Traveling alone can be very intimidating at first. There are so many amazing benefits to setting off on your own. You will quickly find that sometimes it is more rewarding than traveling with a companion, as many more doorways will be opened to you. Here are some simple ways to feel more comfortable.
1. Volunteer with a non-profit
When volunteering with a non-profit, someone will be in charge of hosting you. That means someone will be keeping an eye out for you and making sure that your travels go well. This is a perfect way to ensure that you feel safe on your first trip alone.
2. Wedding Ring
If you are a woman, married or not, many people recommend you wear a wedding ring. It is true that if a woman is wearing a wedding ring, she will be hassled less. However, if you are just pretending, know that it means you will have to be carrying this pretend story with you wherever you go. The decision is yours.
3. Start small
Travel somewhere extremely safe to get your feet wet. You don’t need to start your solo traveling by going halfway around the world. You could initially travel to a nearby part of your own country, and then as you begin to gain confidence, progressively expand your travels to more adventurous destinations.
4. Stay at homestays
When you engage yourself directly into the community, you will find people are often very excited to share their cultures, beliefs, and foods with you. Lodging at a homestay is an amazing opportunity to learn. In addition, being with a family also means that you are held accountable for your presence and that your host will be aware of any problems should something go wrong.
5. Make friends
The more people with whom you connect, the more people who will be looking out for you. Choose your friends wisely, and then make sure that you stay in touch with them during your trip. Let them know where you’re going and when – and if you are ever in need they can be a contact for help.
6. Don’t forget those at home
Your friends and family might be far away, but they are important for helping you still feel connected at home. Let people back home know where you are and check in often. Give them the contact information of someone where you are staying. If friends and family don’t hear from you for an unusually long period of time, tell them to check in with your contact just to confirm that everything is OK.
7. Make sure you are aware of the local customs
This is one of the most important tips for traveling safely. If you ignore the local customs, you are going to aggravate people and also bring lots of unwanted attention to yourself. Before you leave for your trip, do a little research. Find out what the appropriate dress stndards and local taboos are. Be conscious of these during your trip, and you will find that people will greatly appreciate your respect of their ways.