4 Tips for Travelling Alone

Travelling alone allows you the freedom to do whatever TF you want. It’s empowering and anyone can do it. If you’re embarking on your first solo trip abroad, here’s what you need to know:

1 Learn a few local phrases

If you’ve planned a trip to a non-English-speaking country, learn a few key phrases you can use to get by on a daily basis.

Learning how to introduce yourself or saying please and thank you can make all the difference.

More often than not, locals genuinely appreciate the effort in trying to communicate with them in their native language.


2 Be aware of your surroundings

Just as you would when travelling in a couple or group, you need to make sure you’re observant of what’s going on around you. Don’t walk around empty places after dark, make sure you keep an eye on your belongings and be beware of local scams.

3 Stay low-key

Don’t attract unwanted attention to yourself by wearing flashy jewellery or flaunting your camera or other electronics. Double-check that you know exactly where to go before you leave your hotel room. A young woman who appears lost makes you an easy target for shady characters.

4 Befriend locals and other foreigners

If you’re into it, be open to meeting new people. Go to popular coffee shops that boast communal tables, go on group tours or stay at places that encourage conversation like hostels or B&Bs.

A smile means the same thing in any language – that you’re friendly and approachable – and it’s an easy way to spark conversation.

Read: The best destinations to travel to on your own

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