Why smart­phones may just be the solo trav­eller’s best friend open­ing up a world of ad­ven­ture, meet-ups and inside se­crets…

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Solo Travel -

For in­spi­ra­tion

Solo travel means more lo­gis­tics, sim­ply be­cause there’s no one else to do it. If you’re stuck for re­search time or ideas, apps such as the ad­ven­tur­ous Out­bound (IOS) and more city-fo­cused Peek Tours & Ac­tiv­i­ties (IOS) can be a boon. You can use them to put to­gether itin­er­ar­ies or book tours that match the pro­file and in­ter­ests you en­ter, tailor­ing them for solo trav­ellers.

For look­ing like you be­long

If you’ve got no one to show you around, try an au­dio city tour app like Trip­scout (ios/an­droid). This can map out a route of­fline, so you can ditch the guide­book (and look­ing like a tourist) and learn as you stroll. Or try Cool Cousin (ios/an­droid), which puts you in touch with street­wise lo­cals, who will plot out an itin­er­ary of in-the-know hot­pots; you can even mes­sage them for ideas if stuck.

For meet­ing peo­ple

Meetup (ios/an­droid) was de­signed for lo­cals look­ing to share in­ter­ests and find groups, but it has been adopted by the travel com­mu­nity, too – Meetup theme nights let you so­cialise, pick up tips and get a taste of lo­cal life. Or if you’re look­ing to meet other solo ad­ven­tur­ers, apps such as Flip the Trip (IOS) and Solo­trav­eller (IOS/ An­droid) con­nect you with oth­ers nearby for meet-ups or just idea-swap­ping. Heck, even dat­ing app Tin­der (ios/an­droid) works, so long as you make it clear that you’re look­ing for a travel buddy, or not…

For lo­cal flavour

Sites such as Eatwith (ios/an­droid) and Feastly (eat­feastly.com) are part of a grow­ing breed of Airbnb-meets-din­ner com­pa­nies, as lo­cals in hun­dreds of cities open up their kitchens to trav­ellers. It’s great for meet­ing oth­ers, and some even run the odd cook­ery class, so you can wow peo­ple back home with your new menu.

For prac­ti­cal­ity’s sake

Trip­whis­tle Global SOS (IOS) is a great just-in-case app, pre­in­stalled with the emer­gency num­bers of 196 coun­tries. It can even share your lo­ca­tion with au­thor­i­ties, if needed, as a handy last re­sort. Equally use­ful are Maps.me and Ci­tymap­s2go (both IOS/ An­droid), which both of­fer of­fline map ca­pa­bil­i­ties be­yond Google’s data-suck­ing blue dot. Or bet­ter still, just ask for di­rec­tions with Google Trans­late (IOS, An­droid) – you might even make a new friend…

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