Travelling solo these days is not as daunting as it may have been years back. Gone are those days were travelling in groups was how it was always done. Nonetheless, you must always prepare yourself for any situation you may face whilst travelling. Always be prepared in everything you do.
Below are some easy rules to adopt to ensure your solo travelling itinerary runs as hic-cup free as possible.
ALWAYS KEEP ON TOP OF THINGS
Before you depart keep a list of addresses, telephone numbers, Consulate numbers and emergency information readily available.
AVOID CARRYING HEAVY BAGGAGE
It will not only slow you down but totally impractical. Ditch the bulky hand-baggage and pack light with only the items you absolutely require. Remember: foreign Countries sell toothpaste too!
BE SAVVY REGARDING ACCOMMODATION
Be organised before you leave home and print out the hotel itinerary. Although looking for accommodation on arrival can be fun at times it eats into your time, uses a lot of energy and can often be a little more costly. Unless you are happy with hostels try to avoid them. Although some do have private rooms hostels offer little way of privacy and comfort.
IMPORTANT: CARRY A FIRST AID KIT
Pack the usual tablets, sprays, plasters, bandages. Best to have it and not need it!
PURCHASE TRAVEL INSURANCE
We often don’t know what is going to happy when we are away and depending on age and medical conditions travel insurance does not cost the World but is happy received if needed. Always ensure you purchase the correct coverage for the trip you are going on, and, ensure it covers ALL aspects including adventure sports, external trips etc.
ALWAYS KEEP COPIES OF YOUR PASSPORT ETC
This always applies whether you travel solo or not. Always keep a copy of your passport, tickets and any other important documentation in the event you lose yours or is stolen.
AVOID REACHING YOUR DESTINATION IN THE DARK
It is not always easy but avoid reaching your destination after sundown. Always aim to arrive in daylight hours to make life easy and to avoid any ‘tricky’ situations.
This should be common sense but always dress accordingly to the culture of the place you visit. Do your research before you go.
AVOID LOOKING LIKE A TRAVELLER
If you are lost and need to produce a map aim to do it were there is a little more privacy. Pick-pockets and muggers can easily identify a traveller.
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If a place looks uninviting DON’T go there! Your ‘gut feeling’ is usually right.
TRY TO CARRY A CARD
Try and carry a credit card or bank card with you. It will become very useful if you lose your wallet and all your money.
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VALUABLES
Do not leave your valuables on show. If the accommodation you are staying in provides a safe use it!
Again common sense but be mindful of open food stalls and ensure food it thoroughly cooked if you decide to eat from them. Use WIFI wherever possible to use maps etc, and send regular updates to family members at home.
DO NOT EXCESS DRINK
If you decide to go out to a bar for a tipple do not consume too much. You do not want to forget where you are staying or land yourself in a situation which could have been avoided.
KNOW YOUR MIND
Be the master of your own mind. The idea of travelling alone is to discover yourself and your mindset. Always have a good travel plan with the things you want to see and do.