GO SOLO

Tips, tricks and apps to help you mas­ter an ad­ven­ture for one.

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PIC­TURE THIS One draw­back to trav­el­ling solo is that you end up with a lot of arm’slength self­ies. Book a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher from Cana­dian com­pany Fly­tog­ra­pher, which op­er­ates in 160 cities, to tour around town with you and take can­did shots (from $338).

YOUR OWN ROOM Airbnb doesn’t just rent en­tire homes; solo trav­ellers can book sin­gle rooms. Added bonus: You’ll likely be liv­ing with a lo­cal who can ad­vise you on must-see spots.

CAN I GET A RIDE? Widely avail­able in Europe and other coun­tries, BlaBlaCar is the Airbnb of car­pool­ing. Pas­sen­gers can search for rides by lo­ca­tion and date, and driv­ers set a fee. It’s usu­ally cheaper than pub­lic tran­sit and an ef­fi­cient way of get­ting the lay of the land.

JUST ONE BAG En­ter your desti­na­tion(s), dates and du­ra­tion and the Pack­Point app gen­er­ates a thor­ough pack­ing list, tak­ing into ac­count the weather and ac­tiv­i­ties you’ll be do­ing.

PHONE HOME What­sApp is known for its free mes­sag­ing via phone or com­puter. (The app works over Wi-Fi, so you avoid roam­ing charges.) And voice calls are im­pres­sively clear, which means there’s no ex­cuse not to stay in touch.

TRAVEL BUD­DIES Tripr is like a dat­ing app but for trav­ellers. Sign up through Face­book to cre­ate a pro­file and en­ter your desti­na­tion and dates. The app will show fel­low trav­ellers whose trips over­lap with yours, and you swipe right or left to se­lect peo­ple you want to meet.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? Trans­la­tion apps are get­ting smarter ev­ery day, with vis­ual func­tions that can in­stantly trans­late signs, of­ten in off-line mode (mean­ing no data charges). De­pend­ing on the lan­guages you need, try Google Trans­late, iTrans­late, Waygo or Yan­dex.Trans­late.

WORK RE­MOTELY Co-work­ing spa­ces and worka­tion re­treats are be­com­ing more pop­u­lar for trav­ellers who want to mix busi­ness and plea­sure (a.k.a. dig­i­tal no­mads). Check out no­madlist.com and hash­tag­no­mads.com for lo­ca­tions and ad­vice.

COME DINE WITH ME EatWith is Airbnb for din­ers: Chefs in 150 cities host din­ners in their homes or in ex­clu­sive venues; din­ers sign up to fill seats around the ta­ble.

It’s a great way to get a del­ish home-cooked meal.

ONE FOR ALL Some all-in­clu­sive re­sorts, tour oper­a­tors and cruises are for­go­ing the dreaded “solo sup­ple­ment.” Many restau­rants are also up­ping their solo of­fer­ings with “din­ner for one” menus, com­mu­nal ta­bles and more seats at the “full-menu” bar.

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