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Solo Travel Tips and Advice

Here you will find travel tips for solo travelers.  Get advice and information for planning, selecting a solo travel destination, budgeting, health & safety, the basics for traveling alone from a female solo traveler.

Do you have doubts or anxiety about traveling alone? Perhaps you need to travel for work but are not keen on traveling by yourself. Start with my 15 Tips Solo Travel which includes tips for both men an women traveling alone.

Solo travel for beginners

There is no right way or wrong way to travel solo. Not everyone should become a nomad. Although I do think everyone should give solo travel a try at least once in their life!

Even if you just get out and explore your own city alone, that too could be your start to solo travel my friend :)

You are never too old to start traveling solo. I was already 30 years old when I took my first overseas trip alone. Actually, I was 29 years and 300+ days, I celebrated by 30th birthday while in Singapore.

There was a time when I was afraid to travel at all, never mind travel alone.

I had to get over the awkward feeling of traveling by myself. Things like dining alone can still bring on anxiety at times.

What do you do if you get lost in a country where you don’t speak the language? You really can rely on the kindness of strangers when you need a little help.

Even if you fear traveling solo now, Solo Trips and Tips travel blog is here to help you overcome the fear of traveling alone. One of the best things you can do to overcome any uncertainty about solo travel is to read stories that inspire your desire!

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Local Solo Travel

Before you leave on your first solo journey you may want to practice your solo travel skills closer to home.

  • Take day trips in your own city or town by yourself
  • Take different modes of transportation, a bus trip or train ride
  • Practice driving alone and finding your way around new neighborhoods
  • Go to a movie or attend a concert or theatrical event by yourself
  • Try eating alone at restaurants, read my best travel tips for solo dining.

You will become comfortable with taking day trips then try a weekend solo adventure. You can plan something within your budget and comfort zone and see how it goes. Maybe you love it, maybe you are not crazy about solo travel.

There is only one way to find out whether or not you like to travel alone – you just have to give it a try. You will build up your solo traveler confidence each time you go it alone.

There are several ways to ease the anxiety of solo travel. Before you plan a trip, think about where and when you want to travel as this will impact your budget substantially.

 

Solo travel is life changing

Travel is education.

Solo travel is one of the Master’s programs at the University of Life.

Travel is life changing and extraordinary in so many ways. I returned home from my first solo trip only because the money was running out. But all I could think of was how much I wanted to travel again, to see more of the world.

I discovered that I prefer to collect experiences rather than things.

Stuffing everything I owned into one bag carried on my back, it was an amazing feeling of freedom. I’ve been a minimalist ever since.

Solo female travelers are not fearless, nor do I think solo female travelers are brave.

We are curious. Because we want to know more about the world, we go out and explore.

 

Budgeting for Solo Travel

Do you have a budget? Think about ways you can save money so that you can afford to travel and think about how much you want to spend on your trip.

Southeast Asia is an excellent location for solo travelers on a budget. And because it’s so beautiful and budget friendly, you will find it’s easy to meet other travelers in Southeast Asia.

One summer I wanted to escape the heat of Texas summer but I didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I traveled to Sao Paulo (and took a bus to/from Rio de Janeiro) using my frequent flyer points, during shoulder season, and stayed at hostels to keep my costs down.

Not sure you’re ready to stay in a hostel?

Are you thinking you are too old to stay in a hostel? Read my article about staying in hotels versus hostels where I detail my stay at the Ritz-Carlton one night, and a 4-bed hostel dorm the following night.

If you have any questions about solo travel send me an email at Susan@SoloTripsAndTips.com or contact me via Twitter

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