Flying Solo: How to Plan and Prepare for Travelling Alone

by on Tuesday, April 23, 2013    |  No Comments

prepare-for-travelling-aloneTravelling alone gives you a whole lot of freedom, which is amazing: you don’t have any companions you need to adjust your schedule to and you can go wherever you want to go to see whatever you want to see. It’s essential to prepare well for your travels, however, as you also have full responsibility over yourself and nobody else to fall back on, should something happen. Here are some tips on how to plan and prepare for travelling alone and what you should do if you’re flying solo.

1. Make lists, lists and more lists

Before you go, read up on the places you’re planning to visit. You can either do an internet search or get some travel guides – possibly even ask friends who have been there before for some tips. If you find something that interests you, write it down immediately. Sort all the spots you want to visit and sights you want to see by location. This way you will never run out of ideas on where to go if boredom strikes.

You could go even further and make lists of what you want to spend your time on when you’re relaxing, what foods you want to taste and the activities you want to undertake. This way you will never run out of ideas and you won’t miss out on the things you were looking forward to the most.

2. Bring enough money

If something happens to you and you’re on your own, this unfortunately also means you will have to deal with the problem without any support from family members or friends. If the airport loses your luggage or if your wallet or passport get stolen (let’s hope this doesn’t happen, of course), you need to carry enough money with you to replace your lost items. Plan your budget before you go and set money aside for the possibility of accidents happening. If you need some more money to spend, you can make some easy cash by selling your old DVDs, CDs and games at http://www.musicmagpie.com.

3. Find some locals to hang out with

Though travelling on your own is amazing, it might get lonely sometimes. Ask around if your friends or family know anyone who resides in the places you are visiting, or try and find some like-minded travellers over the internet. After spending your entire day alone, it will be nice to sit down and have a drink with someone in the evening.

4. Always bring your passport with you

Don’t ever leave the place where you sleep without your passport. Especially when you’re on your own, it’s important to be able to identify you at all times. Invest in a safe bag that you can carry with you or hide it in a pocket with a zipper that only you can reach.

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