The idea of traveling solo is something that’s not everybody’s cup of tea. But as the trend is growing and becoming popular in the 21st century, more and more people are becoming motivated and inspired to go on a solo trip at least once in their life. As our daily life is becoming busier and mundane, we all crave for that break from our regular boring life, sometimes solitude is an answer to all the problems and traveling solo is something that can be an antidote to how alone we find ourselves in several ways. Traveling solo helps a person in a number of ways, whether it’s about becoming more independent and fierce or bursting out their own solitude to find companionship among strangers in an unknown and exhilarating land.
If we ask travelers about solo travel mistakes we should avoid making, they mainly emphasize the safety part and also give their advice on how you can save money, find good deals, deal with awkward situations and many more things. Not only traveling solo can be an enriching experience but it can also be a life-changing or life-defining event. To make sure that you have one such experience in your life and to help you make the most out of your solo trip, check out these traveling mistakes you should avoid making while going on a solo trip.
Feeling obligated to stay in a hotel
Just because everybody else is doing it doesn’t mean you have to follow the league too. The most common advice that you will ever get is to stay in hostels or other communal living establishments when traveling solo as these places increase the chances of you meeting new people quickly and relatively easily. While hostels are great and all and allow you to meet new people, fellow travelers but you don’t have to commit to them unrelentingly. The choice of accommodation should be your decision only. If you are someone who is looking for companionship then you can go for hostels or alternative lodging options and if you want a place where you can feel safe, comfortable and convenient then you can go for a reputable hotel.
Using all your cash
Running out of all the cash is the last thing you would want to happen. Having no cash in your pocket and no way to get any is the worst kind of problem for every traveler and even worse when you are traveling solo. Therefore, you need to be careful with all the expenses and where you are spending your money. Always carry some extra cash with you and place it somewhere separately so that whenever in need, you can put that money to use. Just make sure not to spend the money unless it’s absolutely necessary.
People who are shy and reticent, it’s not the right time for you to let this shyness come in the way of you meeting and interacting with new people. Being courageous and confident is the right way of traveling solo. And to make the most out of your solo trip, you will have to suppress your shyness once in a while. One way to work on this is by initiating conversations with the locals, the shopkeepers when asking for directions or anything else, instead of cutting short these unexpected exchanges you can simply ask them a question about their family or anything that can lead to conversation becoming longer. Taking baby steps one at a time will make this easier each time.
Standing in a long queue already feels quite tiring and when you are standing alone then it can become even more unendurable. To help you save yourself from these situations when you are planning to go to museums or any kind of attractions that may require some waiting, you can do the online research beforehand and check if you can make reservations or purchase tickets in advance to avoid waiting in long lines.
Just like you would be keeping a tab on your money, keeping tabs on alcohol consumption is probably a good idea as well. If you have over-intoxicated yourself and are no longer in control then it can easily make you an easy target for thieves and other bad people. Your safety is in your own hands and only you are responsible for all the things and not anybody else. As you are traveling solo you are yourself responsible for your safety. To avoid all such unpleasant situations from happening, it would be advisable to keep yourself in control and keep tabs of what and how much you are consuming intoxicating things.