Ciao Ragazzi! Another travel post today I’m afraid, but I promise there will be more lifestyle posts coming later this week! (My week is jam-packed full of exciting bits and pieces).
Today’s post is all about solo travel and tips for surviving solo travel. Over the past year, I have slowly started to travel solo much more, I don’t always have someone to travel with and it’s having the ability to travel alone that helped to make my year abroad absolutely fabulous!
But, here they are my top five tips for solo travel! These tips are aimed at ‘newcomers,’ to solo travel, so enjoy and let me know about any future adventures!
Build yourself up – Not everyone can jump on a plane and go back packing around Thailand for a month alone, so build yourself up to it. Start by travelling on longer train journeys alone to visit friends and loved ones. Then amp it up, flights alone can be daunting, but on many flights I’ve chatted to people with similar plans as my own. Once you can do the bulk of the journey alone, you can sight-see around amazing places alone easily.
Hotels are Lonely – My first solo trip was to Turin (see a previous post for my 24 hours in Turin), and I found the whole experience daunting and lonely, and part of that is because I stayed in a hotel. Hotels mainly attract couples and families and on the whole don’t cater for solo travellers. Instead hostels and couch surfing are much more viable and lively options, where you will meet like minded people and make friends for life.
Keep Busy – keep the guidebook in hand and the town map in the other. Do some research about the place prior, have some destinations in mind. And within these destinations, take the tour option. There is nothing like having a guided tour and meeting like minded. I took a guided tour up Mt. Etna and met a lovely Brazilian woman who just loved to travel, but was one of the loveliest, chattiest woman I had the privileged of meeting. Walking tours are also great for meeting people, as well as cooking classes an opportunity to sample local cuisine.
Look Online – Organisations will often posts meet ups ahead of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, it’s worth giving them a search, we went for a fantastic meet up in Venice! But, always be careful with these types of searches, stay in well lit and busy areas. Remember to balance fun with safety!
Be Brave – One of the hardest things for me was eating alone in restaurants and coffee shops. Arm yourself with notebooks, maps, books and maybe even a camera to look at photos, also try and go to busier places that have more noise, places that you feel more blended and relaxed, if you don’t fancy sticking out like a sore thumb.
Ciao for now,