Saturday, January 23, 2016

TRAVELING SOLO


There is saying that traveling is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer. So it's no surprise that more and more people are covering the globe seeing the wonders, experiencing new differing cultures and taking new adventures. One of the best ways to do this, is traveling solo. You are on your own time, within your own budget and can make your own agenda.

So for you first time solo travelers, or if you are considering traveling alone, here's a quick guide to traveling solo and some of the best operators to help you plan your trip.

Plan ahead.

Planning ahead is always best practice when traveling alone. Planing your transport, accommodation and itinerary will keep you safe and on track to cover the places you want to visit!

You could include any activities, sightseeing and dinners in this so you can pre-book tickets and help with your budgeting too. Then you can plan and purchase daily or weekly metro cards are great for getting around and get great deals on tickets in advance too. Wanderlust magazine has a great selection of ideas and activities for solo travelers in different places across the world, so is a great place to start planning where you want to go and what you want to see. The government websites of countries and cities are great to see what there is to do, like this one for New York and always remember to check your governments state travel website. Here's the US and here's the UKs.

The logistics.

Fred Olsen Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line offer some trips with no single supplement charges, so you can take in more of the world, keep a base on the cruise liner and spend the days on glorious beaches or visiting new cities. You'll find on a cruise too, that you are surrounded by other solo or group travelers so at dinners you can mingle and socialise if you want to.

Solo Holidays, Contiki, Friendship Travel, Voyages of Discovery, and Trip Advisor are usually my go-to sites when I'm looking to travel.

The thing about solo travel is that you can really make it your own. If you want to go to an all inclusive beach break with organised day trips and transfers included you can. Or if you want to be a little more relaxed having days wandering around cities at your leisure you can too!

Traveling solo doesn't have to be pricey. There are many companies that will offer discounted single supplements, or not charge for them at all. Sometimes in fact, when flying solo, a free upgrade is just the treat, if there's a lonesome solo seat in first class that's spare! It's happened to me on two occasions when I was bumped up classes!

Safety.

Traveling solo is not a danger hazard. Many people do it and it's a great way to see the world on your terms but like anything if you're anywhere in the world make sure you stay safe.

Keep your wits about you in large cities, don't wander around alone at night, watch your drinks, be aware of any scams, don't be led off by anyone and keep an eye on your valuables. In all honesty, apply the same rules for internet dating when solo traveling. Keep someone aware of where you are and your itinerary at all times, just in case.

Finally, don't tell anyone you're traveling alone. If anyone asks, you could say your travel companion, friend/other half/relative had too much sun/isn't feeling great/resting up.

And remember, if you think solo travel is just for twenty-somethings, then you couldn't be more wrong. There are travel companies dedicated to the more mature solo traveler, like One Traveler, so there really is nothing stopping you if you want to go.

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