Here are some tips to help you survive life on the road as a solo traveller.
Mix Up Your Accommodations
As a solo traveller, I like to mix-up my accommodation options depending on where I am and what mood I’m in. There are times when a solo traveller will crave peace and quiet, which is when a private room in a guest house or B&B comes in handy. If you’re craving a little of attention, then book a dorm bed. If you’re starving for lots of attention, then book a bed in a ‘party’ hostel (a hostel with its own bar, or known for being noisy).
Couchsurfing is not only another type of accommodation, but it is also another type of experience. Couchsurfing gives you the opportunity to learn about another culture. Most times your host will offer to take you out and show you around, perhaps introduce you to their friends etc.
Keep an open mind
As a solo traveller, you’re going to experience the world in a different way than those who travel with a partner or their family. Many locals will be more willing to interact with you, and although that interaction may not always be what you think it’s going to be, you’ll definitely have an interesting story to tell afterwards.
If you’re travelling solo, then chances are you may have the chance to ‘hook-up’ with someone along the way. Sure, you can abstain, nothing wrong with that, but many don’t. It’s important to remember to have safe sex and pick a semi-discreet location. In other words, doing it in your dorm room while everyone is trying to sleep, is not a good option.
Think Before You Drink
This is another area where solo travel can be different than the rest. Single travellers are usually a bigger target and it’s important to be smart. If you’re going out for the night remember to bring taxi money, and know the address of where you’re staying. Always buy your own drinks and if you go to the bathroom, buy a new drink when you return, don’t drink the old one. Think. It’s better to be safe.
Have a Backup Plan
This is something that applies to all travellers. It’s important to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong. Make sure you have an ‘out’ and extra money in a bank account back home, as well as a friend or family member who can wire you money if need be.
Take a Short Group Tour
Solo travel can be lonely at times. If there is a short tour that fits within your budget, give it a go. Meeting new people can rejuvenate you and is a nice break from talking to yourself.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try Something New
Solo travel it’s easy to stay in your own little world. Sometimes that can be a good and sometimes its a bad thing. Don’t be afraid to try something new and different. Who knows, you may find a new hobby in the process.
It’s okay to have lazy days
You don’t have to go out every day and explore. It’s totally okay to have a ‘me’ day, stay inside and curl up with a book or watch movies on the hostel TV. Lazy days are important and as a solo traveler the only person you need to convince is you.
Solo travel doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Let loose, do something crazy, make friends, hide away in a hut on the beach in Thailand. Whatever you choose to do, have fun doing it. This is your trip. Make the most of it.