Tips for travelling alone
Solo travel is on the rise, with Google searches rising by 40% since the start of 2015. So, we decided to put together some tips on travelling alone to help you navigate your first solo travel trip like a seasoned pro.
1. Email a copy of your travel documents to yourself (or a friend)
Losing your passport may seem like the end of the world, and being alone can heighten your feelings of panic – but being prepared can minimise the damage caused. By sending a copy of important documents to yourself or a friend, you will be able to access it easily should the worst happen.
If you do lose your passport, check out our guide on what to do next here.
2. Invest in an e-reader
While making new friends is great, travelling on your own can feel lonely at times, so it’s a good idea to have a book on hand for those potentially awkward moments in a restaurant, or those boring waits at the airport. The chances are, you’ll get more reading done on a solo trip than you would with a travel buddy, so investing in an e-reader like the Kindle is an efficient way to bring along your entire reading list without taking up any space in your luggage – win win!
3. Plan – but not too much
Being organised is a great way to see everything you want to while you’re at your chosen destination. After all, many attractions require forward planning to beat the queues, and pre-trip research can lead to discovering the best times to visit certain sights.
However, a jam packed schedule could feel overwhelming, tiring and – well, a little too much like work! So, with this in mind, make sure you leave yourself some time for spontaneous fun, unplanned discoveries or even just downtime to relax and regroup.
4. Be practical
Pack light as, let’s be frank, there’s no one else around to carry that bag for you so make sure you can actually carry it!
The best trips involve exploring to your heart’s content, and one of the great things about solo travel is you can go exactly where you want without factoring someone else’s wishlist into the equation. Just make sure you’re dressed for comfort over style – you won’t regret it!
5. Push yourself out of your comfort zone
Talking to strangers can seem daunting – we know that! However, pushing yourself a little outside of your comfort zone can lead to amazing experiences and great new friendships.
While it may seem tempting to stay in your room after a tiring day, going into communal areas in your hostel or hotel and striking up a conversation could prove rewarding.
Even chatting to locals in shops and restaurants can lead to some great tips and insider knowledge – so be brave!
And if you really can’t face approaching strangers, try these travel apps for meeting people.
6. Please yourself!
The best thing about travelling alone is that you can be completely selfish! If you love museums, spend all week visiting them and immersing yourself in the culture. If you hate them – give that a miss! If you want to eat in the same restaurant every night, sleep in until midday or get up for a 6am stroll before everyone else wakes up, it’s your holiday and travelling by yourself is all about you.
Book airport parking for your solo travel trip
The last thing you want to worry about when travelling on holiday alone is whether or not your car is safe. Many solo travellers opt for meet and greet parking for the extra reassurance of being met at the airport terminal by a trusted and friendly driver, especially when departing or landing in the early hours.
Our fully insured and experienced drivers will transport your car to a safe, Park Mark approved car park.
Book your parking here.