Travel Tips for Solo Travelers
While travelling with the family or as a couple was the norm even a few years back, solo travel is something that is becoming quite popular these days. Often, those who love to explore new places and cultures find it liberating to do so, on their own. Plus, planning a vacation with friends or relatives or even partners is becoming challenging nowadays, owing to busy schedules that clash every now and then. Hence, in such scenarios, solo travel comes to the rescue. Naturally, hotels and the tourism industry are also targeting the “solo traveler” who is looking for exotic and out of the world experiences or just waiting to discover oneself. But before you embark on an exciting journey as a solo tripper, remember that staying safe should be your number one concern. So, taking care of travel insurance and a few other things is essential, as discussed below:
Keep a tab on your finances - As you are going to be on your own, it is you who must take care of all your needs. So, saving enough for the trip is not enough. You need to be able to access your funds whenever necessary. While you might have saved up enough for this trip, ensure you have ways to make use of this money. After all, you cannot carry a lot of cash in your bag or wallet for fear of theft. So, make sure you know where the nearest ATMs are, from your hotel. Be more careful about this if you are going to a remote location.
Spending money - Also, when travelling alone, don’t be a big tipper – it only draws attention to the amount of cash you have. Especially if you are backpacking alone, it makes sense to keep your expenses in check with no flashy ornaments and purses to flaunt around. Ensure that your travel insurance covers theft and personal injury so that you can make a claim if any such issues arise.
Know your surroundings - Travelling to a place alone is exciting but can easily turn scary if it is not what you expected. So, find out about the local culture, the to-dos and not to-dos, to stay safe from harm while enjoying the scenery and attractions. Also, be careful of extra friendly strangers who won’t leave you alone or are insistent on serving you. Be aware of the nearest police station and hospitals as well.
Ensure that your insurance is in place - Even if you are in a place where there is no network connection, your travel insurance can serve you. So, make sure you have a comprehensive travel insurance which covers loss of tickets, flight rescheduling and cancellations, personal and third party injury, loss of baggage and medical emergencies. Keep a list of the nearest network hospitals in your address book along with their phone numbers. Also, the insurance policy copy should be handy in case you need to show it at the hospital.
Keep someone informed - While the idea of solo travel is often to spend some time away from your known circle, it is important to keep someone informed of your exact location. It will help your friend or relative to locate you while you are out without network coverage and in case you get lost and they need to contact the relevant authorities.
Carry enough cash - This cannot be stressed enough, especially if you are travelling to remote locations. And if you are travelling internationally, keeping some US dollars which has wide acceptability will be most helpful. While carrying ample local currency is a must, the nearest ATM or bank branch should be known to you too.
Thus, keep the above tips in mind so that you can travel safely and comfortably, even when you are alone.
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