We’ve all been there – you’ve got the trip of a lifetime planned out in your head, and have spent the past month bugging your mates to book some time off and come with you. But no one’s biting, and you feel like your travel dreams will never come true.
Here’s the thing – they totally can. And you don’t need to rely on anyone else to get out there but yourself. Sure, it might seem scary if you’ve never traveled solo before; but it’s guaranteed to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. If you’re on the fence, check out our tips for first-timers traveling alone – and once you’re done, get that trip booked!
Write your travel schedule and information down in one place
Having it all on the cloud is super handy if you’re the type who always loses things – but before you go, write down your itinerary – flight times, transfers, hotel information, pick up information…etc. If you’re feeling worried that something will go wrong when it’s your first time traveling solo, seeing it all written down in front of you will relax your mind.
Join a group tour
Solo travel doesn’t have to mean ‘being by yourself’. If it’s your first time traveling alone, you might find that joining a group tour is the perfect way to bridge the gap between holidaying with your family or home friends and going completely solo.
Which is where we come in! Our small group adventure tours let you mix the independence of going out there alone with the chance to share your road trip with like-minded individuals from all over the world. Around 70% of our passengers are solo travelers, and adding a couple of extra nights in gateway cities can give you a base for that little bit of solo exploring too!
Watch our video to find out why TrekAmerica is perfect for first-time solo travelers…
Call home – but not too much!
There probably won’t be time to feel homesick if you’re on an amazing road trip adventure, but if you do get the blues, a call home to family or friends for a chat can be a great connection to life back home. Although we reckon by the end of your travels, ‘back home’ will be the last place you want to go…
Pack light & pack what you need
Do you REALLY need two travel hairdryers, three pairs of ‘going out’ shoes and a miniature version of the actual kitchen sink? We don’t think so. Chances are, your first time traveling alone, you’ll be tempted to overpack ‘just in case’, and end up struggling to lug half your worldly possessions around. Before you even start packing, check expected weather conditions and write a list; then check it over with a critical eye, removing anything you probably won’t need.
Remember, if you forget anything small, you’ll be able to buy it easily on your travels, so it’s really not the end of the world. Even if you forget to pack underwear, like one TrekAmerica staffer who’ll remain nameless…
Learn (a bit of) the language
If you’re heading out to the States, Canada, or any English-speaking country, chances are the only problem you’ll have is people trying to place your accent. But if you’re headed to a country where your language isn’t the first language, like Central or South America, it’s worth picking up some basics in the language of the country you’re visiting. Although most people worldwide do have a good enough grasp of the English language, it’s polite and can come in handy in the more rural areas.