Tips For Travelling Solo

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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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23 Comments
  • driftyness
    August 6, 2018

    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?

    • Its Kelle's Space
      August 6, 2018

      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 😊

      • driftyness
        August 7, 2018

        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!

        • Its Kelle's Space
          August 7, 2018

          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.

          • driftyness
            August 7, 2018

            Really excited to try this! Thanks for the advice + encouragement 😊

          • Its Kelle's Space
            August 7, 2018

            You’re welcome 😊

  • Msteeque'ology
    August 8, 2018

    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.

    • Its Kelle's Space
      August 8, 2018

      Thank you so much for your comment.
      I agree 100%, vigilance is everything.

  • angelsmith29
    August 9, 2018

    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! 🙂

    • Its Kelle's Space
      August 9, 2018

      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 😊

  • olliviette
    August 14, 2018

    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.

    • Its Kelle's Space
      August 15, 2018

      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.

  • Kelly’s Flying Solo
    August 21, 2018

    Hey! I love travelling solo and my name’s Kelly too 😊 I love it so much I decided to start a blog on just that! Here’s to all the solo traveling independent women out there!

    • Its Kelle's Space
      August 21, 2018

      Hey Kelly, it’s nice to meet you too!
      Love that you have a travel blog.
      I wish you all the best.
      Female solo travellers rock 🙌🏾

  • Chloe
    November 12, 2018

    I’d love to travel solo but I’m always worried with everything goes on in the world now, what could happen. However these are some great tips and I think I need to focus on my confidence and awareness before I travel on my own. These things are important and I think once I’m confident enough and maybe gained a little more experience travelling with a friend, I may be able to travel on my own. Thanks for writing this post!

    • Its Kelle's Space
      November 12, 2018

      Hi Chloe, thanks for your comment. I would advise you to start small so maybe go somewhere like Paris, Belgium or even Amsterdam. All three of these cities are very easy to get around and most people are very friendly. Something else that helped me was just being confident. If you can work your way around your own city, then what more of another city somewhere else? I’m glad you liked this post.

  • Giana Spiteri
    November 12, 2018

    These are some great tips – I’m travelling to Milan on Thursday (meeting my friend on the Saturday so kind of a half solo trip). Starting early so you’re not out too late in the evening is always smart, especially incase you get lost it’s a lot more intimidating when it’s dark x
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    • Its Kelle's Space
      November 12, 2018

      Thank you Giana. I’m glad you liked the tips. I hope you have a wonderful time in Milan x

  • Iddy Biddy Works Of Love
    November 13, 2018

    Great advice. I absolutely love the flow of your blog. The gifs make it fun and the clean contrast makes it easy on the eyes. Keep up the good work.

  • Sabrina
    January 22, 2019

    Thanks for sharing this. I’m planning o do my first solo trip this year, so I’m looking for as many tips as possible. I do t usually do itineraries when I go away with friends, but I reckon it’s a must when you go alone. Otherwise I might just sit by a pool/in my hotel all day!

    • Its Kelle's Space
      January 22, 2019

      You’re welcome! Ooo where are you off to? I don’t do itineraries either tbh – I do make sure I have a plan but it’s not written to the last detail. I’m by the particular.
      Yeah, when you travel alone, it’s important to keep as busy as possible.
      I hope you have a lovely trip 😊

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