With travelling solo I have found that the more prepared I am, the more confident I am even when I am going to an absolutely new, absolutely random city! In this article, I would be highlighting five often overlooked things to really consider, when preparing for your first solo trip!
Whenever I am embarking on a new solo trip, there is a calm I feel when I just know how I would get to wherever I am going to post landing. It is easy to assume that there would be Uber wherever you are going to, but that is just not always the case. Sometimes, even where there is Uber, it might not necessarily be the best mode of transportation for you. There is a peace of mind that comes with planning your means of transportation in any country you are visiting in advance before you get there. Most hotels offer this hassle free service at an extra cost. If you find that to be too expensive, come on guys, we are in the era of the World Wide Web! It really isn’t that difficult to access almost any information you want if you go searching for it, so go searching for it!
I know! We live in a cashless world now. But you quickly learn when you are travelling solo that you must always travel with backup cash, just in case! No matter how many debit cards you might be travelling with, I always advise every solo traveller to have a bit of cash, not just on their person, but tucked away somewhere else, in their hand luggage, in a safe place in their suitcase, and so on! Speaking from experience where I had a purse stolen from me with ALL my cash and cards in it, I only imagine what would’ve happened had that happened on one of my solo trips! Your guess is as good as mine.. total, absolute DISASTER! Don’t make that mistake, guys, don’t do it!
Whether travelling solo or not, every traveller must make sure they have two sets of copies of every original document they are travelling with. One set left in your home country, and one set with you on the trip, kept away from where the original copies are. The importance of this really cannot be overemphasized. Safety first, people! Anything can happen!
When travelling solo, while a lot of people know it is important to keep in touch with family and friends while on the go, they often forget to communicate actual flight schedules and accommodation information to at least one close friend or family. It is important that your loved ones not only know where you are as often as you can, but also where you would be staying, the flights you would be taking and so on. Effective communication also means that when travelling solo, you must ensure you buy a local sim, no matter how expensive it is, and not rely on Wi-Fi as your primary means of communication, because we all know how inefficient that is sometimes!
Try it! There’s a feeling of comfort you feel when you are in a new country, and a local tries to play a fast one on you- a trap that you had already previously read about online, that is. In your mind you would be like ‘me ke? No thank you!’ Somehow, that makes you feel confident enough to explore even more knowing that you are aware of the things other tourists fall for, and are somewhat familiar with how things work in the country you are visiting. Different countries have so many different tourist traps, do your research, get familiar!
That’s it for this post guys! This doesn’t even nearly scratch the surface, but I find that the points raised here are often overlooked, and hope it would be of help to someone considering their first solo trip!
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