Categories My Journal Recent Discoveries Top 10

Solo Traveler: Your Complete Guide

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Solo Traveler: Your Complete GuideLike1

Traveling alone can be challenging sometimes. At first, scary, but then, once you master it, the feeling is so great!

Try this experiment… Before traveling alone, try going to lunch or dinner alone once a week then twice a week. After you managed to do this, your second step is to go to the movies alone. Sounds crazy? It works! Just try it! Eventually, with practice, you will be able to see that being alone…isn’t so scary.

After all, that is what we fear the most. Learning to be with yourself could be the best thing you ever do in your life!

Here are some tips and your complete guide for the solo traveler.

Love,

Travel Junkie Diary


1. Book your flight

You can’t win the lottery if you don’t buy the ticket.  Dreaming alone is not enough. Book your flight and issue the ticket. Once you do this, then everything starts to fall into place! 

2. Have Courage 

Courage is a practice, it’s not something you are born with. It comes with practice. Have faith in yourself and resist fear! Buy that ticket!

3. Copy your passport and ID 

Three times! Give one copy to your best friend, keep one copy at home and keep one copy on you at all times! Never leave your passport in your luggage!

4. Stay connected

It is ok to be unreachable and disconnect at times. But in case of emergency, always make sure you have given your friends and family your hotel number, your cel number and stay connected. Write down the number of emergency and your embassy details. Something not a lot know about, I always message the most important people in my life before take off and on landing for good luck. 

5. Arrive at destination during the day

It’s not so important, but it does help in case you get home sick or anxious. Arriving during the day helps you to ease into the destination faster.

6. Travel light

It is an art to master! Once you do, travel will never be the same! The golden rule to traveling alone! Otherwise you will have to carry that overweight bag up and down the stairs and into the train station all alone! Always practice in traveling light!

7. Pack a good book

 We all need that little bit of   adventure with a good book to have you really enjoy those wonderful pool/beach time by yourself. Unless you prefer sleeping on a hammock then you can disregard this one…(Guilty) Just don’t burry your head in that book.

8. Learn the language

It is always helpful to go out and speak to locals, learn their language first hand. Sure, they can laugh at your pronunciation and maybe give you two thumbs up! 

9. Talk to the shopkeepers

You get fabulous inside tips on where to go, what to avoid and sometimes get caught up in their stories!

10. Don’t trust easily

No matter how kind, nice, easy going and connected you got, learn to create boundaries between a stranger and yourself. Always stay safe and carry a whistle with you. In the hotel, leave your DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door when you walk out.

11. Expect the unexpected

Make sure you know that any of the following can happen. Your flight might be delayed. Your hotel booking might have disappeared. Language barrier might lead to sign language. Your booked car might never show up so you will have to revert to getting a taxi, learn the rates to your hotel from the airport in order to avoid being ripped off. You might end up on the wrong train to Vienna. You might lose your wallet, (Thank goodness for small coins bag). You might lose your passport (thankfully you have a photocopy). 

12. Get Insurance

Do you know how much money I saved thanks to travel insurance?! Flight delayed? No problem, we got you a room! Broke your arm in Asia while on a motorbike? No problem we will pay the $5000 hospital bill! Get insurance! You get the point!

13. Download great apps to help you along the way

The Outbound: Used to find the best local outdoor adventures, Wikitude: My favorite travel guide, you point your camera phone at an icon and it will tell you what it is! Citymaps2go when you are offline, Google translate, Hopper lets you know the best time to fly at best cost. OBB train if you are in Europe traveling from Austria/Germany

14. Research, research, research

The more you know the more you are likely to succeed!

15. Have faith

It’s no fairy dust but have a little faith in yourself. You are born to travel across the world! Practice makes perfect!

16. Embrace it 

It might get lonely on the road, but don’t lose sight of all the beautiful things and people around you.

17. Be street smart

Learn to read maps, learn the way back home and depend on yourself to find your way! If you are in a cab, you can also track your cab through google map to make sure he is on the right route.

18. Carry extra change

Do not keep all your money in one place, make sure you have a little pouch pocket purse with all your extra change and coins for easy access

19. Make sure you always carry the best gadgets

 Phone bank, a charger and a plug with you – Otherwise you will be begging at each restaurant and shops for a charge and it won’t be pretty! I recently bought a Huawei Mate 8 and is amazed by the battery life!

20. Get an early start

You travelled alone for a reason. Start early, enjoy a run, your breakfast, a hike or just the outdoor and start exploring early!

Let me know your tips and thoughts and leave a comment below! Share this article if you enjoyed reading it! 

