Daniel Brown shares four of his best tips for the adventurous lone traveller – if you’re heading off on a solo journey soon, read on…
Even though the trend of solo travelling is becoming more and more popular, it is agreeable that venturing alone without a companion is a daunting experience. Luckily, there are different tips and tricks anyone yearning to be a lone traveller can make use of to feel more comfortable along the way.
I believe everyone could benefit from trying on the lone traveller hat at some point in life. More experienced travellers swear that intrepid lone travelling is an experience that could be similar to religious enlightenment!
Not only are you able to fully rely on your own judgements and ideas, but a lone traveller can do whatever he or she pleases all throughout the journey. It’s a pretty liberating thought. Of course, with all the freedom of being a lone traveller come the drawback of which concerns safety and overall wellbeing.
To make things heaps easier for you, here are my practical tips which will certainly empower you to book your solo trip.
You might also enjoy our feature in Get it Magazine Australia on how to choose your own solo adventure – read it here
The very first tip after you have decided to venture on a solo adventure is to remember to take some time and extra effort to plan the whole trip as thoroughly as possible. Of course, a lot of people enjoy and get excited travelling spontaneously, but when a travel buddy is not there to help you out, you will want to fall back on a plan.
Firstly, make a list of all the must-have items you cannot travel without. But remember, you’ll need to pack light. Heavy bags and luggage will slow you down, and it may be uncomfortable to carry extra stuff through a crowded airport or bus station.
Next, double check the bookings, such as the taxi, the means of transportation and accommodation.
Something I was taught is to try and memorise maps as accurately as possible, so you do not need to rely on it too often.
Do not let the stigma of travelling without a companion scare you off of your journey! It is absolutely inaccurate that only lonely and desperate people choose to fly solo. Book your trip and get ready for the time of your life. You inevitably make friends, whether you’re heading off on long term travel, a wellbeing retreat or city tours.
Make copies of the documents
The most important thing you should bring with you when travelling is a case which contains all your personal documents, such as your passport and ID. It is certain that there is nothing as horrible and stressful as getting your documents lost or stolen.
To make sure that your most important documents are safe and easily accessible, it is recommended to scan them before leaving your home. The best way to do this is to make copies and store them online, for example, on Dropbox.
This way, you can rest assured that even in the case that you are left without all your important identification documents, there is a quick solution to save the day.
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Qualified experts like Withstand Lawyers are able to provide clients with reliable advice about visa options and tips for permanent residency.
This way, anyone truly interested can be assured there are companies out there which can easily be consulted with.
Keep your valuables safe
Another common fear when travelling alone is getting your belongings stolen. No one can fully relax and enjoy their time swimming around in the cool waters without letting go of the fear that some stranger will slip away with all your material possessions.
One great way to de-stress on the beach is to get your hands on quality waterproof containers. Alternatively, you can always leave your money and valuables in the hotel room.
When mentioning hotel rooms, it is important to take extra precautions, because it is not uncommon that things get lost even when they are in the drawers, seemingly safe. A smart tip to ward off thieves from your room is to hang up a “do not disturb” sign after leaving the hotel.
Also, by keeping the television turned on, anyone is able to trick potential thieves into thinking that you have not left the room in the first place.
The best bet to keep your money and fancy jewellery safe is to only bring enough money with you for food, taxi, accommodation and tours and leave all the luxurious bling-bling behind.
As a matter of fact, it is best to not put on fancy necklaces, rings and earrings, because these can attract much-unwanted attention.
Do not be afraid of solo dining
Many people are scared to dine alone because it is a common idea to think that sitting solo in a restaurant can make you seem desperate and sad. It is not an uncommon thing to witness a man or woman sitting by themselves, enjoying a coffee or a meal and reading a book.
So, let go of the irrational fear and embrace solo dining! If it is too uncomfortable to go to a fancy dinner, then consider a smaller coffee place and opt for a counter seat or a seat at the bar.
To keep yourself occupied, take some reading materials with you such as an interesting book or maybe a laptop to do some research about the local must-see things.
All in all, travelling alone can be a quite empowering and truly unique experience. At the end of your trip, you will certainly feel like a changed person full of new experiences and interesting stories.
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Guest post by Daniel Brown, image by Levi Bare