I know what you’re thinking! Traveling solo can be unnerving and bring up anxiety, but trust me when I say traveling solo is an experience everyone should try at least once! It can be hectic and even aggravating planning trips with a large group of friends and having the freedom to explore on your own is like nothing else…
One summer I decided to travel to the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Solo. At the time I was feeling stuck and in a need for a change of scenery. As monotonous as it sounds, I needed something fun in my life. Somehow I had fallen so far into routine, my life only seemed to revolve around working, eating , and sleeping—in that order.
I had never traveled alone prior but because I pushed myself I was rewarded with a new level of confidence and sense of adventure I taught myself to give up on a long time ago. It was truly a magical experience and I’ll always be forever grateful for the friends and lessons I learned that weekend.
However, I know that a lot of people feel apprehensive about how to do so. Today I wanted to share my tips for solo traveling. This can be a great way to push yourself out of your comfort zone if you’re feeling stuck or need a mental break from your own bubble.
Before you leave, see if anyone in your circle has any advice or travelled previously to your destination. This is where your college friends can come in handy. They might know of someone trust worthy to act as a tour guide, tell you areas to avoid, or if they’re really genuine, offer you a place to stay. You never know until you ask!
Safety was my number one concern, especially as a woman traveling alone. My advice here is to make sure you’re prepared for various scenarios. Things can change as you travel so make sure you have multiple options for transportation and making sure you get to a safe location. It never hurts to have a backup pass, public transportation card, or extra money for a cab. It also never helps to get yourself familiar with the area and do a round about before settling in. Always pay attention and know where potential exits are wherever you go and keep your valuables in the safes or in a runner’s belt while out and about.
Make sure to plan your itinerary ahead of time so you have just enough things to do but wiggle room to explore and go off road. I like to travel for popular events so I still have something to do a majority of the time that’s fun, but I also have pockets of time to enjoy local food, sights, and potentially meet other locals. Do your research, have ideas in mind, and book inclusive deals if you can.