If 2020 hasn’t taught us anything, it has at least taught us that we need to seize the day. This is why I decided to re-share tips for traveling solo, so that when it’s safe to freely travel you are ready! I have been preaching this for years. If you want to go somewhere go! Even if that means going by yourself. Here are my reasons why you should travel solo and some tips on how you can get ready to go!
Why you should travel by yourself:
-You get to know yourself!
-You have the freedom to go where you want whenever you want!
-You get the chance to get outside of your comfort zone and meet new people. (If you want to.)
(Most of the information below is for travelers from the US. If you have tips for non-US citizens I invite you to share tips in the comments section!)
How you can travel by yourself:
–Got a passport?: If you have a passport make sure it will not expire soon! If you don’t have a passport go to your local US Post Office or FedEx to get one. This process can take some time so make sure to plan.
–Do you need a visa?: The answer to this question depends on where you are going, why you are going, and how long you plan on staying. Check out this website to find out more about visas! You may also check the US embassy’s website of your travel destination.
–Book your accommodation: Here are some affordable sights to check out-
Couchsurfing: This site links you with amazing hosts that will open their home to you while you visit their city.
Airbnb: Looking for a unique getaway, or a place that feels like home? This site has tons of great lodging options and experiences.
Hostels: This lodging option is dorm style and a great opportunity for you to link with fellow travelers. Some hostels have age limits.
Trip Advisor: This is for the person who has booked their flight and needs a hotel, reservations to the best restaurants, a tour guide, and wants to know more about their destination.
–Travel safe: If you are traveling internationally register with STEP to receive travel alerts about the country you are going to.
Crushing those myths:
–What if I get lonely: You are never really alone unless you want to be! Check out the when you’re there section!
–But it’s not safe: Safety is very important! You should check and see if there are any safety warnings for the area you are traveling to. If where you want to go is deemed overall safe, don’t let fear stop you from life experiences!
–What if I get lost: If you won’t have data on your phone while in a different country a paper map or google maps will be your best friend when you have WIFI. Before going somewhere look up your destination and screenshot the map and directions. This is helpful if reading a map isn’t really your thing.
–Who will take my pictures: Contrary to popular belief there is nothing wrong with a selfie. You can also have someone else take your picture. Finding a fellow tourist to snap a quick pic isn’t hard. Don’t forget your manners and offer to also take their picture.
I hope this article helps your traveling dreams come true! Stay happy and healthy.