15 Unforgettable Things to do in London Alone

London is the city I’ve visited most in the world. I absolutely adore it and continue to go back and and time again. There are countless things to do in London alone, so you’ll never get bored no matter how many times you visit the city.

It may seem like a cliche to say London is one of the best cities in the world and everybody should visit at least once in their life. But some things are cliches because they’re true!

The good news is not only are there plenty of things to do alone in London, but the city is very easy for solo travellers to navigate.

Even if it is your first time travelling alone, London isn’t too big of a beast to tackle.

The city is so used to and open to solo tourists. Nobody bats an eye at you if you’re wandering around alone or eating alone.

Close to 40% of London’s population weren’t born in the UK. Even though it is a huge city, it is a melting pot of culture, food, and people.

Taking a solo trip to London is a choice you won’t regret.

If you’ve already decided you want to visit London alone, here are my top things to do in London alone.

There are tons of other things you can do in London by yourself, but I wanted to create a list of places to go alone in London where you won’t feel weird in the slightest being there alone.

As much as I love going for tea in London, that isn’t on the list. It is totally fine to go for tea alone in London, but it may make some newer solo travellers feel uncomfortable.

This list is for both the beginner solo travellers and the experienced solo traveller!

1. Rent a Bike and Ride Around Hyde Park

One of my favourite things to do when I’m travelling alone in London is rent a bike and ride around a park. Hype park is a great option because it is huge and has lots of sights you can stop and look at.

There are bikes you can rent all over London and in multiple places in Hyde park.

You get half an hour free, and then it is quite expensive to pay to use the bike after that.

The good news is that once you return your bike before 30 minutes is up, you can rent another bike 10 minutes later and get 30 minutes for free again!

That’s my sneaky little tip for renting bikes in London and never having to pay! I use this trick quite frequently.

You don’t have to return the bike to the same rental area you got it from. You can return it to any rental rack run by the same company!

There is a little basket on the front of the bike to hold your stuff, and you’re on your way.

Normally, there are quite a few people riding bikes around Hyde Park, so be on the lookout for other bikers, pedestrians, and horses.

Yes. Horses!

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Another important thing to remember is that you cannot ride your bike in Kensington Gardens, which are connected to Hyde Park.

Be on the lookout for signs indicating where Kensington Gardens begin, so you don’t break the rules.

One last thing to be aware of is people drive on the left-hand side of the street in London (the opposite side that we drive on in North America).

If you take your bike out on the road, be sure you’re riding the right direction and being safe.

I’m not going to share my horror story of accidentally coming across a roundabout when biking in London and trying to sort out how to use it on the fly going the opposite direction I’m used to!

Needless to say, that was the end of my biking for the day, and I walked my bike back to the nearest return rack.

Hyde Park

2. Visit the Queen’s Gallery

The Queen’s Gallery is one of the most underrated attractions in all of London, and I think it is one of the best things to do in London alone.

The Queen’s Gallery is right next door to Buckingham Palace and is a gallery where the Queen displays items from her personal collection.

The exhibit changes quarterly, and you get to see artwork and artifacts you would never otherwise be able to see since they’re straight out of the Queen’s private collection.

I’ve been there a number of times and had the chance to see some incredible collections including a Leonardo da Vinci collection that included original hand drawings.

Yeah. That was absolutely incredible.

The reason I think this is such a great thing for you to do in London by yourself is because everybody is listening to the audioguide and moving at their own pace.

Even people who come in groups get separated throughout the gallery and meet at the end.

If you’re hesitant about travelling alone, not a single soul will notice you’re alone. And if they do, they’ll simply assume the rest of your group is somewhere else in the gallery.

Plus, the Queen’s Gallery is super affordable, and if you get the back of your ticket stamped, you can reenter the gallery for free whenever you want for a year.

If you’re lucky, you just might be able to catch one exhibit the first day you’re in London and a new exhibit at the end of your trip.

It is rare for that to happen, but if it does, count yourself extremely lucky!

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3. Visit a Free Museum

There are 20 free museums in London for you to explore!

There are art museums, history museums, science museums, museums about the City of London, museums about the banks, library, and so much more.

No matter what you’re interested in, there will be a free museum you can wander around for a few hours and explore.

It is so nice that there are so many free museums throughout the city. It is a nice break from paying for some of the most expensive attractions like the Tower of London.

Give your wallet a bit of a rest!

Some of my favourite museums are located in the Kensington area. The Natural History Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum are right next to one another and are two of my favourites in London.

Another hugely popular free museum in London is the British Museum. It is always back full, and you can see some of the most unique artifacts in the world.

Museums are some of the best places to go alone in London because people are so absorbed in exploring the museum that they don’t pay attention to what is going on around them.

If you go during a weekday day, it will likely be pretty quiet and full of school groups. They’re busy running around doing their projects and don’t care about you.

They can get a bit loud and aggressive at times though so be aware of them. I like to leave the room if there are a bunch of little children running about. Come back later, and it’ll be a much more enjoyable experience.

Museums are often a good place to find free wifi in London so keep that in mind if you’re ever in a pinch and in dire need of internet access.

British Musem

4. Tour the House of Parliament

Just like the Queen’s Gallery, touring the House of Parliament is one of the most underrated things to do in London.

You get to go inside Westminster (not the church but the big famous building that has Big Ben) and tour around the actual place bills and laws are debated in the UK.

Before you start dozing off, it is actually quite interesting!

You can either take a guided group tour or go on a self-guided 90-minute audio tour. The audio tour is what I did and what I recommend for solo travellers.

It gives you more freedom to go at your own pace compared to taking a guided group tour.

There are only limited days you can tour the House of Parliament, so I recommend buying your ticket online in advance. You can also show up at the ticket office across the street from Westminster right outside the metro station and try to snag a last-minute ticket.

I will admit that touring the House of Parliament is a bit expensive (as most sights in London are).

Tickets range from £19 to £29 depending on what type of ticket you qualify for. You can find a list of ticket types and prices here.

This is a surprisingly fun and unique way to spend an afternoon in Central London.

Even if you’re not too into politics, the inside of the House of Parliament is stunning and well worth the price of admission alone.

You also learn about a number of interesting historical events that took place in the building.

All in all, this is definitely something you should considering doing when alone in London if you have the money and can get a ticket.

5. Take in a West End Show

One of the best things you can do alone in London as night is go to a West End show. I go to at least one show every time I’m in London and absolutely love it every single time!

The West End is similar to New York’s Broadway. There are dozens of theatres in the district, and you can choose from a wide variety of different shows.

I don’t recommend you purchase your tickets in advance through the theatre unless there is a specific show you’re dying to see.

There are two different ways to get discount theatre tickets either the day of the show or a day or two before it:

  • TKTS booth in Leicester Square
  • TodayTix app

I personally use the app 99% of the time. It is so convenient, and you can book your tickets on your phone from wherever you are and not have to worry about going all the way to Leicester Square.

Not only that, but the TKTS booth often has a long line to get tickets. It isn’t uncommon for you to waste an hour or so waiting in line to get tickets.

That just isn’t how I want to be spending my time in London!

With TKTS, you get your tickets right at the booth when you purchase them.

With TodayTix, you have to pick up your tickets at the box office at the theatre. Be sure to arrive at the theatre early enough to get your ticket and bring photo ID.

I’ve never had a problem collecting tickets when I purchase through the TodayTix app.

I just walk up to the box office, say I’m collecting my tickets, and they give them to me!

West End Show, London

A Word of Warning

I’ll always encourage you to go to a West End show. They’re absolutely fabulous and a fun way to spend a night alone in London.

However, there is one thing you need to be aware of, and that is intermission.

I always feel a bit weird during intermission because there is never any wifi in the theatres, and I can’t scroll around on my phone.

I just sit there and wait for the show to begin again.

So, if you’re going to a West End show alone, have a plan to make the intermission time fly by!

Bring a book, go for a walk around the theatre, or grab a snack or drink.

