Tips For Having A Positive Experience When Traveling Solo

August 20, 2022

You do not always have to go places with other people to have a good time. Instead, you may want to consider traveling around by yourself for a while and exploring new destinations on your own time.

Traveling by yourself can be nerve-racking but it can also be a rewarding adventure with the right preparation and mindset. Review some tips for having a positive experience when traveling solo so that you can embrace it and feel confident and comfortable when it’s time to head out.

Read Reviews

It will help if you take the time to do your homework and read reviews from other travelers before making reservations and departing somewhere new. There is a lot of information you can gather online about where to go and what to see and where to stay when you are by yourself. Some spots might be better for people going alone than others that might be more family-oriented. Gather more details about what other solo travelers did and did not like about the trips they took and the best places to stay. You can get a better idea of what destinations and activities will be most suitable and what will and will not be worth your time.

Make A Plan

It is especially important that you make a plan and have a good idea of where you are going when traveling solo. You want to avoid getting lost and being out of sorts and turned around. Make friends and family aware of where you are going and what you’ll be doing just in case. Know your strengths and interests and map out what places to check out and where to stay. If you will be traveling around from one place to the next then also get an understanding of what transportation options will be ideal for you. Think about what you want to get out of your trip and ways for how to ensure you get the most out of your travels.  

Stay Active

Have a positive experience when traveling solo by staying active and waking up early to seize each new day. Plan an itinerary and fill it with fun and exciting adventures and activities such as scooter tours, lots of sightseeing, and visiting popular landmarks. You will be less likely to get bored or become uninterested in traveling by yourself when you have your days planned out and you participate in things to do that are engaging and entertaining. Going on excursions or adventures with others and groups is also a great way to meet new people and have interesting conversations.

Try New Foods

You can have a wonderful time traveling alone when your top priority is to try new foods. There will likely be many different restaurants and eateries to check out depending on your location. Mix it up by eating at a fancy restaurant one night and then heading to a local café the next morning. Be adventurous and step outside your comfort zone when it comes to food and try different items on the menu and learn about what the locals like to eat. You can strike up a conversation with your waiter or bartender or bring a book to read when you are dining alone.

Spend Time Reflecting And Meditating

Get the most out of a solo trip by taking the time to get to know yourself better and truly connect with your thoughts and feelings. Take advantage of this quiet and alone time to work on yourself. For example, you may want to find a beautiful and remote area on a mountainside or in nature where you can spend some time reflecting and meditating. Another great area to do so is at the beach and near the water. You can return home from traveling by yourself with a new perspective on life and with fresh goals that you want to try to achieve. 

Take Pictures And Document Your Trip

You can have a good time traveling around by yourself when you spend the time documenting your travels and the places you visit. Bring a nice camera and be prepared to take a lot of pictures. It will be fun to return home and share them with friends and family or print them and hang these photos around your home or apartment. Keep a journal as well and write down what you do and see and the highlights of your trip and how you were feeling at the time. You can make notes about what you enjoyed or would do the same and repeat and what you might do differently when planning another solo trip in the future.

Put Your Health And Safety First

Always put your safety first if you want to have a more positive experience traveling by yourself. It is important that you are aware of your surroundings and keep your valuables close to you or locked up when you are not using them. Avoid walking alone at night in unfamiliar places and have your phone on you at all times in case of an emergency. While you want to be friendly and meet the locals or new people, also proceed with caution and report any suspicious activity and remove yourself from any uncomfortable situations. You will also have a better solo trip when you take good care of yourself and make your health a priority. Consider exercising daily, eating nutritious foods and snacks, and be sure to get plenty of sleep and rest during your travels. You’ll be less likely to get sick this way too.

Conclusion

These tips will help ensure that you have a positive experience traveling solo to new destinations and that your time is well spent. Although traveling alone might make you feel a bit anxious initially, it is a great way to break out of your shell and comfort zone. Use this advice to get you on the right track to planning a trip that will be gratifying and make you feel glad you went when you finally return home. You might have so much fun not having to worry about others and following a strict schedule that you decide to do it all again in the future. 

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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