Solo travel used to be an exception, but now it’s so simple that some hotels even have special packages just for men and women holidaying singly. Whether you’re handling yourself to a quiet weekend getaway at the spa or traveling off for a solo trip on the Appalachian Trail, it’s possible to have an unimaginable experience while also making sure the people back home don’t waste all their time worrying about you. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind.
If you’ve reserved a trip by yourself, keep these tips in mind before and during your trip – they’ll help you have a safer, happier solo voyage.
Bring a book.
Long solo train journeys and bus trips lend themselves ideally to reading. Since you aren’t going to be chit chatting with a friend or challenging each other to a game of cards, now’s the opportunity to finally read that book everybody’s been talking about. Need some recommendations? Try one of these books that Condé Nast Traveler editors loved on their recent trips.
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Be selfish…spirit of solo travel
When traveling with a friend or partner, it often means making compromises. But an upside of traveling alone is that you only have to go to, say, a museum about burnt food if you really, really want to. Want to get up at 5 a.m. for a grueling hike? Sounds great! Want to sleep until noon and hang out in your pajamas all day? That’s fine too. It’s your time, and you can spend it any way you want.
Work your network.
In our increasingly connected world, you never know where a potential contact could come from. Once you’ve booked your trip, reach out to friends to tell them where you’re going and ask if they know anyone there—you never know whose college roommate’s sister might have moved to Portugal and is willing to show you around or take you out for dinner. Expanding your network of travelers also means you might get interesting new visitors of your own someday.
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Make sure someone back home has your contact info, names of places you’ll be staying, and other important details… for safer Solo Travel
Even if you’re doing something more casual like backpacking around Europe and will be deciding your itinerary as you go, give a close friend or family member all relevant information about your flight reservations, hotels you’ll be staying in, and any other relevant information ahead of time. In addition to giving your loved ones some peace of mind, it also means that you have a backup if something goes wrong.
Occasionally “check in” from the road.
Even if you’re going on a road trip through parts of the country that don’t have cell phone service, “check in” on Facebook or another social media platform periodically. You can brag about your Solo Travel (hey, guess where I am now!) while also letting your network know where you are. A social media update, even if it’s private and only viewable to your friends, will ease a lot of minds and keep you from having to send multiple emails and texts.