Travel Junkie Diary

A bohemian traveler

11 comments

  1. Mosafer Fine Art of Travel says:

    I have travel alone twice and you are right. Make copies of your passport. Everytime I go on traveling I made sure everything are prepared because we didn’t know what awaits us. I always give my insurance, my bank account, a passport copy to my mom. I always bring at least 2 -3 copies for me. I am sure your article will helps a lot to those who are planning to travel solo.

  2. Hannah says:

    I love reading your articles,and this one is the most helpful article i’ve read since im planning to travel alone. 🙂

  3. Vajihan says:

    Just read your article … Will surely help me alot since i am planning to be that lone traveller .. Thank you ?

  4. Faten Assif says:

    The phone!!!! U converted!??? I’ve seen your snaps! Is it that much better? What about battery life?

  5. Colin Service says:

    I love travelling alone and even more than that, going to the cinema alone…that way I can eat an XL box of popcorn without feeling like I am being frowned upon by an accompanying friend.

  6. Daniel Corp says:

    Makes sense arriving in the daytime but sometimes flights are only during the evening time, make sure then you know your way to the hotel if car doesn’t show up, great point! Nothing worse than being stuck at airport at night not knowing where to go!

  7. Salma says:

    Right.on.point!!!! Fabulous article! Especially the whistle part!! Thank you!!

Leave a Reply

Follow @ traveljunkiediary
  • I hope you find that place one day. Where the chaos inside is understood and your heart feels at home... no matter where you are. 💫
  • Lost and unlost... Lost and unlost... Over and over again. 
It was almost midnight, (Yes, this is how midnight looks like) where the sun never sets till sunrise, and we decided to climb up the hill to see where we actually anchored the boat, knowing this was a remote island.  The wind was pushing us back and forth and we kept losing balance, no tripod would ever stand-alone. Then, when we reached the top, both Dennis and I froze, dropped to the ground from the shock and suddenly we were numb. The light from the midnight sun reflected the mountains, the sea, the grass and the skies turned pink and purple!! All of a sudden I had a rush of emotions that I couldn’t hold inside of me and my eyes were filled with tears, mostly from the wind and mostly from not knowing how to deal with so much feelings. 
This was a reality I would always want to stay awake for. Then, @dennisstever pulled his camera and took my picture when I was in my moment and I’m so grateful for that!! @pukkatravels @travelwithtjd
  • They say, reality is a projection of your thoughts. I’ve dreamed about sailing north of the arctic for years... I never doubted for a second that it would not happen ‘one day’ but, nothing every prepared me for what I’m experiencing on this trip witnessing the magic of the midnight sun!! I’ve seen and felt things I never imagined existed or at least only on @natgeotravel magazines. This is the start of my 3 day journey sailing in the arctic! 💫

I’m also very excited to announce our new partnership with @pukkatravels for our next @travelwithtjd #TravelWithTJD in October and now, you can join me too! Information will be up tonight on the link in bio!
  • I know escapism is real to so many of us... but you can’t escape yourself and, travel won’t be the answer, so learn to love every single weakness and strength you have because no matter where you go, your thoughts go with you... nothing will disappear just because you can’t see what’s going on. 💫
  • There is something so incredibly special and cozy about boutique hotels that I love so much... like @constancehotels - Do you prefer large resorts or boutique properties?
  • We all have different reasons for forgetting to breathe... and most of us are breathing the best way we can... I think I’m ready to get back out there 💫
  • It’s the ‘have you seen the way he looks at her’ kind of love I have with you 💫
  • What do you see? It’s so easy to fall in love with landscapes and nature in Sweden. I know some of you have realized my insane fascination with Scandinavia but I just can’t help it. Maybe it’s because I am familiar with isolation and I embrace it so well... It keeps my creativity as fierce as ever and it never gets lonely. Maybe it’s because I love the adventure and photography so much... I’m not sure what it is. 
This is called The Mirrorcube - camouflaged mirrored walls reflecting the surrounding. I can’t wait to return!
  • This simply makes me smile! Happy Sunday everyone! Can you spot the baby giraffe? 😊
  • I’m sorting out my summer plans today and added Portugal again! I’m excited to be going back and exploring more landscapes, culture, food, sailing and the incredible nightlife! There is a whole article on my last trip and guides on my website! What are your summer plans?
  • I gave you a heart stronger than a thousand warriors... but it will take you years to learn that not everyone loves like you do... 💫
  • Not bad for a view outside my room window! She looks like she’s waiting for me to come out and play ☺️ - What do you think?