How to Travel Alone

By: Ross Marchant

Why Travel Alone

When you travel alone, you learn to push yourself in every situation, to meet people, to try new things and to see what you really love without the influence of others. Getting lost is the most fantastic thing ever when traveling alone. You’ll quickly realize you’re never really alone unless you choose to be. Regardless of the country or the people, there is always someone willing to help or tag along on an adventure, especially if you’re staying in hostels. 

How to Travel Alone

1) If you are going with an organised group, check out the size of the group & age range of group. You may feel intimidated by a large group or feel uncomfortable with an older group for example. Find out so you know in advance.

2) Always research the holiday destination. Find out where the best beaches are, if there are any singles nights at the local hotels or bars, whether there are tour guides to show you around the resort etc.

3) If you want to make friends, look out for others who are on their own and ask them politely if they wouldn't mind if you joined them.

4) Choose where to eat out carefully. You don't want to eat in cosy dimly-lit romantic restaurants, look out for quite busy places where other people are dining alone so you don't feel out of place. Don't sit their miserable, have a smile on your face and people will approach you.

5) Always ask at the hotel or resort about any areas they advise not to visit alone. You certainly don't want to be walking around 'dangerous' places at night all on your own.

6) To stop yourself from getting bored when out & about, take a good book. You can read it at a restaurant, or when you are out for a quite drink, this will help you fit in and not look like you are uncomfortable with being on your own.

7)  If you have a mobile phone, take it with you on holiday and arrange so you can make calls from abroad. For people on holiday alone this can act as an important safety net. Take note of your hotel telephone number, local taxi numbersComputer Technology Articles, local police etc.

How to Travel Alone
The above list is not exhaustive and it will depend on what sort of person you are as to what tips you think are worthwhile. Many companies now cater solely for single travellers and there are even some who deal exclusively with women only singles holidays.

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