Do you want to do something crazy? Dive into the great unknown and discover the empowering and exhilarating experience of going solo.
If you’re the type of person who’s always dependent on someone to do things with you, a travel buddy or being with a tour group it’s about time you do things on your own. Gather up your guts and tell yourself you are strong, you are capable and all these potential will definitely emerge when you take that dare.
Traveling solo allows you to choose your own adventure without having to consider what the other person or persons what to do. You can hie of to somewhere dangerous, or sleep in your hotel if you don’t like it, or take control of your budget.
Before you embark on that trip of your life, here are a few tips you can keep in mind:
- Start near, go easy.
If going solo is something that scares the wits out of you but you know you need to conquer that fear, start with a nearby destination with a simple itinerary. Breaking out of your comfort zone in itself is already a challenging feat so don’t go on those daredevil adventures just yet. Consider a staycation or a 1 to 2 hour drive to the beach or the mountains. But if you’re someone who is into something more extreme and have done it before (just not solo) then you can take on farther destinations.
- Research on your destination.
Do a desktop research. Google search will generate very good suggestions on travel destinations. Read reviews and activities done by previous travelers from Tripadvisor.com or from travel blogs, especially from experienced solo travelers.
- Draft your itinerary.
As a solo traveler it is important that you have a clear list of where to go and what to do. Make it flexible to allow you to change details that will fit your preference. Leave a copy of your itinerary with your family and friends so they can keep track of your whereabouts. In case of emergency they will know how to come to your help. When you choose to deviate from your itinerary, make sure that you inform your family and friends to keep them from worrying about you.
- Make reservations and bookings ahead of time.
Arrange your flights, transportation and accommodations ahead of time. This will help you coordinate your flight schedule and arrival at your hotel. This is beneficial for late night arrivals in your destination.
- Connect and make friends.
It is not uncommon that there will be solo travelers like you where you’re going. Make friends, share experiences, connect. While you’re on your own it doesn’t mean that you are going to do things alone the whole time. New found friends and travel buddies can help keep your expenses done. Not only that they also make for best travel memories.
So are you going to dare yourself to take that adventure this your? Conquer your fear, Go SOLO!