Category: Personal Development Written by Sophia Smith
You’ve probably heard about solo travel in the last few years since it’s been gaining so much attention among the travelers. While it does look a bit stressful at first glance, being a successful solo traveler is an art. It provides people with a whole new travel experience that allows them to truly get to know their destination, and though it, learn many new things about themselves.
So, if you’re interested in taking a mindful, demanding yet relaxing solo trip, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
If you’re contemplating solo travel, you probably know how to pack. However, this is a perfect chance to travel light! So, before you embark, lay everything you’ve prepared to pack and remove half of the stuff. Also, make sure to be smart with your placement—all valuables need to be well-concealed so that you don’t attract pickpockets. If you have multiple bags, divide your money and documentation among them so that you don’t lose everything at once.
Stay at a hostel
Solo travel is a perfect opportunity to spend some time alone with your thoughts, but it’s also perfect for meeting new people and expand your social circle. So, if the letter is your priority, there’s no better accommodation than a hostel. They are cheap, almost always available and full of like-minded people you can share your experiences with. Hostels are also suitable for all ages, so no matter if you’re a new traveler in your twenties or a senior traveler in your sixties, you’ll always be welcomed with both hands. Leave your stuff in your room, go to the lobby and don’t hesitate to say hi to someone.
Getting travel insurance is a must every time you leave your country—this will be your protection against anything unexpected. If you pick a good travel insurance package, you’ll have 24/7 access to an expert assistance team no matter where you are in the world. In case of an injury or any sort of medical assistance, you’ll be safely taken care of. This will allow you to enjoy your destination and your journey knowing someone always has your back.
Check your schedule before leaving
Every day before leaving your room, check maps, schedules and timings so that you don’t have to spend all your exploration time staring at your map or your phone. When you know where and when you’re going, you can be more mindful, focus on things that surround you and enjoy your trip much more.
Overcome the fear of solo dining
Surprisingly, this is what many solo travelers list as the most unpleasant experience—eating alone. The fear of eating solo is so widespread that it even has a name: solomagerephobia! However, most of the time, it’s completely unjustified to feel embarrassed when dining alone. In order to feel more relaxed during your solo meals, don’t hesitate to chat with service people—they are often some of the nicest, funniest and best locals you can meet. Also, you can pick smaller eateries and pubs instead of fancy restaurants. Sitting alone in an outdoor area of an informal café is much less unusual than sitting alone in a restaurant, plus you can enjoy people-watching and soak up the atmosphere of your destination.
Know your limits
One thing is for sure: the constant vigilance of traveling alone can take a toll on your body and mind. So, if you ever feel your body giving up, just slow down your tempo and kick back a little. Also, if you become too nostalgic and lonely, Google a local expat bar where you can hang out with people and speak in your native tongue with fellow travelers and expatriates. Or, take an evening off, have a warm shower, watch some TV or read a book before retiring early. This is often all you need to get your energy levels up and cure some of that mental fatigue.
With these practical tips, your first solo travel experience will open up many new horizons. It’s almost a religious experience for many new travelers, one they cherish forever. Expect to meet amazing new characters, experience new situations and have a ton of fun even though you’re traveling without a companion. Oftentimes, you yourself can be the best, least judgmental and most fun company!
Sophia Smith is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover, graphic designer and a DIY enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about beauty-related topics in her articles. She has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Viva Glam Magazine, How to Simplify and Carousel.
This article was submitted exclusively to CrystalWind.ca by Sophia Smith
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