If you're embarking on a solo travel adventure, follow these tips to ensure your holiday is memorable for all the right reasons.
1. Not booking with a reputable tour operator
If you book your trip with a tour operator, always choose a reputable one that's ATOL protected. In particular, it may be worth booking with a specialist operator that offers single traveller holidays, so you can meet other single travellers if you want to.
2. Paying more than you need to
Solo adventure holidays needn't be expensive, so make sure you don't end up paying extra for things you don't have to, such as the dreaded single supplement. At Travel One there are no single supplements.
3. Impractical luggage
You've only got one pair of hands when travelling solo, so don't make life difficult by opting for cumbersome luggage that's impractical to carry.
4. Not packing sensibly
Stuffing everything and anything into your suitcase will quickly weigh it down, so when you're travelling solo, be smart with your packing. Include light clothing that you can layer rather than thick jumpers. Pack versatile clothing that you can wear for different occasions by changing your accessories.
5. Being a target for petty criminals
When embarking on single person travel, it's important to have your wits about you. In particular, you should safeguard your valuables at all times. A bumbag that clips around the waist is safer than a handbag.
6. Feeling lonely
Even if you book through a tour operator that offers singles holiday packages, and you have the chance to meet other single travellers, there's bound to be some of your time spent alone. If you don't want loneliness to creep in, make sure you've got enough packed to fill your time, such as a good book.
7. Not mixing with others
It can be daunting when going on a solo holiday, and it may seem easier to keep yourself to yourself. However, making the effort to meet other solo travellers in your group, or engaging with the locals, can be hugely worthwhile, so what have you got to lose?
8. Not learning the basic lingo
When you're travelling on your own, it's not desirable to be in a situation where you can't communicate with locals, without any backup from fellow travellers. For this reason, it's well worth getting to grips with a few basic words in the foreign language, so that you can make yourself understood if you need to.
9. Forgetting the first aid kit
Hopefully you won't need any medical assistance while you're away, but having a few basic first aid items in your case can offer peace of mind. Just make sure to pack them!
10. Running out of cash
If you run out of cash when you're travelling solo, you won't have any companions to help you out. Therefore, it's essential you've got enough funds to cover you for the duration of your trip. As well as cash, consider using a credit card that offers a favourable rate for travellers.