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Solo Traveler: Your Complete Guide

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
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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

13 comments

  1. swath kakkar says:

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  2. Morgan Teresa says:

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  3. 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.

  4. Hannah says:

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

  5. Vajihan says:

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

  6. Faten Assif says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Salma says:

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

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