Its my belief that everyone should travel. You learn so much about yourself and other people and/or cultures. I then realized that its not as “easy” as it seems and quite daunting especially for females. Hence, the title of this blogpost.
If you don’t think its in your budget to go somewhere and you are always waiting on people to commit to a trip, just do it yourself. Book a plane ticket a year in advance and save a little every month. Once you make that commitment, you will make sure that it happens. And there is nothing more free and more satisfying than going on a trip that you have worked so hard for.
Here are my top 7 tips…
1. Book accommodation near a subway or bus route
When I am booking accommodation I always make sure I will be near to the subway or bus route, because you do not want to be walking miles to try get around. There is Uber or similar in most countries but if you’re on a budget or going to be doing a lot of sightseeing, its easier to use the metro system.
2. Get a local sim card
You want to be connected, especially if you are alone. And you definitely want to have access to google maps. My travels would be very different if it were not for google maps. Tip: if you don’t have a sim to use immediately, load your route where you are going while you are still on Wi-Fi and it will still be good to use. You just won’t be able to search while you are moving. There are also maps apps that you can use without data; maps.me and navmii
3. Research for free walking tours
I came across these in Buenos Aires and apparently they are a worldwide movement. If they are anything like the ones in Buenos Aires, they are brilliant and a sure way to get in the most of a city in a short space of time.
4. Pack in a comfortable pair of trainers
You will be doing a lot of walking, so definitely make sure you have a comfortable pair of trainers. Your most comfortable pair of sandals are not going to cut it when you are walking 10 – 15 kilometers everyday.
5. Read reviews
I am big on reading reviews when booking accommodation or going to restaurants. I then know what to expect and also accept if I would be happy with something that I have read or not. You can also weed out the bad reviews from the accurate reviews. And then go along and add reviews yourself. I believe they are so important for fellow travelers.
6. Get out there
The whole point of going somewhere alone is to get out of your comfort zone, right? So force yourself to go to bars, restaurants, meetups, Airbnb experiences, etc. You will be surprised by how many like minded individuals you will meet. And some of them may become lifelong friends and some might be someone who gives you tips on other places. Its never a wasted opportunity meeting new people and this is what will mold your experiences.
7. Get used to taking selfies
You are going to sometimes be at busy tourist destinations and there is nothing more awkward than standing there trying to get a photo to prove you were there. But embrace the selfie! And ask people to take photos of you. But this you have to be careful too as you don’t want someone running away with your phone/camera; and also unless they have an eye for photography, they don’t seem to take good photos. I have mastered the angles of selfies now; you don’t know until you try.