Top 5 Traveling Tips For First Time Solo Travelers
SO…. Your’e ready to take your first SOLO trip huh? Often times people tell me, “Ebony, I want to travel BUT I am scared to travel by myself. After 4 years of solo traveling, I have mastered ways to become an EXPERT at solo traveling. Here are the top five ways to master solo traveling in a nutshell.
DO YOUR RESEARCH
Google is your BEST FRIEND! Figure out where you are trying to go and where you want to stay. When booking your hotel, airbnb, hostel, whatever, DO YOUR RESEARCH. I always read reviews because I need to KNOW what THE PEOPLE are saying. See if your hotel or airbnb offer transportation. I am a huge fan of airbnb’s. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, you can find a beautiful airbnb stay for cheap and still have the best time of your life. I love to read positive comments left by other solo travelers because this shows me that the individual was comfortable staying there. I always reach out to the host if I have any questions or concerns.
Research the area: Are you staying in a touristy or local area? Do they use uber’s, taxi’s, or should you rent a car? If possible, book your accommodation in advance. Depending on where you stay, you can ask if they can send a driver to pick you up from the airport or any recommended shuttle service.
Phone service: I can’t stress this enough, ALWAYS call your phone company to see if your phone will have service or what kind of international plan they offer.
Itineraries vary from traveler to traveler. Some like to go with the flow, others like to take it day by day. Me? Well I like to plan ahead. I like to fill my itinerary with things to do. I usually leave a copy of my travel itinerary with a family member or friend so they know my where about’s. I like to start my activities early and end right before the sunset. Your excursions is the BEST way to meet people. Often times I meet other solo travelers or group travelers on my excursions. Use your itinerary as a opportunity to get to know people, exchange numbers, explore the night life together.
Met some cool people during one of my excursions in Colombia you would’ve thought we traveled together right? WRONG, three of the seven of us were SOLO travelers.
BLEND IN DON’T STAND OUT
Culture: Knowing the culture is truly important. Some countries have areas where you have to be mindful of what you wear while others are much more liberal. Do your research prior to going. Tailor your outfits based on your research and itinerary.
Learning how to tie my Bedouin scarf in Jordan
ADAPT TO YOUR DESTINATION
Ideally, you would hope that others speak your language but that is not always the case. I use Google Translator faithfully! Google translator became my bestfriend after using it during my first trip to Cuba. Remember, every country currency is not your currency. Currency Converter or Globe Converter is my “go to”. Whether you are traveling solo or as a group I strongly suggest you to download this app.
Facing your fear brings confidence! Solo traveling is an anxiety-driven yet exciting experience. Solo traveling can challenge you, make you think about decisions, become more independent, and feel more connected with yourself. Take a deep breath and go with the flow. Trust me, at the end of it all, you will feel so proud of yourself!
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I decided to start my 2020 off right by purchasing Ebony's Gems to Master Solo Traveling eBook & I must say it was worth every penny. Ebony is very detailed with how she goes about booking her solo experiences. Her visuals are amazing and it included step by step approach on how to find the perfect place to stay for cheap. While reading it almost felt as though I was having a 1:1 conversation to her. I highly feel prepared to take my first solo trip & Ebony is super sweet and super responsive. With the purchase of the eBook, she works along with you to help you book your very first solo experience. You get to see how everything she say in the book apply in real life. She is right when she says, "the method stays the same, its only the countries that change" Thank you again Ebony.
I happened to come across Ebony on a FB travelers group and I am so glad that I did! Since I followed her on IG and read this book I feel more confident and excited to go on a solo trip. I love to go places but I hate to plan with others, now I don't need to! I can't wait to book my first solo trip out of the country. Thank you so much Ebony!