We’ve all spent months trying to plan the perfect group trip, but with all too familiar regularity seeing it fail to materialise. One friend is short on holiday allowance, another short on cash, and then there’s that mate who always ducks out at the very last minute.
The antidote to your scuppered holiday woes – travelling solo. And it’s rapidly on the rise. Quick weekend away, or jaunt around the globe, there’s more to travelling solo than packing a few books and the generic stay safe advice. So here are our tips for one-man wayfaring done properly.
Avoid looking like a tourist
Yes you’re on holiday and of course you want to purchase a few trinkets and souvenirs to remind you of your trip. But stick to fridge magnets and passport stamps and forego the sombreros and ‘I Love NYC’ t-shirt. Assimilate, blend in and avoid attracting any unnecessary attention.
Learn the art of saying “No”
Whether you’re trundling around a flea-market in Marrakech, a souk in Sharm el-Sheikh, or a boulangerie in Bordeaux, there will be people keen to sell you their wares – and it can be tough to say no without offending the locals. Wherever you are, it’s always handy to learn to say ‘no thank you’ in the local tongue.
As we said, travelling solo is on the rise, so you won’t be quite as alone as you think on your independent jaunt. Use Twitter and Instagram to see where other
like-minded explorers are hanging out. A little company never hurt anyone.
Pack some running shoes
If you plan on staying fit on your trip, a great way to see a city is by running it. Pack your running shoes and take a jog around the sites. It’s good for the heart as well as the soul.
Nothing beats a spot of spontaneity, but before throwing complete caution to the wind, some advance planning is recommended- this is especially important if you’re travelling solo.
Where you’ll stay on your first night and how you’ll navigate your way from the airport to the city. It gives those back home peace of mind too.
So now you’ve read our tips, what are you waiting for?