So, you’ve decided to treat yourself and take your me-time worldwide. Great! Solo travel is an increasingly prominent trend these days, partly thanks to the realization that it provides the summit of self-indulgence and self-discovery. There’s just one minor predicament: you’ve never traveled alone before.
As immense as the world is, some tips and tricks translate no matter where you’re heading. To guarantee your vacation goes as smoothly as possible—no hitch, snag, speed bump or hiccup in sight—here are 5 absolute rules to solo traveling.
The benefits of packing light are twofold. First and foremost—the ease. At any point that your luggage is not within your abode-away-from-home, it is in transition. As one singular person, it is far easier to transport one suitcase on and off planes, taxis, trains and ships than it is to transport three or four.
The second benefit is safety. Unless the purpose of your trip calls for it, you can probably do without expensive jewelry, electronics and various other (bulky) valuables. This isn’t to say that the world is a scary place and you shouldn’t trust humanity; just that a pinch of caution goes a long way. Ultimately, one less thing to keep track of is one less thing to worry about.
Start Your Days Early
As tempting as it may be to sleep in on vacation, you know the saying—the early bird gets the worm. By starting your day bright and early, you can beat both the local and visiting crowds. As enchanting as a foreign country or far away land may be, the magic is exponentially greater when you have the quaint café or the world-renowned landmark nearly all to yourself.
Steer Clear of Getting Sick
As miserable as it is to come down with a stomach bug or flu, the experience is a good degree worse when you’re all alone and far away from home. Steering clear of sickness requires simple, but constant, vigilance. Constantly washing your hands, getting a good amount of sleep, staying hydrated and maintaining a regular exercise regimen are all tried-and-true tips for keeping your body up and running. Depending on where you plan to visit, getting all of your shots and upping your intake of probiotics ahead of time also pays off substantially in the long run.
Live in the Present
In this day and age, social media is all-present and all-consuming. You’re not not going to post a life-changing trip for all your friends and family to see—that would be insanity. But, make it a rule to save your posting for the end of the day, after you’ve really, truly experienced all of the moments for yourself. Additionally, limit yourself to one good photo per incredible experience, then stay off your phone for the rest of the moment. This way, you’re experiencing an incredible moment in its entirety, rather than through the pixelated filter of your phone screen.
Partner with a Travel Agent
Of all the preparations and precautions you could possibly take with your trip, nothing will ever top having a dedicated travel agent on your side. The benefits are numerous and multi-faceted, upgrading every moment of your trip from start to finish. Professional guidance steers you clear of potential predicaments before you find yourself in them, industry connections allow for a wealth of amenities and perks you didn’t even know you were missing and most importantly—peace of mind knowing your travel agent is there to make sure your itinerary goes smoothly from start to finish allows for you to truly live in the moment. Summed up, the most important part to traveling alone is teaming up with an expert.
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