Tips For Travelling Solo

Solo travel is on the rise. More people are now opting to travel alone and women are actually more likely to travel alone than men. Last week, I took my first solo trip to France. As nervous as I was, I pushed all my doubts to one side and ended having an amazing trip.

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My main reason for wanting to travel solo was because I felt like it was time for me to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve always travelled with friends and I do tend to rely on them a little so I knew it was time to put my desire for travel to the test and step out alone. If you missed my post about my solo trip to Paris, you can check it out here.

Travelling alone isn’t for the faint hearted but if you, like me, enjoy your own company then it should be a pleasant experience. I’m going to share some tips that I think you may all find helpful:

Be confident

Confidence is everything, especially when you step out on your own. You don’t want to give off an obvious tourist vibe as it may attract some unwanted attention. I was quite lucky to have familiarised myself with France’s travel system quickly so even when I did lose my way a little, I was back on track in no time.

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Familiarise yourself with routes/surroundings

Look for things that will help you remember where you are, especially if your navigation skills aren’t great (like mine). Remember that monument or take note of how long it took you to walk down that hilly road. It’s the little things like this that will hopefully stop you from getting lost.

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Plan ahead

Try to create an itenary a few days before you travel. Think about what you want to do, where you would like to go and how long it will take you to get from one place to another.

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Be aware

When I was in Paris, I went to The Louvre. As I left the museum, a man began to follow me. He stopped me and insisted on buying me food and then proceeded to follow me as I walked around. I felt so uncomfortable and was able to run into a nearby shop and stay there for a while. The sales assistant did tell me that men regularly approach women in the area surrounding the museum. Thankfully, this individual stopped following me and I was able to get on with my day.

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Prioritise

Once you have landed in your destination, try to sort out your travel for the duration of your stay first. It sounds obvious but you’d be surprised how many people go on holiday and don’t do this.

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Start your day early

When travelling alone, try not to be out too late. Wherever you go, try to be back at your hotel or where you are staying before it gets dark.

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Take lots of pictures

Don’t forget to capture memories. I love to take lots of pictures whenever I’m away. It’s always nice to have something to refer to when you are reminiscing.

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Get insurance

Of course this applies for when you are travelling with someone but in the excitement of planning, it can be very easy to forget insurance.

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. Do feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’d like to see more travel content on the blog.

Kel xo

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15 thoughts on “Tips For Travelling Solo

  1. These are great tips! I went to Paris by myself as well and I also got approached by a man near the Louvre. He kept touching my arm, and I was getting nervous. All the stores were closed at that time, but I was able to get back to my hotel safely, thank God!

    I saw in your last post that you ate out while you were in Paris. I loved travelling solo but I felt weird eating by myself so I didn’t do it, even though I wanted to. I was concerned that I’d look strange or invite unwanted attention from men. Do you have any tips for that?

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    1. Thank you for reading my post.
      I have to say that I read your comment a few hours ago and I was preparing my response because I couldn’t believe you’d gone through something similar.
      I’m sorry that happened to you.
      I completely understand how it must have been for you. Overall, I do think the men in Paris are quite pushy in terms of their approach. I’m glad you were safe in the end 🙏🏾

      I ate out A LOT 😂 I felt like a celebrity lol, I’d just ask Siri for help and just walk to places.
      It wasn’t daunting for me at all.
      Of course, you’ll think all eyes are on you but people are just enjoying their dining experience, like you, so try not to think about the negative side of it too much.
      For tips, I’d say:
      Eat inside if you feel you need to.
      Act like you don’t speak the language (even if you do)
      Be vigilant and never take your eyes of your possessions.
      I hope these tips help you my dear 😊

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      1. Strange world, eh? I noticed how forward the men were too! If it’s done respectfully, I didn’t mind it. It was a refreshing at times!
        I love how you approached eating out! Seems like my biggest thing is to just not overthink it! The language tip is excellent, thank you. Good way to ward off unwanted company!

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      2. Yes, they are VERY forward.
        I agree with you totally, if they are respectful then it’s fine but if not then yeah, it can be uncomfortable.
        Yeah, I’d say don’t overthink it.
        You’ve got to get out there, experience different places.
        Don’t hide yourself away.
        Just put on your best clothes, look amazing and just do it.

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  2. Good tips. I travel solo all the time and have been for years. I have learned to be watchful and conscious of my surroundings even when I’m in what appears as safe areas. The world is a crazy place. Great read.

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  3. Love this! 2 of my friends have inspired me to want to travel solo as well. I don’t think I could ever go out of the country alone though so shout out to you! 🙂

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    1. You should do it.
      It’s such a liberating experience – yes, you will have moments when you feel lonely but think about what you want to get out of the trip – seeing sights, eating food, creating memories etc – and you’ll have a great time.
      Don’t forget to get insurance though before you leave 😊

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  4. I totally agree with these tips and I’ll add a few more:
    – act like you belong. almost every place I go solo, people think I’m an expat. Cause I waltz in like I own the joint. This adds to your be confident tip.
    – A trick I use to make it look like I know where is I usually google map the hell out of a route and I write down things/landmarks I should pass by on the way. I write it in a small notebook or on a piece of paper so it’s not as obvious as staring on a map. I also walk around my neighborhood a few times and figure out how to get to my hotel/airbnb from different directions (usually my first day).
    – mean mug. I will fix my face to don’t mess with me mode with the quickness but it works. I’ve rarely been bothered after looking at people like why are you near me.
    – get drunk in your room. I love to drink but when I go solo it’s prob the one time I end the party early. I prefer to continue the party in the safety of my room, especially if it’s an issue of me having to travel a bit to get back.

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    1. Thank you for these tips my dear!
      I love the last one 😂😂
      When I was in Paris, I was actually quite turnt because I had alcohol with almost every meal.
      Even if I mean mug it never helps me 😂 I get approached even more.
      Thanks again for sharing these lovely tips.

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