Updated: Mar 14
The thought solo travel can be scary and downright overwhelming for some. The most frequent questions we get is about safety. Safety when traveling is similar to safety at home. Here are some tips to help you plan your solo trip.
Tip 1: Give someone back home your travel itinerary including destinations, flight schedule, hotel accommodations, etc. This will allow someone to know where you are or where you are supposed to be in case of emergencies.
Tip 2: If you are a U.S. Citizens traveling internationally, enroll in the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By enrolling with STEP, you can stay informed and connected to important travel information and advisories. This is another way family and friends back home can get in touch with you in case of emergencies.
Tip 3: Never let anyone you meet while traveling know that you are traveling alone. If you get into a sticky situation or conversation, you can say that you’re waiting for a friend or spouse, or I’m heading to meet my friends for lunch or dinner. This signals that someone is expecting you.
Tip 4: Do a city tour to get the lay of the land. Viator.com is a website that gives you a variety of tour options. This can help you determine what sites you want to visit and the ones that you want to stay away from. You can also ask your tour guide what areas are recommended
Tip 5: By exploring the area through excursions, you get to see the area with others, not alone. But remember tip 3 - never let anyone you meet while traveling know that you are traveling alone.
Tip 6: Pack light. Nothing is more unsafe than being slowed down by heavy or bulky luggage. Pack only what you will need. A carry-on bag and backpack or tote can get you through a week long trip if packed right. Packing cubes do wonders!
Pro Tip: Bring extra money! Budget travel is cool, but never travel with just enough money to make it through your trip. There may be situations where things don't go as planned which will cost you money that you haven't included in your budget.
Solo travel can be just as fun as group traveling. Some advantages are that you have control of your itinerary and can improvise when you want. You also don’t have to be in entertainment or social mode all the time. You can always start with a small weekend getaway before trying longer stays or international trips.