Welcome everyone to my first collaborative travel blog series! Joining me is the ever lovely Katrina, a fellow Canadian who writes brilliant, quirky travel blogs over at Hopeless Wanderer.
1 – Do Not Turn Down Casual Conversation
2 – Do Not Be Indecisive
Solo traveling is a great way to develop the skill of making decisions for yourself, sometimes on the spot, and other useful personal skills can be developed as a result of becoming more decisive!
3 – Do Not Get Bored
4 – Do Not Leave your Stuff Unattended
5 – Do Not Burn Yourself Out
6 – Do Not Leave Without Communication or Emergency Contact
Your family and friends should know where you are every step of the way, in case anything happens. It also does not honestly hurt to buy a cheap phone on prepaid to carry with you for emergencies and to be call to book a bus tour. Wi-Fi and internet access is something that is become more readily available, so take advantage of it any chance you get!
7- Do Not Eat Alone
As a social introvert, this is a situation I dislike the most, but can’t always avoid. I was fortunate that most places I went to, I stayed in a hostel where I met lovely travellers who made an effort to get together with other travellers to go out for dinner. While I was in Northern Ireland, though, I had some lonely fish n chips suppers in my hostel. Unless you really enjoy eating by yourself, my suggestion would be to make that extra effort to dine with someone from you walking tour, your hostel, or local Couchsurfing community!
8 – Do Not Take all the Pictures Yourself
An occasional selfie doesn’t hurt anyone, and even with the invention of the selfie stick, there are still some places with incredible backgrounds that you don’t want cropped. Not everyone is a natural photographer, and not everyone might know how to use your camera, but don’t let any of these silly reasons stop you from asking, politely, other tourists and travellers to snap a picture with you. If it doesn’t turn out great, say thank you, and then wait another minute and ask someone else! Chances are you will return the favour soon enough.
Have you travelled solo? What was your experience? Would you do it again? Do you recommend it? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!