Your first solo adventure trip can always be a bit nerve-wracking, especially since you won’t always have someone to look over your shoulder. This is why it’s important to plan a detailed itinerary and keep confident during the process. It’s normal to have a bit of anxiety before going it solo but trust me—it won’t be as scary as you think. With these travel tips, you’ll be ready for your next solo adventure in no time!
Plan Your Itinerary Thoroughly
Since you’ll be on your own, it’s best to plan your trip as thoroughly as possible. Make a list of two or three places you want to see every day. Don’t get bummed if you don’t do all of them. There may be a lot of things to figure out during your first solo trip. Put a star next to the locations that you want to see the most to see them for sure—cross that hiking trail or beautiful beach off your bucket list.
Have Back Up Plans
Sometimes, adventure travel comes with bad luck. Whether it’s horrible weather or transportation mix-ups, things that don’t go according to the plan are always a buzz kill. However, have backup plans so you don’t have to start from scratch if this happens. Make sure that you’ll still have the best time!
Get a Good Quality Tent
If you’re camping on a mountain, beach or forest by yourself make sure you buy a good quality tent to avoid problems. Remember, you might not have someone to help you put a tent together. Preferably, you’ll want one with an easy set-up like an instant tent. Check out https://www.coleman.com for some high-quality pop-up tents—it’s 2-person one is currently priced at 74.99.
Going it alone? Don’t pack on the pounds. A large suitcase or even a medium-sized carry-on will add unnecessary stress and weight to your solo adventure. Go with a backpack, instead, and pack light. This is especially important if you’re going camping because you may be carrying all of your weight with you. Bring 1-2 outfits and a pair of good sneakers or hiking boots. Don’t worry, you won’t need extra stuff. You’ll be too focused on seeing beautiful things to have multiple wardrobe changes anyway. Your body will also feel amazing since you won’t be carrying all of that extra weight.
Stay in Hostels or Campsites
To spend as little money as possible, stay in hostels or campsites instead of hotels. In Europe, for example, some campsites let you put your tent up for as little as 5 euros a night. A hostel dorm bed can cost as little as 10-20 euros a night in some destinations. Plus, in these accommodation options, you’ll have the opportunity to socialize with other travelers, which is always nice when you’re a solo-tripper.
Don’t Assume You’ll Get Too Lonely—You May Meet Some Friends
Don’t worry about social butterflies! Going it solo doesn’t mean you’ll be alone during your whole trip. If you stay in a hostel or campsite, you’ll be in a variety of social settings, which will give you opportunities to interact with other travelers. You also never know who you’ll meet on a mountain or forest trail. A group hike is always a fun! Check sites meetup.com to find hiking enthusiasts all over the world that you can meet up with. You can also look on getyourguide.com to book activities like surf lessons, cooking classes and boat cruises where you can meet some other travelers too.
Enjoy Moments of Solitude
Even if you hike that mountain by yourself, enjoy it. Take in those majestic views, soak up that beautiful sun, meditate or do yoga on top of a mountain, and get lost in your thoughts. These moments of solitude are special because you don’t get them often when you’re working 40 hours a week at home. You can take as much time as you want to enjoy that beach, waterfall or canyon, so take it all in.
(The Bay of Biscay, Spain)
Make an Adventure Playlist
Jamming to some tunes always helps to uplift spirits. Make a playlist of your favorite songs to motivate you through your adventure. They’ll be nice to listen to as you take time to reflect while lying on a beach or relaxing on the peak of a mountain you just climbed.
Don’t Be Overly Ambitious
If you don’t make it to the peak of that mountain or surf the biggest wave don’t sweat it! The only thing that matters is that you tried something new. Practice makes perfect. You can always meet your goal next time. Plus, you’re on vacation so don’t be afraid to relax a little.
Keep a Journal
Personal reflections are bound to happen on a solo trip. Write them down so you remember them when you get home. Traveling opens your mind to ideas that you may not usually think about at home. When you’re on a trip you’re away from your daily routine and you’re in beautiful places. Take advantage of this time and reflect on it. Your self-realization will help you grow into a better person.
Take Lots of Photos
Pictures will help you remember your travel moments even more. This trip will be full of adventure and important time of your life. Take photos and share them with your friends and family when you come home. You can even make a scrapbook for safekeeping.
Learn to Love Yourself!
Solo tripping is definitely a confidence builder. You learn how to do things you may have never done before and you meet people from all different walks of life and cultures. Your interactions with nature, people and beautiful places will help you find inner peace and learn to love yourself even more. You’re doing something amazing—going on a solo adventure into the unknown! This takes a lot of confidence to do from the get-go. So be proud of your accomplishments and love your journey every step of the way.
(Praia de As Catedrais, Galicia, Spain)