Many London hotels provide guests with a complimentary smart phone they can use during their stay.

If you’re lucky enough to stay at a hotel that offers this, catch up on the news or random Google searches. You won’t be able to access your social media, but at least you have a phone to keep you distracted!

Lastly, if you’re a frequent traveller, you may want to consider investing in a Solis wifi device.

It is your own personal pocket wifi device that gives you access to the internet pretty much anywhere and everywhere you go.

There are a few countries it doesn’t work in, but it does work in the UK.

You always have access to the internet, can scroll social media, keep in touch with family and friends, and use Google Maps to your heart’s content (big selling feature for me).

I got my Solis in 2019 and adore it.

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6. Join a Free Walking Tour

Free walking tours are one of the best things to do in any city you visit! You get to explore part of the city with a local tour guide, and it doesn’t cost you anything except a tip.

Please be sure to always tip your free tour guides! The only money they make is from your tips!

There are tons of free walking tours in London, and you can find a free walking tour for pretty much any interest you have!

There are tours about Jack the Ripper, Harry Potter, WWII, Graffiti, different areas of London, and, of course, the royal family and history.

You can choose from a variety of different tour operators based on what you want to see and what time works best for you.

I’ve used Free Tours by Foot a number of times in London and have had a good experience each time.

But I’m sure you’ll have a great experience no matter who you go with!

This is without a doubt one of the best things to do in London alone because you’re joining a group of other tourist and listening to a guide.

There will be a lot of people on your tour, and it is easy to stay at the back of the pack and go unnoticed if you want.

Free walking tours are also a great way to meet other travellers. Many people who join free walking tours are younger, and you may be able to meet some people to tour around with for the rest of the day.

No matter what, I highly recommend taking a free walking tour near the start of your trip.

I’ve been on countless free walking tours all over the world, and they provide so much valuable information about the city you’re visiting you wouldn’t otherwise have.

A free walking tour can put a city in a whole new perspective and give you a new way of looking at it for the rest of your trip.

Big Ben, London, UK

7. Visit Kensington Palace and Explore the Gardens

Kensington Palace and its gardens are a very interesting thing to do in London. If you have any interest in the royal family or the history of the royal family, this should be a must-do for anybody visiting London.

You get to tour various parts of the palace including the King and Queen’s sleeping rooms, ball rooms, and art rooms.

There are also limited time exhibits that often feature outfits worn by royal family members.

Kensington Palace is a unique opportunity to learn quite a bit about royal history and the modern royals.

Kensington Palace is a popular attraction, so you’ll want to purchase your ticket online in advance.

You can just show up to the palace the day you want to visit, but there is a good chance all the reservations are full, and you won’t be able to tour the palace.

Even if you don’t want to go inside the palace, you should spend some time walking around the gardens.

They are huge and feature a lot of unique sights and statues for both royals from long ago and more recent royal family members.

Kensington Gardens connects to Hyde Park, so you can easily visit both in a single day.

Kensington Palace may seem like one of the odder places to go alone in London, but, trust me, it is worth the visit.

True, there isn’t an audio guide you can hide behind like some of the other attractions, but, just like the rest of the museums, people will assume you’ve just separated from your group.

If they even notice you at all!

Don’t let being nervous about being a solo traveller in London hold you back from visiting the sights you want to see!

Things to do in Kensington

Kensington Palace

8. People Watch in Trafalgar Square

I love people watching, and there isn’t a better place in London to people watch than Trafalgar Square.

It is a hub for tourists, street performers, and all things odd and interesting.

Grab a coffee to go and sit near Trafalgar Square while you drink it. You never know what you’ll see.

The square often has a number of pop-up events and markets, so you may get to experience an even more unique side of London.

Trafalgar Square is definitely full of tourist and not a place you’ll find many locals, but it is an interesting place to take a quick break, watch tourists, watch a few street performers, and take in the hustle and bustle of the area before you move onto somewhere else.

It is a just a short walk from Westminster on the way to the West End and China Town.

Most tourist will naturally walk through the area, so you may as well slow down and enjoy the chaos.

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9. Take a Day Trip

London is such a small taste of what the UK has to offer. It is super tempting to stay in London and explore everything it has to offer, but you should consider taking a day trip.

There are tons of cities you can visit on a day trip from London that only take a few hours to get to by train or bus.

My top picks are Brighton, York, and Bath.

All three cities give you a taste of a different side of the UK and gets you out of the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you can only choose one, I highly recommend Brighton. I love it so much!

Taking a day trip outside London may seem intimidating when you’re travelling alone in London, but it is actually super easy.

You just need to hop on the train, get off, wander around the city, and hop on the train again when it is time to leave.

Not only is taking a day trip one of the best things to do alone in London, but it also helps you develop your solo travel skills and become a more confident traveller!

41 things to do along the Brighton Seafront

10. Go Back in Time at the Globe

I never miss the chance to watch a show at the Globe if there is one playing when I’m in London. It is an exact recreation of Shakespeare’s Globe, and they put on authentic Shakespearian plays.

Now, I’m not a Shakespeare fan, but there is something completely different about sitting in the Globe watching a Shakespeare play. It is so much fun!

You should purchase your tickets in advance. I like to pay for a seat, but many people choose to pay for the cheapest ticket and stand in front of the stage.

That gives you the best view, but you also have to be at the theatre super early to get a good spot and have to stand before the show, throughout the show, and during intermission.

It is definitely a young person’s game.

If you’re not in London when there is a play running, you can take a tour of the Globe.

You get to go behind the scenes and learn about the history of the building and Shakespeare.

Both are super fun, but if you can only choose one, see a show. It is worth every pence you pay for it!

Globe Theatre London

11. Tour HMS Belfast

This is another hidden gem in London and one of the best things to do in London alone.

I adore the HMS Belfast. I actually stumbled upon it by accident the third time I was in London and was looking for unique attraction I’d never done before.

Boy am I glad I found this one!

The HMS Belfast is the most significant surviving WWII Navy Warship, and it shot some of the first shots at the D-Day landings.

It is one of the most interesting things to do in London, but so few people know about it.

The ship sits in the River Thames right in front of Tower Bridge and across from the Tower of London.

Tens of thousands of tourists look at the ship every year and have no idea what they’re missing out on.

You get an audioguide and weave your way through the ship exploring all the levels and learning about what life on the HMS Belfast was like.

I promise even if you’re not into this sort of thing, you’ll have an amazing time and be so glad you did it!

You don’t need to reserve your tickets in advance because it is such an underrated London attraction.

You can show up pretty much whenever you want and tour the ship.

Just like the Queen’s Gallery, it is an audio tour, so nobody will notice if you’re standing in front of an area all by yourself. They’ll simply thing the rest of your group is ahead or behind you and not bat an eye.

Plus, they’re so involved in their own tour that they likely won’t even give you a second thought at all.

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HMS Belfast, London

12. Walk Along the Thames

The river Thames is one of the most iconic sights in London but so few people take the time to take in its beauty.

A lot of London’s top attractions are near (or on) the Thames, and you should take a little extra time to walk along the Thames.

There are plenty of cafés and restaurants along the Thames. Sit down, have a cup of coffee, and appreciate the Thames.

There is so much history mixed in with the Thames. It has played a huge role in London and the UK’s history, and it deserves to be appreciated.

You can even take a boat ride along the Thames if you want to see more than just what you can cover by foot.

My personal opinion is that walking along the Thames is sufficient, but you may think otherwise!

13. Watch the Changing of the Guards Ceremony

Watching the changing of the guards ceremony is a classic thing to do in London.

The actual ceremony is quite a long, drawn out process that takes about 45 minutes, but you don’t need to (even be able to) see the entire ceremony.

The part you want to watch is the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace, and that takes place at 11am.

You’ll want to get there early though to get a good view! 10:45 should be plenty of time to get a prime view, and 10:50 will get you a decent view.

