Solo travelling might sound intimidating, but it forces you to push yourself beyond your comfort zone and find out new qualities about yourself. Travelling on your own also compels you to see the world in a different light. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. Before you take off on your solo adventure, you need to be well prepared and equipped to make sure your trip is pleasant and smooth rather than difficult and daunting. Dubai-based online holiday booking website HolidayMe.com has 7 essential tips to help make that happen:
Opt for a fully organised tour: Travelling alone for the first time? Consider booking a fully organised tour that ensures you are in a group of like-minded travellers. Check online travel forums such as TripAdvisor where you can chat to the people in the group beforehand to get to know them and make arrangements to travel together afterwards. Go for day tours or trips as they are a lot safer and often offer the best way to see a lot within a short span of time. They’re also a great way to meet new people who you could meet for dinner or drinks later.
Don’t over pack: Packing light is not only convenient, but also safer than packing heavy – especially if you’re taking valuable items. Moving with large suitcases alongside the street carries a subtle invitation – ‘Rob me, please,’ according to HolidayMe.com experts.
Avoid mid-night arrivals: Midnight or early night flight prices are cheaper, but if you’re flying solo, opt for day arrivals. They are safer if you’re travelling alone – and you get to see more of the place you’re visiting in daylight, too. If you have no choice, book airport transfers for the hotel to commute safely at late timings.
Act like a local: Prevent unnecessary attention by refraining from doing things you wouldn’t normally do in your own country or city. It could mean several things – bargaining, communicating in local language and most importantly not leaking out private information to strangers.
Keep folks back home updated: Even if you are looking some alone time, keep loved ones back home updated for safety reasons. If will save them a lot of worry and could help you in case an emergency occurs. Send them a massage, voice note or picture to make sure they know your whereabouts.
In case of danger, scream: This is pretty obvious – don’t hesitate to yell if you feel you are in danger. No matter what country you’re in, yelling is a universal sign of being in danger and the easiest way to draw people’s attention.
Appear confident: Mishaps such as running out of money, losing important documents or getting lost are common. The important part is how you react to them - especially if you’re travelling on your own. Panicking and appearing lost and confused sends a signal out to troublemakers. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, calm yourself down and take time to think of a solution.