Traveling alone is an exhilarating and exciting experience. It prepares you for the rougher aspects of life and gives you incredible experiences along the way. We're here to make this exciting vacation more convenient for you by providing you with travel tips that will help you with your first solo trip. Read on to know them.
1. Choose Destination
The first and most important thing about planning your first solo trip is to choose the suitable destination for yourself. Even though the experience of travelling places alone is more important than the destination itself, for your first trip you need to feel at ease. Traveling solo is already an overwhelming experience and choosing an extreme place for the first time might not give you the best experience.If you're nervous, start with places you're familiar with or that are close to your home.
2. Do Your Homework
It's true that a solo trip doesn't involve planning every single detail of the trip as they're more flexible but it doesn't mean that you'll just pack your bags and leave. You need to do a good homework of your destination, which includes, climate conditions, sightseeing options, it's food and culture, and so on. Keep a journal or use a vacation planning tool to keep all of your research info in one location for convenience. This may appear boring at first, but it will be beneficial in the long term.
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3. Plan Your budget
Plan your budget before leaving for the trip. Focus more on transportation and accommodation. Also make room for budget for food, drinks, entertainment, tickets and entry fees, souvenirs, etc. Always keep extra cash then your expected budget expense. You can map out your travel budget in a spreadsheet with different expense heads and then, allocate a budget for each item.
4. Book Ticket In Advance
Book your tickets in advance. When all the planning for destination, accommodation etc is done, it's time to book your ticket. Don't wait for last minute bookings. Look for cheap and convenient travelling modes.
5. Take Only What You Need
Don't pack a lot of stuff but take only those things that look important. Pack lightly but smartly. It may happen that you may have to lug around your stuff when you go sightseeing, so the best idea is to carry all your essentials in a backpack; you can also take a tote bag. This makes traveling in public transport and navigating through crowds a lot easier than you can imagine.
Also, make sure your valuables are never together in one bag, and always keep your cash and cards in different places on your body, as well as your passport. This will prevent you from losing things at once.
Being alone in an unfamiliar place can be stressful, but do yourself a favour and relax. You’ve taken the first step toward a new journey by planning your first trip just for yourself. Take it in, slowly, bravely, one step at a time and get ready for incredible adventures to come.
Have a wonderful time on your first solo trip. Stay safe and enjoy. Do tell us about your solo trip on our Facebook page.
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