Think of this scenario: a guy graduates out of college. He starts his first job, takes his first few paychecks and, finally, after years of dreaming and picturing it on his head, he finally plans his first trip alone. Sounds familiar? Yes. In fact, you might have even put yourself in the fictional guy’s shoes.
More often than not, people have dreamt of being able to travel alone. It doesn’t just take them to good places; it also gives them a strong sense of independence and strength. While taking the opportunity to do so is good, one must learn how to make the most out of it.
If you’re a first time traveler who’s looking for helpful tips, this article is for you.
Making the most out of your first solo travel
- Start somewhere easy. If it’s your first time traveling, you would most likely be intimidated by the amount of things you would need to learn and warm up to. For your first trip, opt for a destination that is relatively easier to reach, and most especially, cheaper. Remember, all expenses would be paid by you alone. In this aspect, thriftiness is the best policy.
- Pack light. Now, this aspect is a must in any form of traveling. May you be alone or with a group, traveling light doesn’t just save you tons of dollars from that extra baggage fee, it also saves you energy from all the heavy lifting. Pack what is essential and go!
- Don’t be afraid to try hostels. Some beginners might think hostels are sketchy, but it’s actually the other way around for most. Their cheap costs might make them a bit doubtful, but there are apps on the web that let you choose the best hostels you would set foot into. It’s also a good way to meet new people!
- Don’t be an easy target. Thieves recognize a newbie traveler when they see one. While it’s rare, this doesn’t give you the right to be complacent. Be mindful of your things. Secure your travel credentials and most of all, your money.
Last but not the least…
- Seize the moment! Not everyone would be as fortunate as you and have the chance to travel. While you’re at it, make the most out of your trip. Create memories that would last and make sure you get authenticity out of your experience.
As the very popular saying goes on, life is short. Do things to reward yourself and enjoy the little things while you still can!