It’s a concept that was once unheard of and had this been mentioned several years ago; there’s no doubt that there would have been a lot of raised eyebrows.
Fast-forward to 2019, and solo travel is one of the most fashionable trends in travel. More and more people are doing it, and even turning down their friends as they jet into the sunset!
Of course, there are right and wrong ways to approach this topic. As you may have guessed, this is what today’s post is all about, as we take a look at solo travel in more detail to see how you can get the most from it.
The paperwork is essential
It’s a completely mundane topic and one that really shouldn’t be associated with holidays! Like it or not, paperwork is a big deal here though, and making sure that you have yours in order is essential if you are going to do the whole solo travel concept correctly.
What do we mean when we reference paperwork? We’re primarily talking about insurance, and making sure you have this in place. Now that you are travelling on your own, the risks suddenly increase a little more and this means that you must have the appropriate cover. Whether you are staying in an established hotel in Manchester, or a hostel in downtown South America, the same rules apply.
By this, we mean to try and get lost. Again, it’s advice that might seem crazy, but now you are on your own you need to give yourself license to explore.
For some people, this will come completely naturally, and they will unearth all of the hidden gems that Trip Advisor hasn’t yet found. For others, it’s more difficult, and this is where the advice of getting lost can really come to your aid. Of course, do it within reason and safely.
Make the extra effort to socialise
They say that when it comes to travel, even introverts can become extroverts. Whether or not this advice is true is another matter, but there’s no doubt that if you can talk to people on your travels, your trip will be all the better for it.
You might not be the king or queen of small talk, but try and learn it. By the time you’re back, you’ll be amazed at how much you have personally developed.
A final point on safety
It’s been a topic that has been touched on plenty of times already, but hopefully, it has become clear that safety is the main risk when it comes to the thrills of solo travel.
This final point just revolves around the issue of keeping in touch. Sure, we’re by no means saying that you have to phone home every day of the week (although that helps), but at least try and make people aware of where you are, and what you are doing. This not only can leave them feeling a little easier but can also help you out hugely if you run into any trouble.