Top 5 Steps to Planning Your One-Man Trip
February 17, 2012 | Permalink
Traveling with friends can be a blast, especially if each of you is interested in the same type of traveling and adventure. However, it isn’t so uncommon to want to wander alone at times, especially when you are the only one in your friend group that enjoys a particular activity, such as hiking or nature photography.
Planning a one-man trip is going to take a different mindset, and if you follow the following steps, you will be able to get the most out of your individual experience. Who knows? Maybe this will turn into a tradition that you look forward to annually.
1. Find a safe hotel, and arrive in the day.
While traveling by yourself can be a liberating experience, this does not mean that you throw all caution to the wind. You will still want to book a safe hotel that is centrally located during your vacation. Knowing that your personal items are safe in your hotel gives you the peace of mind needed to wander around your new location with ease. Make sure to check online reviews to see which hotel other travelers have recommended for security.
2. Plan loosely.
One of the best parts of traveling alone is the fact that you can completely change your plans on a whim. For instance, if you are in New York and had planned to visit museums, but find yourself wanting to spend more time at Coney Island, no one will begrudge you that choice. Just make sure that someone at home knows where you are headed and any changes to your plans for safety reasons.
3. Lose yourself in local culture.
If you are unfamiliar with the area you are traveling in, spend a day completely getting immersed with the local culture. Skip overly touristy spots and find local restaurants, shopping areas and hangouts to spend your time in instead. You’ll get more out of the experience if you spend time. If you are uncertain of where to go, ask for local favorite spots, or just meander until you find something that looks interesting. In addition, one of the best ways to enjoy seeing everyday life in a new area is by not looking like a tourist, so ditch the touristy look to experience more.
4. Keep extra cash and emergency travel documents.
No one wants to think that they might be robbed or that they will lose their identification. However, this is just one of the risks you take when traveling. To ensure that you’re not stranded, do not carry all of your cash in one spot, and leave some at the hotel, hidden amongst your clothes. Do the same with copies of your driver’s license, passport and any other IDs you might have with you.
5. Enjoy the solitary experience.
The worst thing that you can do while traveling alone is hate the fact that you don’t have family or friends around. Instead of moping, relish in the experience of having only yourself to please. There are many reasons to travel solo, and by having this experience, you may find yourself discovering surprising aspects about yourself that you would have never discovered otherwise.
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