What if you’ve got the urge for adventure, but no-one to do it with?
You may be a bit hesitant to travel solo, but if you follow your instincts and these tips below, you should be just fine.
- Know your surrounds: Pick up a business card from the hotel when you check-in, so when you venture off on a solo journey, you can find your way home just by showing a taxi or local your hotel details.
- Be street smart: Check with your tour leader (or hotel reception) which towns are safe to go out in alone, and which ones aren’t. You can still enjoy the nightlife and local vibes, but you’ll be more aware of which cities you should stick with groups for.
- Play it cool: Don’t wear your expensive activewear, sparkly jewellery, or Beats headphones when you’re out and about. You want to come across an approachable, low-key tourist rather than a naïve target for thieves or shady salespeople.
- Learn the language: Or take a travel-sized phrase book with you everywhere you go. In some more off-the-beaten-track countries, English isn’t something you’ll hear often, so it pays to know how to communicate with locals.
- Take a tour: If it’s your first solo trip, or you’re not completely confident travelling alone, a tour is the perfect way to go. Make friends from all around the world, get local insights you won’t find on TripAdvisor, and relax knowing the whole itinerary is taken care of.
For more information on solo travel go to www.intrepidtravel.com/about/solo-travel