Travelling Solo 101
1. Learn a little of a new language
Always make the effort to learn a few words and phrases before you travelling. Just knowing how to introduce yourself, start a basic conversation or count from 1–10 makes a lot of difference. People love to know you are making an effort and doing your best to interact, they will feel respected and treat you the same.
2. Find your people
In today’ social media era, use Facebook or Instagram to ask for connections where you are travelling. Offer to take local friends of friends out for dinner, and you will be surprised how many people will take you up on it – everyone likes to be a tour guide for a day. Do not forget to seek out your interests in your destination and meet people on the same page.
3. Know your interests
Are you a sociable person who wants to be in the middle of everything (you might go crazy if you cannot communicate, so head where you speak the language) or you are more of an introvert (observe a culture, forget the language barrier and go for passive entertainment instead)? Find out what suits you best.
4. Dine alone, why not?
As you might be tempted to live on fast food to avoid awkward restaurant situations. Don’t. In fact, fancy establishments are fantastic places to dine alone. Waiters are happy to help solo diners who smile and say, “I made a special trip just to eat here. What do you recommend?”
5. Photo, photo and photo
Travelling alone sometimes make a person too lazy to take a picture of himself/herself. Don’t be. You can always take a selfie or ask a friendly stranger to take a photo of you. It will make a good memento of your journey, and it is easier for you to tell your travel story to friends at home as you have a trace of it.
6. Give yourself a break
Remember that it is OK to spend the occasional night in, watching movies in your hotel room. You do not have to be out every night on your trip, it could be exhausting. Know your limit, give yourself the good rest you deserve and wake up early in the next morning, full energy.
7. Safety is number one
Travelling solo can be safe and rewarding, but be mindful of safety concerns as you would when travelling in a group or as a couple. Be careful at night in big cities, watch your drinks, be aware of local scams and keep a close eye on your valuables.