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13 Things To Do For A Great Time On A Solo Trip

13 Things To Do For A Great Time On A Solo Trip


When it comes to travel experiences, solo trips are often presumed to be boring. Nevertheless, some of the best moments of our lives are born from exploring and cultivating new adventures on our own. With traveling up 85% up from pandemic levels (according to IATA) and our shift back into the normalcy of life, we all need to take a journey of self-reflection, and a solo trip will do just that. However, to travel solo, you need some guiding tips.

One of the purposes of travel is to experience the world beyond your usual environment. From food to people, music, and wildlife, planet Earth sure has it all. However, in order for you to make the most of your trip, especially a solo trip, you will need to be well-armed to avoid any hiccups that may occur. Yes, it’s our goal to have a hitch-free adventure but we all know that’s not always the case. Therefore, we’ve curated these travel tips, for both safety and fun, to keep you informed as you set out to make the next memorable experiences of your life. Wherever that may be. 

Here are 13 travel tips to consider for the best time on a solo trip… 

#1. Have a budget

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When visiting new destinations, it’s easy to get carried away by all the said location has to offer, and on many occasions, this can burn through your pocket. Considering that you’ll be traveling alone, it’s imperative to have a budget and stick with it. This should include accommodation, food, shopping, transportation, etc. It’s also a good idea to have some backup cash in the event of unforeseen circumstances. 

#2. Do some research, but make it fun

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Before arriving at your desired location, do some homework on the region. Details like weather conditions, security, lodging options, popular landmarks, hot spots, and cost requirements matter. Although combing through the information on your own can be a bit of a bore, a variety of content from travel websites, bloggers, and social media influencers is available for you to dissect and feed on for valuable knowledge. 

#3. Prioritize safety

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Taking the necessary safety precautions is a must, especially in a region you’re not familiar with. Good steps in this direction will be having your facemasks (depending on the requirement of the region) and sanitizers, valid travel insurance, and identification. Also, it’s advisable to arrive during the day as you don’t want to land at night, particularly in a region you aren’t familiar with. 

#4. Stay connected

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An important tip for traveling solo is to stay connected with family and friends. Even though you’re experiencing this destination on your own, that doesn’t mean you should go MIA. Therefore, let your loved ones have a tab on you in order to know your whereabouts. For instance, let them know the hotel you’re staying at, when you step out for the day, and when you get back to your hotel. Simple things like this can go a long way.

#5. Learn the language

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At first glance, this may seem like a reach but knowing the basics in the local language can go a long way. By breaking such communication barriers, mingling with the natives can open up interesting doors to adventurous memories. Likewise, it hastens up the process of getting any form of help when needed.

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#6. Soak up the beauty of the city at night

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The nighttime has a way of waking up our senses to aesthetically pleasing and mind-blowing sights. Several locations boast irresistible city night views perfect for a solo trip with long walks on well-lit streets, evening entertainment like concerts and performances, and a taste of some authentic treats. Don’t miss out on this! 

#7. Be open-minded and curious 

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Solo traveling might have an aura of loneliness and dullness hovering around, but it’s good to know that these moments can push you toward the unknown. In other words, challenge yourself to be led by the city when this happens. Allow yourself the confidence that comes with wandering around illuminated monuments, busy shops, and eccentric restaurants. Carpe Diem! 

#8. Join a tour

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Although feeling like a stereotypical tourist is something most of us avoid, the feeling of companionship that joining a tour offers should not be overlooked. Similarly, an added benefit is the organized and well-informed chance you get to learn about new cultures while making new friends along the way. 

#9. Use common sense

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Yes, you’re here to have fun but have fun with common sense. Don’t put yourself in a situation that could get you hurt. For instance, don’t drink too much and ensure to keep your drinks in your line of sight. Also, avoid going anywhere alone with a stranger. Plus, if you ever feel uncomfortable, you can walk into a public place like a restaurant or catch up with a large group of people. Finally, if someone asks if you are traveling alone, say you are on your way to meet a spouse, relative, or friend. Keep these tips handy for a blissful solo travel experience with a hedge of safety around you.

#10. Get out of your comfort zone

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Whether you’re an Eat, Pray, Love kind of traveler or a thrill-seeker in search of adrenaline-inducing activities — like riding in a hot air balloon or bungee jumping — stepping out of your comfort zone is pivotal. Not only do you get to immerse yourself in something different, but you also get to unlock new levels of self.

#11. Pick a trip tailored to your personality and needs

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Pick a destination that suits your persona. We’re all different people searching for different experiences and hoping to discover untapped parts of our being. Essentially, your interests play a major role in determining how much you enjoy your solo trip. 

#12. Enjoy your freedom

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Solo trips give you the opportunity to do whatever you want and making the most of this is vital. Be present in the memories you’re making, explore the sights and sounds, and let yourself unravel in the most genuine ways possible. 

#13. Don’t stop with just one solo trip, take another when you can

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It’s okay to take charge of your decisions and indulge in the amazing things life has to offer outside of your comfort zone. Solo trips do this and more. So take another when you can and set your own rhythm as you go. 

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