Travelling alone? Tips to make your solo trip safer and enjoyable

Planning a solo trip sure does sound extremely fun but, there are a lot of things that need to be remembered while travelling alone.

Planning a solo trip sure does sound extremely fun. You can do whatever you want, go wherever you want, make your own mistakes and learn from them, and, in general, triumph through everything with a sense of exhilaration. You will feel freedom. Towards the end, you would feel glad for going on a solo trip because sometimes, you just need it.

But it is also not exactly entirely carefree. You have to look out for yourself at all times and be aware of your surroundings. 

There are a lot of things that need to be remembered while travelling alone.

  1. Plan: The way you plan your itinerary is very crucial. Visualise how you want your dream trip to be. Don’t over plan – keep it flexible and relaxing.
  2. Read about your destination: Spend the most amount of time on this. Read thoroughly about the place you are visiting, your neighbourhood, the safety level and the crime rate, the mode of transportation that is used, the food, the culture, the people – EVERYTHING!
  3. Choose the right accommodation: It’s okay to spend a little extra money as long as where you’re staying is safe and secure. You must remain vigilant at all times. Don’t be oblivious to potential danger.
  4. Travel light: Take only those things with you from your home that are required, in terms of your clothes and footwear. Don’t carry extra!
  5. Carry proper baggage: Keep all your identification cards with you and avoid carrying a lot of cash but do have money on you at all times. A money belt would be the perfect accessory for you! Carry only what is required. Keep all your valuables in a safe back in your room. 
  6. Keep yourself updated: Make sure that someone you trust knows about your whereabouts at all times. I agree it can be a little irritating at times, but it is important. In case something bad happens to you, it’s easy for the person of contact to reach out to someone from your hotel.  
  7. Connect: Try to make some connections and friends wherever you are. Talk to people. Connect with other solo travellers. Preferably, buy a local sim if your stay is long.
  8. Emergency: Be prepared! Always have a first aid kit ready with you. 
  9. Be confident: Try to blend well with the locals and pick up their routines and habits. Keep a strong and confident face and posture at all times. That is the best way to avoid the attention of stalkers. Always trust your instinct. 

Keep this basic checklist in mind before you travel and by the end of your trip, you will spot the difference in you. You will be more confident, more independent, more decisive and on your path to becoming a better global citizen.