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On Travelling Solo For The First Time

Travelers Today       By    Precious Heradura

Updated: Jan 18, 2016 09:30 PM EST

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You're never too old to travel, and if this is your first time to travel alone, here's a guide for you on how to make the most out of your solo trip with reports from MSN.

No one is too old

Whether you just turned 21 or 40, travelling can be daunting and first-time solo travel can occur at any age. So don't get nervous because you're too young, or you think you're too old to be doing something for the first time. There shouldn't be an age rule as to when you can travel solo for the first time.

Solo travel doesn't mean alone

If you're travelling independently, you're almost certainly to meet other independent travellers, especially if you stay in guesthouses, lodges or hostels. If it's the locals you want to meet, try family-run B&Bs, homestays or community-run accommodation.

Another option is to travel with a small-group tour company. If you're prepared to share a room with someone, many of the tour companies that advertise in Wanderlust waive the single supplement. The majority of participants on special-interest trips, such as cooking, painting or photography tours, tend to be travelling solo, whether they are single or not. And expedition cruises and certain safaris tend to be sociable and ideal for solos.

On eating

Here's a trip that people seem to always ignore -- eating alone or having a drink in a bar is okay. There are a lot of things to do even if you're alone. You can watch, read a book, check out your email, edit a travel photo for social media posting and so much more. P.S. don't fret, people don't care that you're eating alone.

Pros

And there are definite benefits to going alone. You can do what you want, at the pace you choose. Want to spend a few hours in that gallery? Well, you can. Can't be bothered to visit the cathedral or yet another temple? You don't have to!

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