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7 Things To Keep In Mind If You’re Planning A Solo Trip This Year

Solo travelling can be liberating and thrilling, and definitely something everyone should experience in their 20s. Of course, there are a few things that you need to know before you jet off to your big adventure.

Here are some pro tips you need to look after yourself while having the best time of your life. Happy travels!

#1 Do What YOU Want To Do 

One of the best parts about solo travel is getting to choose what you want to do and when you want to do it. You don’t have to ask permission or make sure the whole group agrees on everything. You can change your plans and be spontaneous without a second thought, because it is completely YOUR holiday.

When planning your trip, don’t let anyone else deter you from what you want to do. It’s your money, your trip and you are free to do as you wish.

#2 Tell People Where You’re Going

When you’re travelling, it’s a good idea to let someone know where you’ll be going. This can be the receptionist behind the front desk of your hotel, or a bunk buddy at your hostel, or you can even send a text to your mum to let her know what the day’s activities are.

It will not only give your mum piece of mind, but you’ll feel safer during your amazing adventure when someone knows of your whereabouts.

#3 Go Easy On The Drink

We’re not saying you shouldn’t drink at all – by all means have a few bevvies – just remember that there won’t be anyone to look out for you. There won’t be a friend to stop you from having one more cocktail and no one will be there to peel you off the sidewalk or hold your hair back when you’re throwing up.

You are responsible for you, so look after yourself.

#4 Don’t Run Out Of Cash

I mean, duh. But seriously, don’t put yourself into a position where you won’t have enough money to finish your trip. It’ll ruin your holiday and be seriously awkward when you have to beg your friends or family back home to send some money through.

#5 Research The Country

Don’t be naïve! Solo travellers are targeted for scams, so read up on the country and what kind of cons or rip offs people have experienced in that area.

But most importantly, research the culture and traditions, be respectful of their religion and acknowledge that you’re a guest in their country. Gather all the information you can about where you’re travelling so you’re not walking into a new environment completely blind and ignorant.

#6 Learn How To Read A Map

Google Maps can only get you so far. Your phone might die or you might lose internet connection. Our advice would be to not rely solely on your phone to get you places. Maps can be pretty confusing to read but sometimes you don’t have a choice! Travelling is all about experiences, and sometimes you have to rely on your own wits to get you to where you need to be.

#7 Go Where The Locals Go

Someone once told me that if you’re wandering around for a place to eat, you should go where the locals are eating. Popular tourist destinations are great, but they’re most likely overpriced, crowded and the food is sub-par.

If you see a restaurant full of locals, you know that the food will be good. It might not be a five-star joint, but you might discover a far cheaper and delicious meal than you would of found if you had followed the crowd.

Sophie Nicolas is studying a Bachelor of Arts in Creative writing an is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon.

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