Lucy in Monument Valley

When planning their gap year trips many people worry about travelling solo; will I get lonely? Will I get bored? What if I get lost? We’ve compiled a list of our top tips for making the most of travelling on your own:

  1. Be friendly – it sounds obvious but if you talk to hostel staff, locals and other travellers you’re likely to make friends and hear some incredible stories
  2. Learn the language – just some useful phrases like “hello, how are you?”, “please” and “thank-you” will help you get by
  3. Don’t be afraid to dine alone in restaurants (called solomangarephobia), or choose to sit at the bar if possible
  4. Arrive during the day so you’re not walking around an unknown city in the dark
  5. Book as much as possible in advance, that way you’ll know exactly where you’re going and what you’re doing
  6. Sign up for organised group tours/courses – it’s a great way to experience a country and also meet like minded travellers
  7. Be money savvy – don’t carry large amounts of cash, keep back-up money in a different place, and consider carrying a cash-card
  8. Ration phone/social media use so you don’t miss out on local culture, but also stay connected so people at home know you’re ok
  9. Do want you want – no one is telling you where to go or what to do so make the most of it
  10. Take reading material – for those times when you want to be alone, or just need something to do, a book can be a great way to pass the time
  11. If you don’t want to be out late at night then start your day early and do lots of daytime activities – you’ll be too tired to stay out!
  12. Smile, it’s contagious!
  13. Trust your instincts

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