Travel Pointers and Alternatives to Make Your Solo Trip Extra Special
Solo traveling can bring to light certain experiences that more likely than not, will end up being wonderfully life-altering – leaving you with memories that you'll cherish forever. While planning your first trip can be quite scary at first, it’s likely that once you put your heart into it you’ll discover a completely different side of you – one that you're sure to be fascinated by. Kate Convissor of Wanderlust and Lipstick really sums it all up by enumerating the benefits of traveling alone. Seeing the world’s most beautiful creations on your own presents you with the opportunity to fully indulge yourself in your surroundings and savor every unique encounter without having to hold back due to other people’s beliefs or desires. Solo traveling is all about you; pampering yourself, educating yourself and feeling the greatest joy there is in life: discovery.
At the other end of the spectrum, single travel opens the doors to a lot of risks, too. There are various safety concerns, as well as the challenges of loneliness and single supplement. However, like in almost every facet of life, with the right amount of preparation and a hint of common sense, any solo traveler can make the most of each and every experience. Having said that, we’ve come up with a couple of travel pointers and alternatives to make your solo trip extra safe and ultra special.
Choosing Where to Stay and When to Book Them
For airline passengers driving to and from the airport, reserving a parking space can be as important as booking accommodation. In a way, these two factors go hand in hand and somewhat intertwine. Of course the key to all of this is to sign up in advance through various online aggregators. Conversely, these Internet-based companies also offer alternatives that sort of hit two birds with one stone. Aside from providing basic services such as on-airport, off-airport, and valet parking, these companies present an airport hotel with parking option. This is ideal, according to Parking4Less for those who have an early morning or late night flight. In terms of scheduling, the best time to reserve an airport parking spot is 24 to 48 hours prior to your flight. On the other hand, whether you’re flying to Europe, North America, or Asia, it’s advisable to book your lodging two to three months before departure – just to stay on the safe side.
Knowing How to Get Around
Once you’ve landed at your destination, you’ll have to go through one of the most challenging factors of solo traveling: commuting. Expert travelers advise to take public transportation whether they're transiting to and from the airport, or touring around the city. This way, not only will you have the chance to take in the local culture, you’ll also stretch your budget, as community transport networks are usually the more affordable option. It presents you with opportunities to live in the moment and see where these wheels, tracks, and cable lines take you.
Putting a Premium on Safety and Common Sense
Whether you plan on staying at a five-star hotel, AirBnb, or a backpackers’ motel – it is imperative, when traveling alone, to fit in to your surroundings and not go over the top with your clothes, gadgets, and lavish accessories. Attracting attention to yourself may not be the best idea when in a foreign land, so keep it low key and stay alert!
Tech Republic’s Susan Harkins even lists some practical ways on how to protect yourself in your preferred accommodation. It also wouldn’t hurt to invest in those little doorstop alarms: small safety pieces that can fit snugly inside your travel bag.
Stay confident ladies, you can do it.
Article written by Paul Gerton, edited by Rosa Sanchez.
After traveling around Asia for three years, Paul knew that he would end up devoting an extended portion of his life to traveling the world. Today he spends his days working from home and writing about his travels – a career he never thought possible ten years ago. Apart from traveling, Paul enjoys spending time at the gym and reading Sci-Fi novels.