Is it your first time taking an adventure by yourself? Solo travel offers a huge level of freedom. You get to plan a trip entirely around what you want, and you aren’t dependent upon anybody else. But it can also be an intimidating undertaking. These are some signs that you’re ready to go on a solo trip.
1. You’re not intimidated by not knowing the language.
When you travel to another country, there’s a fairly good chance you’ll have a language barrier. Some store clerks might share a language with you, but you can’t expect the average stranger to speak your tongue. You’ll need to be comfortable with using body language to get your point across. It can also help to learn some basic phrases in the country’s most common language, and to carry around a dictionary or translation app to make communication easier.
2. You’re an easy sleeper.
When you travel solo, you might end up on long plane rides or long bus rides. You might also share a dorm with someone else. You’ll need to be able to sleep wherever you can, even if your lodgings are noisy or your roommate snores. Even if you room alone, you’ll still want to sleep when you’re on long trips.
3. You consider getting “lost” to be an adventure.
Let’s face it – even the best-laid plans can sometimes go awry. The best traveller is someone who can roll with the punches. If you’re anxious by any disruption to your plan, you’ll probably be miserable when you travel alone. But if you’re open to the adventures that the world has in store, you’ll have a much better time. You don’t have to be completely unafraid to be ready to travel solo. A positive attitude and thirst for adventure will go a long way, though, even when you’re traveling with companions.
4. You like spending time alone.
Though this might seem obvious, it’s important to keep in mind that solo trips are, well, solo. You won’t have travelling companions with you. You won’t have people to lean on when you’re tired, and you’ll have to make a lot of independent decisions. This offers you a huge level of control over your trip, since you get to do exactly what you want when you want. But it also means you need to be comfortable with solitude. Do you need to be constantly socializing to feel good? Or are you content spending some time by yourself without having anyone beside you to talk to?
5. You have a lot of travel apps downloaded.
With the advent of the internet, solo travel isn’t nearly as intimidating as it used to be. Answers to your questions are just one quick search away. You can use your phone to keep your travel itinerary organized, making it easy to move from Point A to Point B. Many travel apps will send you notifications and updates if your travel details change. A travel app is the best way to plan and document your first solo trip. It’s a lot easier than trying to keep everything straight on paper.
6. You like to make friends.
Even though you’re traveling alone, you can still expect to socialize! You’ll have the easiest time if you can make local friends. They don’t have to be lifelong connections; just having a friendly conversation at a nightclub can be a memorable experience. Be cautious about oversharing, and make sure you’re aware of the area’s social customs so you don’t accidentally offend anyone.
7. You don’t mind trying new foods.
You might not always know exactly what’s in the food you order, especially if the menu is in another language. And if you travel solo, you won’t have any trusted guide to help you make the decision. An adventurous approach to food is just as important as your approach to everything else. Many countries have fast food places that are familiar, but you’ll probably want to try the local cuisine for the full cultural experience.
8. You manage money responsibly.
Before you travel, you’ll probably need to amass a small pile of funds. But you’ll also need to know how to spend your money wisely. When you travel solo, you won’t have anyone there to curb your impulses. You have to know how to avoid blowing your entire budget on unnecessary tourist items.
Ultimately, you’re the best judge of whether you’re ready to travel solo. If you have a thirst for adventure and an independent spirit, there’s nothing holding you back. Just make sure you take safety precautions. With the internet and other resources available, you’ll always have somewhere to turn if you have questions.