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:
- 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
- Learn the language – just some useful phrases like “hello, how are you?”, “please” and “thank-you” will help you get by
- Don’t be afraid to dine alone in restaurants (called solomangarephobia), or choose to sit at the bar if possible
- Arrive during the day so you’re not walking around an unknown city in the dark
- Book as much as possible in advance, that way you’ll know exactly where you’re going and what you’re doing
- Sign up for organised group tours/courses – it’s a great way to experience a country and also meet like minded travellers
- Be money savvy – don’t carry large amounts of cash, keep back-up money in a different place, and consider carrying a cash-card
- 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
- Do want you want – no one is telling you where to go or what to do so make the most of it
- 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
- 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!
- Smile, it’s contagious!
- Trust your instincts
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