One of the coolest things to do in life is traveling — especially if you are traveling with someone; obviously, you get to share those moments while making happy memories. But whaaat if you are traveling solo, how do you make it an adventure?
Well, here goes.
Don’t plan the trip. Like, once you have decided where to go, don’t spend weeks or even days thinking about the sights you would visit. Overthinking makes things sound like predestined, therefore, you already reduce the excitement in itself.
While joining tours would bring you to the place’s top tourist destinations, you don’t control time that if you would like to stay longer or just leave earlier, you can not just do that — and in some cases, you could even be spending more. So do the X and Os.
Focus on what to bring. Bring cards not just cash, some places (like remote beaches) do not have forex, so having a card or two would come in handy. Bring a utility kit that includes a whistle, flash light and a Swiss knife. These would be helpful for whatever emergency there is. Bring a small part of your kitchen — very small pot, matches, lunch box, spoon and a small plastic glass. These are especially useful if you want to go camping, or if you are still in the mountains and unable to return to your hostel for whatever reason.
Being adventure-ready would also require a solar power bank, sunscreen (not just because of the beach but because you should be doing a lot of walking), first aid kit and flip flops not just rubber shoes. Insect or mosquito repellent? Many times all you need is to ‘smoke’ your area.
Utilize your surroundings. Example, if you have not booked in advance, leave your belongings at the airport or even at a mall’s baggage counter while quickly looking for hostels; obviously, this would make your search for accommodation more efficient.
In countries like the Philippines, connection is generally slow, thus, if you do not have any special booster, use the terminal’s WiFi (most people here have their minds set on their travels, that means less users) rather than local pocket WiFis which relies on location.
Bring a small tent. If there are no homestays or vacant backpacker lodges especially near the beach or resort you are eyeing, then having a tent would save your day, err, night. Don’t forget to bring a small, thin blanket or a big towel. Of course, you could always stay in more expensive hostels but aren’t you after adventure?
So try to get out of your comfort zone and blend in with nature.
Visit during the ideal climate. This is to maximize your visit, not to mention to keep you safe from accidents; for one, roads and mountains are slippery when wet.
Also, if the place you would be visiting is just within 5 kilometers, try taking a hike. You not only add more spice to your adventure or save on fare, but even stay in shape while traveling.
Be alert wherever you go. Avoid dark places at night, hey, the night is already dark in itself, don’t add to it by going to unlighted areas unless you’re in a secure place — ey, you’re alone, remember?? And especially if you are girl, avoid ‘hidden’ bars or places with no one around particularly at night — no matter where you are in the world, things happen you should know.
While the safest choice in localities would be in places where families go to, it would not always be as enjoyable for adults, hence, do not hesitate to explore especially if you could hire a motorbike. Hope you have your international driver’s license with you.
Register with local authorities. Apart from immigration, if the places you would visit has things like local registration especially for foreigners then do register. This would prove invaluable, just in case, since again you are traveling alone.
Always be respectful. From laws to culture and traditions, be mindful. Don’t look (or have a look) either superior nor tentative as you could either cause resentment or invite scammers.
Be friendly yet if you can’t speak for whatever reason, at least smile or nod. This would keep you ‘safer’ and happier in your solo travels that you would treasure for life.
Happy and safe travels!