That’s it. You’ve bitten the bullet and decided to go on a solo adventure! While travelling alone may seem like a scary feat, it has a wealth of positives.
Here are a few ideas for you to really make the most of your solo adventure!
Go on a guided tour… or two
It’s nice to shrug off the responsibility of having to plan your own itinerary by letting someone else do the planning. As well as having a break from responsibility, you can use this time to make a few new friends as the people touring with you already have at least one similar interest.
Utilise the time that you’re drinking a coffee outside or at a loose end and have a look at the world around you. Travelling on your own gives you the ability to really see what people are up to and where they’re going. It’s great for picking up a local phrase, learning how to use something or just staving off boredom. You never know, you may learn something!
Keep some snaps handy
The language barrier between you and local people can be a massive hindrance to your adventures. Obviously, you should try your hardest to learn the local lingo, but if you’re struggling, take a few photos of things and places you’ll need (like a toilet or a bottle of water) so you can show people what you’re after. It’ll be a lot easier for people to help you if they can see what you’re talking about.
Make a local buddy
Getting friendly with local people is a great way to get to know the area you’re in—as they usually know the best places to grab a bite to eat or a lesser-known landmark. That and having a temporary companion on your journey will make your trip a lot less lonely.
Have skype on standby
Travelling alone is a great thing, but it’s only natural for solo travellers to get a little lonely on their adventures. Keep skype on your smartphone for those times when you need a friendly face or a bit of encouragement.
Get a bit of perspective
Going on a solo adventure gives you a brilliant opportunity to really delve into who you are as a person. Make the most of it and have a good, hard look at yourself! You can learn a lot from your time alone; from things to improve on to strengths you never knew you had.