The best viewing area is near the Victoria statue right in front of the palace. The second best is along Marlborough Road, so you can watch the guards marching before the changing over ceremony.

Don’t be nervous about watching the ceremony alone. The people around you will be chatting with their friends and family and won’t even notice you.

If they do, they’ll either assume you’re saving a spot for the rest of your group or strike up a conversation with you.

This is one of those things to do alone in London that some people are nervous about, but you shouldn’t be.

You don’t want to miss out on an iconic London experience just because you’re a little shy about being there alone!

Changing of the guards, London

14. Window Shop on Oxford Street

Oxford street is one of the most famous shopping streets in London. It is filled with both big brands and small shop owners.

There is plenty to see and do on Oxford street even if you don’t spend a dime.

In fact, I think window shopping on Oxford street is one of the best things to do in London alone. You get to people watch and blend in like a local going about their own shopping.

Plus you get to pop in and out of stores to see what is in style or perhaps find a unique gift to bring home to a loved one.

I like to get off the main street and wander around some of the side streets. You get out of the hustle and bustle, and that’s where you’ll find the most unique and local items!

Oxford street is within walking distance of the British Museum, so you can plan to visit both in a single day!

15. Spend a Morning at Camden Market

Camden Market is one of the most popular things to do in London for both tourists and locals alike.

It is located near Regent’s Canal and has over 1,000 stalls selling everything and everything you could dream of.

From music to fashion to food, Camden Market has it all!

It is quite busy, so I recommend going earlier in the day on a weekday to not feel so claustrophobic and be able to move around easier.

The market opens at 10am everyday, so try to get there as close to opening time as possible.

Grab a drink and spend a few hours wandering around the market. It is one of the best things to do in London by yourself, and you won’t regret it!

Food Stall in Camden Market

Conclusion

As you can see, there are tons of things you can do in London alone.

London is truly one of the most welcoming cities to solo travellers, and it is a great city to start your solo travel journey in.

I 100% believe you shouldn’t let travelling alone hold you back from anything you want to do.

Your uncomfortable feeling will disappear once you’re experiencing the attraction. You’ll regret it in the long run if you don’t visit the attraction you’re dying to see.

All of the things to do alone in London on this list are very easy for beginner solo travellers. Nobody will care that you’re alone, and nobody will bat an eye at you.

But, these aren’t the only things to do alone in London. Anything you would be keen on doing with a friend or family member can easily be done alone.

I challenge you to put aside the fact that you’re travelling alone and plan your dream vacation to London!

It truly is one of the best cities in the world!

How to Have a Perfect Solo Trip to Disney World

Many people are worried about taking a solo trip to Disney World. They think they might stand out or won’t have any fun on a solo Disney trip.

I’ve been to Disney World alone a number of times, and it has always been a really fun experience.

In some cases, going to Disney World alone was more fun than going with family or friends!

You have so much freedom on a solo trip to Disney World. You choose what you want to do and when you want to do it.

And if you want to completely change your plans on the drop of a dime, you can! You don’t have to consult with the rest of your group.

It can be very liberating!

However, there are some important things you need to know before going to Disney World alone.

A few things you have to consider and a few extra tips to get the most out of your solo Disney trip.

Luckily, I’ve compiled everything I’ve learned through my many, many solo Disney experiences and am sharing them with you!

You’re guaranteed to have a magical trip!

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Stay at a Disney Hotel

Okay. Okay. You may hear the phrase stay at a Disney hotel and start to hear your wallet crying.

Disney hotels are notorious for being expensive, but I think they are well worth the price- especially when you’re alone at Disney World.

The main reason I think staying on property is a great decision for people visiting Disney World alone is the free transportation provided by Disney.

Disney free transportation that you can take from your hotel to each of the four theme parks and Disney Springs.

Every hotel has buses, and some hotels have one or two other modes of transportation (either the monorail, skyliner, or boat).

You can easily get around the entire Disney World property without much hassle. You don’t have to rent a car and drive yourself or worry about paying for an Uber every time you want to go somewhere.

I’ve heard some people complain about Disney buses specifically saying they’re too few and far between and take ages to get anywhere.

I’ve never ever had that issue, and I’ve stayed at a number of hotels across Disney World property.

I prefer to be at the parks early for rope drop and come home before park closing, so that’s probably why I’ve never had an issue.

If you like to get a later start or stay later at the park, you may want to consider a hotel that has access to transportation other than the buses.

There are other perks that come with staying at a Disney hotel that are just the cherry on top!

Extra magic hours, coupons for mini golf, and the ability to book individual Lightening Lane passes before the park opens.

All things considered, the extra cost of staying at a Disney hotel is well worth it in my opinion.

Boardwalk Hotel Disney World

Photopass is Essential

I love love love Photopass. I’ll scream it from the rooftops and never stop talking about it.

I tell everybody I know who is going to Disney World to invest in Photopass. A lot of people are hesitant, but they always tell me how much they loved it after their trip and how they’ll never do another Disney trip without out.

And I don’t blame them! I’m the same way!

Photopass is an additional add-on feature you can add to your Disney trip. You get unlimited photo downloads of the photos Photopass photographers take of you.

There are countless photo opportunities throughout the park, and most people walk away with hundreds of photos after a week-long vacation.

You get photos in front of the castle at Magic Kingdom, throughout the World Showcase in Epcot, with characters, and sometimes there is a Photopass photographer wandering around Disney Springs.

The possibilities are truly endless.

As someone taking a solo trip to Disney World, you don’t have a friend or family member to take your photo during your trip.

You either have to take selfies, not have any photos of you on your trip, or invest in Photopass.

And Photopass is without a doubt the best option.

Oh! I totally forgot to mention there are even magic shots included with Photopass when the photographer adds an extra little something something into your photo. Most of the time it is a Disney character joining you!

If you want to get Photopass, be sure to purchase it before the start of your trip. If you decide you want to purchase it once your vacation begins, the price goes up quite a bit.

But, seriously, invest in Photopass. You can thank me later. 😉

Tiana Magic Kingdom Characters

Consider Getting a Park Hopper Ticket

When I visit Disney World with friends and family, we tend not to park hop very often. Maybe once a trip if at all.

There are so many things everybody wants to do in each park, and it is often easier to dedicate an entire day to a single park.

Either that or we lose track of time and don’t end up park hopping because it is so late in the day!

But, that isn’t the case when I’m on a solo trip to Disney World.

I park hop like nobody’s business and visit multiple parks per day pretty much every day I’m at Disney World.

There is something about having the freedom to do what I want when I want that ends up in me popping over to Epcot for a quick bite to eat or to Hollywood Studios to ride a thrill ride.

Having a park hopper ticket certainly isn’t essential if you’re going to Disney World alone, but you may want to consider it more than you do on other Disney World vacations.

If there is one trip you’re going to park hop on, it will be a solo Disney trip!

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Take Advantage of Single Rider Lines

Single rider lines are a huge time saver. Even if you’re at Disney World with a group of people, taking advantage of single rider lines is still a good idea.

A single rider line is a special line you can use to save time at Disney World. People in the single rider line are used to fill empty seats on a ride, so the ride is always at capacity.

For example, if a ride allows three people per row, and the group in the regular queue only has two people in it, someone from the single rider line will be used to fill the empty seat.

You cannot choose what seat you get, and you will be separated from the rest of your party using the single rider line.

Not that that’s an issue when you’re on a solo trip to Disney World!

Some single rider lines move quite quickly (like Test Track) and some move quite slowly (like Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster), but they should all save you at least a little bit of time compared to the regular queue.

If you’re lucky, you may even be able to walk onto a ride like Test Track through the single rider line and skip the 90-minute wait!

Unfortunately, not may rides at Disney World offer single rider lines, but if you see one, jump into it!

These are the rides that currently offer single rider lines:

  • Test Track at Epcot
  • Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom
  • Rock ‘N’ Rollercoaster at Hollywood Studios
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run at Hollywood Studios

Of the rides that offer single rider lines, using them at Test Track and Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will save you the most time.

