Travelling solo can be an exhilarating experience. Whether you are up for backpacking or globe hopping in luxury, travelling solo will keep you focused on the experiences you want to do while travelling. Today we will discuss some of the do’s and don’ts in solo travelling.
Do: plan ahead. Start with budgeting. Think about the cost of aeroplane tickets and accommodations. Create a budget plan for meals as well. This is all specific to the duration of your adventure. For instance, you may be planning a 2-week getaway. Planning your budget according to how long you plan to be away is vital. Then, you can map out exactly where you want to go and what you plan on doing when you get there. Perhaps you may want to create a checklist of all the attractions you are interested in. This will give you an overall game plan for your activities while on your trip.
Don’t: forget about airport parking. Airport parking will be part of your expenses, so budget accordingly. For example, say your home airport is at JFK International Airport. As a solo traveller (travelling for two weeks), you would want to look for long term parking at JFK. Next, don’t forget to check airline baggage requirements. Check airline baggage requirements if you plan on bringing any special equipment such as skis or surfboards with you on your journey.
Do: In line with budgeting, you may also consider getting travel insurance. No matter where you are in the world, things can happen. We would like to hope it won’t happen to us, but that’s what travel insurance is for. It is even more important to get travel insurance especially if you are travelling alone. It will have some type of health coverage like unexpected injuries, illnesses, and hospital stays. It may also cover lost or damaged baggage and travel delays.
Don’t: forget to check for any country exclusions in your travel policy. There may be times when a travel insurance company excludes coverage in certain countries. So it is best to check. If you still have questions or do not see it on your policy, contact the insurer to get clarification. Also, don’t forget to add an emergency contact. While travelling solo, it is recommended to at least let someone know where you are going and how to contact you in case of an emergency. If you will be travelling alone for a long period of time, you may want to communicate with someone to let them know that you are alright from time to time.
While On The Trip
Do: When you arrive at your destination and you’ve checked into your accommodation, talk to the receptionist about general information about the area. Specifically, ask about areas where a solo traveller should avoid. While you may be excited to start your adventure, you wouldn’t want to get lost in the wrong neighbourhood (especially as a solo traveller). Also, do keep your valuables out of sight, particularly jewellery and your passport. If possible, use a weatherproof bag or pouch to store your valuables in.
Don’t: forget to follow the country’s local laws. If you are travelling overseas for the first time, it is easy to forget that laws are different from country to country. It is recommended to seek general information about the country you will be visiting to avoid any issues. For instance, chewing gum in Singapore is illegal. It is said that chewing gum in Singapore is completely forbidden. Spitting chewing gum out is even worse. Importing, selling, or simply bringing chewing gum with you to Singapore is not allowed. It is said that Singapore also has laws concerning expelling mucus and legally requiring to flush when using public toilets.
Tip: Depending on the country you will be visiting, there may be visa requirements that need to be satisfied before arriving. There are also limitations on how long a tourist can visit a country. Some countries allow tourists to stay for 15 days while others allow up to 90 days. It is recommended to check a country’s visa policies before purchasing airline tickets.
These are only a few do’s and don’ts while travelling solo. Although it may be common sense to adhere to some of these things, we tend to forget out of excitement for our trip. Again, always remember to follow a country’s laws, even if it is different from your own. Be safe and happy travels.