Solo vacation is scary, isn’t it? Well, it can be daunting and with a lot of “what ifs” when you are planning your first solo vacation once a year, or even just spending holidays when there is no work. Can you handle spending your solo night out or traveling with some strangers? Or eating solo while seeing others in a group and you are not?
Can you handle spending your solo night out or traveling with some strangers? Or eating solo while seeing others in a group and you are not?
Here, I am going to share my tips for your solo vacation and make it more efficient by traveling alone based on my own experience to make your travel more successful.
1. Do your research
You need to be mindful of the culture and laws of the country that you will be traveling. Thank Google, blogs, and reviews from different sites you can see nowadays. However, don’t just rely on this, you can talk to you friends, join a Facebook group for travelers, utilize your friends on Twitter and Instagram. If you want more visualize, Youtube videos can help you find more specific answers.
2. Connect your people
The power of social media is the ability to reconnect the relationships you have with people you want to meet, establish a trust to friends you have been chatting for a long time, connections around the community with different ideas that were shared, and sharing time each other in a place where you are about to explore. Pretty much every big town or cities have a unique to offer where expats and travelers meet.
3. Learn a language
This is one of the important things you need to do before packing your things for your vacation. While the above number 1 list is to research, do learn a little language if English is not the first language of the country that you will be traveling. Why? Because it will be hard for you to express your thoughts when you are asking for a direction, talking to a taxi driver, or ordering a food where shower conversation is not applicable. Believe me, locals will be happy to know when you are trying to speak their own language instead of giving them an attitude.
4. Be aware of scams
Spending your vacation alone or your solo travel can be both rewarding and you can’t just hide it to your friends and family, right? Safety is your own responsibility and we can’t force people to do it for us even the government. Be aware of common scams and unique issues of the places, more than just keeping your eyes to your valuables.
5. Get a travel insurance
Travel insurance is often being ignored by travelers before their trip and buys travel insurance while they are actually traveling. Insurance will be your saver whatever happen to you while spending your vacation to a country where nobody knows you. Remember, not all travel insurance is the same, choose the best travel insurance like World Nomads.
6. Eating out
I still love the old fashion way of saying ” hey, are you available tonight for dinner?” or perhaps going to a 24-hour convenient store and would take out a piece of Pizza. Practice the language with the waiter or waitress, be busy to ask questions about their special menu, introduce yourself to them with smiling face. My recent trip to Morocco is a manifestation that restaurants can be more happy at noon than the night time. If you love company, go to a crowded place where you will be sharing your table.
7. Keep your important items in the same place and documents secure
Other than avoiding passport robbers which can be a huge headache, securing your documents like travel insurance policy, receipts, and other important items are the most important tips you should consider. Checking your wallet, passport, camera, and phone are items you must check when you feel the need.