Those single rider lines move very quickly and save you a ton of time.

Rock 'n' Rollercoaster (Disney Hollywood Studios)

Don’t be Afraid of Table Service Restaurants

Sometimes it can be intimidating to have a sit down meal at Disney World. Many solo travellers choose to only eat at quick service restaurants and skip table service restaurants altogether.

That is a huge mistake!

Disney World has incredible table service restaurants, and you’re missing out if you skip eating at them.

Plus, cast members are so kind to solo travellers. They often go above and beyond to make sure you feel comfortable.

Anything you need or want, they’ll do their best to do for you.

At a lot of table service restaurants, you can ask to sit in a corner or at a table facing the window.

This will help you feel more comfortable and better ignore the other people dining.

And remember! The other people are paying no attention to you. I know solo travellers hear that all the time, but it is even more true at Disney World.

The poor suckers around you are busy wrangling their children or resting their exhausted feet.

They don’t give a hoot what is going on around them and won’t bat an eye at you eating alone.

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Don’t Discount Epcot Festivals

If I didn’t sell you on eating alone at table service restaurants, don’t discount the Epcot festivals as the perfect place to try unique food without having to eat at a traditional restaurant.

Epcot hosts four festivals every year:

  • Festival of the Arts
  • Flower and Garden Festival (my personal favourite)
  • Food and Wine Festival
  • Festival of the Holidays

Each festival includes food booths that feature special items from different countries. The serving sizes are small (often only a couple of bites), so you can easily try a whole bunch of different things from various countries.

It is a super fun way to have a unique meal at Disney World.

Just be sure to make a budget and stick to it! It is super easy to get carried away and spend way too much money sampling all the food.

You can load money onto a gift card at Epcot. It makes for a super cute souvenir and the perfect way to stop yourself from going bankrupt.

Once the money you loaded onto the card is gone, you have to stop sampling all the food!

Flower and Garden Festival

Take the Time to Meet Characters

Meeting characters may not be at the top of your list of things to do on your solo trip to Disney World, but you shouldn’t miss out on them.

Meeting characters was never my jam until I started taking solo Disney trips. I randomly started meeting characters the first time I went to Shanghai Disneyland as a way to pass the time during the middle of the day when the ride longs were way too long.

Ever since then, I’ve taken the time to meet a few characters on every solo Disney trip.

It is kind of fun, and you get some amazing photos when you have Photopass.

You make some great memories meeting characters, and the characters often spend a few extra seconds with you to make it an even more special experience.

The best park to meet characters in without a long wait is Epcot. Many characters wander around the World Showcase and don’t have more than a five-minute wait to meet them!

Tips for meeting characters at Magic Kingdom

Chip and Dale Main Street USA

Consider Buying Tickets to a Special Event

Disney World offers guests a number of add on experiences you can purchase including special events like Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

These two events give you an extra taste of the holiday season.

You see the characters dressed up in their special Halloween customs or Christmas outfit, there are special parades and shows, an exclusive firework show, and you either get to trick or treat or collect Christmas cookies.

There are great fun and well worth the extra money.

If you have the chance to go to one of these special events, I highly recommend it.

However, the very best events you can attend at Disney World are the After Hours events.

Disney only sells a few thousand tickets to these events, and you get VIP access to either Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios for three hours.

Every ride is basically a walk-on, and you can ride everything you want multiple times during the events.

Some rides even let you go around again without getting off (like Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger Spin). Others you have to get off and go back into line again, but you walk right onto the ride when you get to the front of the queue.

I’ve been to the Magic Kingdom After Hours event many times and have had nothing but an amazing experience.

You can easily ride every single attraction in the park and can even ride a few of them multiple times if you want!

I recommend considering an extra event like the parties or an After Hours event because they are special.

You either get a unique experience at the party or get to ride a million rides at the After Hours event.

They can save you a lot of time and leave you with amazing memories.

Yes. They can be expensive, but if you have the money to afford them, they are well worth the cost.

Especially as a solo traveller.

Have a Distraction for Lines

No matter what, you’re going to have to stand in some rides at Disney World. Even with Genie+ and Lightening Lanes, it is impossible not to spend at least a little bit of time in line waiting for rides.

It is during these times that being alone at Disney World starts to feel like you’re alone. You don’t have anybody to talk to, and the time seems to pass by painfully slow.

The best way you can combat the tedious line waiting is to pre-plan and have something to keep you entertained while you’re in line.

You can read a book (which is sometimes challenging in dark lines), listen to a podcast, play games on your phone, or explore the queue in the My Disney Experience app.

There are many ways to make the time in line go by faster, but you need to have a plan before your solo Disney trip starts!

Just be sure you’re being internet safe while in lines (and everywhere at Disney World). You’re connected to a public wifi network, and it is very easy for anybody to hack into your phone and steal your personal information (like you’re banking numbers).

You don’t want to deal with that headache while you’re on a magical Disney vacation. And you especially don’t want to deal with it when you’re alone at Disney World.

The best way to keep your online data safe and private is by installing a VPN on your phone. It essentially puts a forcefield around your phone that makes it impossible for hackers to get in.

A VPN makes using public wifi networks just as safe as your home internet where you’re the only person who knows the password.

It is a small but important thing to do when travelling. It is irresponsible to travel without a VPN protecting your devices.

Right now it may not seem important, but you’ll be cursing yourself if your data is stolen.

The truth about wifi at Disney World

Slinky Dog Dash (Disney Hollywood Studios)

Conclusion

Taking a solo trip to Disney World is one of the best travel experiences you can have. If you love Disney parks, then you’ll love going to Disney World alone.

Taking a solo trip to Disney World gives you complete flexibility and control over your trip. It is unlike any other Disney experience.

As long as you keep the tips in this article in mind when planning your Disney World vacation, you’re guaranteed to have the time of your life on your next solo trip to Disney World!

Just be sure to say hi to Mickey and Minnie for me!

What I Wish I Knew Before Backpacking Ecuador Alone

Ecuador was the first South American country I ever visited, and I absolutely loved it! It is an extremely beautiful and vibrant country, but there are a few things I wish I knew before backpacking Ecuador alone.

I definitely didn’t make backpacking in Ecuador any easier on myself.

Before backpacking Ecuador alone, the only place I’d backpacked alone was Europe.

Let me tell you that backpacking in Ecuador and backpacking in Europe are two very different experiences.

They’re both amazing experiences, but I wish I were a little more prepared and less naive when I went to Ecuador.

Thankfully for you, I’m sharing everything I learned about backpacking Ecuador alone, so you don’t make the same mistakes I did!

Follow the tips in this article, and you’re guaranteed to have an amazing (and stress free) time backpacking in Ecuador!

Tips for travelling alone for the first time

Know Basic Spanish

I know this sounds a bit obvious, but not knowing much (really any) Spanish before backpacking Ecuador was the biggest mistake I made.

As I mentioned, I’d only travelled alone through Europe before that trip, and I was used to basically everybody speaking English.

Or at least being able to get by for the most part without knowing much of the local language.

While you can certainly travel alone in Ecuador with little to no Spanish, knowing some Spanish goes a long way.

I was at the bus station just outside Quito on my way to Baños and was parched. I went to the stall selling beverages and asked for a water in English.

The lady didn’t have any idea what I was trying to ask for, and I ended up pointing to a random clear drink hoping it was water.

It wasn’t. It was some super sugary soda-like beverage that was the furthest thing from refreshing in that moment.

What I’m trying to say, is if you’re backpacking Ecuador alone, you can’t expect anybody to speak English even in major cities.

If you want to communicate with people, you need to have a little bit of Spanish and be able to stumble your way through a sentence.

Or at a minimum have access to a translation device.

El Cisne Cathedral at Ecuador

Don’t be Afraid to Explore Baños Alone

Baños is the adventure capital of Ecuador. There are countless fun things to do, and you can easily push yourself out of your comfort zone.

