Traveling alone for the first time is an enlightening and empowering experience. You get to meet new people, experience different cultures, and build confidence. Even so, some people don’t want to take the plunge. We get it – but the experience is worth conquering your fears. Here’s our tips on how to rise to the challenge!
Traveling Alone for the First Time?
Traveling abroad alone is daunting. There are a lot of things that worry a first-time solo traveler. However, most of these worries can be put to the side by simple steps and precautions. Here are 5 tips for a solo traveler that will surely help you on your solo travels abroad!
1. Equip yourself
Start by choosing the right books and downloading guide apps that will help you in the new place. Technology has made everyone independent. The right app can help you understand the language, find your way around, and even order food in a new city or country that you have never visited before. Don’t be scared of new roads and foreign places. With your guides at hand, explore the city to your heart’s content. And don’t forget to bring your charger and adapter!
2. Be ready to mingle
Talk to people in your hotel or tour group to try and make friends. You never know what valuable culture they will contribute. Strike up a conversation with anyone who looks friendly (withing reason – be smart). A few white hairs are welcome factors as older people are generally more respectful and helpful. They can help you with your expeditions and can even have fascinating stories. Introduce yourself, find out about them, and have a great time.
3. Choose your accommodation wisely
It’s important to decide the type of accommodation you’re looking for before booking. Fancy hotels don’t always make for good places to stay when you are traveling abroad alone. They’re often filled with couples or business people who aren’t going to make the place energetic or be potential travel friends. They likely won’t be able to chat with you at breakfast or offer any advice. A much better place to stay is at family-owned bed & breakfasts or hostels. You may miss home when traveling alone for the first time but these types of lodgings have lots of cheerful people around who are more than willing to be temporary buddies.
4. Don’t draw too much attention
Yes, you are a foreigner, but you don’t have to advertise it. When traveling alone for the first time, or anytime, try to blend in with the locals. Adopt their ways and try to stay under the radar. This is especially so for women traveling solo. It’s essential to be safe when traveling alone above all else.
Not showing off can ironically make you more approachable and will also help you make easy friends with all the different people around you. On the other hand, showing up in a specific dress with a large map and huge jewelry is likely to attract the wrong kind of attention, which you would definitely do not want as a first-time solo traveler.
5. Go with gut instinct
If something doesn’t feel right, chances are it isn’t. Always keep an eye out for yourself and the surroundings. Drop plans or change tactics whenever you feel that something is wrong. There is no down side to postponing or changing a plan. As it goes, better safe than sorry.
All of these tips are valuable advice for people traveling alone for the first time. However, a first-time solo traveler should always remember to have fun and enjoy the experience of traveling abroad alone. Yes, there are certain things that you need to take care of, but then again, you have other things to take care of at home as well. So, relax and enjoy your visit. It will be a memorable and fun trip for sure.
What was your experience like traveling alone for the first time?
Guest Post – Aiman Ibrash