There are few things better than traveling, and one of the lesser-known things is how great traveling solo can be. Sure, it can be a little overwhelming at first when you’re on your own, but the freedom you’re given and the ease of meeting new people more than makes up for it. No matter where you’re going on your own, one important thing to do is make yourself comfortable. There’s no place like home, but there are a few easy ways to make your trip easier when you’re on the road.
Bring a Travel Mug
Depending where you are, finding hot water while in transit shouldn’t be a problem. Finding coffee or tea could be a little more difficult if you’re stuck on a long journey. A travel mug with your own coffee and tea makes it easy to get a drink on the go. Also, not all hotels or hotels will have cups, so bringing your own is worth the small amount of space it’ll take up in your bag.
Bring Some Creature Comforts
Many hotels won’t even provide you with a towel unless you pay, while the quality of hotel towels varies considerably. Bringing your own comfortable towel from home or buying a towel specifically for taking with you during your travels can make all the difference, as there’s nothing like a comfortable bath or shower using the personal quality you need after a long flight. When traveling, you never can be sure as to what you will find at each hotel, so bring your own fluffy goodness and stay comfortable. Likewise, bring your own shampoo, conditioner, etc. with you, as it’s unlikely the place you’re staying will have anything good.
Plan for a Good Sleep
The downside to traveling is that you often won’t be staying in a place as quiet as your own bedroom. Hotels can be noisy, with people regularly coming and go. It’s normal to have difficulty sleeping even in a good hotel. Overnight buses, trains and flights are also less than ideal. In order to get a good sleep, bring your own earplugs and eye mask. Both of these items take up almost no space and make for a much better sleep. Depending on your itinerary, it might make sense to bring a travel pillow along for the journey. Sure, they look a little goofy but you’ll be glad to have one when trying to make yourself comfortable on a long bus ride.
You’re not expected to dress particularly fancy while you’re on vacation, but you should forgo all fashion sense and bring along whatever is your most comfortable outfit. Whether you’re just sitting around and relaxing for a day, or stuck in public transport for hours, this clothing – whether it’s sweatpants, shorts or old sneakers – will make the journey all the better, even if it’s not the finest look.
Occupy Your Time
If you know you’ll be in transit for a while, it’s essential to bring along anything that can help pass the time. Books, a tablet or an MP3 filled with songs and podcasts are all good ideas. Bringing a journal along is also a great way to spend some time and record all your travels.
Politely Speak Up
There are times when you’ll be exhausted but unable to get the rest you need. Maybe there’s construction going on near your room, or somebody in the hostel is talking loudly late at night. If you find yourself in a situation like this, just speak up and politely ask if your room could be changed, if the person could talk outside the room or anything along those times. People are accommodating to friendly requests, so there’s no harm in asking.
Stay in Touch with Friends and Family
Finally, when you’re traveling on your own, don’t forget to keep friends and family updated on where you are and where you’re going. This is just a precaution in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong, but it’ll give you and your loved one’s a peace of mind while you’re away from home.
Follow all these tips and your solo trip will be remarkably comfortable regardless of your budget or who you are with! Traveling solo can be an uplifting and memorable experience, so do not be afraid to give it a shot!