Travelling alone could work for those that want to take things at their own pace. You can take time out and sightsee, enjoy a glass of wine at any time of the day and meet new people on-the-go.
I believe that travelling alone is a great experience and you should travel solo at least once in your life. However, I do remember making some stupid mistakes when I first travelled alone and that’s why I’ve compiled a couple of things that you shouldn’t do.
Make sure you go through this checklist if you’re travelling alone:
1. Don’t book a place far from civilisation
We all want to take pictures of tropical rainforests and experience a stay like no other but in all honesty, if you’re out by yourself staying in a forest or far away from the city then you’ll find yourself spending a lot of time worrying about food, meds, transportation and other things. Don’t get me wrong – if this works for you then great but I’d rather stay in a busy part of the town/city than an isolated area.
I remember staying in a cottage that was situated deep in the forests of Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka. I found this cottage on Airbnb and it was such a great place to live until one night when the electricity was off for a couple of hours; I found myself trapped in my room and eventually got stung by a scorpion (it wasn’t poisonous) when I tried to bravely step out into the dark. Big mistake. I remember roaring really loudly and waking up the villagers nearby. And well, they eventually took me to the doctor and cussed me out later for ruining their sleep. But hey, lesson learnt right?
2. Don’t drain your phone battery by Instagramming everything
I was so caught up with sharing every tree, stone and hut I came across that I completely forgot about saving my charge and data for maps and urgent calls. I personally feel like sharing your journey online is subjective – you can probably take a digital detox or just snap away. Make sure you carry along your power bank if you feel like the world should know how how you had your eggs in the morning.
3. Don’t travel without your meds if you’re a problem child
Are you a problem child? Does your immunity suck? Can you not eat everything that moves? If you answered yes to all three then make sure you carry your meds with you. If you’re travelling to a place during the rainy season then make sure you pack flu-tabs, mosquito repellants, panadols, antihistamine etc.
4. Don’t get off the grid
I am not Indiana Jones.
Say this to yourself everyday especially, when you’re travelling alone. Keep in touch with your friends and family via Whtsapp or Messenger. Keep them updated with your day-to-day adventures. You do not want to end up like James Franco in 127 hours.
5. Don’t try to do everything in one trip
You might rarely get holidays (I know I don’t), so don’t try checking off everything on your “bucket list”. It’s okay if you missed out on a corny picture next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Make the most of where you’re staying, talk to people, explore the streets and come back later in the year to take the corny picture.
Hope this list helps you out. For more tips on budgeted travels head here.