How to stay safe and enjoy travelling alone
The most important thing to consider when travelling alone is safety. While today’s world of smartphones, instant communications and i-everything provides some comfort, there are still some more ' traditional ' ways to stay safe.
Here are some tips when traveling solo...
Keep up communication
Always inform family and friends where your heading, how you can be reached and provide them with a full itinerary of flights and transport.
If you’re being collected from the airport, ask the tour operator or hotel sending the transportation for the name of the person or service picking you up along with their phone numbers as well as those of the destination.
Also, select flights that arrive during daylight hours, and try to connect with people on the other side using social media.
Leave valuables at home
Apart from your passport, wallet and any other travel documentation you might need for your specific destination, it's best to leave valuables in the form of expensive jewelry and gadgets at home.
Keep the trip light and casual, leaving more room to pick up souvenirs from the destination itself.
The same rule applies for large sums of cash. We all hate bank charges, but not as much as getting a a load of money stolen, so withdraw money when you get there. It's just not work the risk.
Choose your destination wisely
Those traveling solo for the first time may want to choose a destination that doesn't feel too foreign-we know that sounds absurd, but when you’re starting out language barriers and distance can be more of a challenge.
For UK travelers, European destinations such as Italy and Spain are a great for distance, while Australia and the US will have the benefit of being English speaking.
Prepare to dine alone
Whether it's in a foreign land or your home country, dining out alone is almost always a daunting prospect.
If you’re travelling as part of an organized trip, mealtimes might already be pre-determined, but if not, decide if you’re in the mood for company or just want tasty food and a good view for people watching.
If you do want chats think about where your eating-hostels will have lots of lone travelers so if you stay there you’ll have plenty of friends in no time.