It is a common occurrence for those who travel with a friend, family member or partner. The friend or family member can get married or move away and relationships end, all of which can leave us wondering how we will manage for out next trip. The options are very clear, travel alone, or do not travel. Those who have the travel bug will find option two extremely worrying, but many people even though they love to travel and explore new places might find option one, travelling alone, a very scary prospect. However there is no need to be scared.
There are many travel companies now that have special packages for single travellers, or keep the single supplement to a minimum to make it more affordable for lone travellers to use their service. But there are several things you can do yourself to make sure your time travelling alone goes without a hitch.
For the first time visiting a new place, travel with a tour company. This gives you a little sense of security that if you did need someone, if something did go wrong while away, you have the holiday rep to fall back on for help and advice.
Opt for plenty of excursions. This way you will not have a lot of time to think about being alone, you will be seeing something a little different every day, and experiencing new things. You may get pangs of loneliness now and again, but they will soon pass as you start to feel more confident on your holiday.
Hire a car. If you do not feel comfortable travelling alone using the local public transport, and depending on where in the world you are this can be a hair-raising experience even when travelling with company. Car hire is often very affordable, it will give you freedom to explore the places you want to see and will also help to build confidence for travelling alone.
Stay safe, keep all valuables in the hotel safe and only take out with you what you need for that day. Take a mixture of traveller’s cheques and cash that way if you lose your purse you do not lose all your money. If you decide on car rental to explore the region alone, let your holiday rep know where you are going, that way, if you get lost, have a problem with the car or have an accident, the rep has a good idea of where to begin looking for you.
Research the area beforehand, although not too much. Have an idea of the places you want to see and the things you want to do, but allow yourself the chance to be surprised. If you decide to visit one attraction one day but get a better offer, other travellers from your group may invite you to join them, do it. It is all a part of the experience and there is a very good chance you will have a ton of fun and make new friends.