These are some of the things I learn over the years about solo-trips:
- Do your research. You’re now the only person that can help you. Always know what kind of: activity is available/ local laws/ travelling requirements/ activities/ reservation. I start with a few large travelling sites like TripAdvisor or Lonely Planet (not sponsored), and slowly work toward blogs. Asking friends help too! They generally have the best tips.
- Plan your activities. Highly recommend you stay in hostels or airbnb settings. It get you a chance to meet with the locals and other like-minded travellers. It opens you up to new culture and friendship.
- Always have cash. Money may not solve all of life’s problems but it does solve most. Having extra cash on you is always a good idea when you’re in the tight spot. Especially if you don’t speak the local language – money speaks louder than words.
- Be open minded. It always help to be open minded about the new environment or experience. Still be-careful and cautious of what you’re doing but definitely say “yes” to more things than what you normally do.
- Ask for help when you need it. If you’re similar to me, who is highly self-sufficient and independent, this may become the most difficult part: asking for help. Always keep in mind, that there are more people with good intentions than bad. Even if you had a bad prior experience, don’t let the history dictate the future. You’ll be surprised how kind people are. 🙂
Be aware. A bit contradictory to my previous points, but it always pays off to be safe than sorry. Know your local embassies, police number, get travel insurance. Sometimes you really helps to stay cool in a stressful situation and think what would *insert most adult/ responsible person you know do*.