The thought of solo travel can be scary. The unknown and the fear of loneliness… But there’s also so many perks (see below), so our advice is: Go for it!
So why travel solo?
There are a number of wide-ranging reasons why people tend to travel alone. Firstly, lack of other options is one, which certainly shouldn’t put you off. While friends and family might not fancy the idea of a hiking holiday, maybe this is something you’d love to try even once! If this is the case, there are active holidays geared towards you. In these, groups of like-minded individuals are brought together for activities and within the same accommodation, allowing you to meet new people with similar interests.
Another reason for solo travel might be the desire to really embrace the culture of a new location. By travelling alone you’re forced away from keeping your interactions with locals to a minimum and spending all day engaging with your friends or family. You’ll learn a whole new side to the city which may have remained undiscovered by other tourists if you take time to take to the locals. On the other hand, if you’re much more of an introvert, solo travel might offer you the opportunity to take in the sights you want to see rather than having to compromise with others schedules!
Any tips for travelling alone?
Make sure to arrive during the day
This goes without saying, try to avoid arriving into an unknown city when it’s dark. As well as being safer, you’re also more likely to be able to find your way around. If you’re not sure about a certain area, then don’t go.
Stay in accommodation with other solo travellers
If you’re going on a break specifically geared towards solo travellers, you’ll likely be staying the same hotel or even in dorms. However, if you’re going on holiday yourself you may want to consider B&BS or hostels as these will provide you with greater opportunities to meet other solo travellers. You can share your experiences and take tips from each other, you might even spend a few hours visiting things together.
Bring a book
If you don’t like the thought of sitting alone in a café or restaurant eating, then bring a book. It’s an accepted pass time and also makes you look a bit more sociable than just sitting on your phone all day. It might also be a good idea to bring a diary or notebook and take this time to write about the days activities so you’ll have a record of what you’ve done.
Store important phone numbers and consider an unlocked phone for a local SIM
When you’re travelling with others this might seem less important because you always have the others to rely upon in an emergency. However, when travelling alone we recommend buying an unlocked phone so that on arrival you can purchase a local SIM for emergencies. With this, it’s important to store the necessary numbers, like your accommodation, local police etc. Hopefully you won’t need it, but just in case! It’s also a good idea to write down key numbers in a notebook or diary, just incase you lose the phone.
Talk to the locals
As we said earlier, talking the locals is really key in getting to know the unbeaten path. As well as expanding your horizons with new experiences, locals will also have the knowledge of areas to avoid or quicker/cheaper ways to get around.
Stay somewhere with Wi-Fi to keep in touch with home
Although in 2016 the idea of accommodation without Wi-Fi access might strike you as strange, depending on where you’re planning to travel this might be the case! We recommend staying somewhere with Wi-Fi, particularly if you’re going for any length of time. As well as keeping you connected with the outside world, it allows you to catch up with friends and family back home in the evenings if you don’t fancy heading out alone!
Revel in it
Don’t lose sight of why you chose to travel alone in the first place!! Revel in the freedom to make your own path and your own decisions!
What breaks can I go on as a solo traveller with ActivityBreaks.com?
We have a number of breaks available for those who would like to travel alone. If you’re planning towards spring/summer holidays, we have a Nordic walking break near Barcelona where you’ll be part of a group for your activities. Nordic walking might be something new to you but don’t fear – it’s appropriate for all levels and ages! This package starts from €408EUR for a solo traveller. This includes 4 nights in 3* hotel on half board basis, 3 guided Nordic walking trails with use of Nordic walking poles, and 1 typical Catalan lunch at a traditional farmhouse. We also have a singles holiday in Barcelona; a perfect combination between beach and city break with accommodation in a hotel 200m from the sea and city centre! This package offers an immersive experience in a vibrant atmosphere, fully inclusive of daily activities and evening meals - perfect for days under the sun with like-minded singles!