ANN/THE DAILY STAR – Whether you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert, there’s a thrill to embarking on your first or repeat solo adventure.
Creating your itinerary without the need to accommodate someone else’s timetable or preferences has its own allure.
Travelling solo allows for unexpected encounters and opportunities that may not arise when journeying with a companion, a partner or a group.
As enjoyable as solo travel can be, remembering a few helpful tips can enhance the experience more worthwhile.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Before you embark on your journey to unfamiliar territories, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research.
Take the time to acquaint yourself with the culture customs and local regulations of your destination. Being prepared with this knowledge can alleviate any pre-trip anxiety and enable you to seamlessly integrate into the local environment while showing respect for their way of life, ultimately leading to a more harmonious and enjoy-able experience.
Safety is a top priority when travelling alone.
Keep your family and friends in the loop about your whereabouts.
Share your itinerary, flight details and accommodation information with someone you trust.
In the age of technology, staying connected is easier than ever, so make use of apps like WhatsApp, Google Maps, and local emergency numbers for added security.
Do not bring your entire closet, that’s what shopping abroad is for!
Lighten your load with versatile, mix-and-match clothing that complements the weather of the country you are visiting. Do not forget the essentials like a universal adapter, a portable charger, and a first-aid kit.
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS
Your gut feeling is your best travel companion.
Trust your gut feelings, and if something does not feel right, do not be afraid to adjust your plans. Always prioritise safety.
Eating alone can be a delicious adventure in itself. Do not be shy about dining solo.
Try local cuisine, savour the flavours, and strike up conversations with fellow diners or the waitstaff. Food is a universal language that brings people together.
Choose accommodations that offer a balance of comfort and security. Hostels, guesthouses, and well-rated hotels are great options. Read reviews and trust the wisdom of your local solo female traveller community when making your selection.
DOCUMENT YOUR JOURNEY
Capture the moments that take your breath away and not just for the ‘Gram. Keep a travel journal to record your thoughts, experiences, and personal growth.
It’s an incredible way to reflect on your solo journey and cherish the memories.
LEARN FROM CHALLENGES
Challenges are an integral part of any journey, and solo travel is no exception. Embrace them as opportunities for personal growth.
Whether it’s a missed train, a language barrier, or getting lost, every challenge is a lesson in disguise.
Remember, solo travel for women is not about being fearless, it’s about feeling the fear and doing it anyway. With the right preparation and a bit of courage, your solo adventure will be an unforgettable, empowering experience. – Maisha Tarannum Iqbal