Your Guide to Solo Travel

Your Guide to Solo Travel


29 October 2019


You need to travel solo at least once in your life. Why? More like, why not? 

By travelling solo, not only will you strengthen your connection with your self, but you will also learn to trust yourself and your decisions. Just think about it, how often do you make time for yourself as compared to how often you make time for others? When you spend prolonged periods of time with yourself, your self-worth will increase as you understand that your happiness is reliant not on external factors or people but instead, on your internal self. Not to mention, when you trust this internal self, you will be more confident and comfortable with your decisions. 

But, taking that first solo trip can be daunting, so here’s what you need to know to level up your self-growth: 

Plan Ahead

First things first, prepare documents that you may require during an emergency. Of course, the chances of an emergency situation occurring are always low, but when in a foreign land, it’s better to be safe than sorry! So, scan documents relevant to you and your travels, then store those documents either on a thumb drive or on Google Drive. Examples of documents to scan would be your passport, visa, driver's license, health insurance, and travel insurance.

Stay Safe

Whilst on the topic of preparing for the worst, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, just pack pepper spray. And maybe a Swiss army knife. This is mainly for you to feel safe because that sense of safety will definitely impact your sleep! If you’re planning to choose hostels then you should also pack a sleeping bag liner in case bedding doesn’t meet your expectations. 

Get Tech Savvy

In the age of technology, owning a smartphone is a major advantage in many aspects, even when travelling. Recommended apps would be: 

  • Hostelworld or or Air BnB - whether you’re a backpacker, flashpacker, or luxury traveller, downloading any of the aforementioned apps will make finding accommodation and storing booking details easier.

  • - an online and offline map that you can use without mobile data; just download the map for the city you’re visiting then save relevant locations for reference. 

  • Xe Currency - if you want to avoid being scammed, download this app for up to date currency exchange prices; if you’re visiting a country with denominations in the hundreds or thousands, this app will also ensure that you’re not confused.

  • Local taxi apps, like Grab or Uber - every country will have its own version of Grab or Uber, which are safe e-hailing services, so find out what it is, then download that version. 

  • Life360 - if you’re having trouble convincing your family or partner about your safety overseas, this app can solve that problem as it will track your location in real-time.

Do Your Research

Some travellers like to talk to other travellers or locals upon arriving in a place before deciding on a rough plan. But since you know yourself best, do yourself a favour and research...even if it’s just a little. If you’re a foodie then find a restaurant that you’d appreciate—and make it a mission to treat yourself to a nice meal at least once (even if you’re not a foodie). 

Set a Budget

Of course, remember to set a daily expenditure goal (for example, 30 MYR for food per day) as to not overspend. You should also set aside an extra amount of money for sightseeing,  shopping, and for emergency purposes (and sometimes shopping can be considered an emergency purpose). Most cities have free walking tours (perfect opportunity to make friends) but if the city you’re visiting is not walking-friendly, then estimate the costs of transport and include that within your budget, too.

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