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.
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.
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!
August 12, 2018