3 Tips For Planning Your First Solo Travel Trip

So do you want to travel solo and aren’t sure how to go about it? Recently, I’ve started to gain more insight into solo travel. I’ve browsed countless blogs and watched YouTube videos from other female travelers. As a female, many other people will tell you that it isn’t safe to go on a trip by yourself or that you should really wait for a friend to go with you. I’m the type of person who when I want to do something, I just go for it. And if you feel that you want to go someplace you’ve never been you should too. I mean think about it. How many times have you had to cancel something or wait around because your friend, family member or co-worker needed to get time off from work, or were short on money? Meanwhile, you had your heart set on going to this awesome place only to find yourself disappointed because you wouldn’t dare go alone.

Stop waiting around for other people to validate your travel plans. We only get one life and we should live it to the fullest. If you want to go on that trip, take it. If you want to try that new tropical drink, try it. Here are some tips for planning your first solo travel experience:

I’m planning an upcoming solo trip to Washington, D.C. For as long as I’ve been an American, I’ve never actually visited this nation’s capital. Sad I know, but pretty soon that will all be put to rest.

1) Consider Staying in a Hostel:  Hostels are probably your best route when traveling solo. They’re budget-friendly, travel-friendly and you can meet some really amazing people from all over the world. For the price of one hotel night you could stay in a hostel for up to 8 days, sometimes even 12. However, there are some downsides to staying in hostels if you value your privacy. In a hostel you have to share bathrooms and your entire bedroom with other people! The accommodations are nothing fancy and can even sometimes be a little creepy. From experience, I’ve easily been annoyed at the wait time just to brush my teeth. You also have to be cognizant of quiet hours and there are some rules about certain things you can and cannot do on the grounds. When planning my trip to D.C. I decided to go with a hostel for a night and a hotel for a night just because I value my privacy, but I’m willing to compromise to stay an extra day.

2) Make An Itinerary: I am a super planner. I love creating an itinerary because not only does it motivate me, but it also helps with making sure I get everything done that I want to while I’m away. Time is precious so you truly don’t want to waste it. You can create a simple itinerary in Word or Google Docs then print it out and bring with you. You don’t even have to go crazy making it fancy. Just keep it straightforward and simple. Include the sights you want to visit, hours they open, places you want to eat and things like parking fees, etc. If you’re not into the old school way of doing things, create a digital itinerary you can use. Apps like tripit and tripomatic will help you plan and both are free in the app store.

3) Don’t Overpack: It seems like in the past I’ve always made a habit of overpacking for trips. When you’re a solo traveler you should only have one thing in mind: see and explore. Pack only the necessities you need like your towel, toothbrush, wash clothes, toiletries, camera, 2 sets of clothes, and sleepwear. Don’t bring heavy items like your laptop or anything else that will weigh you down. Your job is to get out there and conquer and you want to do everything as easily as possible.

Safe travels!

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