Does the thought of travelling around the UK on your own excite you? Being able to do exactly what you want, on your own time schedule? Whether you are planning on a quick visit or a longer stay, there are many benefits of solo travelling, you may even get to know yourself better. It’s easy to stick to a budget, you can improve your self confidence and increase your long term happiness.
When travelling on your own, there are many comfortable and budget friendly accommodation options available, a hostel in the hills, a hotel by the Cornish seaside or apartments in Leeds City Centre, click here to discover more. Read through our essential checklist for solo travel in the UK and get prepared for an amazing journey…
Research into your chosen destinations
When travelling alone, researching into chosen destinations and planning a route is a must. No one wants to look or seem like a tourist, so aim to have a rough idea of your whereabouts before you arrive. Plan as much as possible, whilst also not overplanning as often unexpected activities, additional plans and friendships may arise. When using your phone as a map when walking around, why not see if you can memorise part of the route, so that you don’t constantly have to be walking around head down and phone in hand.
Whether you are a city lover, a beach babe or hiking fanatic, there are many fantastic locations across the UK that are perfect for solo travels including;
As we all know the weather in the UK can be a little unpredictable, no matter what the season you are in, you’re likely to see both rain and shine. So it’s a good idea to always be prepared. Depending on the adventure you are about to embark on, whether it be sightseeing in the city, or hiking around the Lake District, the packing essentials will be slightly different. For an active trip, it would be wise to pack:
- Walking shoes
- Waterproof jacket and trousers
- First aid kit
- Dehydrated meals
- Water bottle
No matter where you are travelling to, some essentials that everyone should pack include debit card, cash, toiletries, portable charger, notebook and pen.
Once a route has been planned and attractions have been decided upon, then it’s probably worth booking at least your first nights accommodation. This will help to relieve any initial solo travel stress, as you will be given peace of mind knowing that you have somewhere comfortable to stay for the night. There are many ways to find accommodation, such as Airbnb, Hostelworld or Booking.com. If the plan is to only travel to one area then booking accommodation in advance may be wise, so that you have a base for the entire stay and a place to safely leave all of your belongings.
Ensure trusted family/friends know where you are
Especially when solo travelling, it’s important to keep family and friends informed on routes and destinations, along with dates and times as to when they are being visited. Although solo travel can be exhilarating, it can also be dangerous if proper precautions are not practised and this includes communicating your whereabouts to others. In the unfortunate event that something may happen while travelling, if others know where you are, then help can be sent.
Solo travelling is an amazing experience, you get to enjoy new things, meet new people and you can do it all at a time and pace that suits you best. However, before you set out on your UK adventure, it’s important to be prepared by researching, packing appropriately, booking accommodation and letting people know where you are.