If you’re interested in taking time for yourself and wanting to take a solo getaway, then preparation is key. Create an unforgettable trip by following these 8 important tips for traveling alone.
With all of the changes in our lives that have been brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, those with adventurous spirits are getting the itch to travel. Things seem to be getting a bit safer for those who are ready to get out there and explore. But not everyone is ready.
Should you just sit home and wait for your best friend or significant other to decide it is time to get back out there? Or, should you just go alone?
Traveling alone can be an exhilarating, self-indulgent, unforgettable life-changing experience. Not to mention the ability to social distance that comes with this solo travel. What a great way to fulfill the CDC requirements, right?
Of course, there are always a few things you should keep in mind while traveling alone. And, we’ve got the most important tips listed below.
So, read up – then pack your bags and book your private charter. It is time, once again, to travel.
1. Choose a Safe Destination
While we’d all like to think that all destinations on the globe are safe enough to visit, that’s just not the case. And, when you are opting to travel alone, you have to be a bit more selective of your destination. Before booking, do your research to determine destinations that are safe to visit and take a deeper look into any restrictions, concerns, or potential threats that may be found there.
Does this mean you should not go? Well, only you can decide that. But, let’s just say that the more familiar you are with a destination, the safer you will be – especially when traveling alone. Knowledge is power when it comes to solo travel. So, don’t let fear hold you back from collecting some amazing experiences. Instead, educate yourself on the destination – and pack your bag!
2. Be Careful
By all means – go on a solo vacation. Just be careful. Make sure you tell someone where you are going before you go. Give specific dates and times, especially if you are traveling to more than one city. Consider using mobile phone apps like Find My Friends or Life360, which will allow a trusted friend or family member to track you as you travel – just in case. Leave a copy of your itinerary, passport, and other important information with someone back home.
Taking a few extra steps can help protect you if something happens while you are away. It may seem unnecessary, but it could turn out to be the best decision you’ve ever made.
3. Choose to Do What Suits You
The thing about traveling with others is that you have to have a variety of activities on the itinerary because you are trying to meet the likes, desires, and interests of all people in your party. Though, when you are traveling alone, you get to do only those things that interest you. If you want to go to Italy to indulge in cuisine without stepping foot in a museum – then do it! If you want to travel to South American to hike through the rainforest, then do it!
Traveling alone means there is nobody to argue with your itinerary. Do what suits you – and ignore the rest.
4. Get to Know the Locals
This tip applies to any travel you do, whether alone or with others. But, while traveling solo, you will likely find that you have more time to get involved in the local culture. You may even find that you can form a lifelong bond with a local!
How else can you truly get to know a destination than by spending time with those who live there?
5. Make Maximum Use of Daylight
We aren’t saying that you shouldn’t go out after dark, but it is much safer to sightsee and explore new places during daylight hours. You will find that you get more out of your solo vacation if you get going early. In cities that are hot tourist stops, you will find that getting out early allows you the chance to beat the crowds, too.
6. Take the Pictures
As you go through your days, be sure to take lots of pictures. Remember, you are going to create memories for yourself, but your pictures will allow you to share your trip with others back home. Also, keep in mind that this is a momentous occasion – your first solo trip – you should have a record of it.
7. Indulge in Private Jet Travel
In light of COVID-19 and the risks that come with commercial air travel, as well as the excitement of taking a leap and opting for solo travel, consider booking your trip via a private jet. It’s a more flexible way to travel, it has increased safety, and it can get you where you need to be privately and securely.
There are many benefits to flying private – even more so now thanks to the pandemic. Don’t rule out this option.
8. Have Confidence
There used to be a stigma attached to those who did things solo, such as go to the movies, dine out, and travel. As our culture has matured a bit and has learned to embrace their strengths and self-empowerment, the stigma has long disappeared.
Many people dream of traveling alone. They have bucket lists of the places they would visit and the things that they would do. Why? Because it gives them a chance to indulge themselves. It is a chance to be selfish – and it’s okay to do so. These adventurists don’t have to worry about anyone else traveling with them – and just do what they want to do. Period.
Anyone can create a lifetime worth of memories traveling alone – as long as they have the confidence to take the first step. The world is out there waiting for you, will you have enough confidence to explore it?
Traveling alone can be scary and exciting. These tips can help ensure that you remain safe while enjoying everything you set out to do. So, allow yourself to indulge in private travel, choose a safe destination, get to know the locals, and do what you want to do. After all, this is your solo trip!