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Solo Traveling: Important Questions To Consider

Solo travel is guaranteed to be one of the most influential things you will ever do. Not only does it offer you complete freedom to travel when and wherever you choose; but, also invaluable confidence and life skills. However, before you embark on a solo adventure, there’s a few questions you might want to ask yourself…

Image by R. Mitra, used under Creative Commons license.

Image by R. Mitra, used under Creative Commons license.

Should I Go Completely Alone or Join a Tour?

This really depends on how confident you feel. If you join a tour specifically for solo travelers you’ll have the chance to meet other people. Tours are run by trained professional guides that will be able to recommend advise on health and safety, as well as providing insider knowledge of the places you visit. When it comes to booking a tour it often makes sense to pay more – cheap holidays to far flung places may be tempting, but it is much more important to go with a reputable company. Find flight deals to suit your budget by consulting a travel operator. However, if you feel that a tour might be too restrictive, perhaps it’s time to embark on a completely independent trip.

Where Should I Go?

The world is your oyster, but that can be a daunting prospect! Think about what you want to experience. For example, do you want to mainly lie on beaches, go trekking or see historical sites? Do you want to see cities, countryside or a mixture of both? If you decide to travel without a tour it’s important that you will feel comfortable and safe, so take into account that it may not be the best idea to travel solo to a country where you can’t speak the language, or which doesn’t have good transport links. Popular destinations for solo travelers include Europe, Australia, South America and South East Asia.

What Should I Do Once I’m There?

Read up about your destination before you travel, and make sure that you have at least a few nights accommodation booked. Solo travelling is really exciting but it does take time to find your feet. Don’t worry if you don’t get into the swing of things straight away. Finding a local café, getting your bearings by walking around and chatting to locals are all good ways to get comfortable with your surroundings. Be friendly, approachable and open to meeting people, but don’t feel you have to travel with the first people you meet – use your usual methods of judgement.

In addition to the above, make sure you keep in regular contact with friends and family at home. Personal safety is something you will need to consider, but again use your common sense and trust your instincts.

Above all, enjoy the experience,

It really is life-changing!

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4 Responses to “Solo Traveling: Important Questions To Consider”

  1. Sketchpacker May 18, 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    Some good advice :) can I add making sure you travel light? I’m a solo lady and I find it very annoying if my luggage is anything other than bare minimum – you only have one set of eyes, so one set of small-ish bags is a good idea!

    • dawnkealing May 18, 2015 at 10:19 pm #

      Absolutely!! Packing light is definitely essential. :)

  2. David Stock May 21, 2015 at 3:41 am #

    Good stuff, I’m not a solo traveler. I have my other half and i cant imagine being a solo traveler traveling around the world. My wife and I have been traveling around the world for two years now and there’s days we say how do solo travelers do it. So hats off to the solo traveler!

    • dawnkealing May 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm #

      After traveling with my husband I very much prefer it now, we share responsibilities and it works for us. Though, traveling alone is also rewarding in its own sense and an eye opening experience for sure! :)

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