If you travel solo, you are not alone. Janice Waugh is a solo travel expert and author of The Solo Traveler’s Handbook. Her recent research found that solo travelers take on average 6+ trips every year, compared to others who typically travel 2-3 times a year.
“Solo travel can be the ultimate in self-indulgence; you can rest when you want and pour it on when you’re feeling ambitious. Another benefit is that your mistakes are your own, and your triumphs all the more exciting.’ independenttraveler.com
What are you waiting for? Here’s clever tips and advice designed for the solo traveler.
Where To Stay
Get great recommendations from people who know. The Solo Travel Accommodation Guide lists 150 places to stay in more than 50 countries – all recommended by other solo travelers.
If you are planning a last minute trip or want to linger longer where you are, you can benefit from great hotel deals. Try HotelTonight for amazing last-minute deals at top hotels.
How To Find Friends
Solo Traveler is a blog with helpful advice on solo travel and a community to share your adventures with. Writers Janice Waugh and Tracey Nesbitt steer you through the journey with insightful experiences, tips and tricks. The Travel Money section is particularly useful for budget solo travel.
If you want to meet locals, The Global Greeter Network is a fantastic network of local volunteers willing to show you their city. Greeters can also show you things you specifically ask for like parks, the best shopping spots, great architecture or local hidden treasures.
Solo Travel Safety
Best advice, if it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it. Get an estimated fare from the taxi driver for before departure, and know how much you should be paying. For your first night, go for a hotel with a 24-hour front desk so you’ll be certain of a bed. Keep to well-lit, open and public places, especially as night falls. Don’t wander around with your map out. And walk like you know where you are going.
For Safety Apps, TripLingo provides a series of emergency phrases. Safety Map Worldwide lets you find the level of public safety of any place on earth. You can read comments and ratings for a five-scale danger to safe rating. You’ll also get helpful notifications if you find yourself in a danger zone.
Your Best Back Up Plan
There is one thing worse than being delayed, stuck, robbed, ill or injured. Having no back up plan. Your best back up plan = great travel insurance.