Imagine a holiday without compromise. What does that look like to you?
Maybe you sleep in until 11, have an elaborate brunch and spend the afternoon shopping up a storm. Perhaps you rise with the sun, do some yoga and spend time away from technology.
You spend the entire holiday doing exactly what you want to do. No arguing about where to have lunch, or which direction you should walk in. No obligation to cut your time at a museum short so you can make an afternoon matinee. Just day after day of doing exactly what you want to do.
Sound impossible? It doesn’t need to be. The answer is solo travel.
I started travelling solo when I was 20. I was young, full of optimism and getting out there on my own was the best thing that could have happened to me. I learned to rely on myself, to navigate the streets of a foreign city safely, to budget and to laugh my way through the hard times.
Travel can be challenging and can force you to get out of your comfort zone. But the benefits far outweigh the negatives.
Planning your first solo sojourn doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Here are some hints to help along the way.
When planning your solo trip, be sure to book accommodation in a safe and central location. You may consider finding a hotel or apartment that is walking distance from places you want to go, or close to reliable public transport. Consider if you will be walking around by yourself at night, and make sure your accommodation is in a well-lit and safe neighbourhood.
Apartments are great if you really want to feel independent and cook your own meals, but if you are travelling solo for the first time the comfort of having reception staff you can call on for guidance will make a difference.