Keep these things in mind for a better solo travel experience
Winter holidays are fast approaching and travel is already on the minds of many. Along with bookings for groups and families, there is also an increase in the number of solo travelers who are willing to explore different destinations and places on their own, at their own pace and within a given budget. While traveling solo can be exciting, Farreportal India has shared a few tips to keep in mind to make your trip safe, fun, and affordable.
Book flights in advance
A good way to save money is to plan ahead. So, book your plane tickets in advance to make the most of attractive airfares, offers and you may be able to buy a cheap ticket as well. By booking your plane tickets and hotel room well in advance, you’ll have more money to spend on real experiences.
A careful travel itinerary is the sign of an experienced solo traveler. But if you’re giving it the first try, here’s a quick tip: plan well and plan ahead. Have your itinerary mapped out, the numbers of each hotel and airline available to you, and always share your itinerary with a loved one so they have an idea of where you are in an emergency.
Lightweight but smart pack
If you’ve booked inexpensive international travel options or boarded a particularly affordable domestic flight, you might not have all the in-flight entertainment you’re used to. Be sure to bring a book, magazine, your music player, laptop, and other boring stuff. You should also bring noise-canceling headphones, an eye mask, and a travel pillow to keep you comfortable and reduce anxiety on long flights. Make sure you carry all of your essentials in a backpack or tote bag, as taking public transport and navigating crowds just got a lot easier.
Even when packing, only carry the things that you feel are absolutely necessary. If your hotel provides toiletries and towels, remove those items from your list. As for clothing, you can wear diapers or convertible clothing; that allow you to mix and match your clothes. And make sure you don’t carry more than two pairs of shoes unless it is unavoidable.
Be in a place with free Wi-Fi and share your location
Other important security measures to consider are sharing your phone’s location with a loved one and ensuring that there is Wi-Fi and mobile phone service at various checkpoints during your travels.
Meet other travelers
Meeting other travelers is another way to break the monotony of solo travel. Your discussion doesn’t have to end when you land and get off the plane. Ask a traveler what they’ve done best so far, or with a local about the area’s best hidden gem restaurant. The people you meet and the advice they give you will greatly enhance your journey.
In general, avoid dressing like a tourist. Avoid wearing flashy clothing, jewelry, or anything that makes you look like a stranger. Walk with determination and confidence, but don’t call unnecessary attention to yourself.
Eat like a local
There is nothing quite like digging into local food. It gives you a new perspective on the culture, history and landscape of your destination. There is always a purpose behind a certain food, which can be explored with your taste senses and thoughts.
Take day tours and lessons
Your independent trip can be enriched by adding social activities such as city tours, cooking classes, so that you can better experience your destination.
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