Let’s face it, traveling alone can be a little intimidating and awkward. For many people, it forces them to get out of their comfort zone and do something completely unfamiliar to them, but it can also be a great way to explore the world and grow deeper as a person. In this post, I’ll give tips on how to travel alone for the first time and have the best trip!
Now, in the past I’ve taken flights by myself to meet friends in a new city or have done some work trips where I fly alone, but I had never had an entire trip where it was just me. So last year, I was newly single and thought it was the perfect time to take a solo trip.
It was definitely a unique experience and at times could be boring or even a little lonely, but overall I enjoyed it and I even did it again later on in the year. Travel blogging has also been excellent motivation for me to travel alone.
If you haven’t been able to travel alone yet but think you may want to try it, you may want to book a shorter trip for the first time.
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How To Travel Alone For The First Time &
Have The Best Trip!
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Plan Out Your Trip/Keep Yourself Busy
Before even traveling, I recommend planning out your trip and finding activities to do to keep yourself busy.
Guide books like Frommer’s Things To Do In (City) are great places to start and you can find things to do such as cities to explore nearby, national parks, restaurants, attractions, nightlife, and more.
Whether it’s to relax, explore, learn about a new culture, or something else, thinking about the purpose of the trip will give you more clarity on the must-dos when at your travel destination.
Are you doing something like vacationing at a resort or going on a cruise? Consider booking a couple of excursions during your stay- not only are you making plans and keeping busy, it’s also a great way to learn about the destination you’re visiting and meet new people. And it beats just laying at the beach by yourself the whole time.
Maybe there is a concert or event going on in the city that you’re traveling to while you’re there.
No matter where you’re traveling, if you do a little research on activities in the area, you’ll find that there a lot of options you have to keep yourself occupied.
And if you have an agenda and things to do, you’re less likely to be bored and lonely when you’re traveling by yourself.
Oftentimes, you can save money by booking an activity in advance, too.
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Eat Local/Learn About The Area You’re Visiting
Eating local is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture and learn about the area you’re visiting.
One thing that I found is even just chatting with the bartenders or waitresses at a restaurant are good ways to learn about the best places to check out from the perspective of a local or someone that knows the area.
When you eat local, they’re also going to want to make sure you experience the local activities, as well.
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Take Lots Of Pictures
One of my favorite parts about traveling is taking pictures and when you’re by yourself, you have all the time in the world to take lots of photos!
What I love most about taking pictures is capturing the uniqueness of the area that you’re visiting and it forces you to slow down and really be in the moment. It also allows you to relive these memories.
Taking photos is an awesome motivator for getting out, exploring the destination, and finding attractions and the most photo worthy places.
√ Stay Connected With Friends & Family
√ Book With Travel Insurance
√ Be Cautious, Especially If Out At Night
√ Do Research On The Area You’re Visiting Before Your Trip
√ Have A Budget- Pay For Bookings In Advance If You Can- Less Money You Need To Bring For The Trip
Still hesitant to take the leap? Check out The Solo Travel Handbook before you travel alone for the first time!
Enjoying the beaches of Hilton Head Island on a solo trip last year
Conclusion: How To Travel Alone For The First Time &
Have The Best Trip!
To conclude, there may be a few drawbacks to solo travel but you also have the freedom and independence to create exactly the trip that you want!
Just be cautious and stay connected to make it a fun and gratifying experience.
Let me know in the comments if there are any tips that I missed.
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