Traveling alone is not a new phenomenon, and so no one is surprised anymore. But how do you get started? Can you go out alone in the evening without any problems? And where are you going to eat? We will immediately reassure you below!
Traveling alone for the first time immediately raises a lot of questions. Safety is at the top of the list of doubts, but all in all, solo travel turns out to have more advantages than disadvantages. With this list, we help you on your way to making your (first) solo trip a success.
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Traveling alone versus safety
We should not be faint about it: traveling alone or in a group are two completely different experiences. In big cities – but certainly not all – it is not always wise to go out alone, and in clubs, it is better to keep a close eye on your glass and valuables.
Use your common sense and inform yourself about the destination where you want to go. People work there who know the destinations through and can make relevant recommendations.
Traveling alone means total freedom
Couples and groups of friends can confirm it: it’s not easy to make decisions when you have to take all the differing opinions into account. When traveling alone, you choose the destination, the type of stay, the excursions, and the period. That opens up a lot of perspectives that others can only dream of.
Don’t set yourself apart…
It’s a trap: retreating to your hotel room or wherever. A few tips: try to learn the language (in advance and on-site), sit at the bar at the restaurant, engage in active conversation with the locals, and possibly book an organized tour. In short, you decide to what extent you want to be ‘alone. And the great thing: you don’t have to answer to anyone.
…or separate yourself
For many people, traveling alone represents conscious seclusion. Withdraw yourself and unwind in a place where you don’t know anyone else. Something that is only possible if you actually travel alone. Especially if this is your way of escaping the hectic life at home.
Those who travel alone will not always immediately be able to share small and pleasant moments with others. So take lots of pictures to talk about it afterward, or let your friends know how you’re doing via social media.
Be careful with Facebook and Instagram, though: Constantly pointing out that you’re not at home can give people with less good intentions ideas. But make sure that someone at home knows where you are (approximately).
Some countries aren’t exactly female-friendly, so be sure to practice the “no” in your destination language. Not married? A fake wedding ring on the finger can give your ‘white lie’ some extra credibility. However, as a woman traveling alone, it is simply better to avoid certain countries unless you know people there or hang out with acquaintances locally.
Also, make copies, photos, and travel documents and send them by email to yourself and to someone you can trust. In case of emergency (stolen or lost), you always have a backup.
Where (not) to go?
You can basically discover the whole world because there is no one you have to take into account or who is going to stop you. So take advantage of that freedom. On the other hand, anticipate problems at destinations that are known for their less attractive sides.
You can find out whether a country is safe to travel there (solo) or not on the Foreign Affairs website. For the latest state of affairs regarding travel restrictions as a result of the corona, check the government’s coronavirus COVID-19 page.