Tips for First-time Solo Travelers
But getting out into the wilderness by yourself can be rather daunting.
However, as long as you prepare everything well, from your financial resources to your mindset, it can all turn out perfectly for you.
Even if you love yourself for being spontaneous, having at least a skeleton itinerary of your travel plans is still best.If you want to see more when you reach your destination, it will be easy. In short, know where you plan to go and what exactly you intend to do there.
Plan your city stops and how long you should stay, organize connecting flights, look for tours you can get on, and create a list of options for accommodation. Consider seemingly random but nonetheless important things, such as food allergies. You don’t want to end your first solo adventure in anaphylactic shock.
The number one rule is, pack only what’s necessary.Regardless of how long you’ll be traveling, just bring enough things for about two weeks, including an extra pair of shoes, waterproofs, a windbreaker, thin fleeces and easy-to-pack thermals. Packing intelligently means having more appropriate and comfortable attire for your travels, regardless of the weather.Then you can enjoy and see more of the world as you had planned. Very importantly, don’t hesitate to pay for a good quality backpack. Not expensive. Just reliable quality.
Keeping in Touch
You may want to just be gone from the world and not touch technology while you’re at it. But that’s not so accurate, given that you will most probably miss people back home, whether you like it or not.There’s no need to shut yourself out from the world just because you want to see more of it.
Besides, a GPS is undeniably useful, if not life-saving, not to mention a mapping application that can help you get around. Of course, don’t forget to bring along a fully-charged power pack. Those free messaging services will definitely help you stay in touch with your family.
You don’t need to talk every night after supper, but a quick heads up to mom every now and then will be very comforting to her.After all, it’s what responsible people do.
Setting out on an adventure you’ve always wanted is life-affirming. It can even be life-changing for some. It’s no longer about a desire to see more of the world.
Travelling will increase your confidence in yourself and make you more culturally tolerant and aware. And you will come home with tons of stories to tell.