Travel Tips and Advice for Solo Travelers
Here you will find travel tips for solo travelers – advice and information for planning, 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 Tips for Both Men and Women Travelers.
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. Take different modes of transportation, a bus trip or train ride, if you are used to driving. Practice dining alone. For some ideas on how to make eating alone while traveling more enjoyable check out my best travel tips for solo dining.
If you are comfortable with taking day trips, next 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. 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.
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 are ready to stay in a hostel? Read my story comparing hotels and hostels about staying at the Ritz-Carlton one night, and a 4-bed hostel dorm the following night.
You are planning a solo travel adventure – do you know where you want to go? Maybe you already have the ideal location in mind or if you are like me you probably have a long list of places you want to explore. The following tips will help you with planning your solo trip. Some places are […]
Hotel vs hostel – which is better for a solo traveler – hotel or hostel? I recently spent one night at the Ritz followed by a night at Montreal Central Hostel. The Ritz-Carlton in Montreal is a 5-star hotel that opened its doors in 1912. It was the first hotel in North America with the […]
Some people enjoy traveling solo but dread the thought of dining alone. I have put together some tips and advice for solo travelers to help people get more enjoyment out of dining alone. I acquired the skill of feeling comfortable while dining alone when I was on my first solo trip in Southeast Asia. Spending […]
In one week I will be strolling the streets of Barcelona, consuming cava, and tasting tapas. I will temporarily reside in El Born neighborhood bordering the oldest neighborhood of Barcelona – the Gothic Quarter. For now I will share some of the planning I went through to make this trip happen as well as the […]
Traveling solo I often wind up in neighborhoods where there are no other tourists when I’m traveling simply because that is where some of the art museums happen to be located. As a solo traveler I must rely on my own navigational abilities but I often seek assistance from strangers. When I was in Medellin, […]
Jet lag is the bane of all multi time zone travelers. How do you deal with jet lag? My first experience with jet lag was during my first trip to Europe. I found out jet lag is annoying! Jet lag can also be quite debilitating for some people. Symptoms of Jet Lag Insomnia Irritability Loss of appetite […]
Traveling solo builds confidence. All of our life experiences help to shape us and build up our collection of knowledge and memories. My experiences traveling independently have taught me about being able to adapt to new situations and being flexible with outcomes. When I went Hill Tribe Trekking in Pai, Thailand we had to walk […]
I am reviewing my solo travel plans for 2014. Having lived in Calgary for 30 years or so you would think I would have made a road trip out to Jasper at least once, but no I didn’t do that. It was so close that I could go there anytime. That’s the way it goes […]
Shortly after moving to Austin, TX in 1999 I began daytrading with a proprietary trading firm and spent six years daytrading. I did little travel during that time, a few North American destinations including my annual trip to Calgary to visit family but no international travel. I was making steady money but not a lot […]
Traveling solo for the first time may seem intimidating at times. Try some of these solo travel tips to ease any anxiety while traveling alone. Read up on local customs and history – You should know the very basics of the history of the place you travel to. When I’m planning a trip to a new country […]
In 1992 I hadn’t traveled very much yet. As a kid my family made an annual trip to Vancouver Island to visit my grandparents. I had taken a couple of trips to Europe for two or three weeks at a time and I always had a travel companion. I was still living in my hometown […]
I am often asked how I can afford to travel so frequently. I’m not independently wealthy by any means. I do live quite frugally and I am very good at budgeting, although sometimes when I travel I do suffer from budget amnesia. When I start my trip planning I prepare a pre-travel budget and […]