Travelling alone can be a great adventure – but many of us find it daunting. If you’re thinking of taking a trip solo, here are some tips for safe and happy travels.
Be prepared – thorough planning is always a good idea, and it’s even more important for the single traveller. Travel light. The less you pack the more independent you can be. Stay safe by paying attention to everything going on around you. Walk with confidence. Make your self accessible to new friends. Often a friendly smile or brief eye contact is all you need to start a conversation. If the idea of eating alone makes you uncomfortable, try a restaurant bar or counter or maybe a bed and breakfast with shared tables. In most places you can book organized tours after you’ve arrived – they offer built-in social interaction and added safety. The upside of going it alone is that you’ll be more open to new experiences and cultures.