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.