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Going Solo: Tips For Travelling Alone Part 1

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When you need to indulge yourself fully, when you need to see the world with new eyes and concentrate only on yourself, the best thing to do is to travel somewhere on your own. The experience can be rewarding in so many ways and even almost poetically religious.

Although it allows you to take in a new surrounding without any preferences, prejudice and taste of a companion, it can be a little tricky at least sometimes so you do need to fully prepare and organize everything. Being alone in an unfamiliar place can be a little problematic at times and there are a few things to keep in mind.

General Safety

This is probably the biggest concern with solo travel, and with good reason. Without someone to watch your back, you become more venerable to scam artists, criminals and other simple worries. Although this is a good point, there’s also another side of the medal to it. A solo traveler can blend in more easily than a group and not draw in as much attention as a tourist.

You should know beforehand how much it will cost you to get from the airport to your hotel or the city centre, at least.

As a solo traveler, you are more likely to be “taken for a ride.” It’s a good idea to ask the taxi driver how much it will cost you before you actually get in the cab. If the sum doesn’t sound right to you, take another cab.

Before the trip find out which hotels are open late, so you don’t end up on the street if you arrive in late hours.

If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it, trust your gut and be your own counsel. It will be advisable to always have good identification in more than one place and keep to open places, especially during night time. At all times exude confidence and walk purposefully. Try to blend in and not look like a tourist and don’t draw attention to yourself by wearing jewelry and flashy outfits.

A copy of your itinerary should be left with a friend or family member at home and stay in touch ith them regularly.

Trust

Sure, you want to meet new people especially while travelling (that’s the point of it all, isn’t it?) but it does make you more vulnerable. You should basically trust everyone while not trusting anyone.

Hang out, travel and share with your new friends but you might not want them to ask you to hold your money. It is known that scam artists can be the most charming people you’ll ever meet so be careful while staying open-minded and never let your guard down.