When travelling solo you have the flexibility to go wherever you wish whenever you want. If you decide you don't like a particular destination then you are free to pack your bag and head off. You can also choose to stay longer if a place appeals to you, if you meet some great people you want to stay with or you just love the accommodation. Backpacking is a great way to travel solo as it makes it easy to visit many destinations, and you can leave at a moments notice. You will also meet lots of like minded travellers in backpacker hostels. You can also still travel solo if you wish to do it in style, although you may feel a bit left out watching honeymooners by the pool and in the restaurants at a luxury resort.
The most important thing you should do whenever travelling alone is to let someone know your itinerary. Let family and friends know where you are going and when. Leave a list of contacts with them, including names of places, hotels or hostels and include the contact phone numbers. Let them know what airlines you will be flying, and other travel information. If your plans change along the way make sure you let them know by sending an email, phoning them or even posting a message on a social networking site, if they visit it regularly.
Keep documents safe
It is important to keep your documents safe while travelling, including passports, visas and anything you require for a particular country. If you need medication you may need a letter from your doctor so that you can bring it with you into certain countries. Keep this safe as well. Don't carry all your money with you either, put some away with your documents. Hostels and hotels have safes to store these in and while travelling it is a good idea to keep them in a pouch or bag concealed under your clothing. Thieves and pickpockets can be a huge problem in foreign countries who prey on tourists.
Keep an eye out
Watch out for thieves and use a bit of common sense. Don't leave bags lying around, even for a minute. For example if you are sitting at a cafe keep the bag on your lap or on the ground with your foot through the strap as some thieves are brazen enough to snatch bags and run. Watch out for crowds of people. Pickpockets sometimes work in groups and will crowd around you in busy places so you don't notice that you are being robbed. Use common sense when it comes to valuables too. Keep your money and important documents hidden safe under your clothing and don't wear expensive or flashy jewellery.
A good tip is to try to blend in with the locals and not look like a tourist. Avoid asking for directions by checking out a map before you leave your hotel for the day. Always look confident and if you do need to ask directions probably the safest person to ask would be either a policeman or a woman with children. Try not to wear clothing that stands out either, if possible dress like a local.
Things to take
Handy things to take include a roll of toilet paper, a pack of cards, a bottle opener and a sarong if you are female, as you may need to cover up in certain cultures. Plastic thongs are handy for the shower and always have insect repellent and sunscreen.
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