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How to Travel Alone. Don't let the lack of a traveling companion stop you from seeing
the world. Sometimes it's more fun to explore on your own. You will need: Research a Room reservation for the first night,
a Contact at home, Copies of your passport and credit card information, Appropriate clothes, a Tour or class, a Local
newspaper, Bar seating and outdoor cafes and Index cards. Optional: Cell phone with international service
and phrases of the local language. Step 1. Research your travel destination. Though
spontaneity is one of the joys of solo travel, knowing a bit about where you're going is
key when you don't have someone along to help figure out things like transportation. Pick
a place that's not too remote or couples-oriented. Less developed countries tend to be good places
to meet other solo travelers. Step 2. Consider your hotel options. Less lavish accommodations
are more likely to attract other single travelers who, like you, don't have someone to split
the cost of a room. On the other hand, you may feel safer in a higher-end hotel. Whatever
you decide, make sure to reserve a room for your first night in town, when you're apt
to be jet-lagged and disoriented.. Step 3. Pack only as much as you can easily carry
by yourself -- preferably in one carry-on bag to minimize the risk of lost luggage.
Leave expensive jewelry at home. Step 4. Leave your itinerary -- or at least a general idea
of where you'll be -- with a few loved ones. Take a copy of your passport with you, and
leave them a copy as well as your credit cards numbers. E-mail yourself numbers to call if
your cards are lost or stolen. If you're traveling abroad, make sure your cell phone has international
service. Step 5. Blend in with your surroundings. If you're in a foreign country, memorize a
few key phrases and dress according to local fashion. Consider buying a few items that
will help you look like a native. Step 6. Take a walking tour, a cooking class, or some
other activity; they're great ways to meet other travelers. Consult a newspaper about
local events, or ask your hotel to help you make arrangements. Step 7. Don't be shy about
going to restaurants by yourself and chatting with other diners and waitstaff; a great way
to do that is by eating at the bar. Having breakfast at your hotel and snacking at outdoor
cafes are also conducive to making friends while munching. Though it's tempting to hide
behind a book or scribble in a journal, you're more approachable if you forgo those things.
Step 8. Stay safe. Write notes and directions on index cards before you leave your hotel;
if you must take out a map, do it discreetly. Avoid isolated areas and don't tell strangers
you're traveling alone. Above all, trust your instincts. If something feels wrong, get out
of the situation. Did you know According to a survey, 29 percent of leisure travelers
took a solo trip in 2006.
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How to Travel Alone

10975 Folder Collection
ivy published on November 26, 2015    Silvia W. translated    Kristi Yang reviewed
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