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Thursday, 10 September 2015

What You Should Know About Travelling On Your Own

Sometimes you really need a getaway, but no one else can get away with taking time off to join you (pun intended). Or maybe you're excited about visiting a place where none of your other friends seem interested in. This can definitely be a bummer , but all is not lost! You could still make the scary decision of.. Travelling on your own. 
Get on that plane!

Wait! Travelling on your own, whether you’re just going for a holiday or an extended period of time, can be a great idea. In fact, most people who have done it will tell you that they had the time of their lives! So many people say that travelling alone is something everybody should do at least once - I promise it's not that scary after all! Imagine: doing everything you want to do with no restrictions, meeting new people, and making memories for life! Here are a few things you should know about travelling on your own if you’re still dubious about it:


You Can Get to Know Yourself a Lot Better
Travelling alone is the perfect opportunity to get to know yourself a lot better. Some say that you can’t have great relationships with anybody else if you don’t already have the best relationship with yourself. Spending time on your own in an unfamiliar place is the best way to get to know yourself and become comfortable spending time alone. You’ll then find that your relationship with other people is greatly improved!


You Should Go Somewhere With Lots of Good Reviews
As travelling or holidaying alone can be dangerous, you’re much better off going to a place with lots of good reviews. You’ll never find a place with 100% good reviews, but you will find somewhere with a majority of them. Research everything: accommodation, the kinds of restaurants you’re interested in, activities, and more. The more you know about a place before you set off, the better!


Always Research Safety Issues in the Area Before You Leave
Depending on where you go, there may be different safety issues to consider. Make sure you read up on them and then take precautions to keep yourself safe. There are all kinds of things you can do, from leaving a note in your room, to making sure you don’t drink too much. Making friends is great, but you must keep your wits about you.


Have Emergency Numbers and Plans on Hand Just In Case
You never know what might happen, so have emergency numbers and plans on hand just in case something goes wrong. Pre-empt certain situations and then think about how you’ll help yourself should they arrive. It might not be too much fun to consider, but you'll be glad you’re prepared when you arrive.
You Should Attempt the Language
Learning a few words and phrases can make your time in this place so much better. Even if you aren’t very good, don’t be afraid to give it a go. The locals will likely be impressed and you might even get special treatment.


Your Confidence Will Skyrocket
You should find that travelling alone increases your confidence to no end. You’ll find endless reasons to be proud of yourself!


You’ll Probably Make Great Friends
Travelling alone is a brilliant opportunity to make great friends. Keep an open mind and you’ll have some unforgettable experiences!


Hopefully, this guide has helped you to feel excited about travelling alone. Leave any thoughts you have below, and have an amazing time on your travels!

Dreaming of the next trip,
Calista xx

*This is a contributed post.

4 comments:

  1. Nice one, Calista. Enjoyed reading this. It's good that you're dispensing such advice as lady readers your age will be able to relate to it more, compared to if I'd written it. Well done.

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    1. Thank you! I've travelled solo once to Hong Kong, and a semi solo trip to Jakarta, and I have to say it feels completely different as to travelling with others! =)

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  2. Hi Calista, how about budgets? How do you use what you get & enjoy it? Love to travel but budgets always get me stuck. Like to hear your opinion. Cheers!

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    1. Hmm. I usually choose where to go based on the price of the air tickets first (as my aim is to go to as many places as possible before I drop the big bucks to go somewhere further), then use Agoda to find good-rated hotels in my price range (I never stay anywhere that costs more than RM200/night, with the exception of Hong Kong). Also, I cut back on the shopping and spend most of my money on transport, entrance fees and food! Always spend on food hahaha.

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