Solo Travelling is one of my favourite things to do and I think everyone should try solo travelling even if it's just once, it's a great opportunity to get to know ourselves better. I was one of those people that was intimidate by the idea of travelling alone and never thought that I would do it since it was out of my comfort zone, until I was out in a situation where I had to do it. I met amazing people while traveling solo and had the best experiences and the memories are great. This is a great opportunity to see the world and have a good time and meet new people from different countries, you can do what you want whenever you want, you have full freedom which in my opinion is one of the best things.
1. Love your own company
I used to hate going to restaurants and cafes and sit at a table and eat alone, but since I started solo traveling, I started enjoying it. I know it is scary at first, but I started enjoying the silence and just being by myself, of course you need to socialise at times, but most of the time when you are traveling solo you will find yourself sitting by yourself, and you will learn to love your own company the more you travel solo.
2. Visualise the trip you want
The best trips I have planned where solo trip, because I get to create the itinerary that I want, I don't have to think of what others might like or might not like, you only have to thing of yourself. If you are traveling with other people, you have to make plans that suits all of you and might end up not doing the things that you want or even doing things you don't want. I love planning a trip, and when I travel solo it is easier and not stressful at all, so a great thing is that you get to choose how you want to spend your trip.
3. Learn to chat with strangers
As long as I am not alone, I usually never chat with strangers, because to be honest when you are out with other people, then there is no need to chat to strangers. When you are traveling solo, you might see someone that you want to chat to, now you might think that this is scary and that you won't do this, but for some reason when I am alone I go up to strangers and chat to them easily, I have met a lot of people that way. For some reason; people tend to be approachable when they are alone, and the more you travel solo, the more comfortable you will be chatting with strangers.
4. Don't over plan
Never over plan when you are traveling solo, you are likely to meet people and end up hangin out with them, so you need to have time to do so. The most enjoyable trips for me where the ones where I ended up meeting other people and ended up doing a lot of spontaneous things. I'm not saying to not plan at all, I'm saying to not over plan and have some free time just in case, as you need to be flexible. You will learn to not over plan the more you travel solo.
5. Be patient
Not going to lie, sometimes things don't go as planned, I booked trips before that got canceled or something wrong went, the more you travel solo, the more you become patient and calm about everything.
6. Be flexible
As I mentioned, you will learn to not over plan your trips the more you travel solo, but even if you have plans, you will learn to become more flexible, you might meet people and decide to hang out with them, or you might arrive at your destination and decide to change plans, a lot of things can happen and you will learn to become more flexible with time.
7. Eat locally
In my opinion, the best thing about traveling is food, I love to eat locally and try new dishes, and the more you travel solo, the more you will find this to be enjoyable and you will find your self inclined to do that. Also, when you eat locally you will be saving money as it will be cheaper to do so.
8. Take in local events
If you are traveling solo, you will want to meet people and make new friends, the best way to do that is taking in local events, whenever you are traveling; you will find at least one local event to go to. This is also a great way to meet local people, but make sure you speak a little bit of the local language for a better experience.
9. Go on day tours
Day tours are my favourite things to do whenever traveling solo, you get to know the culture of the country you are traveling to and also you get to meet people. I like to book day tours through GetYourGuide.
10. Take classes
If you are staying for a few weeks, then you should take classes, any type of classes as long as it is something you enjoy of course. You will be inclined to take classes if you stay for a long time in a place, you get to learn something and meet people as well, and most of the time they will be local people as well which is always nice.
Having all the right websites and apps will make your travel experience so much better, I have used many but I always tend to have a favourite, and I always like to utilise all the technology that is available. So, here are all the websites and apps that I love using whenever I am planning a trip or travelling.
iVisa - Travel Documents
WayAway - Cheap Flights
Omio - Planes, Trains & Buses in Europe, US, & Canada
12Go - Trains, Buses, & Ferries in Southeast Asia & Oceania
Kiwi.com - Planes, Trains & Buses
Trainline - Trains & Buses
FlixBus - Buses
BusBud - Buses
AirHelp - Air Passenger Rights Experts
Ekta - Travel Insurance
Booking.com - Hotels & Accommodation
HostelWorld - Hostels
YouTravel - Group & Package Tours
Radical Storage - Luggage Storage
Drimsim - Universal SIM Card
Welcome Pickups - Airport Taxi & Transport
GetTransfer - Transfers & Airport Services
Economybookings.com - Rental Cars
Rentalcars.com - Rental Cars
QEEQ - Rental Cars
BikesBooking.com - Motorcycles, Scooters, Quads, and Bicycles
GetYourGuide - Guided Tours & Activities
Tiqets - Tours & Activities
Viator - Tours & Activities
Tripadvisor - Tours & Activities + Food & Drink
Klook - In-Destination Services
Big Bus Tours - Open-Top Bus Sightseeing Tours
Mapo Tapo - Outdoor Activities
EatWith - Unique Culinary Experiences