Travelling on your own can be a liberating, eye-opening experience. It can even change your life. But to make sure that your travel experiences are memorable for all the right reasons, it’s important to take some sensible precautions before you go.
Spontaneity is a big part of what makes travel so wonderful, but there’s a lot to be said for research too – especially as a solo travel. The more you know before you go, the better prepared you’ll be.
This is why it’s a smart idea to read up on the destination first. You can clue up on local customs and etiquette, learning about things like:
- Respectful dress for visiting religious sites
- The safest neighbourhoods after dark – and those to avoid
- Safety on public transport
- Local numbers to call in case of an emergency.
You can even pick up useful info on things like tipping in restaurants and local weather conditions, which will all come in handy when you start your trip.
2) Choose your accommodation carefully
Safety is a big factor when choosing where to stay on a solo trip. Location is crucial, so look for somewhere in a good neighbourhood close to all the attractions, bars and restaurants you want to visit. Hostels are a great sociable option if you’re looking to make friends on the road, but opt for a private room with a lockable door if you’re nervous about safety.
Look for reviews from fellow solo travellers before booking, and watch out for hotels and hostels with bargain basement prices. If it’s insanely cheap, there’s probably a reason why.
3) Protect your valuables
An in-room safe is a must-have for solo travellers, although you can also make use of reception desk services to stash your passport and money. When out on the streets, an under-clothes money belt is a good way to protect your cards and cash against pickpockets.
4) Share your details and itinerary
Make sure that at least one other person knows where you’re going and when, so they can raise the alarm if you don’t return as expected. It’s also a good idea to photocopy and share your travel documents with a trusted friend or family member, just in case.
5) Try to learn a little of the local language
Knowing at least a few key words and phrases can help you to make yourself understood, including asking for help if you need it.
6) Take photos!
When travelling alone, taking plenty of photos of the trip will not only be appreciated by loved ones back home, but will be a perfect way to reminisce about the solo adventure and everything you saw, experienced and achieved when you are back home.
At Blank Canvas, we’ve planned countless epic adventures for solo travellers. We’re on your team, helping to put together a bespoke itinerary which meets your needs down to the last detail.
Together, we’ll make sure you have a safe and utterly magical trip, packed full of all your favourite things. So get in touch to tell us what travel adventure you’re dreaming of, and we’ll make it happen.