There are more and more women deciding to embark on solo adventures. Traveling by yourself is one of the best ways for women to explore the world and become more confident travelers. There is no doubt that solo travel is a life-changing experience that can be very rewarding. However, that doesn't mean you can be reckless or go into the journey without any planning. Finding a balance between being spontaneous and prepared is the key to traveling on your own. Here are some travel tips and tricks to make the most of your journey!
Keep An Open Mind
It might be most convenient to visit tourist spots, but try to step out of your comfort zone and visit the areas less traveled. It will be a challenge to try something different, but you will never know the result unless you try. Chances are, you'll find it easier to experience the culture and people of the region if you explore beyond the tourist spots.
Stay Prepared for Anything
Packing for a solo trip is crucial to your success once you arrive at your destination. If there are items you can't live without (like your Hydroflask or portable charger), make sure not to forget those. Additionally, you'll want to pack in case of an emergency. Pro top: preparing extra undergarments, like your women's bamboo underwear, in your carry-on will go a long way if your luggage ever gets lost. You won't be scrambling for a change of clothes or something to keep you entertained if you keep the essentials in your bag. Keep a list of emergency contacts in your phone or consider signing up for visitor insurance in case you experience a medical emergency. When you're alone, it's important to be extra prepared for the worst-case scenario because you won't have anyone with you to take care of you if something happens.
Write In a Journal
When we travel, we think we'll remember all the details. It's best to take a couple extra minutes to write in your journal to help you immortalize the moment and be able to look back on a future date. In a few years, you will be grateful you kept a written record of all the amazing things you did on your trip. A journal can also help you document important names of areas or businesses in case you decide to go back to the same place.
Avoid Traveling At Night
Traveling at night can be intimidating to new travelers in the area, especially if you're exploring by yourself. Therefore, it is best to avoid traveling at night as much as you can. If you do need to get back to your hotel or destination, consider calling a taxi over walking to prioritize your safety. You may also want to avoid overnight transportation as there are typically higher crime rates during those hours in all cities. In general, it can be more difficult to feel safe and secure at night in a completely new city or country.
Make Friends with Hotel Staff
Hotel staff are not just there to give you a wakeup call, but usually know the area very well. You can approach them for advice or local recommendations. It can also be just as valuable to ask where to avoid. You may want to also notify them that you are traveling solo and to leave a memo with the desk clerk whenever you leave with an estimated time to return. Local staff are a great resource in general for your solo travel and safety.
Stay In Contact with Those You Love
Stay connected with your loved ones back home and make sure to check in as often as you can. It will be fun to tell them all the amazing things you've done on your journey!