Travel is the cleanest and most wholesome form of rebellion. From simple one day drives with a close knit group, to soul searching expeditions that can last months, every type of trip undertaken clears your mind and ensures that everything bothering you ceases to do so, at least for the duration of the trip. The sheer number of travel websites and apps, along with the fact that tourism and travel related activities contribute to a major share of the income of several countries, is proof of its universal appeal.
In a world where you are never truly alone, with communication technology keeping you inundated with continuous messages and notifications, a new breed of traveller is fast increasing in number: – solo travellers. The sheer freedom and liberation that travelling alone gives you is unparalleled by any other travel experience. Planning activities according to your own convenience, eating what you want when you want, and not being slowed down by anything or anyone are just a few of the myriad benefits of solo travel. But it does come with its list of drawbacks and safety concerns.
Luckily, we have compiled a list of guidelines to make your solo travelling experience as hassle free and fun as possible.
- Travel light: – Remember, on a solo trip, you are your own porter. Pack only what you need, and prioritize discovering new places and people over making a fashion statement wherever you go. Most often you can use the same pair of jeans throughout the entire tip, and use the extra space in your bag to stock up on essentials such as medicines, a torch, pepper spray etc.
- Arrive in the morning: – Whenever you plan a solo expedition, always ensure that you reach your accommodation in the day time. It leaves you less vulnerable to muggers and other possible safety risks. Inform your hotel of your expected time of arrival, so that they try and contact you in case of any delay or inconvenience.
- Interact with locals: – Meeting people with different mindsets and lifestyles is a life changing experience in itself. Make an effort to be friendly with people you meet, and make an effort to immerse yourself in the culture of whichever place you visit. Being too open and friendly can invite unwanted attention. If any situation or person makes you uncomfortable, do not hesitate to leave!