Practical advice for those traveling alone

Once the fears we have overcome we must point the finger on the world map and go! Not for everyone is an easy thing, many remain hours to decide where and for how long. What I always say is: follow your desires, try to go right to the place you have been thinking about for years, it’s just the beginning, you always have your whole life ahead to go to the other 180 countries.

For many, the economic factor is still an important limit, I am honestly money is not the hardest thing to find, but time. In the journey there is an axiom, the more time you have and the less you can spend, vacationers think the opposite but we let them think that we go on vacation to an all inclusive resort! On the journey it is different, the time gives you the luxury of choosing the cheapest means of transport, of negotiating the price for a room for a week instead of two nights, it gives you the opportunity to cook instead of always going to the restaurant.

What makes the difference in the amount of money you spend is your ability to be flexible, to adapt, to renounce comfort in the name of the street. It’s not easy for everyone, I’m sincere, but I’ve met people who give up everything to keep on traveling, kids who spent only € 3 a day! So the next time you don’t use the money as an alibi, confess that maybe you can’t make it so much low-cost travel. However, there are several tips to save on travel.

How to stay for little money
The easiest ways to spend little are camping and doing Couchsurfing (ie staying free at people’s homes), another alternative that I always recommend and go to the hostel . I think the hostel is the perfect solution for lonely travelers, you spend little, meet so many people, you don’t feel obliged to socialize, if you get bored of being quiet, you talk, you can ask everyone for advice and then if you need your privacy you can always take a private room. I am sincere, most of the times when I book a hostel (which happens very little because I usually go there in the morning walking or even by phone) or when I happen to take a hotel I prefer to book with Booking, for the simple reason that they don’t ask me for the money at the time of booking and then I can cancel up to 15 days before.

If you have a house of your own and are planning to stay in one place for about a week, you can always do a home exchange, I have been doing it for over 10 years, I have exchanged my house with many others in places like Brazil, Guadalupe, Bali and I had crazy experiences.

5 basic tips for traveling alone

Traveling alone is becoming an increasingly widespread practice, favored also by low-cost trips that inspire more and more people to try this experience.

Whether you have been traveling alone for years, whether this is your first travel experience without company, discover our 20 tips on how to travel alone. Some of these suggestions might seem obvious, others may make you shudder; in any case, trust us: it is good to take them all into consideration.

1. Get out of your comfort zone
Traveling alone offers the possibility of doing what you want, when and how you want it. The risk, however, is to never leave your comfort zone, remaining trapped in your habits. It’s good to know your strengths and proceed at your own pace, but don’t forget to challenge your limits! Whether it’s talking to complete strangers or turning off the navigator for a day, the important thing is to do something that makes you shudder at the thought of trying!

2. Taste the local food
Enjoy your meal!
Food is a fundamental component of every journey. Venture to the market, watch the street food … Put simply, find out what the locals eat. Although some claim that certain “specialties” are not suitable for tourists, it is usually worth the risk. Be adventurous and taste something you don’t recognize.

More info: discover the best restaurants in Hong Kong and Rome .

3. Try couch surfing
Not everyone appreciates it, but if you want to meet local people or look for free accommodation, Couch Surfing is for you. The “Couch surfing”, literally “surfing on the sofas”, allows you to be hosted for free at the home of strangers. Being a constantly increasing phenomenon, it is safer than it may seem. If you are not convinced, you can try it even for just one or two nights. If it works, you can do it again. Otherwise … well, you’ve already grappled with point number 1 of this list, so be proud of yourself!

4. Learn a few words in the local language
You don’t need to learn complex sentences, but “please”, “thank you”, “yes”, “no” and the name of your country of origin can always come in handy. If your accent is not perfect, don’t worry: at the limit, you’ll snatch an amused smile from the locals!

5. Make the most of your local contacts
Contact any friends of friends and try to get as much information as possible: a good knowledge of the place is invaluable for those traveling alone. It is easy to follow the crowd when traveling alone but, knowing someone of the place, you will surely come back with some original anecdotes to tell.

5 basic tips for traveling alone

Traveling alone is becoming an increasingly widespread practice, favored also by low-cost trips that inspire more and more people to try this experience. Whether you have been traveling alone for years, whether this is your first travel experience without company, discover our 20 tips on how to travel alone. Some…