I have to admit at the onset, I’m not a big fan of travelling alone. But I am also someone who enjoys being on the move, albeit, with the realisation that my friends will not be able to be my travel buddies every time. So, I have come to peace with the fact that sometimes solo travel doesn’t have to be a pain in my rear. So coming from my experience, here are 9 hacks to help you enjoy travelling alone.
I’m thinking Spice Girls and Fifth Harmony with a few Britney Spears and Taylor Swift numbers thrown in the mix, and of course your favourite Bollywood chartbusters. If you start your day knowing that you’re ‘worth it’, the day will surely be a blast!
Even if you are particular about planning your vacation to the T, sometimes do things on an impulse. Spend hours wondering in a shopping mall, or sit by the beach and read your favourite book. Take time out to reconnect with yourself instead of constantly checking off items from your to-do list.
This is easier said than done, but if you are on a vacation alone, a lighter backpack will make moving around much easier.
Being a part of the internet generation, it takes real effort to not take a photograph of every meal you have and every time you come face-to-face with a picturesque sunset. Revel in the glory of the present and keep that smartphone at bay.
Pick up phrases in the local language before you set out on your trip. Don’t be apprehensive about asking for help when you need it. Respect local culture and traditions and try to familiarise yourself more with them.
Keep your passport, currency, credit cards, copies of your tickets, and hotel information in your carry on at all times. Make sure you carry the photocopies instead of originals so that you don’t run the risk of losing important documents.
Travelling alone gives you all the more incentive to go on walking tours and mingle with fellow travellers in hostels, pubs and other sightseeing spots.
...When you have some recreation at hand. Stream your favourite shows on your phone or tablet, read a book or a magazine and keep yourself entertained, ladies!
If you are travelling on your own, remember to share details of you itinerary - hotel or any alternate phone numbers with your friends and family, so that they have a relative knowhow of your whereabouts.
Y’all, don’t let the initial anxiety of solo travel ever hold you back!