According to research, one in six Americans have taken at least one solo vacation. Traveling by yourself can be a rewarding experience, but if you have never done it before, it may seem unappealing. These tips from True Nature Travels will help you prepare to enjoy vacationing by yourself.
5 Tips for Solo Vacationers
Focus on the Benefits
If you aren’t excited about the idea of vacationing alone, you may be focusing too much on the perceived downsides. Instead, think about the benefits. Traveling solo forces you out of your comfort zone, encourages you to meet new people and is a great way to learn more about yourself.
Additionally, since you only have to cover your costs, you may be able to afford some experiences that would be too expensive if you had to pay for several people. Solo traveling also affords you the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it.
Choose the Right Destination
For most people, budget is a major consideration. Factor in the cost of airline tickets, hotels, rental cars, food, attractions and whatever else you will need to spend money on. Traveling within the United States is the most budget-friendly option.
Next, consider how long you have. If you are going on a short trip, it probably doesn’t make sense to go someplace where travel time will use up most of your vacation time. Consider the time of year. If you are looking for a place to escape the summer heat, a destination like Canada might be a good option.
Consider what you like to do. If you love the beach, a destination known for its breathtaking beaches, such as Costa Rica, might be just the place. Finally, consider the practical aspects. Will you be comfortable in someplace where most people don’t speak your language? What kind of transportation and access to technology does your destination have? Do your research, particularly if you are considering a destination you have never been to before.
Book in Advance
Spontaneous travel can be fun, but it can also be risky. You may arrive at your destination only to find out that there’s a big event in town and all the hotels are booked or renting out for a price that is way higher than you budgeted for. Booking important accommodations in advance provides you with peace of mind that you won’t be scrambling to find transportation or a place to sleep.
The same rings true if you want to attend any retreats or group trips during your vacation. For instance, if you’re planning to attend one of the many incredible yoga retreats offered via True Nature Travels, it’s important that you have everything squared away as soon as possible. This is important because many retreats can fill up quickly — which could get in the way of your plans.
Practice Doing Things By Yourself
If you aren’t used to doing things alone, the idea of traveling solo may give you anxiety. Start practicing before your trip. Make plans with your friends and then show up early. Go on a day trip by yourself. Take a bus or a train alone. Many people experience the spotlight effect when doing activities, such as eating or going to the movies alone. Plan a few solo dinners at local restaurants to get used to this feeling.
Traveling alone is not as dangerous as a lot of people fear it is, but you should take safety precautions. Avoid staying in a ground-level hotel room and lock your luggage whenever you leave. Lock the deadbolt on your room door. If you notice any suspicious activity, notify the front desk or the police. Be aware of any cultural expectations if you are traveling in a foreign country. Some countries may have expectations about appropriate clothing and other etiquettes that you aren’t used to.
It is normal to be intimidated by traveling alone for the first time. However, the more you prepare, the easier it will be. When you choose the ideal destination for your budget, book in advance and have a plan for safety, you’ll be better equipped to enjoy a solo excursion that will quite possibly be the first of many to come!
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