Traveling is one of the most entertaining activities, especially when done for leisure. When we go to new places we see, hear, learn, and experience new things. More often than not, there’s always something new to appreciate and enjoy even when you travel to the same location on a regular basis. But it tends to be a little bit different when traveling alone, especially for those of us who are used to taking trips in the company of friends, colleagues, classmates, loved-ones and family members. Whether you’re traveling for leisure or taking a business trip, traveling solo can be a bit challenging or even more fun depending on how you approach the entire activity.
All the same, it requires proper planning, especially financially, along with packing right and doing lots of research about your target destination before your trip. Convenience, safety, security, and facilitation are among the most important big words to remember during your preparation. Proper planning and research also allow you enough time to weigh your options between what to carry and things to not pack in your checked bag. For your safety, comfort, convenience, security, wellbeing, and the best experience when traveling solo, it is crucial to get familiar with the do’s and don’ts of solo travel.
Well; speaking of the don’ts, here are 3 things to avoid when traveling solo:
1. Avoid running out of money
This may sound obvious, but it is important to have a good idea of your expenses before you head far from home. You will obviously spend money during your trip, most probably more than you usually spend on a regular daily basis. For this reason, it’s prudent to set a realistic budget when planning your trip and make sure you have a backup plan (more than one form of payment), in case you were to run out of cash unexpectedly. Also be sure to notify your credit card provider of you travel plans or you may discover they put a stop on your card due to unusual activity. Budget a little extra in case the cost of your trip spikes or you run into a souvenir that you can’t leave behind. At least weeks before your trip, be sure to conduct a lengthy research on the cost of meals, accommodation, and local travel in advance even if most of these services will be provided for by your travel service provider.
2. Avoid wearing your backpack in crowded areas
Especially when visiting an entirely new area, city life can be fun and adventurous. Whether or not you’re in the company of a trusted tour guide, crowded areas can get messy. Most pickpockets and muggers actually take advantage of the commotion in busy, crowded places to rob innocent victims, especially when traveling solo. Especially if you’re carrying some valuables and sensitive personal belongings in your backpack, you might want to avoid wearing it in crowded places in your destination. If you have to bring it from your hotel, consider wearing it facing forward. You don’t want to get stuck in a foreign land for days just because you lost your passport!
3. Avoid leaving your valuables unlocked
Depending on the destination, it is not uncommon for people to prefer or find themselves having to use shared accommodation facilities such as hostels during their travels. Even if you’re residing in a decent hotel, it is only prudent to make use of the safety lockers to store your valuables and personal belongings that are extremely dear to you. Losing your favorite watch or piece of jewelry during your trip can ruin the entire experience.
The tips above can help enhance your safety, comfort, fun, and convenience when traveling alone. In addition to the above, though, you may also want to try as much as possible not to look lost, despite the fact that you’re alone, especially in busy streets or secluded areas. Nonetheless, traveling alone can be a great way to meet new people, go to new places, and make memories that will last a lifetime.