Who doesn’t dream of going to an exotic location to unwind? When we are stressed, most of us imagine what it would be like to forget our stressors as we frolic and relax in a foreign city.
If you are ready to take the plunge, financially that is, travelling alone can be a fun and rewarding experience, especially if you use your vacation time to help people in need. Keep in mind that humanitarian fares can make the trip even more cost-effective. Here are a few tips that you should consider if you wish to travel alone.
Plan Your Itinerary Beforehand
While it may sound overly presumptuous, it is wise to plan your vacation schedule even if you have not booked your tickets yet. Check online for various sightseeing packages, read reviews about great restaurants in the area that offer local cuisine and research more about the location you plan on visiting. You may even choose to purchase a travel guide. This will allow you to consider the activities you plan to have. Therefore, when you reach your destination, you will know exactly where you want to go and what locales you wish to visit.
If you are unfamiliar with the country or city that you wish to visit, it would be best to ask a trusted travel agency to handle the specifics for you. You may also seek the advice of acquaintances who have visited the place and ask them for tips regarding the overall culture, restaurant recommendations and voice out any concerns you may have.
Book Your Ticket Ahead of Time
Most people are not aware of how useful early-bird bookings are. True enough, you will be able to avail of a significant discount if you were to book your ticket months before your flight. This will leave you with more money to use on yourself during the trip. However, it should be noted that in most cases, people who avail of humanitarian fares may not be able to avail of this added discount.
Make An Effort To Blend In
If you plan on going to a risky location, avoid wearing expensive jewellery. Keep your gadgets and other valuables in a secure location, preferably in a safe at the hotel. Lastly, it would be wise to respect to the local dressing customs, especially if you are a female travelling alone, as there are some cultures that are not used to seeing women travelling without a companion.
Enjoy this period of cultural immersion by trying new and even strange things. Befriend the locals, try their local cuisine and visit as many historical landmarks as you can. Remember to make memories that you can cherish forever, because that is the main purpose of your trip.
The prospect of travelling alone may seem hard to bear at first, especially if you are used to travelling with a group of people. If that is the case, a test trip may be in order. This will help you get the hang of it and will help you determine if it is your cup of tea. Even so, most people who start out with misgivings, owing to the lack of companions, will find that travelling alone can bolster one's confidence. For more information about humanitarian fares, you may choose to visit a local travel agency or check online to know more about what documents you should have to avail of discounted airfare and other perks.
I am a big fan of travelling and enjoy giving other people tips on how to make the most of going away!