Tips for Those Travelling Alone

Tips for Those Travelling Alone

Travelling alone can be an exciting adventure for those without a partner or spouse, or who just want to get away from everyone. In fact, more people than ever are making their travel plans by themselves, giving boosts to ride sharing websites and travel agencies that cater to the single traveller. If you’re looking into a trip all by your lonesome, here are some things that you will want to keep in mind:

  1. Have someone to contact – If you’re in trouble or you just need some assistance with something, be sure that you have someone to talk to. This might be a trusted friend or a family member or possibly just someone that you know at your hotel or hostel where you’re staying. In the case of emergency, have them be your emergency contact as well.
  2. Create an itinerary – When you’re travelling by yourself, it will help to create an itinerary that will give you an idea of what you’re doing each day so that you can prepare in advance. This can also be emailed or passed along to other people you know in order to give them an idea of how to find you, should something happen while you’re away.
  3. Book a second floor or higher hotel room, away from the stairwells – When travelling by yourself, you will want to make sure that your room isn’t easily accessible to thieves and other strangers. If you find that you’re not in a desirable location, ask the front desk to switch your room.
  4. Rent a car – When you have your own car, you will stand out less from the crowds of people. However, if your car has any indication of being a rental on it, you will want to ask for a replacement vehicle; the idea is to mask the fact that you’re from out of town.
  5. Don’t head outside at night by yourself when no one is around – This is common sense, but when you’re by yourself, it’s best not to tempt the crime rate.
  6. Always have backup supplies of food and water – In the event of an emergency or natural disaster, you will want to have small bags of food and some extra water to tide you over. This will also help if you’re travelling alone and your car should happen to break down.
  7. Learn the roads before you leave – When travelling to a new place, try to learn the basic layout of the area before you arrive. Or, try to rent a GPS system that you can use when you’re in town.