photos. Memories last forever! You can also try taking videos throughout your days and make a movie at the very end of your trip! It is important to look good and feel good! Remember to wear your best jewelry you own!