4 Top Tips For Your First-Time Travelling Solo!

24/06/2022

4 Top Tips For Your First-Time Travelling Solo!

Travelling alone can be pretty daunting, especially if you’re heading to far flung places where you don’t speak the language and aren’t familiar with the culture. Wherever you’re heading, it’s likely you’ll be visiting new places that you’ve never been before and don’t know your way around. What’s more, you’ll be flying solo without a travel buddy by your side to take comfort in and be in it together. Seems scary right? Sure, there’s a lot of responsibility to take on when travelling alone, but don’t let fear stop you from living your life to the full and heading off on that next epic adventure. Bite the bullet, and just go for it, you only have one life, so we say get out there and see as much of the world as you can! Plan ahead, take sensible precautions, and you’ll be fully prepared for your lone adventure! Here is our advice on to help you make the most of going at it alone.

 

1. START SMALL

If travelling alone is completely new to you, why not consider going on a shorter break, or visiting somewhere that’s not too far away, so you can find your feet and get some experience before you venture to the other side of the world! We think Europe is a fantastic safe option for newbie solo travellers, and 1-2 weeks travelling may be the perfect length for you to get a taste of travelling alone! There are so many amazing places and sights to see in Europe, don’t think that you won’t have any less of an epic time if you’re not quite ready to take on further destinations such as Asia or Oceania yet! With the ideal combination of city breaks and beach escapes, why not consider a short but sweet solo adventure in Europe?

 

2. RESEARCH THE CULTURE BEFORE YOU GO

This sounds like an obvious one, but it’s surprising how easy it is to overlook this when you’re so busy planning your trip and excitedly researching other aspects like the best brunch spots. Make sure you take the time to read up on the culture and customs of the country or region that you’re travelling to. Landing in Thailand for a month of travelling with just two pairs of shorts, beachwear and a couple of vest tops to find that the areas you’re visiting are actually extremely conservative will make for some very awkward moments, and some disapproving looks from the locals. Throwing in a long-sleeved, below the knee dress or some trousers will immediately make your life easier when you’re required to cover up. Dressing appropriately is really important, and will both earn you respect and keep you safe. Remember, you’re in someone else’s country so play by their rules. Also, try learning a few words of the local language. Simply being able to say the basics such as hello, goodbye, yes, no, please and thankyou will get you a lot of positive feedback and be appreciated by locals.

 

3. LET PEOPLE KNOW WHERE YOU ARE

Again, it might seem like a no-brainer but make sure that someone responsible knows where you’re going and when you’re planning to be there. You might think it’s simple to send your mum a quick text beforehand, but be warned, phone signal and the internet can let you down, especially in remote areas. Friends and family may assume that you’re just busy having fun and not on your phone, when, in fact, you could be in trouble. Never, ever set off for a trek or any other expedition without leaving information about the route, the location that you’re going, who you’re with and when you plan to return. If you are heading off the beaten track a Spot Tracker, which is a satellite tracking system, is a great safety device, and we also recommend writing a travel itinerary beforehand so you can share a copy with friends and family, so they know where you are and when, especially when you’re on the move.

  

4. MAKE FRIENDS

One of the best things about travelling alone is that you're open to new people, and you'll find that you 'll meet so many amazing people along the way. Making friends and teaming up with others is not only the best way to keep safe, but makes your trip 10 times more fun with a new bunch of pals to hang out with! It’s easy to be a bit hesitant and reserved when you’re on your own, burying your head in your phone so you don’t have to make awkward conversation. But, if you’re brave enough to travel on your own, you’re definitely brave enough to reach out to the people you meet along the way. Activities always bring like-minded people together, so joining a group tour or group activity holiday means meet some great people that you’re bound to get along with. Travelling with other adventurers from all over the world who have similar hobbies and interests to you will most likely lead to forming those lifelong close friendships, with a genuine bond from experiencing and travelling the world together.