7 Top Tips for Solo Travel
Many people are still fearful or reluctant to travel solo. I get that! Especially as women we may feel more vulnerable or at risk. But I have found solo travel to be empowering and a great way to learn about yourself while you are exploring other cultures. Here are 7 top tips for solo travel that will ensure you have the best trip possible. I have recently traveled solo in Belize and Mexico and enjoyed the experience so much! Of course there were times I was nervous or lonely, and that’s ok! If you are well-prepared and keep these tips in mind, you will have an amazing, safe trip.
7 Top Tips for solo travel
1.Pick your accommodations wisely
Make sure communication with your hotel or airbnb staff is easy and efficient in case you need their help. Get their direct contact. I have stayed in Airbnbs and hotels and liked both. If you are in an Airbnb (or hotel), make sure it is in a safe neighborhood and well-lit at night. I find Facebook groups very helpful for this information and recommendations. I pack this door lock for extra security which works in most door frames.
2. Book a tour!
History, food or walking tours are a great way to get to know a city or place and other travelers. I recommend booking them early in your trip. That way you get to know other travelers and locals. I love food tours especially because you get to taste lots of options! Then ask guides where to go for a night out, great food, the best local show or anything else that interests you! Check out tours here for the place you are traveling.
3. Share your plans with family and friends and embassy if available.
Let people know where you are. Share your plans and itinerary with loved ones and trusted friends. Send a message when you are coming and going. Share your location. Tell the local embassy representing your country of your plans if there is one. If you are traveling abroad, sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
4. Buy travel insurance!
Buy travel insurance just in case. Travel insurance is great just in case of unexpected changes to your trip plans, cancellations, etc. If you need assistance with travel insurance just email me or fill out the planning form on this page and I can get you set up with a free quote!
5. Keep your valuables secure
Keep your valuables secure. I carry a waist belt/fanny pack and only take what I need for the day. If you plan to vlog, consider a security strap such as this one for your phone or a cute cross body case like this. Stay alert (i.e. don’t get super drunk). Use common sense and trust your gut!
6. Remember…feeling lonely is normal.
Feelings are temporary. If you feel lonely, just feel it! Solo travel gives us the time and space to process emotions and feelings. Do what you need to take care of yourself and then take yourself on an amazing solo date:) You deserve it!
7. Most importantly, enjoy yourself!
You made the leap, now trust and have faith that what is meant for you is out there and will not pass you by. One step at a time. You are strong and capable and you GOT THIS!
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