So you want to learn to travel alone. Yay for you! My Solo Travel Guide will help you get wherever you want to go. You’ve already done the hard part–deciding to take the leap. Fair warning: Once you’ve traveled solo, you may find you prefer it, for all kinds of reasons.
I’m going to bundle the Solo Travel Safety series here so you’ll have everything you need to get started. Safety is probably the Number One concern of first-time solos. Not that you shouldn’t always be prudent, but in the beginning, it’s harder simply because you don’t know what to expect.
Solo Travel Safety: How to Begin: There’s a lot to do before you ever leave home! You’ll want to make sure your passport is travel-ready. Be proactive about your health and get the CDC-recommended immunizations. Spend time researching tour companies to make sure they cater to your wishes and travel style.
Solo Travel Safety, Part 2: Plan Your Trip: Even things like flight times deserve your attention…you’ll want to arrive at your destination during the day, if possible. After that, you’re ready to learn as much as you can about the place you’re heading to. Between guide books (Yes, people still buy them!) and travel websites, you can decide how you’ll spend your time. This is a good time to begin to think about your wardrobe, too. Why? Read on…
Solo Travel Safety, Part 3: Packing Light: Every solo travel guide you will ever read tells you the importance of packing light. None of us will ever say, “Bring as much as you want!” You’re safer–and smarter–when you can easily manage your luggage. This post gives you oodles of links for packing lists and advice on packing for a trip of any length. It can be challenging to resist the urge to toss in just one more top, pair of jeans, or those cute sandals, but you must.
Solo Travel Safety, Part 4: Transportation: Woo-hoo! You’re on your way! Air travel is just one part of the trip. There are other things to arrange on both sides of the journey. You’ll want to include information in your luggage, as well as make sure everything’s secure at home before you leave. Once your plane lands, you’ll want to know how to get from the airport…and then everywhere else. Don’t miss this important blog post!
Solo Travel Safety, Part 5: At Your Destination: Once you’re finally there, make sure you enjoy every minute. Learn how to use public transportation and watch out for common scams. Book a tour or two, take a cooking class, and just walk…with confidence. There are a few other safety tips to consider–you’ll find them in this post.
Remember: I didn’t start to travel until my children were grown. I’ve almost always gone solo. If I can do it, so can you!
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