As travel becomes safer, easier and more affordable, more and more people are leaving their travel companions behind and are setting off instead on a solo vacation. While many prefer to travel with the comfort of a friend or family member, venturing out alone and exploring solo creates a totally different experience – one everyone deserves to have. The sense of freedom, independence and adventure that comes with exploring a new place on your own is unmatched, and you’ll be surprised by how much of an impact it’ll make on your mindset.
If a solo vacation is in your future, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is where you’ll spend your time. While you can truly travel just about anywhere on your own, there are a few things you’ll want to consider to choose the perfect spot for your solo vacation. Not sure where to start? Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect spot for your next adventure:
Look for lots of action. As exciting as solo travel can be, exploring a new place all by yourself can get lonely. Even the most well-versed solo travelers can fall into a funk. The best way to combat this feeling is to stay busy. Because of this, it’s smart to book your solo trip to a place packed with plenty to do. Whether your destination offers lots of opportunity for outdoor adventure, a vibrant nightlife scene, impressive art museums, or some other selection of activities to enjoy, you’ll be glad to have distractions at your disposal when loneliness strikes.
Prioritize safety. There’s merit in the old saying – there’s safety in numbers. While traveling alone isn’t particularly dangerous, you’ll want to take reasonable precautions to stay safe and secure during your travels. Look for a vacation destination that is generally regarded as safe to visit, and steer clear of places with government-issued travel warnings, high crime rates, and other red flags.
When thinking about safety, another thing you’ll need to consider is the language barrier. Are you comfortable traveling somewhere you can’t speak the local language? If you’re confident you can break down barriers and make yourself understood, the world is your oyster – but the last thing you want is to be unable to communicate in an emergency.
Consider the costs. How much do you want to spend on your solo trip? The costs of your solo trip might add up faster than you think. Traveling alone means you don’t have anyone to split the costs of food, cabs, or hotel rooms with you. If you’re hoping to make your solo vacation as budget-friendly as possible, you might need to get creative and consider less popular destinations to get the most bang for your buck.
By keeping potential activities, your personal safety, and your budget in mind as you look into potential solo vacation destinations, you’ll be well-equipped to choose the perfect spot for your trip. What’s your favorite vacation destination to experience on your own? Leave a comment and let me know!