According to a 2015 study commissioned by Visa, about 24% of people traveled alone in their most recent overseas vacation. If you plan on joining the ranks of fearless, solitary sojourners, here are some crucial tips.
Have a Cash Stash
Don’t Overbook Yourself
Say No to the “Single Supplement”
Don’t be lonely
Indulge impulsive behavior
Now, you don’t need to carry Fort Knox in your back pocket, but make sure to bring enough cash wherever you plan on going. After all, there is no guarantee that there will be an ATM machine where you’re going, and borrowing money from strangers is awkward to say the least. Pro-tip: stash a few extra bills inside your shoe or fanny pack.They are unlikely to be stolen, and can be a real lifesaver when the going gets tough.
It’s easy to go overboard with your itinerary, but do resist the urge. For one, you’ll be the sole person in charge of planning your activities—and the more things you line up, the more effort it takes to plan them. Moreover, traveling solo is the perfect time for introspection, so the last thing you want is to be rushing raggedly from one activity to another.
Truth be told, the travel industry isn’t structured for solo tourists—they’re just not as lucrative as group travelers. Oftentimes, they’re sanctioned with a “single supplement” to compensate for that lost money. That said, there are tour operators that offer roommate matching so you can avoid the single supplement completely. The only downside is that you’ll have to share a room with a complete stranger.
Part of the fun of traveling solo is being able to meet new people of different nationalities. So go out and mingle.ho knows when you’ll be back in that country again? If you’re a bit of an introvert, head to bars that expats frequent. You might find fellow countrymen and they can introduce you to their circle of local friends.
Want to ditch that one tour and go off the beaten path? Go ahead, there’s no one to tell you not to! That’s one of the best things about traveling solo.The entire experience is yours to shape.
Indeed, traveling solo is an experience everyone has to experience at least once in their life. And once you have, it’s more likely that you’ll do it again and again. Just make sure to keep the above-mentioned tips in mind to avoid any hassle.