Going solo is a perfect opportunity for you to learn all about yourself. Solo traveling is arguably the best way for you to get around and do what you want. Naturally, so many people feel quite overwhelmed by the idea of solo travel. But this doesn’t need to be the case. Just as long as you know how to keep safe you can do whatever you want. With this in mind, what are the things that we should all know to make our solo journeys rewarding and safe?
Have Respect For The Culture
Whether you are planning solo travel in the Galapagos Islands or the nether regions of Africa you’ve got to have the culture of the destination firmly in your mind. We’ve got to be culturally aware and this isn’t just in terms of religion but it can be about the clothing that we wear. When we wear clothing that is out of place this can impact how we interact with locals. If you are dressed in a way that isn’t acceptable in certain locations, if you really need someone to help you, you may find the locals to be very unforgiving. Make sure that you know the cultures of where you’re going and it will make all the difference.
Let Somebody Know Your Schedule
If you plan on going camping in one of the many national parks and then decide to hop on a plane to the other side of the world, if nobody knows where you’re going, are you truly safe? In order to make sure that you really are looking after your best interests it’s a good idea to inform somebody of your schedule. You can send your parents the information about your hotel and your flights but also give them a loose itinerary. And while, for many people, solo travel is all about that idea of freedom you have to have some common sense. If you are going somewhere that doesn’t have free wi-fi or phone reception, people can worry about you! It’s a good idea to use the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to register your journeys with the nearest US consulate or embassy. And if something arises they can connect you with family.
Going traveling by yourself can be the perfect opportunity to let your hair down. But when you are going places by yourself you don’t have someone else to warn you off partaking in reckless behavior. Unfortunately, it’s something that we’ve all got to be considerate of, especially in countries where robbery is commonplace. Unfortunately, a lot of these risks that we make when we go solo traveling are self-inflicted. It can cause a lot of concern to other members of your family. And that’s not to say you should completely avoid adventures but exerting some common sense is crucial.
Keeping safe on our travels will mean that we can enjoy ourselves more. Solo travel is about learning who you are and making the most of this special time. But in order to truly enjoy yourself, it’s worth having some semblance of safety.