I went zip lining, paragliding, and biked to the nearby waterfalls.

You can also go white water rafting, hiking in the jungle, and pretty much any other extreme activity you can think of!

Baños is a stop for almost everybody backpacking Ecuador, but a lot of solo travellers are nervous to get out there and try some of the activities the town has to offer.

They feel awkward showing up to a group activity alone, are scared to get lost biking, or need someone by their side to push them to do the fun, exhilarating activities.

I’m here to tell you there is nothing to be nervous about!

The people who organize and run the activities are used to solo travellers, and nobody bats an eye that you’re alone.

In fact, all three people who were in the same paragliding group as me were solo travellers!

Plus, you can often get private tours. I was the only person on the zip lining course I did, and it was an incredible experience!

If you’re hesitant at all about visiting Baños while backpacking Ecuador alone, don’t be!

It is super easy to enjoy all the fun activities in Baños alone without feeling awkward.

If you’re really concerned about it and are staying in a hostel, ask one of your roommates if they want to join you for an activity or two.

PS- most of the activities are affordable, and you can enjoy them without breaking the budget!

Overcome your fear of solo travel

Banos Ecuador Zip Line How to Save Money to Travel

You Shouldn’t be Afraid of the Buses

Before backpacking Ecuador, I did a lot of research out where I wanted to go and what to expect on my trip.

Time and time again I can across bloggers saying the buses in Ecuador were dangerous, and travellers needed to be extremely cautious when using the bus to travel between cities.

They said to keep all your belongings on your lap. Not to put anything in the overhead bin or under the seat.

Blog after blog told me to sit at the front of the bus on the right-hand side, so the driver could see me.

I was super nervous about the buses in Ecuador, and all the bloggers talking about how unsafe the buses were made me second guess whether Ecuador was safe or not.

Well, I can tell you that the buses are no more or less safe than any other bus I’ve been on during my many years of travels.

They aren’t inherently more dangerous than a bus in Estonia or Taiwan.

If you take the same reasonable precautions you take anywhere else in the world, and you’ll be fine.

I never felt unsafe on a bus in Ecuador, and the bus rides were actually some of my favourite moments while I was backpacking Ecuador.

The scenery was breathtaking.

But be Prepared for Bus Rides that Feel Longer than They Actually Are

When preparing to write this article, I thought back to the bus ride from Cuenca to Guayaquil.

That bus ride was amazing. We drove through the mountains, and it was by far the best bus ride of my entire trip backpacking in Ecuador.

I Googled the bus trip between the two cities and was shocked to learn the bus ride was only three hours!

It felt like I was on that bus for at least five hours if not more.

The buses in Ecuador are the best way for backpackers to get around, but they aren’t always the most comfortable.

They often have squished seats, and you’re packed in tight beside your neighbour. This definitely makes the trip seem longer than it actually is.

So, if you’re using the buses to get around while backpacking Ecuador alone, be sure you have something to entertain yourself because the bus rides are going to feel a lot longer than they actually are.

Bring a book, download a podcast, or plan to sleep on the bus.

Don’t Shy Away from Day Group Tours

I don’t normally recommend group tours when I talk about solo travel.

There isn’t anything wrong with group tours, but they aren’t my travel style. I don’t take organized group day tours unless it is extremely difficult to travel somewhere by myself.

That being said, Ecuador is one of the places I think it is beneficial to take organized day tours.

I took two organized day tours during my trip to Ecuador, and it allowed me to experience parts of the country I wasn’t able to experience alone.

If you’re in Cuenca (which you should definitely visit while in Ecuador), it is essential you take a day tour to Carajás National Forest. It is one of the most beautiful places in the entire country.

Group day tours are inexpensive in Ecuador, and you get a lot of value out of them.

I’m not saying you should do everything on a group tour, but it is worth the extra money to take a tour to visit a part of the country you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.

I found that the hotels and hotels I stayed at often offered group day tours at a fair price.

You don’t have to book more than a day or so in advance, and you support a local business rather than a major multi-national tour company.

It is a win win!

Backpacking in Ecuador

Be Internet Safe

Anywhere you travel it is essential that you’re internet safe.

Most people talk about physical safety when travelling, and not enough people talk about the importance of being internet safe.

You rely on public wifi networks while travelling. This puts you at an increased risk of having your online data compromised.

If you’re not internet safe, anybody can access your online data through your phone and laptop.

They can steal your banking information and completely ruin your trip.

The only way you can protect yourself when using public wifi is to install a VPN on all your devices.

A VPN makes using public wifi networks just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

And, yes, hotel and café wifi networks that are password protected are still public wifi networks because anybody and everybody can get access to the password.

Essentially, a VPN puts a forcefield around your phone that makes it impossible for anybody else to access your online information.

Not protecting your online data is one of the biggest risks you can take while travelling, and it isn’t a risk that is worth taking!

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs during my many years of travel and hated all of them. VPNs are notorious for slowing down your phone or laptop to a crawl and making them extremely frustrating to use.

I oftentimes would turn off my VPN and put my online data at risk of being stolen just because the VPN I was using was so darn slow.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

I’ve been using NordVPN since 2018 and absolutely love it. I have zero plans to ever switch from them and wholeheartedly stand behind my recommendation of them.

The reason I love NordVPN so much (and why I recommend them to my fellow travel lovers) is they are the fastest VPN on the market.

They barely slow down your devices, and, in fact, they are the only VPN I’ve used where I’ve not noticed a slow down of my phone or laptop at all.

Plus it is super affordable!

One NordVPN subscription covers up to 6 devices, and a two-year plan costs less than the price of a single Starbucks latte per month!

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data, privacy, and information.

Have Small Bills

Ecuador uses the USD, so it is very convenient for travellers.

However, you can’t show up with a bunch of $50 bills and think your trip will be a success. Especially if you want to shop at local street vendors.

You need to have small bills to pay for most things in Ecuador.

I personally wouldn’t bring anything bigger than a $20 bill. That gives you the best chance of being able to use it everywhere you go and not have to worry about breaking the change bank of small vendors or restaurants.

You can also rely on credit cards in Ecuador.

Many stores, restaurants, and hotels accept credit cards, but you still need cash on hand for places that don’t.

You don’t want to miss out on buying the most beautiful scarf you’ve ever seen because you don’t have cash to pay for it!

Cuenca, Ecuador

Don’t Skip Guayaquil

Every single blog post I read before my solo trip to Ecuador said skip Guayaquil.

There is nothing to see and do in Guayaquil.

Guayaquil is the worst city in Ecuador.

And on and on and on about how Guayaquil is nothing special, and you’ll regret spending part of your precious time in Ecuador in Guayaquil.

So, I only planned 1/2 in Guayaquil during my backpacking trip to Ecuador.

And I only visited Guayaquil because I needed to fly from southern Ecuador back to Quito to catch my flight home.

If I didn’t need to do that, I wouldn’t have visited Guayaquil at all.

Let me tell you that I’m so happy I visited Guayaquil!

I absolutely loved it and wish I spent more time in the city. It is vibrant, has unique attractions, and is a laid-back city.

By no means is it the most exciting city in Ecuador, but if given the chance, I would visit Guayaquil again before Quito.

Don’t discount Guayaquil when planning your solo trip to Ecuador.

I recommend spending a day or two in Guayaquil if you’re visiting southern Ecuador on your trip.

You won’t regret it.

Benefits of travelling alone

Guayaquil, Ecuador

Ecuador is Safe (even for solo female travellers)

A lot of people think Ecuador isn’t safe for solo travellers and especially isn’t safe for solo female travellers.

This isn’t the case at all!

Ecuador is very safe, and you can confidently travel alone in Ecuador without feeling the need to watch your bag or be extremely cautious.

You do need to take normal safety precautions though!

Ecuador (and any country) is as safe as you make it. As long as you behave properly and don’t do anything stupid, you’ll be fine.

