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By Arnold Obat
Let’s face it, traveling alone is not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, a majority of people, whether going for long holidays or even weekend get-aways, when asked about solo traveling will tell you that they simply can’t do it and for good reason. For instance, most of them will tell you that they are scared of traveling alone because they believe they will be lonely throughout the trip while some will tell you that they are afraid of their safety in a different country. As practical as these reasons are, you will be surprised to learn that you can still travel alone. Furthermore, you are bound to enjoy your solo travel by simply taking up a few tricks and tips here and there. With that in mind, this post will get to share with you great tips for traveling alone.
Get To Know The Place
When I say get to know the place, I truly mean “know the place”. One thing you should always do before traveling, especially if you are traveling solo, is familiarizing yourself with the surrounding of the city or country you plan to visit. Do some research on the places you plan on visiting during your trip, restaurants where you will be or might be dining at and even the hotel you plan to stay. This information is of great value especially when it comes to matters of security. With that in mind, always ensure that you factor in the security aspect in all your searches.
Plan A Variety of Activities
If you want to get the most out of your solo trip then make sure that you have a variety of activities planned out in advance before traveling to your destination. Other than keeping you occupied and active throughout your trip, these activities can actually open up different channels and social gatherings where you can meet new people be it locals or even other tourists whom you could interact with from time to time throughout the remainder of your trip.
Taking pictures during your solo trip is also something that should highly consider especially if you already love taking pictures. There are many positives associated with taking pictures during your solo trip. Other than keeping you occupied on a day-to-day basis, taking pictures during your trip will give you a reason to go out and explore the area you are visiting as you look for something new to capture or even a place with a perfect picture drop where you can take your holiday picture.
Play The Part (Be A Tourist)
In most cities or countries there are always a group of people ready to assist tourists, whether alone or with a group of friends, in an attempt to make them enjoy their holidays. That said don’t be afraid to play the role of a tourist. In fact, you should actually embrace it and trust me, you’ll be surprised by how much it will help you out during your solo trip.
Learn their Language
If you are planning to visit a country that speaks or uses a different language then you should consider learning a thing or two about their language. Just to be clear, you are not learning their entire language (feel free to do so if you want) but just a few words and phrases here and there. Learn how to say things like morning, how are you? no, and even yes so don’t worry too much about how you can learn their language before taking your trip.