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Adventure Awaits: Planning The Ultimate Solo Travel Experience

Have you ever thought of packing your bags and going on a vacation… alone? *gasp*

Tbh, once you get over the initial mindset hurdle, travelling solo can lead you on an incredible journey of self-discovery. Without sticking to your own squad, you are more likely to learn more about other cultures and be more open to interacting with people of other backgrounds. Not to mention, you don’t have to deal with the baggage of incompatible travel mates and their clashing itineraries.

Still hesitant? Neh mind, we’ll show you the tricks of the trade on how to plan the ultimate solo trip and have the best time of your life:


Choosing the right destination

Alexa, name me the perfect destination for my solo trip. The first step can be daunting, but consider writing down your ideal vacation and you can start to identify countries that check those boxes. Do you crave bustling cityscapes, serene beaches, or maybe the tranquillity of the mountains? Consider your interests, climate preferences, and the vibe you're after. Websites like Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor are great for inspiration, or, let's face it, just throw a dart at a world map – spontaneity can be your best travel companion.

You should also double check on your location’s safety – especially if you’re a solo female traveller. Go on Google to see reviews or ask locals on Reddit. There are also solo travel subs catering to female travellers.


Safety tips that will come in handy

Speaking of safety, before you jet off, do your homework on the local customs and laws of your chosen destination. Keep copies of important documents like your passport and travel insurance. Share your itinerary with someone you trust, be it your fam or BFF, and keep them updated regularly.

You might even want to consider purchasing a travel bag that has anti-theft features. Sometimes, the worst thing can happen when you least expect it, so always trust your gut feeling – if a situation feels off, it probably is.


Sticking to a budget

When it comes to solo travel, you need to set a realistic budget and stick to it like your go-to Spotify playlist. Consider accommodation, transportation, food, and activities that you’re planning to do.

Pro tip: embrace the local street food scene for a budget-friendly and delicious culinary experience.

Budgeting apps can help you track your expenses, ensuring you don't overspend and have more cash to fund that unexpected, amazing souvenir you find at a local market.


Finding the right accommodation

Home is where your backpack is, right? When it comes to solo travel, accommodation options are as diverse as your wanderlust. Hostels offer a chance to meet fellow adventurers, but if you prefer to keep to yourself, there are capsule hotels that offer privacy while not being a burden on your wallet. As usual, always check the if the area around is safe to avoid running into trouble by yourself.

If you’re a solo traveller with a bigger budget, you can opt for boutique hotels or cozy guesthouses for a more comfortable overseas adventure. Also, don’t let the idea of staying by yourself stop you from booking the hotel of your dreams if you can afford it.


Search for solo friendly activities

Solo travel is the ultimate chance to dance to your own rhythm. Dive into activities that pique your interest, whether it's hiking, scuba diving, cooking classes, or eating your way through night markets!

Search online for guided tours specifically designed for solo travellers - who knows, you might meet a new buddy with the same interests. Embrace the freedom to do whatever, whenever – it's your adventure, after all!


Solo travel photography tips

What’s a holiday if you don’t have any photographs to show for it? Selfie sticks are out of fashion – get yourself a portable tripod that can fold away into your backpack. Don’t forget to set your phone to shoot with a timer so you have time for a great pose! Don't shy away from asking fellow travellers or locals to snap a pic for you – it's an excellent way to connect with people.

Experiment with different angles, lighting, and compositions to tell your unique travel story. But don’t forget to put the camera down sometimes, and savour the moments with your own eyes.


A journey of self-discovery

Solo travel is more than just visiting new places; it's an opportunity for self-discovery. Embrace the solitude, reflect on your goals, and step out of your comfort zone.

Engage with locals, try new things, and savour the moments of introspection. You might just uncover a new passion, redefine your priorities, or gain a fresh perspective on life. Remember, the journey within is just as important as the one on the map. Safe travels, and may your solo adventure be nothing short of extraordinary!

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