Solo travel: Be brave

Are you always finding yourself wanting to go away? But your friends, family or significant other are too busy or seem to not want to see the places you want to see. Try a solo journey! Get out and meet new people in new countries, even spend plenty of time by yourself and truly relax. You don't have to go "traveling" to do this, it could be a city break or just drive until you find somewhere.

Below are a few tips for you when you embark or your solo adventure.

 

Are you always finding yourself wanting to go away? But your friends, family or significant other are too busy or seem to not want to see the places you want to see. Try a solo journey! Get out and meet new people in new countries, even spent plenty of time by yourself and truly relax. You don't have to go "traveling" to do this, it could be a city break or just drive until you find somewhere.

Below are a few tips for you when you embark or your solo adventure.

 

Language- When you decide where you're travelling to, learn some phrases in the language, maybe take a course in preparation, if you're going for a decent amount of time. Not speaking a language and being by yourself can be scary, so pick a country who's language, you're familiar with. Most countries in the world will speak English to some extent but if you show some effort in speaking their language this will generally provide a more pleasant experience for you, as you won't be the 'lazy British tourist'

Accommodation- When picking your accommodation, don't use hotels!!! stay in a hostel, with other like minded travellers are, and meet new friends. In a hostel you might find other people who want to see similar things to you, don't be afraid to make new friends. Another alternative is to use www.Airbnb.com and rent a room, this means you'll be staying with other people, people who know the area and can give you advice and maybe show you around if they're not busy. If you fancy a change of scenery try a new airbnb place every few nights, meeting different people who can help you have a more diverse experience.

Being on your own doesn't mean anti-social- In the world of social media and smart phones we seem to forget the basics of communication. Be social, talk to people in the bars and pubs, help other tourist by taking their group photos, be nice and friendly and you'll be surprised what can come from it. 

Be assertive- Being on your own, of course can provide worries, just as in cities in your home country. Be assertive, don't be afraid to say no to people trying to get you to sign up or pay for things. Be observant, be aware of your surroundings, its easy to wonder into a less than ideal place and as a tourist you'll generally stick out like a sore thumb. Do your research before you go, learn places to avoid, learn key phrases to politely ask people to go away, learn emergency numbers etc

Take photos- a good way of really exploring somewhere, see what wonderful views and scenery you can find from picturesque landscapes or old architecture, funky designs or a great sunset. Save some of your memories in photos or videos of your trip

Embrace- Delve deep into the food, the arts, the nightlife, the culture of your destination. Enrich your experience by appreciating how other culture live and breath, go at there pace, you'll often find other countries seem slower and more chilled out, take your time and explore where you want and when you want.

Open your eyes and ears- Sit at a cafe and people watch, look at the wildlife, the people the building, listen to the sounds of the animals the language etc. take it all in. 

Tours- go on organised tours, a great way to see plenty of the sights you want to see and some you didn't know about, an efficient way of seeing these places while someone else has organised it. This will give you more time to explore once you have got the main spots ticked off

 

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