Travel is one of those great joys of life that are tough to beat. You walk away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, the monotony and the work. You leave your routine behind to get a taste of the new, the unfamiliar and the exotic (to you). Whether it is golf tours or an adventure holiday, a retreat in the hills or an experience in an exciting new city, a vacation to sip cocktails on the beach or one to test your mettle on a gruelling mountain peak, travelling is an aspect of life we all look forward to.
One of the best ways to get away from it all and experience a place like you never would, is to pick up and take off solo. Getting away all by yourself although daunting to some, can give you a freedom and high like few things else. You go exactly where you want to, stay where you want to and savour a new place and immerse yourself in new adventures exactly the way you would love.
Of course, travelling all by yourself comes with a set of challenges as well, and it is always a good idea to make sure you keep yourself safe and out of harm’s way. Here are a few handy tips for all the fearless and adventurous solo travellers out there –
- Pick a place according to your personality – When you are going at it alone, remember there will be no one to talk to or go on tours with or explore a place with. Know what your strengths are in terms of your personality and how you want to experience a certain place. Need the hustle and bustle of a busy locale to keep yourself from feeling isolated, then pick accordingly. Are you one of those that are comfortable in any social setting and make friends easily? Then find a place that will help you meet other travellers and be more social. All you want to do is people watch and revel in the solitude? Then find places that have options that allow you to do just that.
- Have all important information on you – When visiting an unfamiliar territory, make use of a little common sense and do some research beforehand and get all important contact information like emergency numbers, the local police contact numbers, contact information for the embassy of your nation and the like. If the place you are visiting is one where you don’t know the language, carry all information about the places you are going to be staying at as well as information on local transport options. In case an unfortunate incident arises, you will be well equipped to get the help you need.
- Blend in as much as you can – Solo travellers are often a great target for local fraudsters and petty thieves since there is no one who is watching your back. The best defence against meeting people like that is to simply make sure you don’t stick out too much as the hapless tourist. Know the customs, norms and dress norms of a place and try to blend in as much as possible. Orient yourself with a place beforehand through research and avoid seeming lost or totally unaware of what you are doing or where you are going. Immersing yourself in the local flavour will also enhance your experience of a new place!