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Top 5 Tips for Travelling Solo

By: Anna Martin - Updated: 18 Sep 2012 | comments*Discuss
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Travelling solo provides many opportunities to explore different cultures and modes of travel, increase personal growth and to enjoy a wealth of other new experiences. Knowing how to make the best of this opportunity, by following tips and helpful suggestions, will ensure your travel memories are pleasurable experiences.

Travelling Light

When travelling solo it can be tempting to purchase every time saving travel product or accessory available. Doing so however, means that your luggage will be packed full of gadgets that will probably only be used once or not at all. Think smart by finding alternative ways to pack less items whilst still achieving the same outcome. For example, instead of packing a travel iron buy lightweight clothes in fabrics that are crease-resistant and crush-proof. This not only saves you time and money, but also room in your luggage.

When travelling you really need less than you think you do, so it is helpful to pack clothes in two stages. Firstly select the items you think you need to take with you, then notice how many duplicated items you have choose and remove half. Work your way through the list of trousers, tops, shoes etc until you have a travel wardrobe that is practical and versatile and weighs half the amount.

Act Like a Teenager

Hostels are not only for young travellers. Hostel accommodation provides a cost-effective option for solo travellers who wish to explore local culture in more depth, and who may also be enjoying short break stays in a variety of locations. Many hostels offer single rooms, at a small additional charge, so it is not necessary to forego privacy.

Plan to be Spontaneous

Travelling solo means you will be in charge of filling up your entire day, and length of break, with interesting and inspired ideas that may include exploring local customs and culture or enjoying events or activities. Whilst it is often pleasant to take each day as it comes a solo traveller has to make more considered decisions than someone travelling with other people.

It is worth planning a few general trips or excursions during your travels. By allowing equal time to explore spontaneous ideas travelling solo provides many opportunities to create a break or holiday that is tailored specifically to your interests and desired experiences.

Brand Your Money

To ensure you always have access to funds, whilst travelling solo, using a branded credit card that is accepted worldwide will reduce the hassle from situations that require an immediate transaction. A branded credit card also conveniently allows cash withdrawals from ATMs almost anywhere in the world, which makes dealing with emergencies when travelling much less stressful.

Accept Yourself

Unless you are travelling in a group of other single travellers you will naturally draw attention to yourself wherever you visit. Accepting that you have the same rights as people travelling as a couple, family or group will mean that you expect the same level of attention, consideration, help and assistance no matter where you are staying or the service you are paying for. Being confident in your choices and plans will also encourage you to further step out of your comfort zone and will also enable you to enjoy a wider range of travel experiences.

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