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Four Smart Tips for Travelling Solo

By Twothirstytravellers @2thirstytrav

Every once in a while, we all feel a strong urge to get away from everyday life and just have some time to ourselves. Selfish as it may sound, it’s not all bad. In fact, it is quite healthy.

One of the best ways to do this is to travel solo. Not only do you get distance and perspective, but you also get to see new places. Here are some tips to make your solo trip easier and a little more fun:

Link up with other travellers

Even though you’re traveling for some alone time, connecting with your fellow travellers can be good for you. Meeting and talking to new people can give you a whole new way to look at the world.

If you’re a woman traveling solo and you’d like to find female travel companions to travel with, there are some great apps for that. Seeking out new companions to bond with might just get you a new life-long friendship.

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Take lots of pictures

One of the ways to make your adventures last is to take tons of pictures and videos. You can take notes so you’ll remember all the names, places and other information. When you’re traveling solo you might not have someone to remind you all the great details. Not only will these notes help you remember the trip better, but you’ll also have more stories to tell your friends back home.

Get an unlocked phone

Sharing photos and videos if you are moving around a lot is going to send your phone bills through the roof due to roaming charges. It would be more cost effective for you to get an unlocked phone so you can just purchase a sim card from the network providers in any country you’re in. It may seem like an unnecessary investment, but it’s much better to make a one-time phone purchase than to spend tons on roaming charges when you’re back.

Be safe

When traveling by yourself, you should take some extra precautions to stay safe. These can be as simple as keeping your friends and family back home posted about your routes and itinerary.

You should make a list of your emergency contacts. Since you’re on the move, you may not find a place to charge your phone for a while and get a dead battery when you least expect it. So write it down on a piece of paper! Include your personal information, emergency contact for home, and maybe even your credit card company’s number in the list.

Travelling solo is one of the most liberating things you can do. The feeling of being on your own with lots of miles to travel is almost therapeutic. But connecting with people, making the trip last and taking safety precautions can make the experience even better.


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