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As travel bans ease around the world, you might have the urge to dust off your passport and go. If you’re considering a solo trip, keep the following travel tips in mind.

Plan Ahead

One of the biggest allures to solo traveling is the ability to be spontaneous. When you aren’t worrying about other people/schedules, you’re able to go and do anything you want. While you may have a blast operating this way, it’s still important to plan ahead a little bit. For example, it’s helpful to know where you’re going to sleep your first night so you have somewhere to land immediately upon arrival. This simple act will help take some of the stress out of your travels. Additionally, if you have multiple places you want to see, make sure you keep yourself on track by booking accommodations in each location. Keeping yourself on a loose timeline will ensure you don’t miss out on anything you really want to see. Lastly, plan your arrivals to any new location for the daytime. The last thing you want to do is wander around an unfamiliar place in the dark.

Pack Light

Rolled clothes in suitcase

Traveling unencumbered is another important part of a solo trip. There won’t be anyone to watch your stuff for you so make sure you can easily handle your bags by yourself. Pack things you can wear over and over again. Be economical and smart with your wardrobe decisions and don’t forget to leave a little space for souvenirs. 

Know your Stuff

You won’t know everything about the places you visit, but it’s important to familiarize yourself with certain things. For example, if you need to take a taxi or an uber, know how long it should take you to get to your destination. This will ensure you’re not getting taking advantage off. You don’t want a driver going the long way in order to charge a higher fare. Look up and be aware of how long it will take to get from one destination to another.

Use Apps

Flight Search

Traveling to a new destination has never been easier to manage. We live in a wonderful time when your phone can also serve as a GPS, currency converter, and a translator. Additionally, you can use your phone to look up anything else you need to know (phone numbers, travel guides, etc.). Take advantage of helpful travel apps. They will make your life much easier. 

Blend In

One of the biggest mistakes people make when traveling is standing out. You don’t want people to know you’re a tourist. It puts you in the spotlight and people may try to take advantage of your lack of knowledge in an unfamiliar place. Dress casually and modestly in order to attract the least amount of attention.

Traveling alone can be safe and fun when done with a little pre-planning. You can allow for spontaneity while keeping a loose schedule. Use these tips to ensure your solo trip is a great one.   

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