Travelling solo

Travelling solo is an entirely different proposition from travelling with a partner or in a group. While the process involves careful planning, the major advantage of travelling solo is that one can take all their decisions independently. You are in complete control of your schedule, where you plan to stay, what you want to eat and what you want to see.

However, one must take a few important factors into consideration when travelling on a solo RTW trip. Safety measures and budget can also be very different when you are travelling alone. As you cannot anticipate what’s in store and there is no other person to watch your back, you need to be extra cautious.

  • The first and most important thing is to inform your loved ones about your itinerary. Keep them updated about where you are staying and your next destination.
  • Take care of your belongings (cash, passport, tickets, and other documents) and don’t ever leave them lying around. It might make sense to use a concealed pouch to keep cash, cards and other important documents.
  • Take general precautions with respect to whom you meet and interact with. Keep certain accessories handy (medicines, torch light, pen knife and a pepper spray if need be)
  • In order to beat loneliness, the best way is to go out there and explore. Look out for fellow solo RTW travellers, stay at hostels and make sure you’re approachable and friendly to others. 

Long Duration Travels 

You solo RTW experience also depends on the duration of the trip. Longer travels mean greater preparation and also being organized at every step of the way. Your resources have to last you a longer period of time and hence it is important to keep track of what you are using/spending and make sure it lasts you throughout the trip. Always keep a little extra handy and, somewhere in the course of your trip, try to link up with friends or family. It always helps to touch base with those who are familiar if you are travelling for a long time. On the other hand, if this journey of self-discovery really does help you to find yourself, then even a year of travelling may seem short.