It is important that you take the safety advice of locals seriously though. There are places that even the locals don’t go alone, and if they tell you that, listen to them.

It isn’t worth putting yourself at risk.

For example, when I was in Quito, many locals told me not to go to El Panecillo alone. There were a number of people who hid out on the hiking trail up to the monument and would rob tourists.

They said if you wanted to visit El Panecillo to take a guided tour for safety.

Now, that may not be the case now because it has been a number of years since I’ve been in Quito, but the point of the story remains.

If a local tells you it is unsafe or a bad idea to do something or go somewhere alone, listen to them!

But, other than that piece of advise, Ecuador is extremely safe.

So, go out and explore!

Conclusion

Backpacking Ecuador alone was one of the best decisions I ever made.

I was nervous at first because of everything I read online. I wasn’t sure if Ecuador was safe, and I thought I would have a lot of trouble easily getting around the country.

I’m so glad I didn’t let my nerves stop me and went backpacking in Ecuador.

It is a stunning country and is the perfect introduction to South America. The people are incredibly kind, the sights are fantastic, and the food leaves you wanting more.

If you’re on the fence about taking a solo trip to Ecuador, let this be your sign that you should take the leap of faith and book that trip!

9 Essential Tips for Solo Travel in Iceland

Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and you may be surprised to learn that solo travel in Iceland is extremely easy!

Even driving alone in Iceland is very manageable.

And that means a lot coming from me the person who sweats through her shirt every single time she drives it makes her so anxious.

Would Iceland be the first place in Europe I would recommend new solo travellers to visit? No, but I also wouldn’t tell someone not to take a solo trip there!

The only reason I didn’t include Iceland in the best European countries for solo female travellers is because it is expensive.

If money isn’t an issue for you, then it is hard to beat solo travel to Iceland!

But there are a few things you need to know before your first solo trip to Iceland. Lucky for you, I made a lot of mistakes the first time I visited Iceland alone.

I’m sharing everything I wish I knew before my solo travel to Iceland, so you don’t make the same mistakes I did!

Overcome your fear of solo travel

1. Driving is Fine (Except for Reykjavík)

I hate driving and try to avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately, it is hard to visit Iceland and experience the country with a car, so I sucked it up and rented a car and drove around the island.

I was really nervous since it was my first time driving abroad, but it was actually a really pleasant experience.

There isn’t much traffic outside Reykjavík, most of the roads are in good condition, and the driving is quite easy and stress free.

There are some places outside Reykjavík where the driving can be a little tough to navigate, but it is easy to avoid areas like that.

The only time you’ll run into situations like that are if you try to drive up to the top of a mountain or something extreme like that.

If you’re just driving along the normal highway and to tourist attractions along the way, you won’t have any issue driving!

Just be sure to fill up whenever you see a gas station! They are few and far between in rural Iceland, and if you skip one, you can easily find yourself running on fumes before you make it to the next gas station.

You don’t want that to happen! With so few people on the road, it could take hours before a car comes by to help you, and it could take hours to walk to the nearest gas station.

Driving in Reykjavík is a different story than driving through the rest of the country though.

There are a number of one-way streets, narrow streets, and parking can be tough.

My recommendation is to find a parking spot near your hotel if you’re staying the night and walk around Reykjavík.

If you’re not staying at a hotel and are just spending a few hours in Reykjavík, find a parking spot at the edge of town and then walk around the city centre.

There are lots of large parking lots near the water. That’s the first place I would try to find a parking stall!

Reykjavík, Iceland

2. You Need Pocket Wifi

No matter whether you’re planning to solo travel in Iceland or travel with a group of friends, having a plan to access the internet is essential.

It is basically impossible to find free wifi outside your hotel room.

My top recommendation is to rent pocket wifi from your car rental company (instead of a GPS system since you can use GoogleMaps with the pocket wifi) or a third-party pocket wifi rental company like Trawire.

This allows you to access the internet wherever you are in Iceland.

You can easily contact your loved ones back home, post on social media, find the nearest restaurant or gas station, or call for help by using a pocket wifi device.

No matter how secluded a location you’re in.

Renting pocket wifi is without a doubt worth the extra money- especially in Iceland.

Having the internet at the tip of your fingers is a luxury in Iceland, and you’ll most likely wish you rented pocket wifi if you choose not to.

You’ll be surprised how many times you go to pull out your phone for directions, nearby attractions, or to find food.

I always highly recommend you install a VPN on your phone and laptop, so you’re safe and protected while using the public wifi in hotels.

You don’t want your personal data stolen while you’re in rural Iceland and go through the headache of trying to cancel your credit cards because they have been compromised.

The ultimate guide to accessing the internet in Iceland

3. Watch for Tourist Attractions as You Drive

One of the most interesting things I discovered on my first solo trip to Iceland was the number of markers along the side of the road indicating where tourist attractions are.

When I was planning my first trip to Iceland, I mapped out where the major tourist attractions were and planned my trip around them, but I had no idea how many smaller, unique tourist attractions I would stumble across when driving.

There are countless little stops along the highway you can make, and I recommend you do!

Most of them don’t take too long to visit, but they are very interesting.

There are normally information plaques that teach you about the attraction, and you learn a lot about Icelandic history and culture through these tourist attraction.

There are small(ish) signs along the highway pointing the way to these tourist attractions. If they sound interesting at all to you, take the extra five or ten minutes to visit them.

It is well worth the time, and it doesn’t set you too far back in your daily schedule.

In fact, you should just factor in an extra hour or two each day to leave time to visit these unexpected tourist attractions.

There were definitely a highlight of my first trip to Iceland!

Southern Iceland Europe

4. Book Accommodation Well in Advance

I don’t like to book accommodation too far in advance when I travel. I like the freedom and flexibility to change my travel plans.

That strategy, however, does not work in Iceland.

There aren’t too many places to stay when you’re driving through rural Iceland, and the good hotels book up quickly.

As soon as you know you’re visiting Iceland and have an idea of what part of the island you’re visiting, figure out roughly where you’ll be staying each night and book your hotel.

This is even more important when you solo travel in Iceland because you don’t want to be stuck in a dump of a hotel all alone.

Or even possibly sleeping in your car alone because you didn’t book a place to stay in time!

5. Let Someone Know Where You’re Going

This isn’t the type of tip I normally give solo travellers, but I think it is an important tip for people partaking in solo travel in Iceland.

Most of Iceland is pretty rural, so I always recommend solo travellers let a loved one back home know what their plans are for the day.

Let someone know your end destination for the day and anywhere you plan to go hiking alone.

It is probably overkill to do this, but it is an added layer of protection in case you get lost hiking or your car breaks down.

Solo travel in Iceland

6. Iceland is More Expensive than You Think

I knew Iceland was expensive, but I wasn’t prepared for how expensive it actually is.

It is painfully expensive to say the least, but it is so worth the money! It is one of the most beautiful and unique countries in the world.

I’m talking $20USD for a 6 inch veggie sub at Subway expensive.

The good news is that almost all of the tourist attractions you want to visit are free, so you don’t have to miss out on any amazing sights because of the cost.

The bad news is that food, gas, and accommodation will eat through whatever budget you do have pretty quickly.

Some bloggers say that you can visit Iceland for $100USD per day. Technically you could, but it would be a stretch.

You would have to stay at budget hotels, barely eat, and not drive too far because of gas prices.

I think $150USD to $200 USD per day is a far more realistic budget.

It is better to have a little extra money in your bank account on the way home than running out of money partway through your trip.

So, budget accordingly and safe a little more money than you think you need.

Because the prices in Iceland might just blow your socks off!

What I wish I knew before backpacking Europe alone

7. Don’t Try to See it All in One Trip

Iceland may look small on the map, but it is bigger than you think!

Unless you spend a month in Iceland, you can’t see the entire island when you solo travel in Iceland.

There is simply too much to see.

