Tips for Your First Solo Trip
Are you planning your first solo trip? Thousands of questions running through your head? Well, don't let your anxiety stop you from travelling alone. First solo trip can be scary and overwhelming. However, if you plan well and research thoroughly about the place or he country you would be travelling, there is no reason to hesitate from setting off on that long pending solo trip. Having someone to travel with you feels comfortable and safer and when you decide to go on your own that comfort level dissolves. But don't you worry, it's just a matter of taking that decision to go. Yes, it can be frightening in the beginning, but I promise travelling alone have more benefits than you can ever imagine.
I felt the same when I planned my first solo trip to Europe. I literally cried the day before I started my journey. Roaming around alone in an unknown country! This thought itself terrified me. But today I can confidently say that I can wander around almost everywhere all by myself.
Here are few tips that might help you plan your first solo trip:
Research well: It is very important to familiarize yourself with the place or country that you will be travelling to. You will feel prepared, when you have an idea of what to expect when you arrive at your destination. Things you must research before you start your trip:
Passport, Visa and other travel document requirements if you are travelling international. Every country has different rules and regulations. How to get to and from the airport/hotel Do's and don'ts of the country that you are travelling to Local customs, weather, dress codes, etiquettes etc. Current political situation (recently added this to my check list 😊)
Advance reservations/plans: Be gentle on yourself as this is your first solo trip. You can be stress free if you have pre-booked your accommodation, tour tickets (if you plan for any), train bookings etc. Also do some advance planning if not all. Not essentially a detailed plan, but its better to have a plan for the first 2 days and you can explore on the go for the remainders.
Travel light: Its best to travel light while travelling solo (and other wise too if you can manage). It helps you to manage your luggage with ease within cities. Another good thing is you can easily use public transport (bus, trains, metros), where luggage storage is limited. I would suggest a medium size back pack and a small sling bag and you are prepped.
Let someone be informed: Travelling solo does not mean you will cut-off from your loved ones. I highly recommend to share a brief about your itinerary to someone back home. It's natural for your friends and family to be worried when you are travelling alone.