While traveling with friends is a great way to travel abroad, sometimes there are situations when you end up traveling solo. It can be a little intimidating to travel alone, but it is possible and it can be very rewarding. In any traveling situation, you should be vigilant of your surroundings, know emergency contact information, and always let someone know where you are, this is especially the case when you are traveling alone. To add to that, it is probably not a good idea to drink alcohol while alone either, for obvious reasons. It is also wise to make a plan before traveling solo, consisting of what you want to do, travel times, and expenses. This helps everything move smoothly once your out and about! I have found that it can be a little disorienting when arriving in a new city. I find it helps to sit down and map things out before making your way. In places of mass transit, there is always an information desk or a help desk, and they are actually really useful! I always take advantage of them. When out and about in the city, it helps if you don’t make eye contact with anyone, and if you act like you know the place. I have avoided many scam artists, and trinket sellers this way. If they know they can’t take advantage of you, they won’t try. There are plenty of uneducated and naive tourists that they can take advantage of. Having confidence, or acting like you have confidence is a sure way of avoiding those tricky situations. It is also helpful to know a little bit of the language of the country you are traveling too. This makes small transactions easy, and the locals really appreciate when foreigners try to speak the native language.
There are a few precautions to take while traveling solo, but there are more rewards that hindrances. The times that I have traveled alone, I have spent time doing exactly what I wanted to do. In Paris, before my friends met up with me, I spent an entire day on the Champs Elysees, and at the Eiffel Tower. It was a wonderful experience! Traveling solo is also a good time to learn about yourself. Most people don’t enjoy eating alone or being alone for too long, but while traveling alone you are always surrounded by interesting things, different cultures, and great opportunities. Traveling solo can be intimidating, but it is also extremely rewarding. Just take caution of the necessary things, and it can be a wonderful experience!