The solo tour is one of the most liberating experiences of life- here you do not need to think about anybody but yourself, you can do what you want and leave when you like, and the buzz you receive from the sense of freedom is immense.
With solo traveling, you discover more about yourself who you are and what you like and you take part in experiences that would not be possible otherwise.
When you rely on just yourself, it pushes you out of your comfort zone, tests your beliefs, and strengthens you as a person.
There are, however, considerations to be taken into account, mainly when you are a female solo traveler. If you plan things carefully and pack your common sense, you will enjoy it in the same way as boys do.
For those ladies who are a little bit apprehensive about going on a solo trip just break it down into stages. You should not look at it as a huge thing that you cannot comprehend.
Whether you are a first-time solo traveler looking for that extra push to take your first trip or you are a seasoned solo traveler, take a look at the following tips, and absorb everything you need;
Do proper research before going- weather, local customs, dress, etiquette, etc. Get the basics of what to expect before you step off the plane. Try to make better choices and get the most out of your trip.
Always book your first night's accommodation regardless- you will rest easy knowing you would not have to deal with finding a hotel late at night.
Keep the address of your hotel hand and carry your passport with some extra cash in a well-concealed spot. Lastly, always carry your travel insurance.
After research, you would get proper knowledge about the culture and climate so, pack your clothes accordingly; don't overpack. You should avoid that much stuff and you can always buy more clothes if you need to.
Make sure to pack tampons or other feminine hygiene products that might not be available where you go. Bring medicine that you may require.
'Self–defense for women' is something that you must consider while planning your tour. Carry a personal attack alarm. Don't arrive at a new place after dark. On public transport, sit where there are other women. Make sure that you are taking only registered taxis.
Be careful with drugs and alcohol- you will be much more vulnerable if you are off your face. If someone offers you a drink, either say no or stay alert.
One of the toughest conversations that you can have in planning your first solo trip is explaining to your parents or your loved ones what you are planning to do, and dealing with their reactions to the idea of solo travel.
It is very common for those who care about us to be concerned with a solo trip, mainly your first one. This concern is not limited to parents, but siblings, spouses, and friends all may have reasons to be worried about your tour.
Here, you need to convenience them, tell them about your plans, and assure them that you will be safe and fine; it might be worth planning out the conversation beforehand to try and keep things on track.
When it comes to the basics of travel safety, it is more about common sense. Still, here are a few suggestions on how not to get into trouble;
Don't carry more money than you need. The best option is to wear a slim money belt that can fit under your clothes or a leather-look moneybelt.
When you are out and about, take an ID card instead of your passport- but only you are sure that your passport is somewhere safe.
If you cannot see your bag, it needs to be locked whether you are going by train, bus, or flight.
When you are traveling with your bag stowed, carry all valuables including your passport and money- on you. Leaving them in your backpack is not a good option.
Apart from all these tips, the most important thing is facing your fears. The world is a magical, challenging, and fascinating place. Don't be intimidated by it!
Travel is all about breaking out of your comfort zone and going beyond your ownself-boundaries.
So don't allow your fears of safety, thoughts of being lonely, or concerns of getting stranded to stop you from exploring yourself and the world.
Go even if you are not sure- travel can expand your perspective and empower your sense of self.