3 Tips for Solo Travel

 1. Plan.. Plan.. Plan.

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– 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.

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2. Find the balance.

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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.

3. Tours.

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– 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 !

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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.

 

Bon Voyage ! 

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How Travel Makes & Breaks You

Makes:

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– You are happier: honestly I am my happiest when I am travelling. It gets me every time and literally turns me into a child. So not only are you happy whilst travelling but you stay on this travel high for a while. I would go as far as saying that you are naturally more happy after the experience because you have learnt and gained so much and it makes you feel content with where you are in life.
– You tend to be more sociable. You know people from different parts of the globe, all of whom play a role in shaping your perspective of things. These links also come in pretty handy when visiting the places where your friends live or places that they have visited.
– You are more optimistic. “Everything will work out in the end !”.

– You gain more confidence, as throughout your travels, you are bound to find yourself having to solve something. With that, you become more confident in your abilities.

Breaks:

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– Confidence can turn into cockiness: there is a true balance to find and even the most humble people can find themselves getting a little too carried away after their time abroad. A simple way to avoid this is by simply reminding yourself, everyone has different experiences.. different stories, we all go down different paths so stay humble & be nice !
– Reverse cultural shock : When you return home you can end up viewing your homeland in a different light. I felt like I was trying to find my feet when I came back to London after spending 9 months in Canada.. it was so bizarre to be home but feel almost like an outsider.
– The travel bug takes over. This requires no explanation.. let’s just say my new hobby is looking up flights.
– Reminiscing becomes depressing.
– Money Money Money Money: it can literally sometimes break your account. So once you finish travelling, building up that travel fund starts.. all over again !
Until next time !

3 Benefits Of Solo Travel

1. Plans.

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Something you will notice immediately is the fact that you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want. You don’t have to factor in another person’s interests so you can literally move at your own pace. At points this may mean that you spend more time in bed relaxing because .. there are no rules to solo travel !

2. Conversations.

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Solo travel can equal some valuable conversations AND some useful recommendations.

Now this is something I noticed whilst I was in Chicago in March. I’m not sure if this was solely because I was travelling solo or if my accent also played a role in causing intrigue but whilst I was there, I got involved in a couple of workshops. During these workshops I found that people really wanted to find out my thoughts on Chicago, why I was visiting Chicago (in the winter haha) and so on. Days later I went to the theatre alone and found myself having a full blown conversation about travel and work with the lady next to me.

The point I am trying to make is that I am almost certain that these conversations would not have happened if I had travelled with a friend and to be honest, I probably wouldn’t have found myself at multiple workshops.

3. Confidence.

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There is something about being alone and not having anyone else to lean/rely on that really pushes someone out of their comfort zone BUT in doing so, you realise it’s not so difficult after all. My grandma always says “You can’t get lost if you can read” and I would like to add the following to that, “If you are not sure, just ask”. This can be applied to soo many areas of life. Fear is not tangible, we create it and by pushing ourselves and taking the leap to get out of our comfort zones from time to time, the cycle of fear can be broken AND it is an amazing confidence booster.

 

Until next time !