Solo travel is a wonderful opportunity to get to know yourself better. You might believe you already know yourself pretty well, but the fact is, if you’ve never travelled solo before, there’s a good chance that you don’t. Solo travel has numerous benefits:
- Spend quality time with yourself
- Enjoy a heightened sensory experience from travelling alone
- Meet interesting people on your trips/other solo travellers
- You can travel for a few months or just a few days, depending on the trip and how confident you are
- You get to do exactly what you want, when you want
- Buy a package where you can travel with a group of solo travellers as one if you’re not confident going all alone
There’s a reason so many people, especially women, have turned to solo travel! Here, we’re going to give you some ideas so that you can have an awesome time:
Try the Local Cuisine
One of the best ways to truly immerse yourself into the place you’re traveling to is tasting the local cuisine. Some destinations are known not only for their landmarks but also for the kind of food they offer. Think pasta when you’re in Italy, pad thai on the streets of Bangkok, or tacos in your hand while you’re sunbathing in your SwimSpot tankini swimsuit on the white sands of Cancun. Food is always central to having a great time. Take advantage of the exciting dishes and fresh produce available to you while on vacation. You might even stumble upon your new favorite dish during your travels.
Pick Up Tips From Locals
Don’t be afraid to speak to the locals when you solo travel – they will usually be happy to give you a tip or two. Depending on where you are, they may even invite you to dinner! Smile more and be prepared to meet some awesome people.
Take A Book Everywhere With You
If you’re waiting in line, a book can make it less infuriating. If you’re eating alone at a restaurant, a book will stop you from being disturbed. If you’re delayed at the airport, a book is the perfect distraction. Always have a book!
Avoid The Tourist Hotspots (Unless You Really Want To See Them)
You don’t have to go exactly where the tourists go. You are free to avoid tourist hotspots, unless you really want to see them. Just because everybody goes there doesn’t mean you have to – they can end up being a let down. Instead, try to walk the path less travelled.
Make It Even Easier By Going On A Cruise
Going on a cruise is fantastic because you have everything you need in one place. Spa treatments, shops, pools, and then stop offs at various locations making it a fulfilling chance to explore. Look at a site like the Bolsover Cruise Club to get an idea of what a cruise could mean for you.
Learn A Few Key Phrases
A few key phrases in the language of your chosen destination will always help you to have an easier time. Even if you don’t manage to perfect them, they’ll appreciate that you tried.
Avoid Spending Too Much Time On Social Media
It can be tempting to let all of your friends and acquaintances know what an independent woman/person you are, but all you’re doing is taking away from the experience by spending your time stuck on your phone. Your friends and family can wait. If you’re travelling long term, of course you can update your socials when you have some downtime, it’s just inadvisable to do so every day.
That being said, if you’re doing something new, it could be a good idea to send a quick text to a few of your friends/family to let them know where you’re going and when you expect to be back, just to be safe. It’s also a good idea to leave a note in your room.