What is solo-travel?
Traveling solo is not for everyone but there are some benefits according to those who do. Some describe it as an almost religious experience. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or on a roadtrip across the United States there is something to be said about experiencing new things by yourself. Not only can it be therapeutic, but you also don’t have to worry about pleasing other people. When traveling alone you can do whatever you want, when you want, and where you want. However, there are some restrictions.
How can it be dangerous?
Traveling alone can also be very dangerous if you are not careful. Being alone can make you a target for scam artists and muggers, but, thankfully, there are resources for solo travelers to limit these concerns.
Solo travel bloggers can also be great resources for those looking to travel alone. Not only do they share their experiences, but they also provide resources and tips that have worked for them. Reading their blogs can provide great advice and inspiration to motivate you to finally solo travel, and do it safely.
- Solitary Wanderer
- Solopassport | An Indian female solo traveler!
- Solo Traveler Blog
- Ott’s World
- The Blog Abroad
There are many website solo travelers can use to their benefit when planning their next trip. Some of these sites provide resources, travel tips, relevant information, pre-planned singles trips, or just safety suggestions.
- Transitions Abroad
- U.S. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- Google Translate
Today we have multiple forms of media at our disposal and perhaps one of the most useful is apps. Apps are often easy to use and easily accessible so here are some great ones that you can be useful when solo traveling. The apps are helpful in a variety of different ways whether it is for safety purposes, socializing while on your trip, food recommendations, or other things like bridging the language gap.
I know there are many well-known books to inspire you to solo travel like Eat, Pray, Love and Under the Tuscan Sun, but here are a few that provide great tips for when you finally decide to take the leap.
- Traveling Solo, 5th: Advice and Ideas for More than 250 Great Vacations by Eleanor Berman
- The Solo Travel Handbook by Lonely Planet
- Travel Alone and Love It: A Flight Attendant’s Guide to Solo Travel by Sharon B. Wingler
The experience of solo travel varies from person to person. For example, women are often at a disadvantage safety-wise even when they aren’t traveling alone. Thankfully, there are more resources out there designed specifically for solo female travelers, but that is a subject worthy of its own blog post. Nonetheless, solo travel is something everyone should have the opportunity to experience, and thanks to resources like these it is possible to do so as informed and safely as possible.