Many of us avoid traveling because we think we don’t have anyone to go with. However, one of the best traveling companions can be yourself, if you do it right. There are many benefits to traveling alone, and you are missing out on all of them by letting your fear or self-consciousness get in the way. If you want to start traveling alone, use the tips below when you go. Doing so will help to ensure that you not only have a good time, but that you remain safe while doing so.
1. Safety First – When you are traveling alone, your top prioirty should be remaining safe. Traveling with a partner gives you someone to watch your back, help you out if there is a medical emergency, or simply offer a second opinion if you are not sure what to do. You lose all of these things when you travel alone, but that doesn’t have to make your trip dangerous. The best way to remain safe is to plan ahead as much as possible. Know what time your flights are arriving and leaving, and how you plan on getting to your hotel. Research how much it is roughly going to cost to get a ride there, since people traveling alone are often taken advantage of. If you are going to be arriving late, make sure that the hotel is still going to be open so that you don’t end up sleeping in your car. If you are going out and either driving or walking around, know the route you are going to take before you go if possible. Make sure you stick to open and well-lit places, and preferably near a crowd. Always carry a few good forms of identification on you, and in different spots. You will also want different forms of money on you, again in different spots. Lastly, try and fit in. Someone is less likely to bother you if they think you know your way around, so ditch the tourist t-shirts and keep an air of confidence about you as much as possible.
2. Be Wary But Trustful – The best part of traveling alone is meeting new people, but you have to be careful. While most people are nice, some of them may have ill intentions towards you. Trust the people that you meet, but only to a point. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Your gut is your best tool here, so be sure that you use it.
3. Stay in Touch -Lastly, when you travel alone, it is a good idea to always keep in touch with someone back home. Let them know where you are and what you are going to be doing that day. Let them know when you are going to be checking in again, so that if you don’t turn up, they can try and call for assistance. You can also do this with someone at the hotel you are staying at, asking them to make sure you return safely that night or to call the authorities otherwise. This way you still get to enjoy the trip on your own, but you have someone looking out for you just in case.