Traveling alone is a wonderful adventure that we encourage everyone to do at some point in their life. If you don’t, then you are going to be missing out on an awesome opportunity to experience new things for yourself, be free, and do something that a lot of people never get the chance to do. But, you’ve got to make sure that you know this important information before you get on that plane or whatever mode of transportation you are using. In this article, we’re going to be looking at some of this advice, so keep reading if you want to know more.
One of the things that you must do before you travel alone is to make sure that you are staying safe. Take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are being as safe as possible on your next adventure. When you travel in a group you don’t always have to be so aware of your surrounding environment. But if you are traveling solo you only have yourself to rely on.
One thing that you should always do is carry a first aid kit with you, even if it makes you feel a little bit silly. You never know when you’re going to need it, or when you are going to be injured so it’s always handy to have with you. Don’t believe me? Take a read of this post from when I was traveling in Guatemala!
As well as this, you should always trust your intuition. If something doesn’t feel quite right, it probably isn’t so make sure that you listen to your gut and head in the opposite direction. Never do something that you aren’t comfortable with just because you think you should. This is especially true if you are on your own.
Have Travel Insurance
The next thing that I strongly advise is that you always have travel insurance. Again, something could always go wrong, and you don’t want to be left in a situation that you have no idea how to handle. You don’t want to end up stuck in a foreign location without a way to get home because something has gone wrong.
Likewise, you don’t want to end up injured or sick in a country and not be able to afford medical care because you didn’t book travel insurance. I’m not trying to scare you off traveling alone, but there are so many things that could go wrong even when traveling with others that you need to make sure you’re covered.
Always Stay In Contact
Finally, you should always stay in contact with at least one person back home. Everyone needs to know that you are safe, that you booked luggage storage for the days that you’re not in a hotel, so you don’t lose your items, and that everything is going okay. Even if it’s just a quick text or video call to tell everyone back there that everything is fine, this is enough. You don’t want anyone to worry about you, so you’ve got to keep in contact.
I hope that you have found this article helpful, and have a fantastic time, but make sure that you are following this advice, so everyone knows you are safe! Ps, if you are planning for your first solo trip then grab a copy of my book before you go!
Book your trip now
Are you ready to book your trip? To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.
- Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with.
- Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections.
- Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
- Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
- Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there.
- Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership!
- Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
- RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals.
- Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
- World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review.
- SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here.
- Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration.
- Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.