Travelling alone can be quite intimidating for a beginner. You have never been away from your home alone before and all of a sudden, you find yourself in a strange city or town, surrounded by people you do not know. There might be a lot of things going through your head and you might even have the urge to go back. But, honestly, do not panic!
As much as it is a little difficult in the beginning, travelling alone can have a rather positive effect on you and your life. It makes you confident like never before and you get that triumphant feeling of being able to do anything in the world. It is actually extremely necessary for a person to travel alone at least once in life. It opens you up and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, you discover yourself in a whole new way!
However, while travelling alone, you need to keep certain things in mind, the foremost of which is your safety. So, considering that and more, here is what you need to know about travelling alone!
1. Pick a destination
When you have made up your mind to travel, the first thing you need to do is pick a destination. Now, since there are infinite places to go to in this world, it might be a little confusing as you start searching over the internet for that one perfect getaway. Do not fret! Remember to ask yourself some important questions such as: Are you a hills person or more of a beaches kind of person? Do you like wildlife? How much money can you really afford for a trip at that point? Would that place be safe for someone travelling alone? And then you will get your answer! It would actually be very easy for you to pick a destination if you keep these things in mind before deciding on a particular place.
2. Fix a budget
Fixing a budget is very important for any trip, but especially for a solo trip because when you travel alone, you would have to pay all the money alone as well. There would be no one to share the expenses with. So, pick a destination that you can afford. There are many budget tours available on the internet, which would fit anyone’s budget easily. At Avian Escapes, we help you to choose a destination, according to your budget, so that you can make the most of your time with the limited money you have. However, if you have a dream destination that you really want to go to, no matter what, then the best advice that we can give you is to start saving up. If you save methodically and consistently, then there is no place in the world that you cannot reach. It’s all about saving smart and saving hard!
3. Take your time to explore the place
As you find yourself in a new town or city all alone, it can be a bit overwhelming for you at first. Take some rest the first day you arrive there. You don’t have to rush if you do not want to. Try and get a travel map, so that you don’t get lost while exploring the place. If you still get confused on the way, don’t be shy to talk to strangers and do not forget to smile while asking for help. You will be amazed to see how helpful people can be in strange lands. Soon you will start warming up to the people as well as the place!
4. Be safe
Safety should be at the top of your list of priorities when you are travelling alone. Carry a pepper spray with you, because you never know when you might need it. Also, try to follow some safety rules as well, such as do not get too drunk when you are in an unknown place, do not ask for lifts from strangers, do not go out too late at night all alone and some more you can add to this list yourself. But, at the end of the day, a lot depends on your intuition. If you get a feeling that you should not talk to someone or you should not go somewhere, do not do it and always remember to follow the rules of the city or town you are visiting. Give all the details of the place you are staying at and the places you are going to go to as well, to your family and friends, so that in case, something bad happens, they can come looking for you.
5. Talk to the locals
Visiting a new place doesn’t only mean enjoying the scenery. It means to get to know the people and the culture of that region as well. Make an effort to talk to the locals, to get to know them, their language and their way of living. It will make you feel a lot less alone in a new environment. Soon, you will see yourself becoming good friends with them. Imagine having friends in so many towns and cities and countries in the world! Also, find a local guide if possible. He or she can take you to all the must-see tourist attractions of that place. Thus, you will be saved from the headache of locating everything all by yourself and can instead concentrate on having only fun!
6. Make beautiful memories
Just because you are all alone in a strange land, that doesn’t mean you can’t have as much fun as you would have had if you had a group of friends with you. In fact, this new experience can be just as fulfilling, or even more. Go to all the tourist attractions that you had always wanted to visit. Live those moments to the fullest. Click beautiful pictures. Do not forget to carry a selfie stick with you, as you must click some of your pictures too visiting those places, or you can even ask someone to click those for you. Remember, this is your time, only yours! Make the most of it! Make beautiful memories!