Travel Alone & LOve it : Solo Travel Tips.

                    Sitting in the peaceful  Top of “Sigiriya Rock” , Sri Lanka

I have Traveled both with my friends & families but “Travelling Solo”  was Challenging & Adventurous. I like to live my life on my terms & conditions. I do what I want, when I want and when you Travel Solo, That’s what you have to do all the time. Here are some tips to help you Travel alone and love it –

Pre-Trip Preparation

  1. Save Up : Isn’t it great that you don’t have to be worried about your finances when you return from your trip, So start saving months before you begin your trip.
  2. Decide on your Travel Plan : “Invest minutes before your trip & you will save hours while on your trip” That’s it. decide on your itinerary & have a plan way before your travel to maximize the Adventure & minimize the stress on the trip.

  3. Buy travel insurance. Think you don’t need it? Think again. Millions people travel & less that 1% of them buy Travel Insurance because most people aren’t aware of the option or don’t know how travel insurance works. There are several good reasons to look into insurance like Trip cancellation, Flight cancellation, Natural disasters, Medical coverage, Baggage delay or lost, Passport lost, Emergency money requirements etc are major benefits to look into.
  4. Book solo-friendly accommodation. Book a home stay, hotel, hostel, B&B or small inn that is particularly good for solo travelers. How do you find them?  Well “Google” is your best friend & you can also checkout AirBnB & Booking.com.
  5. Pack light : Always pack as light as you can & keep the important things & cloths only, It will help you travel without leaving you more tired. 
  6. Know how you’ll stay in touch : Get a Local SIM card with Internet services as soon as you arrive to your destination & Be in touch with your family & friends about the places you’re going to visit. I’d written down the Names with Address & Phone numbers of the hotels am going to stay.

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An iconic view of the  Lion Rock, Sri Lanka.

Adapt to Your Destination

  1. Be patient. It can be difficult arriving in a new city alone. Take your time. Take a day to relax, watch the city function, and settle in.
  2. Be proactive. If you’re unsure of yourself, ask for help. Standing around looking dazed will not get you where you want to go, So go ahead, smile, and ask for help.
  3. Know which way is up. Get a map of your destination to read & locate where you want to go.
  4. Adjust : Always remember that a Country is to comfort their own people & not you. So be patient, Try to learn few words to communicate and Smile.

Travel Alone But Not Lonely

  1. Smile. It means the same things in every language. It means you are happy, friendly, approachable, kind. A smile opens many conversations.
  2. Learn a few words in the local language. Making an effort to communicate in the local language is always appreciated and often returned with an effort to communicate in your language.
  3. Go to a local, independent coffee shop. Look for coffee shops with large communal tables or coffee bars along the window and sit near someone. I’ve often had great conversations with locals by positioning myself in this way.
  4. Take day tours. In Sri Lanka, I met a girl name Johanna from Austria in the mid of forest towards 9-Arch Bridge . It started to rain so we cut out and went for lunch together. Yes, meet people on tours and you might end up with a friend to enjoy a meal with or another day of exploring. It will be fun to meet new people.  Ask questions and conversations begin.
  5. Go far off the beaten path. Travelers who find each other where there are few tourists are more inclined to talk to each other. Meet someone on a hike or in a specific location and you already know that you have an interest in common.

Eat Alone and Enjoy It

Sri Lanka is not a country for Vegan food lovers, I Travel for Adventure & Food. Sri Lanka impressed me with Adventure options but when it comes to food, There were very few items for Vegans which I have to eat everyday to survive.

Getting Around

  1. Get oriented. A Hop On, Hop Off tour is great if you’re short on time or want to get an overview of the city before you dig into its specifics.
  2. Walk! There is no better way to get to know a city and understand its culture than walking. It slows you down so that you can see the nuances of the society and understand how the city is designed.
  3. Take local transit. If you are going to a non-English speaking country, research how the system works before you get there or ask at your hotel before you head out. Also, look for passes and special deals for tourists.
  4. Travel between destinations. Whether you choose the train, bus, or plane, live within the limits of a carry-on bag or backpack. You’ll be happy you did as you manage to move around from destination to destination with greater ease.
  5. Tips for plane travel.
    • Board early so you have no trouble putting your carry-on luggage in an overhead compartment.
    • Always confirm that your flight is on schedule before leaving for the airport.
    • At check-in, ask if the flight is ‘full’ or ‘light.’ If it’s light, you may be able to jockey for a better seat.
    • If you have a connecting flight, get all the information you need before boarding your first flight to make the connection easily.
    • Bring light snacks with you. If there’s turbulence there won’t be service during the flight. Ginger snaps are a good snack and they settle the stomach.
  6. Tips for a road trip.

Like many buildings in Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament buildings are lit up at night.

Like many buildings in Budapest, the Hungarian Parliament buildings are lit up at night.

Travel Alone and Go Out at Night

Safety first\
Some people are concerned about going out at night alone. It’s such a shame as it can be a great time. Before getting on to what to do at night, I want to mention a few safety tips on how to go out at night.

  1. Plan your transportation wisely. If it’s light out when you go you likely won’t need a taxi to get there but traveling by taxi back when it’s dark is advisable.
  2. Confirm that it’s safe. Before leaving, ask your concierge or the desk clerk whether the place you’re planning to go to is fun and safe.
  3. Stay sober. Drink very responsibly so that you have your wits about you.
  4. Leave a note. In your hotel room leave a note as to where you’ve gone and when you expect to be back.
  5. Connect with the staff. Chat with the bartender or your server. They’ll have your back.
  6. Be a bit coy. If a conversation starts, introduce yourself with your first name only. Leave by yourself and by taxi and don’t tell people where you’re staying.
  7. Keep your valuables safe. Know where your purse is – or better yet, don’t carry one.

Have fun…

  1. Consider a dinner/show. Cabarets and dinner shows usually have seating plans. You’ll know you’ll be seated with other people.
  2. Arrive early. If you’re going to a small club, arrive early to ensure that you get a seat at the bar.
  3. ReadHow to Crash the Club Scene Solo
  4. ReadNight Safety for Solo Travelers: 15 tips
  5. ReadWhat to Do at Night When Traveling Alone – 7 Tips

What If You Don’t Love Solo Travel?

Read What If You Travel and You Don’t Love It?

 

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