Pick one section of the island and focus on that area. There are plenty of things to see and do, so you won’t run out of activities.

My personal favourite part of Iceland is the south part of the island. I love the attractions and landscape, but you may prefer the north part of the island.

Research what to do in each quadrant of Iceland before your trip and decide what part of the island you want to spend your time.

Try to pack too much into your solo trip to Iceland, and you won’t have time to stop and enjoy the unique sights along the way.

Tips for eating alone as a solo traveller

Solo travel in Iceland

8. Iceland is Extremely Safe

According to the World Peace Index, Iceland is the safest country in the world. Not only is Iceland the safest country in the world, but it has been ranked the safest country in the world 13 years in a row!

There really is no safer country is the world than Iceland!

There is basically no crime in the country, and the crime rate is less than 1%! That’s incredible and no other country even comes close to Iceland in terms of crime rate and safety.

This is great news for people planning a solo trip to Iceland.

You can confidently travel alone in Iceland and not have to worry about your safety. This is super reassuring because you’ll likely be the only person driving on many of the rural roads.

You can walk alone at night, go hiking by yourself, or anything else you can think of and be safe.

In the odd chance something happens, any local will be able to help you or if the situation warrants it, you can always go to the police.

I highly doubt that will happen though!

The only problem you’re likely going to run across while partaking in solo travel in Iceland is a herd of sheep blocking the road. 😉

9. Bring a Warm Jacket No Matter What Time of Year it is

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when you solo travel to Iceland (and one I certainly made) is not brining a jacket.

No matter what time of year you’re visiting Iceland.

I’ve visited in April, May, and June, and it has been cold, rainy, and windy on every trip. Even at the height of summer, you can get hit with a cold wind storm or a rain storm.

You need to be prepared and have a water proof jacket in your bag.

Trust me. You’ll kick yourself in the butt if you don’t pack one!

You may think it’ll take up too much room in your bag, but it is an essential item.

You may even want to throw in a headband and gloves while you’re at it. I use all my warm items on every trip to Iceland. Even when I think it the warmest time of year, and I don’t need them.

And you don’t want to be stuck buying warm items while in Iceland. That’ll break the bank for sure!

Tips for travelling alone for the first time

Solo travel in Iceland

Conclusion

Solo travel in Iceland is an unforgettable experience.

It is freeing, exhilarating, and is a bucket list experience you’ll be glad you have.

I think Iceland is a great place to travel alone, but it isn’t for everybody. And that solely comes down to the price.

If you’re on a tight budget, then you may want to consider visiting somewhere else on your solo trip where you can maybe go for longer or splurge on fun experiences.

If you have a healthy budget, then you can’t go wrong planning a solo trip to Iceland.

It really comes down to your travel priorities and what you can afford on any particular trip.

That being said, I think everybody should try to save up for a trip to Iceland at least once in their life.

It is truly a country like no other, and you have to experience it to fully understand its unique beauty and charm.

9 Shocking Disadvantages of Travelling Alone

I love travelling alone. It is my favourite way to travel, and I can’t imagine a future where I don’t travel alone at least a few times a year. However, there are some disadvantages of travelling alone you need to be aware of if you want to be a solo traveller.

None of the disadvantages of travelling alone should make you reconsider your solo trip or convince you not to travel alone.

There are far more benefits of travelling alone than there are disadvantages.

The disadvantages of travelling alone on this list are more to help you better understand what solo travel entails and help you prepare for your first solo trip.

If you’ve been around the blog for a long time, you know I would never try to talk anybody out of travelling alone if that is what they want to do!

Get over your fear of solo travel

1. Accommodation is Expensive

One of the biggest disadvantages of travelling alone in my opinion is that the price of accommodation adds up quickly.

A lot of people say that travelling alone is more expensive than travelling in a group, and I don’t agree with that.

You only have to pay for one flight, one meal, one entrance fee, etc.

The place where is is more expensive to travel alone is accommodation. A hotel doesn’t care that you’re travelling alone. They’re going to charge you the same rate for a room as they do two people sharing the room.

This doesn’t mean you can’t afford to travel alone, but you need to make sure you budget properly and understand that accommodation is going to be expensive.

Of course, there are ways to find less expensive accommodation when you travel alone.

Hostels are a popular choice amongst solo travellers, and there are significantly less expensive than a hotel.

They aren’t for everybody though. I personally don’t care for hostels, and a lot of the time it comes down to your personality and comfort level.

If you’re like me and avoid hostels at all costs, there are still options to find inexpensive (but still good) accommodation when travelling alone.

I personally enjoy staying in guest houses.

They are normally less expensive than a hotel, and you still get a private room (and most often a private bathroom).

AirBnb is another great option. I’ve been able to rent an entire apartment for less than a hotel room many times. Especially in big cities like Paris and Taipei.

I personally think it is worth paying a little bit more to stay in a good neighbourhood and in a reputable accommodation.

I’ve spent far too many nights scared and uncomfortable in a shady hostel/hotel, and I don’t want you to experience that!

So, budget accordingly and pay for a decent place to stay. I’m not saying you need to stay in a five-start hotel.

Just be sure to stay somewhere you’ll be safe!

solo travel in Europe

2. Getting the Perfect Photo is Challenging

Without a doubt one of the biggest disadvantages of travelling alone is not having someone around to quickly snap a photo of you.

You either have to take a selfie, ask a stranger to take your photo, or set up a tripod.

All are very doable, and you can get some amazing photos of yourself on your solo trip, but it takes a little more skill and patience to get the perfect shot.

I’ll be honest and tell you that I have basically no photos of me for the first five years I travelled alone. I didn’t want to set up a tripod, don’t care for selfies, and loathe talking to strangers.

Looking back, I do wish I had more photos of me in the places I visited.

I love having photos of the landscape and architecture, but now that I’m older, it would be fun to look back at my 21-year old self travelling alone for the first time and see how far I’ve come.

If you’re travelling alone, I highly recommend you have a strategy of how you’ll snap the perfect picture of you travelling.

I personally like to get up early, go to a sight, and use a tripod to get a photo of me. That way I avoid the crowds, and it feels less awkward for me.

I totally understand that not everybody wants to get up early on vacation though! I’m a bit of a weirdo.

So, decide if you feel comfortable using a tripod when there are more people about or rely on selfies or have more guts than I do and ask a stranger.

I don’t care how you do it, but I know you won’t regret getting some pictures of you travelling alone.

3. Budgeting is Extremely Important

This is similar to the first point in this article, but it goes beyond just accommodation.

One of the biggest disadvantages of travelling alone and something I struggled with when I first started travelling alone is creating and sticking to a realistic budget.

You are 100% responsible for every penny you spend while travelling alone, and if you don’t budget correctly, you’re hooped.

There is nobody you can bum money off of to get you through the last few days. You either need to find a way make money quickly or sacrifice things like food because you don’t have enough money.

I don’t want you to have to do either of those things!

It is so, so, so important that you set a budget that works for you and your travel style.

I fell into the trap of reading blogs and listening to what other people said I should be spending.

Let me tell you that it isn’t realistic to only spend $50 a day in countries like the UK, France, and Belgium.

You need to do some research and figure out how much accommodation, transportation, food, and sightseeing costs on average wherever you’re going and figure out your budget based on that information.

If you’re a budget traveller and love staying in hostel dorm rooms, your expenses will be cheaper than someone like me who prefers to stay in a hotel or AirBnb.

How much you spend on a trip is so personal.

You can see what someone else spent on their trip to get an idea of how much things cost, but you shouldn’t take their budget as hard facts and replicate it.

You should also keep a little extra money in your bank account just in case an emergency happens, and you run out of money.

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4. You Have to Solve all Your Problems

Something is going to come up on your trip, and you’re going to have to go into problem solving mode.

I’m certainly not saying something serious will go wrong on your trip! I’m just saying that something little like missing a train or arriving somewhere after all the restaurants are closed will happen on your trip.

