There may have been times when you’ve thought of just packing your bags and leaving your house to travel around different places. And maybe, you’re thinking of doing this all by yourself. Now, the reason you’re reading this is that you want to give solo traveling a try and you must be nervous about all of this, right? Don’t worry though; there’s nothing to be scared about because this idea is not as difficult, frightening, or impossible as you think. In fact, with a bit of planning, this might just be the best thing you’ve ever done.
To help you more in getting over your fear of traveling alone and just keep the fun flowing, I have provided great tips just for you!
- Make a plan
Before entirely spending all your money on the first flight that you see, take some time and think about the kind of trip you would want to go on. Imagine yourself first in someplace you would want to go. Do you want to visit the busy streets of Japan? Or go hiking in Canada? Or maybe you want to go on a boat trip to Italy. Another great idea is listing off the places you want to visit and think if going there would genuinely make you happy. This is why starting with a plan is a good thing, so that you can guarantee the ticket you’ll be buying is worth it.
- Prepare pre-travel logistics
Now that you’ve decided on where you want to go, there are some things you need to consider and prepare first before booking that ticket. This step ensures that you won’t encounter problems regarding logistics once you start to travel and also for you to have a peaceful trip. You should check for these two things:
Passport – Always make sure that your passport is up to date and doesn’t expire in at least six months before you start traveling. You may also keep a digital copy of your passport or store a photocopy in case it gets stolen or lost, at least you will have a record of your identity and passport number.
Visas – This part varies depending on your citizenship or where you are planning to travel to. One way to be sure is checking your government’s travel website and see if the place where you’re going requires you one. If it does require you to have a visa, apply for them in advance before you book that ticket because there are times when your application can be denied.
- Pack smart
The most important principle when packing for solo and long-term travel is to pack light. Mastering the art of minimalism can become handy at this part since it only gives you fewer things to carry, and you can keep more track on the road. Doing so also allows you to be more self-sufficient and less likely to have any belongings stolen or lost. Be selective of what you are going to pack, and do not pack unnecessary things. Bring only your essential toiletries and regarding your clothes, make sure you bring along those that you can mix and match.
Just remember that you’re not going to another planet, anything that you can’t bring can always be bought at your destination.
- Respect the law of the land and the people
Things can differ from country to country so for you to have the best travel experience, you must also comply with the laws of the land. This also enables you to have a new experience of living the way locals do. Although there might be some cultures that will surely shock you once you arrive, it’s always better to respect their culture and the people. Doing this would ensure you a more smooth-sailing trip and have a better relationship with the people there. Thus, giving you more enjoyable experiences.
- Make safety a priority and keep your close ones informed
You’re going to be far away from home, be in a foreign place you’re not familiar with, and sure, it can get scary. But, there are safety measures you can follow. One thing you must always remember is to follow the same safety guidelines as you would at home, such as not wandering at desolate streets at night and not getting drunk alone in a bar. Most importantly, listen to your guts or intuition when you feel like something, or someone doesn’t feel right.
When traveling alone, you’re not the only one who’s worried about your safety, your loved ones and the people at home are scared, too. This is why you must regularly let someone close to you know your whereabouts so that they will also know you’re just safe. And that whatever happens, they at least know where you are and what’s happening.
Now that you know essential tips and guides for traveling alone don’t let fear get to you, go where you want to go, but always be cautious. So, what are you waiting for? Plan that first trip already. I wish you safe travels!