There occasionally comes a time that a person has or wants to travel solo. Maybe you need a vacation and none of your friends are available or you might even want to experience the world by yourself. Be as it may, we are aware that this experience can be quite frightening for many people so a couple of tips can go a long way towards having a safe and fun experience on your travel.
The first and foremost concern of every solo traveler is his/her safety. Without a wingman, you are far more likely to be a target of muggers or con artists, so having a bit of tactic figured out can give you some peace of mind.
Firstly, don’t draw too much attention to yourself – at least not in a “touristy” way. If you look like a typical tourist, scammers are more likely to latch onto you. Therefore, walk like you know where you are going and always act like you are waiting for someone.
Secondly, always use your sound judgment – if something sounds shady, it probably is.
Thirdly, stick to public places and avoid solitary and poorly lit streets.
Fourthly, stay in touch with your family and friends back home so they would know your whereabouts at all time.
Finally, avoid excessive alcohol consumption since a sound mind is your best ally.
Do your research
Take a look at the public transportation lines and get familiar with them. Other than that, you need to know how you are going to get to your accommodation from the airport or train station and know your options in case you arrive late. Booking transportation tickets in advance can be a handy addition.
Many tourist destinations offer free walking tours that can give you a nice tour of the place you are visiting and are tip-based, so you only have to pay some cash if you liked the tour.
Explore the restaurants in the area – get to know the local cuisine and any ingredients you might be allergic to or simply can’t stand. Also, get to know the restaurant scene because every place usually has some very cheap and nice restaurants that you can frequent.
Use the benefits of technology
Lastly, look at technology as your ally. Take a lot of photos so you would have a vivid recollection of the places you visited. Get a local SIM card so you could reap the benefits of mobile internet and all the useful travel apps, like Google Maps. Specialized websites and apps can also give you the opportunity to read reviews of places you want to visit, be it a museum or a restaurant, so you would know what to expect. Furthermore, having an internet-enabled mobile device lets you get to know the events that are happening in your area, enabling you to get a feeling of the local lifestyle.