So, you’re thinking about traveling solo?
Let me tell you, you’re on to a good thing. Traveling alone is one of life’s best kept secrets. But why would anyone want to travel alone? That’s what I wondered for a while until I decided to see what all the hype was about. And once I finally did, I understood. I get a lot of questions from people who want start traveling solo, but really have no idea they’d do it. Hopefully this page will answer any questions that you have and get you started on your own solo travels!
Where do I start?
- Choose a destination. Your possibilities are endless. Whether domestic or abroad, there are so many fun places for you to choose from. Many people may want to start off with a U.S. city first just to get their feet wet. Choosing a destination here at home will make planning and navigating much easier than it would if you were choosing an international location. If you are choosing a destination abroad, it may help to choose a relatively safe, conflict-free country to ease you into the world of solo travel.
- Plan ahead. Once you’ve chosen your destination, start by gathering your necessary documents (insurance, passport, flights, etc.) If a passport is needed and you need help obtaining one, check out Passport Help for step by step instructions. To make it easier on yourself, book your flight(s) and accommodation in advance. Screenshot or print hard copies of confirmation pages for you to have easy access. If you plan on doing specific activities, it may be a good idea to book them before you leave.
- Choose your designated check-in person(s). For safety purposes, I recommend that you choose at least one person to give your itinerary to. Let them know information about your flight, where you’ll be staying, and when you plan to be back. It never hurts to check-in with them periodically so someone knows that you’re okay.
- Pack lightly. Since you’ll be traveling alone, there will be no one else to help you lug your bags around. Make it easy on yourself and pack lightly. I know from experience that you will soon regret bringing multiple bags when you are responsible for getting them from Point A to Point B.
- Mind safety recommendations. Safety is imperative whether you’re traveling domestically or abroad. I’ve compiled a list of safety recommendations to make sure your trip goes smoothly.
Lastly, have FUN! Your trip is going to be amazing. No need to be nervous. No need to worry. You’re going to go, have a blast, and come back with an newfound confidence that will last for years to come.