Mom : Who are you going with ?
Me : Myself
Mom : You might be killed.
Me : I rather be killed on an island
Even though I grew up in a big family , I was always independent and did mostly everything by myself.
So it’s no surprise that I don’t mind traveling by myself !
Now when I plan my trips I don’t even consider other people !
I just book the flight and go !
How To Start Solo Travel
Work your way up to it , start small ! Take baby steps to ease your anxiety . Try a movie or lunch date by yourself . Try a weekend getaway close to home . When you feel ready , book a flight and go.
Why Solo Travel ?
You can do what you want at your own pace. You can choose the hotel , the restaurants, the activities, everything ! You can ditch your itinerary and just hang out at the hotel . There’s nobody judging you . You can change your name and pretend to be whoever you want . Be your own boss !
2. Pocket Watchers
I strongly dislike people who are constantly watching how much you’re spending or how little you’re spending. If you want to be cheap / sensible , there’s nobody around to peer pressure you into spending more money . If you want to splurge , you can and just lie about the price when you’re home .
3. Easy Planning
It’s so much easier to plan for yourself . You don’t have to communicate with anyone. You don’t have to be stressed out waiting for someone to pay their half. You don’t have to “settle” for a hotel / Airbnb you didn’t want to stay at in the first place . You don’t have to please everyone’s multiple personalities .
4. Discover Yourself
You never know your own strength / weakness unless you’re in certain situations. I believe being by yourself in a new place will teach you lessons you just can’t learn in your comfortable home.
Solo Travel Tips
Look around ! You have two eyes , use them ! Make sure you’re not being followed. Move away from suspicious people. Don’t go towards any signs of danger .
2. Morning Person
If you can , do your activities in the morning / early afternoon . Be back at your hotel before it gets dark . If you do go out at night , carry pepper-spray or a knife , don’t go too far , and have transportation.
3. Portable Chargers
Always have your phone charged for emergencies. Remember to charge the chargers overnight . These chargers are usually lightweight and easy to fit in any bag . These can also be used as a weapon , you can throw it at a person trying to attack you or use it to hit . Click to purchase – Here
4. NEVER Alone
If anyone asks , say you’re waiting for a friend or your friend is in the bathroom . Make a pretend phone call and move away from the person if the person is watching you. Look for exits as soon as you can. Pretend you’re a spy and you have to make a quick escape.
Try to minimize your intake of alcohol and drugs. You don’t want to get drunk or high by yourself , you’ll cause more danger to yourself. You can have fun sober !
Bring a weapon of your choice if you can . Find a shop and buy inexpensive pepper spray or knife. You can also buy a door alarm or door lock. Also , stay in contact with someone at home and tell them important information- hotel location , flight details, etc.
Take photos and make copies of your documents just in case. Email the copies to yourself . You can access on phone or computer.
Blend in as much as you can , don’t look too flashy . You don’t want to attract thieves . Take pictures at your hotel and then leave valuables there . Also don’t look lost , find someone trustworthy and ask for directions .Put away your phone , try and remember directions for a few minutes and then take out your phone to look again.
9. Hotel vs Airbnb
Staying in a hotel is my preference , although I stayed in an Airbnb by myself . I feel safer knowing there’s a front desk attendant , staff walking around , security , etc .
Research where you want to go and if it’s safe . Check the crime rates . Stay in the safer neighborhoods. Ask someone who has already went and read about others experience.
11. Social Media
I know it’s hard but try and post your location when you’re back home . If you want to post don’t use location . You never know who is watching. If meeting someone you met online , meet in a public place .
Be nice but not too nice . Please remember you are in someone’s home ! No need to be rude and nasty . People can help you out with secret deals , hidden gems , and more . You never how your interaction with one person can change their day.
If you’re still not sure about traveling during a pandemic, read my thoughts HERE !
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Please note this is my honest opinion based on my own travels . Everyone has their own experience.