For the independent traveler, there is no greater feeling than hitting the open road (or skies) solo. But even the most intrepid solo traveler can use a little help from their friends. That’s why we’ve put together this list of dos and don’ts for traveling solo, so you can make the most of your next adventure.
DO: Make a Plan
The beauty of traveling solo is that you can change your plans on a whim, but that doesn’t mean you should fly by the seat of your pants 100% of the time. It can be helpful to at least have a loose plan before you set out on your trip. This will give you a framework to work within and will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed once you start exploring. Not sure where to start? Check out our Solo Travel Planning Guide for some tips.
This one should be a no-brainer, but we’ve all been there. When you’re packing for your trip, ask yourself if you really need each item. If the answer is no, leave it at home. You don’t want to be lugging around a heavy suitcase (or backpack) filled with things you’ll never use. That being said, it’s also important to pack wisely. Be sure to bring items that will come in handy, like a universal adapter, comfortable walking shoes, and weather-appropriate clothing. And don’t forget your travel insurance!
DO: Talk to People
One of the best parts about traveling solo is that it forces you to step out of your comfort zone and talk to new people. Whether you strike up a conversation with the person sitting next to you on the plane or exchange tips with another traveler at your hostel, talking to people is a great way to get insider information about your destination. It can also help ward off any feelings of loneliness or homesickness you may experience while on your trip. So go ahead and chat up that cute stranger—you might just make a new friend (or at least get some good recommendations).
DON’T: Spend All Your Time Alone
While it may seem counterintuitive, one of the worst things you can do when traveling solo is spend all your time alone. If sightseeing is leaving you feeling drained, take a break and relax in your hotel room or find a cozy spot in a café to people-watch and read your book. And don’t be afraid to ask questions! locals are usually more than happy to chat and share their insider knowledge with travelers. Who knows, maybe they’ll even invite you to join them for dinner!
Traveling solo can be an incredibly rewarding experience—but it comes with its fair share of challenges too. By following our dos and don’ts for traveling solo, we hope you can make the most of your next adventure! Bon, voyage!