Tips for solo travel

There are many advantages to solo travel. One of the biggest is that there's no need to compromise on your travel plans - you can go where you like, stay where you like and skip out anything that you're not interested in. However, solo travel also presents its own unique set of challenges.

Join group excursions

If you want to visit an area or region that is difficult to organise yourself, consider joining a group tours. Many modern tour companies no longer charge single supplements, making them a convenient and inexpensive way to travel.

Learn about the local culture

One of the best things about solo travel is that it puts you outside of your comfort zone. And this leaves you free to immerse yourself in the local culture. Learn a bit of the local language and do some cultural research - you'll get so much more out of your travels.

Make sure that someone knows your itinerary

Safety is an important concern for all travellers, but solo travellers in particular. Make sure that someone back home knows where you'll be at all times - including flight times and where you'll be staying. Schedule a time to check in with them.

Consider camping or hostels

Many solo travellers appreciate the solitude of retreating back to their own hotel room at the end of the day. However, if you want to enjoy the company of others, consider camping or backpacking. No matter what age you are, you can meet some great travel companions in these environments.

Eating and drinking alone

No matter how much experience you have in solo travel, the idea of walking into a bar or restaurant on your own can be daunting. Opt for busy restaurants - the food is likely to be good and solo diners will be seated together or at the bar. In a bar, don't sit in the corner - stay close to the bar itself and try to strike up a conversation with the bartender. As people come to the bar to order drinks, it's easy to incorporate them into a conversation.

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