Avoiding problems when traveling solo: what to bear in mind

Avoiding problems when traveling solo what to bear in mind

Packing up your bags and taking yourself around the world for a solo adventure is an experience of two halves. On the one hand, you’re doing something completely independent and exciting on your own back and creating memories that can change and shape you as a person – and on the other hand, you’re doing something completely independent and exciting on your own, which can be pretty darn daunting and scary!

One of the main qualms of any solo traveler is having nobody to help when you encounter a problem, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here’s what you need to bear in mind when you’re traveling solo.

You’re in charge of your itinerary

One of the main problems you might incur during your solo traveling trip is realizing that the world really is your oyster. Although on paper this is pretty darn cool, things start to get complicated when you realize that there are so many destinations to choose from on this planet… and this can make choosing your next move especially difficult.

One of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of your solo travel adventure is to take charge of your itinerary on the go. Chopping and changing where you want to go and for how long is all part of the fun – as long you maintain control over your movements.

Avoiding problems when traveling solo what to bear in mind

Traveling solo means that you have the freedom to do whatever the heck you want, whenever the heck you want – which means that you have absolutely nobody to answer to. Except perhaps your bank account. Because of this spontaneity and the fact that you have nobody there to remind you of your own plans, delays and extra costs are expected during solo travel.

In fact, around 25% of travelers admit to missing a flight during their adventures, which means wasted money and time. The best way to avoid losing your money is to pay out a bit yourself for travel insurance that will cover everything from illness, to missed flights, or even lost luggage.

Avoiding problems when traveling solo what to bear in mind
You can get lonely, but it’s okay

When you choose to be a solo traveler, you have to realize what you’re signing up for, because it can be pretty lonely at times. If you’re not the kind of person who will do everything they can to find an ideal travel partner while on their travels, then you have to realize that traveling solo will come with its downfalls – but with these downfalls come new and exciting opportunities for you and you alone.

You will make friends with people from across the world, you might find yourself dining with the locals, or you might find yourself taking a night off to speak to your family back home. You have to find whatever works for you.

You might not have to pay more as a solo traveler

Solo travel means half the cost, right? Well, not quite. It’s a well-known fact that solo travelers often pay more during their travels because of the single travel supplement. This extra cost is added on by hoteliers who believe single travelers who are staying in a double room should pay extra costs for the heating, the laundry, the housekeeping, as well as the money that they lose from having one less person in their hotel.

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this. For starters, you could ask them to remove the supplement – because if you don’t ask, you don’t get! If this doesn’t work, you could try booking through another tour operator, or you could even choose to share with another solo traveler if you’re up for making friends.

Traveling solo can be one of the best experiences of your life… but it can also be pretty problematic. Knowing how to deal with these situations can be the difference between an adventure of a lifetime and a nightmare. Do you have any more tips on how to avoid problems when solo traveling? Let us know in the comments!

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Comments

  1. I never went alone on a long journey. But now that I’ve read your post, I’m more appealing to that idea. Perhaps soon I went on a small trip just for myself to rest my mind and soul.

  2. I had no idea about the supplement when booking a room for a single. Great advice. Travelling alone, is such a great way to get to know yourself even better. Happy travels!

  3. This is such an awesome guide, thank you! I am not sure I would be happy travelling on my own for too long, I always think those that do are incredibly brave!

  4. Being in charge of your own itinerary when travelling solo is definitely freeing, but like you said, it does come with its challenges. For me, my biggest concern while travelling alone is my safety, so considerations to that aspect are always my top priority. 🙂

  5. Such an awesome and helpful guide. Thanks for sharing and for thinking of things that would be otherwise missed!

  6. My ex used to travel all over all by himself and stay in youth hostels. The idea freaks me out, I really don’t think I could handle it but it sounds so bold and adventurous!!

  7. I think I’d really like to travel solo one day. So thank you for posting these helpful tips on solo traveling.

  8. Solo trip tips are useful. you get so much time to do the things the way you want. The best part is you connect with yourself. I think its important to travel solo too.

  9. I have travelled solo twice and it is an exhilarating feeling to be on your own. It can get lonely but it is worth it 😉

  10. i have never been solo traveling but that’s something i’d sure love to! and it’s great to have tips on how to make the most of it!

  11. This is such a helpful post, I have never traveled alone since last five years. It is such an amazing experience, knowing yourself, knowing the boundaries, being responsible and at the same time have freedom. You have mentioned some great tips and will be very useful for anyone looking to travel solo.

  12. I have never traveled alone. Traveling alone sounds adventurous, yet you need to consider a few things for sure. Interesting post.

  13. I do hope I will never really need to travel solo because my husband is perfect travel partner but your tips are great if I ever want to spend some time without him

  14. I love travelling solo – that freedom is extraordinary. Great post, this! 🙂

  15. You gave some really good advice in this post. It can sometimes be more costly to travel solo like you said but you can always ask for help. I think travelling alone can be really rewarding!

  16. As much as I like “me” time, I’m not sure if I’m a travel-solo kind of person. I loveee to share adventure with friends & family. Make memories with them!! I do know people who love traveling alone for all these reasons though!

  17. As a solo traveller, I can relate to a lot of what you’ve written here! All these things are definitely worth bearing in mind when travelling solo, especially if you’re a female solo traveller x

  18. My friends can be such flankers. That is the reason my I often consider traveling alone. This is valuable advice. Thank you for your insight.

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