What is some good advice and tips for traveling alone? – Quora

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What is some good advice and tips for traveling alone? Khadijah Latiff, couchsurfer and adventurous traveler Safety Safety Safety Do your homework about the safety of the place you’re going. Petty crimes and muggings are commonplace in touristy parts of the world. Research the neighborhoods where you are staying. Pack light So you can just

What is some good advice and tips for traveling alone?

Khadijah Latiff, couchsurfer and adventurous traveler

K LATIFF
Safety Safety Safety
Do your homework about the safety of the place you’re going. Petty crimes and muggings are commonplace in touristy parts of the world. Research the neighborhoods where you are staying.

Pack light
So you can just pick up and go when you need to or if in an emergency. Don’t weigh yourself down.

Meet other travelers
Hostels are an option, you can sometimes find private rooms. Couchsurfing is awesome! Even if you stay at a hotel, take the opportunity to MEET local people. CS community is friendlier and possibly safer* than meeting random straggling strangers in a tourist bar.

Dress like a local
And look like you know where you’re going. If you need to look at your map, don’t do it in broad view. LEARN the public transportation routes by heart on DAY 1.

Be open minded
People will want to talk to you and meet you because you’re by yourself.

Drinking
MIND your drinking, be sensible and don’t become a target. It might be wise to only drink from sealed bottles or cans. Watch out for those cocktails because you never know how strong they make those and how do you keep track of them?

Good sites to do research or talk to other travelers:
Wikitravel
Lonely Planet forums
Couchsurfing forums

 

Reza Saeedi

Reza Saeedi

My first solo trip was to South America when I was 19. I did so many things wrong back then.

Stay in good hostels. Save.
Especially if you’re travelling solo. You’ll get to meet and socialise with lots of like-minded travellers. You’ll also save money. Check www.HostelWorld.com and find ones with good ratings.

Lose the map. Get lost.
Don’t carry a map unless you have a very limited time in a place and want to visit specific places. When you’re reading a map you’re less likely to pay attention to your surroundings and get a good feel of the place. Or start a conversation with a local to ask for directions. You’ll also look more like a tourist, which in some places, attracts pickpocketers.

Pack light.
Just take the essentials with you. It all depends on how long you’re gonna be away for. But unless you’re visiting Tristan da Cunha, you can probably find a lot of stuff at your destination.

Meet the locals. Tinder.
I don’t like Tinder where I live. I get a lot of matches who want to get paid!
When travelling though, I think it’s a useful tool for meeting the locals. I’ve heard a lot of my friends using it and it’s worked for them. I’m yet to try it out myself.

Money.
Don’t take too much cash with you but if you’re carrying any, split the sum in 4-5 parts and put them in different places. Check with your bank beforehand to make sure they aren’t gonna charge you for overseas transactions on your debit card.

Books. Music.
Take some good paperbacks and your favourite songs with you. Kindle? Spotify Premium?

Be a traveller. Explore.
“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” —Paul Theroux

Write.
Jot down the highlights of your trip on the day they happen. Things you learned. Stuff that made you feel something. The tasty local food that you had. It might not mean much when you’re on the go, but reading them later will bring all those good memories back.

And most importantly, enjoy. Live in the moment.

I’m still learning.

 

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