If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time then you know that I quite often travel alone for work. I know some people get anxious when thinking of eating alone let alone traveling. With that in mind I thought I would share some tips for embracing the solo travel to help you get out there and explore. The wilderness must be explored!!!!
- First and foremost hold yourself with confidence. I know this sounds silly and possibly difficult, but nothing screams tourist like having an overall appearance of fear/anxiety. Mentally psych yourself up and get your confidence on. Sometimes a mean mug doesn’t hurt either, especially around those street panhandlers.
- Start small, go somewhere you know a little about like a city in your home-state that you have been wanting to visit but just never have. Start there to build the above confidence and branch out.
- Always keep your phone and personal information (ID, emergency contacts, things like that) on you at all times. When you are alone you do have to be smart and be prepared, anything could happen even if you were with someone else.
- Make sure someone knows where you are. My husband always knows where I am and usually someone in my family as well. Some will tell you not to post on social media but I find its a good way for Joe to keep track of me even if we don’t have time to talk on the phone. Now if you are leaving your home/apartment unattended its probably not a good thing to post you are out of town and for how long, but make sure to check in often with someone back home.
- Protective items aren’t a bad thing. I have a self defense key chain I bring with me when I go places alone (this one) and I have pepper spray in my purse when I’m home (I don’t think you can bring it on planes though so I don’t travel with it).
- Be aware of your surroundings. Keep your head up, probably best not to wear both headphone if you choose to wear any at all, and don’t constantly be on your phone. Being alone you need to be aware of whats going on around you. Example—I was running alone in a new city and there was a police chase coming up the road. If I had my headphones in too loud and wasn’t paying attention I could literally have been run down by the escaping car. Totally random I know but a great example of strange things that can happen!
- Have a rough plan of what you want to do and save favorite locations on google maps. This will help you get to said locations without having to ask for directions. Saving locations on google maps is also great for international travel because you can still use these maps without data.
- While yes you want to have a rough plan for your trip don’t plan out every minute of the day. I cant tell you how many times I’ve gotten distracted by a cool park I walked by or an interesting store I passed by. Leave plenty of room for spontaneity, after all you are by yourself and can do whatever you want!
- Now most of this advice is woman to woman because truth be told women need to be more careful then men when alone. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a woman traveling alone but you do need to be extra careful. Don’t let that scare you though, I have traveled alone quite often and my first international trip was actually by myself and I had a fantastic time! Don’t let fear stand in your way, get out there and go for it!!! You don’t want to miss out on a fantastic experience just because you were scared of going alone!
- Lastly don’t miss out on a chance to see a new place because you want to share that experience with someone else. I have been to San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Phoenix and Amsterdam all without Joe because of work trainings. Those would have been some pretty sad places to stay in the hotel room all because I didn’t want to do something without my husband. Embrace the solo!! Selfies are a must 😀 Just maybe not with a selfie stick…but whatever you do you!
CHIME IN!!! Have you ever traveled alone? Where would you like to go but haven’t yet? Need a travel buddy, I’m available!!!