- Safe and successful solo travel is as much about research as it is the experience, so do your homework.
- Make itineraries and share them with friends and family, and always buy travel insurance to cover the unexpected.
- The most important things you can do for safe solo traveling are to plan ahead, stay alert (but not scared) and be confident.
There are countless benefits to solo travel. For starters, you won’t have to accommodate other people’s plans or preferences. You can travel at your pace and do the things you want to do. If you want to spend more time at a particular place, there’s no one to stop you. The biggest benefit, though, is the personal growth from a solo travel experience.
But that same exhilarating growth makes the thought of going to a foreign land totally alone a little disconcerting. The idea of something bad happening when you’re far from home with no one to lean on can be nerve-wracking. However, when you plan ahead and take the proper precautions, you’ll take the edge off those concerns.
If you’re considering solo travel, read on to discover how to do it safely!
1. Do Your Homework
Planning keeps you safe, and much of it happens before you even set foot in your destination. It’s important to learn about the practicalities of the place you’re visiting, such as understanding the currency and finding out if you need any specific vaccinations.
You should also research the city or town you’re visiting and figure out which neighborhoods are safe and which are less so. Doing your homework goes a long way toward protecting your health and finances.