More of us are opting to travel solo than ever before – and it’s not because we have no one to go with.
A report released earlier this year claims that the number of Britons travelling solo has increased by almost one third since 2011.
Travelling on your own, be it for business or pleasure, can be liberating. You’ve only yourself to think about and have far more freedom than if you’re travelling with other people.
Although the popular image of a solo traveller is a young backpacker, first-time solo travel can occur at any age. Whether divorced or widowed, or simply wanting to do something that their partner isn’t so keen on, more and more people are taking to the road on their own.
You may have some concerns if you haven’t done this before. The best way to allay any fears is to plan ahead, take the same precautions you would at home and if you feel concerned always use you’re better judgement and err on the side of caution.
Before you go
Wherever you’re going it’s a good idea to:
For more top tips on preparing for a trip see our guide.
Staying safe in your accommodation
Where possibly always book accommodation in advance so there’s no risk of ending up with nowhere to stay. If you’re staying somewhere on your own and are concerned about your safety here are some precautions you can take.
General safety advice when you’re on your own
It’s worth remembering the old adage “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. As well as dressing appropriately and respecting the local customs, looking confident and generally blending in with everyone else will help you feel more at home.
Don’t take silly risks. You should also take the usual precautions you’d take at home. Wear the helmet, the seatbelt or the life jacket. Avoiding walking alone in the dark or in deserted places, watch out for pickpockets in busy places, keep your valuables and cash hidden. Pay attention and know your escape route in every situation.
Be aware of how much you drink, avoid accepting drinks from strangers and and don’t get too drunk, even if you feel like you’re with friends.
Other things to consider when you’re travelling on your own include:
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