May it be for plain exploration or for something much deeper—like emotional healing perhaps; going on a trip alone will not only widen your knowledge about other cultures, but it also creates a sense of deeper purpose. It will make you feel like a whole new person with a new perspective on life. In order for you to plan your trip properly, we have prepared 5 basic tips for you to start with.
Define your purpose
Answer the questions what, where, why and when. Identifying the reason for traveling the rest of the world will somehow push you to do more research on the history of the place, which hostels to book, where to go first and how to speak their language.
Sacrifice fashion for comfort
Leave your sparkling lip gloss and your 5-inch high heels at home and switch to the basics—at least only until you’re back home. Travelling can be very uncomfortable sometimes and the least you can do is pack your most comfortable clothes that would go with anything you match it with. Be reminded to bring rubber shoes as well because you will definitely be going on a lot of long walks.
Another rule is to pack light. Bring only what you need and not what you think you might need. Bring just enough of your necessities by repacking your shampoo into a smaller container. Do this to other items to save space. You want to be able to carry all your stuff because you have no one else to help you. You also want to save up on the baggage allowance because you will be needing the money for the rest of the trip.
Befriend locals and other travelers to make your adventure more worth remembering. Share to them as to why you’re there in the first place and ask them why they are touring around. Meeting new people will not only add to the list of your new friends on social media, it will also connect you to greater things in the future. Make friends to those whose interests are different from yours and keep them, for you to discover a bigger world out there.
Take a lot of pictures
There is no better souvenir than your own face in front of a whole new experience as a background. There will always be something to look back to in the future and will remind you how great of an experience traveling alone can be.