1. Plan.. Plan.. Plan.
– Research the area you are going to.
– Figure out a budget. Know how much money you have and write down every individual cost, from checking in a suitcase at the airport to the amount of money you are setting aside for meals.
– Research your travel options and figure out which one suits you best such as: travelling by air, by bus/coach, by train etc.
– Decide what kind of accommodation suits you best – Hotel, Hostel, Airbnb etc. AND whether you want to be in a more central area or if you intend to travel into said area.
– You can even go as far as checking out what food is in the area surrounding your accommodation. #foodislife
– Figure out what you want to do, see and visit whilst you are there.
– If you are feeling super organised you could go as far as making day plans like the one below. Yes, I put together a pdf file outlining my plans, I then saved it on my phone so that I could access it with ease. It’s handy in two senses, firstly it acts as a reminder of what you have planned so that you aren’t late and secondly, you can also send it to family members, so if you are in a different time zone for example, they have a rough idea of where you are and what you are up to.
2. Find the balance.
Fill your time with cool and exciting things but schedule time to rest. It is important to find the balance between seeing, doing, visiting and taking the time to chill. For example, if you go somewhere for 6 days, you may want to fill 4 or 5 of those days but on your final day you could consider having zero plans and just take it easy. It also acts as a good time to reflect on all you have done on your trip.
– Consider a tour. Tours can be really helpful if you visit somewhere that is near impossible to navigate without a vehicle and you don’t intend to drive.. let a tour company do the driving for you whilst you soak up the sights ! Also, it’s a great way to meet new people who are often solo travellers.
Just Enjoy !
Make the most of your solo trip. Yes it can be a bit daunting but there is a point where you’ll realise how capable you truly are. I would 100% recommend solo travel to everyone, even if you start with a place that isn’t all that far from home.