My friends always look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I am visiting a whole city, or even worse, a bunch of cities, all by myself. I personally enjoy traveling alone and think it is a great way to learn more about yourself and immerse yourself into cultures without having to deal with someone else’s opinions and travel plans. Everyone has different travel styles and when go solo you only have to please yourself.
Here are my best tips for traveling alone:
1Organization is key
So I might be crazy organized as it is, but when I travel solo, this increases exponentially. I have everything organized in Google sheets, I download all necessary Google Maps for offline access, and make sure I have everything I will possibly need and available, on the chance that I get lost or won’t have cell service. That way, I know exactly where I am supposed to be, how I am supposed to get there, and how to fit everything in that I want to see.
2If you like to party, hostels are your friend
Hostels are a genius idea. There are so many different types of hostels to choose from. Even if you don’t like staying in dorms (I don’t!), you can still stay in hostels, most of them have private rooms. Hostels are an amazing way to meet people and not only that, experience the nightlife. If you are visiting somewhere that is known for their nightlife or just want to be social for a night — hostels are the perfect way to experience this while feeling safe.
3Download EVERYTHING while you can
So this is my favorite travel tip in the entire world, and not only for solo travel – but for ANY international travel. I organize all of my plans using Google Sheets and Docs. Both of these apps are available on smartphones and can be used while traveling, and best of all, you can download specific sheets and docs to access offline. This means that even when you don’t have cell service you can access the sheets right from your phone.
Next, is Google Maps. Before I head out, I spend the time to star everywhere I want to see, eat and drink and then I download the city offline. This allows you to access the map without service, it tracks your location and lets you find the way to anywhere you are looking to go that is starred on your map!
4Enjoy your self!
As I mentioned previously, traveling alone is a great way to learn more about what you like and dislike when you travel. Enjoy getting to know yourself and doing things your way and on your own terms. How often do you get to do that?
You can learn more about me and my travel ways and everywhere I have traveled (and lots alone) on From East To West.