Traveling Solo: Tips for a Safe and Memorable Trip

Traveling Solo: Tips for a Safe and Memorable Trip

More people are traveling alone than ever before. Join their ranks and find an adventure with these tips.

By: Amy B.

Traveling solo is empowering: It's your chance to follow your whims, treat yourself to magical experiences and explore the world – on your own terms. A solo trip is your moment to meet new friends or spend a little time getting to know the most important person in your life: you! Ready to take the plunge? Here are five tried and tested tips for taking a safe and memorable solo trip.

1. Embrace Solo Dining, or Dine with the Locals
If you haven't embraced solo dining, a solo trip is the perfect opportunity to make a dining date with yourself and practice the fine art of savoring a meal on your own. It's also a wonderful opportunity to connect with the locals through cuisine. Check out Eat With, a website that will connect you to communal dinners hosted by more than 650 talented home cooks in 200+ cities across the globe, a guarantee that you'll not only dig into some authentic local cuisine but also meet a new local friend or two.

2. Sample the Local Language
Taking a solo trip can help you brush up on your language skills. Learn enough phrases so you can introduce yourself and start a basic conversation. Locals appreciate when travelers branch out from English and embrace the country's language, and you're bound to meet some new friends. Check out Duolingo, a free app that will have you conversing like a local in no time!

3. Venture out at Night for a Special Date with … You!
Don't be afraid to venture out at night on your own. Take yourself on a date! Enjoy a walk along a well-lit street, window shop in the neighborhood's shopping district or treat yourself to dessert. Alternately, consider heading to bed early and waking up early to explore your destination in the early morning hours, when the crowds are still asleep – you can shop at a local open-air market or be first in line at a museum!

4. Stay Safety-Minded
A vacation should be a vacation from the stress and worries of everyday life, and the last thing any traveler wants is to worry about fires, thefts or dangerous situations. However, safety-mindedness should never be forgotten, especially when traveling alone. Choose a hotel that doesn’t skimp on safety by making sure before you book that it offers modern, electronic room locks, sprinklers and smoke detectors installed in each room and hallway, and a well-lit parking lot and grounds. If you’re leaving your room for a night out on the town, keep a light and the radio or television on, and open the drapes slightly to make it seem as if someone is present in the room. Just in case, have the local emergency number programmed into your phone – not every country’s emergency responders answer to 9-1-1!

5. Travel Alone ... but Not Lonely
If you've got a dream destination on your bucket list and your friends or family aren't able to join you for the fun, book that ticket and go on your own! Traveling alone doesn't have to be lonely. It's all about attitude. Remember: You're not the only one doing it. You're bound to meet other like-minded solo travelers on the road. Solo travel can be life-changing. Keep an open mind, smile and treat yourself! You're destined to gain more confidence as well as a few amazing adventures.

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Amy writes for Hilton Mom Voyage and is an avid traveler who enjoys exploring the world with her two travelin' kids. Based in Chicago, Amy has voyaged as far away as Mali, West Africa and the Galapagos Islands. She lived in London for two years and in Italy for five.

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