Are you thinking about travelling on your own for the first time? Then check out these 5 essential tips for first-time solo travellers.
Solo Traveller Tip # 1 – Pack light
Ask anyone who has some experience solo travelling what their biggest mistake was, and nearly always “packing too much” will be at the top of the list.
The more you pack, the more you will need to carry, which becomes a massive pain in the a** the more you travel. It can also seriously limit your ability to do a lot of things or be spontaneous.
Trust me, the last thing you will want to do is check out a local market on a whim after a long flight if you are carrying a lot of bags or heavy luggage with you.
Also, the more you pack, the more you will have reasons to stress about losing. Whereas when you pack light, you won’t be as fussed if you lost some stuff – just makes your travel that much more enjoyable and stress and hassle-free.
So do yourself a favour – pack light.
If you do end up needing something you didn’t pack however, you can always buy it where you are.
Related video: How to travel light for a long trip by Buzzfeed
Solo Traveller Tip # 2 – Use local public transport
Travelling to a new place on your own is always exciting – there are new things to see, new experiences to experience, local life and customs to explore and learn about. A big part of the local experience is using local public transport. After all, you can hardly get a true glimpse of local life and culture without experiencing how the locals travel.
But using local transport isn’t just good from the experience point of view, it is also a must-try for another great reason – it saves you money!
If you opt for taking taxis everywhere, even cheap taxi fares add up pretty fast. Also, the money you save on transport can be used for experiencing something else at your destination (or even go towards your next trip).
On the note of transport, check out this article to learn about 5 essential airport tips for first-time flyers.
Solo Traveller Tip # 3 – Don’t go out on your own late at night
It does not matter if you are the strongest man or woman alive, when you are in an unknown place, especially when it is not a big city, it is not very smart to be out late on your own. Travellers are always easy targets for muggers (and worse) late at night, so err on the side of caution and take this preventative measure.
If you absolutely, positively need to be out for some reason, have someone with you. Preferably, someone local.
Solo Traveller Tip # 4 – Have paper copies of important documents with you
One of the biggest worries of most travellers is losing important documents – if you lose your passport, for instance, do you know what to do?
So to be on the safe side, it is a good idea to have a printed copy of your passport and any other important document, like your tickets.
From personal experience, I can tell you that this tip can be a lifesaver. In case your passport gets lost or stolen, for example, you can then take the paper copy with you to the police and the embassy – which will make the process of getting a new one that much easier, and simpler.
Yes, it is good to have a scanned copy in your email or Evernote, but it is just better to have a paper copy – just in case you don’t have access to the internet at the time…
By the way, if you are a British national here is what you can do if your passport is lost, damaged or stolen during your travels.
Solo Traveller Tip # 5 – Be careful with your cash
One of the riskiest things you can do when travelling on your own is show off a big bundle of cash. This is one of the best ways to invite problems – so just don’t do it.
If you are travelling with a big bundle of cash, try to split it into much smaller parts and carry (and/or show) only what you need.
Better though is to limit the amount of cash you take with you, as that way you won’t have much to worry about. These days a lot of places accept Visa and Mastercards so you can use your Bank or Credit cards abroad. Or, you can just get a travel money card. Check with your local banks and financial organisations to see what is on offer. In London, for example, the Post Office offers a travel money card which you can use in any ATM in the world (note: we are not affiliated with the Post Office – their card is just one of the most convenient travel money cards we’ve come across, but do let us know if you have any suggestions).
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Travelling on your own, or solo travelling can be a lot of fun. There are many reasons to do it:
- It can be transformative.
- It can help improve your self-esteem.
- It can help you deal with negative thoughts and feelings.
- It can open your mind.
- It can help you grow and improve yourself.
- It can help you become a stronger person.
- And more…
That said, solo travelling does involve paying more attention to taking care of yourself (and your safety – as you won’t have a travel companion to help with those) – these solo traveller tips will help with that.
As the saying goes, a stitch in time saves nine.
Which one of these five essential tips for first-time solo travellers did you find most useful?
Have you done any solo travelling? If you have – do you have any tips to add to this list?
Share your thoughts, suggestions and tips about first-time solo travelling in the comments section below.
Oh and look out for 5 more tips for first-time travellers next Friday.
Happy solo travelling!
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