I don’t claim to be an expert when it comes to travelling however, I have certainly had my fair share of wonderful solo trips and figured it might be time to share with you some tips I have picked up along the way following my most recent solo trip to Tromsø, Norway.
- Plan & Prep Seriously if your going somewhere by yourself then be sure to do your homework around the place your going to visit. Things to take into consideration hotel and where it’s located, places to eat , shop, is there banks near what times do they open, insurance and a basic understanding of gp/doctors/hospital procedures. You should also look into areas to stay clear of and if there is any cultural issues to be aware of.
- Money Money Money For me the only main importance when travelling alone is my safety so I always make sure I have more than enough pennies to cover me and I have a credit card with me in case of emergencies.
- Become a local if you can I always think that there are tourists and there are tourists, if you can try to be a tourist that completely embraces local customs and traditions. Remember GO BIG OR GO HOME!
- Say yes way more than you say no This is part of my New Years Resolutions about being open to things rather than saying no first. I think its normal to be wary and think no I can’t do this but when you travel that alone is not enough of a reason not to do something. Travel opens you up and allows you to truly see yourself. So say yes to adventures and fun and opportunities – I promise you you will not regret it.
- Create a soundtrack to your travels Music this year more than ever is everything to me. I adore complying playlists for when I am going on a trip. Lord I have everyday commuting playlists. I think it makes a trip as you resonate with a song that no matter where you are you play it and it takes you back to a time and place.
- Try and learn the local language I tried my best to learn a bit of Norwegian (a super difficult language to get my tongue around) and I think I only got one word that I over used everywhere I went. I did have a pocket-book with the language and whilst English is the most spoken language in the world I still think the fact you’ve even tried is what makes locals appreciate and give you a bit more of a smile and sometimes even better service.
- Read books/magazines about the area I honestly along with the music love buying and reading a book that is based in the area I am travelling too.
- Be Confident I won’t lie to travel alone takes balls. But once you commit to solo travelling you will quickly find that your confidence grows and you get put in situations where you make new friends everywhere you go. I have had wonderful times with friends and family on my travels but always when I am on my own I meet way more locals and often get to know things and experience amazing adventures following chats with locals or just other travellers. Seriously it’s not as scary as you might think to go it alone.
- Be in the moment I love photography and have more photos than I will ever know what to do with but more recently I have put my camera down more often because I have wanted to be ‘in the moment’ rather than focusing on getting the shot. I so recommend this. Sure its great to make snaps for twitter/facebook/instagram/snapchat whatever but whats even better is to live in that moment.
Let me finish with my most favourite travel quote from The Beach
“I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment… It lasts forever.”
Happy solo travels my lovelies!
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