Looking to get away from it all? Whether you’re planning a relaxing beach break or an adrenaline-fueled adventure holiday, solo travel can offer you freedom and flexibility to take the trip of your lifetime.
However, if you’re off on your adventures alone, there are some additional things to think about to make sure you stay safe while you’re away.
Take a look at our top tips for staying safe overseas as a single traveller.
Stick to your plans
When it comes to what to do each day, the world’s your oyster as a solo holidaymaker. However, if you’re happy to do at least some planning beforeyou leave, it’s a good idea to run through your itinerary with someone back at home. Give them your contact details too, and that way, if anyone does need to reach you, they’ll be able to get in touch.
Learn the lingo
Wherever you’re off to, it’s a good idea to learn a few local phrases to help you get by. Not only will people often appreciate you making the effort, it could really help you out while you’re away – whether you’re trying to find the best local restaurant or you need directions to your hotel.
Keep in contact
If you can – and it doesn’t disrupt your trip too much –make sure friends or family back home have a way to contact you if they need to. And if you don’t want to take your smartphone away with you, buying a local phone card or mobile SIM card can help keep costs of calling home low.
Choose the right travel insurance
When you’re travelling alone, unexpected events like falling ill or flight delays can appear that bit more daunting. Make sure you take time to choose the right travel insurance for your trip and take a copy of your policy documents with you, just in case you need to contact your insurer while you’re away.