As a solo traveler that believes You Can’t Travel With Just Anyone, I’ve decided to put together a list of tips on how to travel solo! Whether this is your first solo trip or your hundredth, I’m sure you’ll find these tips useful!
- Locate the Embassy
I always map the distance of the US Embassy from where I’m staying. It’s always nice to know how far you are from “home” when in a foreign country.
- Enroll in SMART.
A program that allows US Citizens/Nationals traveling abroad to stay connected to the local US Embassy or Consulate.
- Don’t Be Flashy
When traveling alone or in groups, I always recommend keeping a low profile. Blend in with the locals. Do not make yourself a walking target, and that goes for any type of travel.
- Preplan and prep for your day the night before.
Map out your destinations, and be sure to download Google Maps for offline use.
- If you ever get turned around or lost, ask police, military or embassy officials for directions.
In my experience, they are always happy to point you in the right direction!
- Don’t be a bag person.
When traveling try to keep it minimal. The less stuff you have to keep track of, the better! I normally carry one bag with everything I’ll need for the day.
(Pro-Tip – When in Europe, I recommend using a crossbody bag that can zip closed. Or an antitheft fanny pack or backpack.)
- Be Aware of your Surroundings.
Feel out your environment, and trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, then go with your gut.
- Don’t Be Scared.
Everyone is not out to get you!
- Don’t get in a Strangers Car, or tell them where you live.
- If you ever feel like you’re being followed, go to a public place and notify someone there.
- Don’t be scared to talk to the locals.
But don’t tell them you’re alone, or that you are a solo traveler. If they ask, you are there with someone or are waiting for someone.
And lastly, have fun! Let your hair down and be free! Not everyone is out to hurt you. There are a lot of good people in this world, just like me and you. So go out, on your solo travels my friends, and make some new friends and experience some new flavors!
Have you ever traveled solo before? Do you have any tips that I left out? I’d love to hear about your adventures down in the comments!