For many people, the first time they travel outside the country alone can be overwhelming. After all, there’s a lot to think about! What if you get lost? What if you can’t find a place to stay?
Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. In this blog post, we’ll give tips on ensuring your first solo trip outside the country is a success.
Do Your Research
Before you even start packing your bags, you must do your research. Know where you’re going and what you want to see and do while you’re there. Read up on the local customs and culture, so you don’t inadvertently offend anyone. And most importantly, familiarize yourself with the local language as much as possible. Nothing ruins a trip faster than not being able to communicate with the people around you!
Say you want to travel alone in Japan. Before you go, you should learn some key phrases in Japanese, such as “hello,” “thank you,” and “where is the bathroom?” Japanese value their culture and are very proud of it, and by learning some of their language and customs, you’ll also show that you respect them.
It would be best if you also read up on Japanese culture, so you know what to expect. For example, did you know it’s considered rude to be late in Japan? Or that it’s customary to take your shoes off when entering a home? You may not be used to it, but respecting local customs is important when you’re a visitor to another country. You may also ask for assistance from a local tour guide to help you with your itinerary and to give you more tips on what to do in the country.
Make Copies of Important Documents
You should always have copies of important documents like your passport and driver’s license when you travel. But when you’re traveling solo, it’s even more important. That way, if you lose your passport or it gets stolen, you won’t be stranded in a foreign country with no way to get home.
Here’s a list of important documents to copy:
- Driver’s license
- Credit cards
- Insurance cards
- Plane tickets/itinerary
- Travel visa (if required)
If you lose your passport, the first thing to do is go to the nearest embassy or consulate. They will be able to help you get a new passport so you can continue your travels. Always keep the customer service number separate from your cards for your cards. If your wallet is stolen, you can cancel your cards immediately. Be careful with your belongings when you’re in a new place. Don’t leave your passport or other valuables in plain sight, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
This one might seem obvious, but it’s worth repeating: Pack light when you’re traveling solo! You’ll have to carry all your belongings yourself, so the lighter your load, the better. Stick to basics and only pack what you know you’ll need. You can always buy anything else you might need once you arrive at your destination.
One of the trends that you can try is the new way of packing called “capsule wardrobe.” This method lets you bring only the clothes you can mix and match, so you won’t have to overpack. For your capsule wardrobe, choose a color scheme and stick to it; that way, everything will go together, and you’ll have more outfit options than if you’d just packed a bunch of random clothes.
Another way to lighten your load is to travel carry-on only. That way, you won’t have to worry about checking in your luggage or waiting for it at the baggage claim. Just be sure to pack everything you need in a small bag that fits the size and weight restrictions for carry-on luggage.
When you’re traveling by yourself, things will inevitably go wrong from time to time. Maybe you miss your bus or train, or maybe you get lost. It happens! The important thing is not to let it ruin your trip. Just go with the flow and remember that part of the fun of traveling is experiencing new and unexpected things!
Be ready also to meet new friends. When traveling solo, you’re more likely to meet other people who are also traveling alone. Strike up a conversation and see where it takes you. You never know, you might make a new friend for life. For a more spontaneous trip, try to rid of your itinerary. Having a loose plan will allow you to change your mind and go with the flow. This is your vacation, after all, so do what you want!
Traveling solo for the first time can be scary and overwhelming, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding experience. By following these simple tips, you can ensure your trip goes off without a hitch.