Solo travel trips are becoming ever more popular. For good reason, they offer something a little different to the more traditional holiday with family or a group of friends. Travelling alone can be a deeply personal and introspective journey, and for many people is the superior way to visit another country.
However, for many people the idea of a solo trip can be rather daunting. It requires a great deal of confidence and self-belief; you will not have friends or family there to support you should something bad happen. If you’re planning your first solo travel trip and need some advice, we’ve got you covered. Check out this guide below.
Get Travel Insurance
When you’re on any holiday, accidents can happen. However, when you’re travelling by yourself, getting into an emergency situation can be far more serious than when you’re holidaying with a group. You’ll have to deal with the situation entirely on your own, which can be made even more difficult if you have to navigate language and cultural barriers when dealing with emergency services. Take a look at getting insurance for your holiday. This will cover the costs of any potential bills you might receive should you require medical treatment and offers cover for a number of pre-existing medical conditions. Additionally, insurance can offer support should you see any last-minute transport cancellations and if you lose or have your cash stolen.
When you’re travelling solo, ensuring you have everything you need is more important that ever. You won’t be able borrow something you’ve forgotten from friends or family, instead you’ll likely have to buy items which can eat into your spending money.
The key is to pack early and systematically. Whatever you do, don’t leave it until the night before. Use a checklist to ensure you haven’t forgot anything essential. You’re going to need clothes, personal items like your phone, and documents including your passport and any travel tickets or information.
Remember to dress accordingly to the weather at your particular destination. If you’re heading for warmer climes, wear clothes to reflect that. Similarly, if you’re heading for an arctic adventure, you’ll need warm, insulated clothes, a hat, and gloves, to protect you from and cold-associated risks like hypothermia or frostbite.
Make A Schedule
Travelling can be stressful. The airport experience can leave even the most organized among us with our heads reeling.
The best way to guarantee you make all your flights and connections and have a smooth, stress-free journey is to make up a schedule. Detail all your departure times and relevant information, leaving yourself plenty of time to get to where you need to be without rushing.
Schedules can also help you plan your holiday more effectively. Research your destination of choice beforehand and note down all the sights you want to see and activities you want to take part in. Doing so will mean you can be certain you have the time to do everything you want to do and can help you manage your time effectively to make the most of your holiday.
A holiday should be a time to relax and experience a new culture, the last thing you want to be doing is getting stressed about missing flights or not taking part in something you were excited about.
Planning for your very first solo travel trip can be both exciting and scary. However, don’t let your worries distract you from what has the potential to be the holiday of your life. Get travel insurance, pack what you need, and make up a schedule to get the most from your trip.