Traveling alone can be a fun and rewarding experience. Without the distractions of a group or other travelers, you are able to completely focus your energy and attention on where you are and what you are seeing, which can intensify your experience.
If you plan to travel alone, do as much advance preparation as you can. Prepare for a fun, safe trip with some of the tips below.
- Travel Plans – Leave a copy of your entire itinerary with a friend or family member. Make sure you include all flight and hotel information along with the phone number of a friend in case of an emergency at home while you are away.
- Hotel Safety –
o Request an inside room that is not near a stairwell, exit or hotel elevator. Not only will you sleep better (the room will be less noisy), others are not likely to notice you entering or exiting your room alone.
o Check your room the first time you enter and leave the door open during the process.
o Make sure that all door locks work properly and there is a lock on the window if it opens.
o Make sure the telephone is turned on, working and that you can dial 0 if you need to reach the front desk or hotel operator.
- Communication – Verify that your mobile phone operates where you are going. Call home to check in with a friend or relative at least every other day.
- Valuables – Keep your license and a card from the hotel (with address and phone number) on you at all times.
- Blend In – Try not to look like a tourist. This will protect you from being singled out for scams. Avoid looking like a tourist by:
o Storing your camera on you rather than wearing it around your neck
o Mapping out your destination in advance. Avoid carrying a large map, and try to walk in a group even though you aren’t necessarily with them.
- Learn the Language – Learn a few choice phrases in your destination country so you can communicate easier should you need assistance from a local.