I’m writing this blog on the eve of a travel adventure that I am taking to California. I will be leaving from Philadelphia and traveling to San Francisco, where I will spend 3 days. I will then be renting a car and traveling down the Pacific Coast Highway for the first time ever, and ending my journey in Los Angeles, where I’ll be spending another 3 days.
Did I mention that I am doing this trip all by my lonesome? Did I mention I couldn’t be more excited?!
I’ve always been a big fan of traveling solo. It’s not just because I have no one to travel with, or because I might be traveling for business, I do it because I am such a big fan of “me time”. A time that I can rediscover myself in a positive way. The introvert in me also is a big fan of this too.
Don’t get me wrong, traveling solo can be weird, especially if it’s your first time. I do a lot of things on my own, travel being one of those things. So as I sit here writing this blog when I should be packing, I figured I’d share with you my 5 Tips for Traveling Solo!
1 – Book A Place with Multiple Positive Reviews
Always go with your gut. I refuse to stay in any establishment, whether it’s a hotel or an AirBnB, that doesn’t have concrete positive reviews. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t book it. Read these reviews carefully as it will give you a good idea as to what to expect when you finally arrive. When you’re traveling solo, the last thing you want to be worrying about is how safe or comfortable your living arrangements will be.
2 – Always Stay Somewhere with WiFi
When you’re traveling solo, you might end up spending more time in your hotel than you realize. Not because you don’t want to be outside enjoying life, but you’d be surprised how comfortable you’ll be just sitting in your hotel room, away from life. It happens to me all the time, so I always make sure that I stay somewhere that offers WiFi. (That is unless you’re trying to escape the outside world completely.)
3 – Start Your Day Earlier Than You Want To
I used to think this was a stupid idea until I tried it. Now I always start my day earlier than I think I would. It’s okay if you’re tired! You’ll find time to nap later, I promise you. The earlier you start your day, the more you’ll get to experience.
4 – Do Something You Wouldn’t Typically Do
When you’re traveling by yourself, that is the PERFECT time to try something you wouldn’t typically do at home! When you’re by yourself, you have the freedom to do what you want, when you want, with zero judgment or input from anyone else. So enjoy it! Wherever you’re traveling to, it may feature something you don’t have back at home… now is the time to experience that in as many ways as you’d like.
5 – Tell Someone Back Home What You’re Up To
This is probably the most important tip of them all. I never leave on a solo travel adventure without leaving my travel itinerary with someone back at home. From my flight schedule, to the hotel I’m staying in, to the activities I’ll be participating in. I will always make sure someone knows where I am and what I’m doing. You can never be too safe in this regard.
Traveling Solo Is Fun! So Enjoy It!
The thought of doing anything solo, especially traveling, may seem scary. But I’ll tell you, when you go in open-minded and ready for a unique adventure, it’ll be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do in your life. Document your experience, take pictures, enjoy living in the moment. You won’t regret it, I promise.