I love to travel. I have for as long as I can remember. When I was growing up I would start packing days and days before we left for a trip. I was fortunate enough to go on a lot of trips with my school in high school to places like Europe and New York. And through college I visited friends all over the country. I have also traveled alone more times than I can count. I love traveling alone, but if you’ve never done it, it can be scary. I have 5 tips for traveling alone that I feel you may want to read if you are planning a vacation alone anytime soon!
5 Tips For Traveling Alone
Tip 1: Do your research. Before any trip, no matter if I am traveling alone or with someone else, I do a TON of research. I find places in the area I may go to a lot (bank, Starbucks, drug store). I also figure out where I will be going to explore and how I am going to get there. Will I take a cab? Uber? Public transportation? Walk? Rent a car? So many options. If you research ahead of time it’s a lot easier! I use Waze a lot no matter what city I am in. It’s so helpful and updates by the minute for best routes. It’s also helpful to know where something like an urgent care might be. Once on a trip to LA I really hurt my neck and needed to see a Dr. It was such a pain not knowing where to go.
Tip 2: Let people know where you are. Even living in Dallas if I am going somewhere alone, my husband and my mom always know where I am going to be. You just never know what could happen. Another thing you can do is turn on “Find My Phone” on iPhones (or on Android using Android Device Manager). That way if someone is worried about you they could login and see where you are.
Tip 3: Carry mace: I know this seems silly, but ladies protect yourself. I carry mace on my keys so I always have it. I also travel with it. When you fly you will have to put it in a ziplock bag and check it in your suitcase as you can’t go through security with it. But once you are in a new city take it with you.
Tip 4: Don’t look lost. When I think of what a tourist looks like, I think of Joey from friends in the episodes in London where he keeps saying he needs to get inside the map. He looks lost. He looks like he doesn’t belong. Don’t be like Joey! If you look like you belong, people don’t bother you. If you look like you are lost, you are a target.
Tip 5: Keep your eyes open. Walking around with headphones in is a bad idea. Walking around staring at your phone is a bad idea. Different cities have crazy drivers, people who can grab wallets and purses etc. Keep your eyes open and pay attention to what is happening around you. Keep your phone near you, especially on public transportation where people can grab it and run.
I hope you found these 5 tips for traveling alone helpful. I know it can seem scary to plan a trip by yourself but I highly recommend it if you have never done it.
What is your best tip for traveling alone?