One of the biggest disadvantages of travelling alone is you don’t have anybody to bounce ideas off of, and you have to solve every little problem that comes up.

There is a lot of decision making to be done when you travel alone!

The good news is that problem solving is a skill, and you get better at it the more you do it.

Once you’ve solved one problem, the next one becomes easier to solve because you have real-world experience.

The best way you can prepare for this aspect of solo travel is to practice problem solving alone before you leave.

If your first instinct when even the slightest thing goes wrong is to seek out advice and help from someone else, stop that pattern.

Try working out the issue by yourself and learn how to use your problem solving muscles.

Easier said than done I know, but it is worth trying out!

If you don’t practice at home, you’ll be thrown into the deep end when you start travelling alone.

You had best cross your fingers and hope that the first few things that go wrong are small and easy for you to solve.

Otherwise, you might end up balled up in your bed crying. I’ve been there once or twice on my solo travel journey!

But, one of the beautiful things about learning to problem solve while travelling alone is that it helps you grow so much as a person.

Honestly, travelling alone has given me so much confidence in my ability to figure stuff out and not panic when something goes wrong.

Very important life skills I’m thankful to have!

5. It can get Lonely

You’re going to be travelling all alone for the duration of your entire trip- whether it is days or months.

Even if you meet people along the way, you’ll feel lonely and homesick at some point during your solo trip.

I still miss my family and get lonely sometimes, and I’ve been travelling alone for years!

Perhaps I was naive, but I didn’t expect to be lonely when I travelled alone. I expected to be busy and always out and about and not have time to miss my family and friends back home.

But I did, and I felt weird for having these feelings when I was exploring the world and living an amazing life.

My first solo travel experience was unique because I was on the road for three months, but even if you’re only gone for a week, it is totally normal to miss the people you care about and feel a bit lonely.

The best way to combat loneliness while travelling is to let yourself feel the emotions and stay in contact with the people you’re lonely for.

How to plan the perfect solo trip to Disney as an introvert

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6. You Don’t Have a Buddy to Watch Your Stuff

One of the best things about travelling with another person is there is always somebody there to watch your stuff.

Not having that is one of the biggest disadvantages of travelling alone.

But, the good news is that you rarely need someone to watch your stuff for you.

The only time I ever groan and wish I had someone to watch my stuff for me is when I’m in the airport and have to lug all my luggage with me to the washroom rather than leaving my luggage with my travel companion to watch.

It isn’t that much of an inconvenience, but it can be a bit annoying.

You should definitely take this into consideration when packing for your trip. You are 100% responsible for lugging your luggage around, so you can’t pack more than you can carry.

Not only do you have to manage your luggage in the airport but also on the metro from the airport to your accommodation, walking from the metro to your accommodation, and when you get to your accommodation.

If you’re staying in an old hotel in Europe, you may have to walk up three or four flights of stairs to your room with your luggage because there isn’t an elevator.

If you struggle carrying or lifting your luggage from your home to your car, you should reconsider what you’re taking and lighten your load.

I’ve seen many a solo travellers almost in tears trying to carry their luggage up a flight of stairs at the metro station in the middle of rush hour with locals getting inpatient behind them.

Try not to be that person!

7. You Have to get Used to Eating Alone

One of the things I hear most from people considering a solo trip is that they’re nervous about eating alone.

I totally understand the hesitation. It wasn’t something I was nervous about before my first solo trip, but eating alone did take a while to get used to.

Luckily, eating alone isn’t as scary as you make it out to be in your head. It quickly becomes second nature, and you feel just as comfortable eating alone as you do eating with a group of people.

Having something to distract you while eating alone at a restaurant is one of the best ways to distract yourself and make the first few times you eat alone less uncomfortable.

I like to have a book with me, but you may want to bring your laptop or notebook or choose a restaurant that has free wifi you can connect to.

If eating alone is the one thing holding you back from booking your first solo trip, take the leap of faith and book that trip!

8. You’ll be Bombarded with Small Talk

Gah. I cannot tell you how much small talk I’ve had to endure as a solo traveller. It is almost never ending, and it is one of the biggest disadvantages of travelling alone for introverts like me.

When you check into a hotel, go on a free walking tour, go on a group tour, anybody you meet that finds out you’re travelling alone is going to ask you the same general questions.

Where are you travelling? How long are you travelling for? Aren’t you afraid?

And if you’re a woman travelling alone, you can expect those lovely questions about what your parents think. If you have a boyfriend and who is paying for your trip because you as a woman can’t possibly fund your own travels.

There isn’t anything wrong with having someone else help you fund your trip (my parents paid for my first international flight), but I hate the idea that someone else has to be paying for my trip as a solo female traveller.

No matter what questions you get while travelling alone, they will get old very quickly, and you’ll dread them.

Especially if you’re staying in hostels.

Every. Single. Person. You meet will engage in small talk.

That’s probably great if you’re an extrovert, but as an introvert, it is one of the worst parts of travelling alone.

Tips for planning your first solo trip

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9. You Can’t Avoid Boredom

You don’t go, go, go 24/7 while on holiday. Well, at least most people don’t.

There is always downtime, and one of the biggest disadvantages of travelling alone is you don’t have someone to chit chat with when you’re not seeing and doing things.

Honestly, it can get boring in the evenings (and sometimes in the mornings if you’re up early before attractions open).

It is impossible not to experience at least some boredom while travelling alone. Sometimes watching tv doesn’t take away the boredom, and, if you’re like me, you kind of just sit around waiting to be able to go to sleep.

Luckily, it doesn’t happen too often, and there are easy ways you can combat any boredom that seeps into your solo trip.

I personally like to Facetime my parents back home when I get a little bored. There is always something to talk about, and it makes time fly by.

You can also read or learn a new skill online. I’m partial to trying to learn new languages and have found that using a free service like Duolingo helps keep me occupied when I would otherwise be bored in the hotel.

I just wanted to give you the head’s up that you’ll probably be bored at some point during your solo travel adventure.

It wasn’t something I expected to experience when I first started travelling alone. I thought I was travelling wrong and would push myself to go out and stay out even longer.

That is not the solution. It is totally normal to feel some sort of boredom while travelling alone.

You shouldn’t feel ashamed if you do experience boredom!

What I wish I knew before backpacking Europe alone

Why Didn’t I Talk About Safety?!

On almost every article talking about solo travel and the pros and cons of it, people argue that you need to take safety precautions as a solo traveller.

I personally don’t think travelling alone is inherently more or less dangerous than travelling in a group.

I believe everybody should take the same safety precautions, and you’re as safe as you act. It is your responsibility while travelling (either alone or in a group) to understand the local scams and customs and make safety decisions based on that information.

Travelling alone may make pick pockets think you’re an easy target, but if you carry your bag at your side of in front of you, you’re not in any more danger than someone in a group holding their bag the same way.

I don’t like the narrative that solo travel in more dangerous than travelling in a group.

I especially don’t like the narrative that travelling alone as a woman is more dangerous that travelling in a group or travelling alone as a man.

Some countries and cities are safer than others, but that doesn’t mean that travelling alone makes them any more or less safe.

My safety advice to travellers is the same whether or not they travel alone or in a group:

  • Understand local scams
  • If you feel uncomfortable, turn around
  • Trust your gut
  • Install a VPN on all your electronic devices
  • Dress according to local standards
  • Don’t get drunk in public
  • Avoid walking alone late at night if possible

Simple tips like that are far more effective and honest than fear mongering and making solo travel seem inherently dangerous.

It could be based on where you go and how you act, but that danger has nothing to do with you travelling alone.

Eating alone

Conclusion

Solo travel is one of the most amazing experiences you can have in life.

But, there are a number of disadvantages of travelling alone. You are responsible for every single decision you make, and you have to live with any consequences that comes with those decisions.

You can also feel lonely, homesick, and bored.

But, if there is one thing I know, it is that the benefits of travelling alone far outweigh the disadvantages of travelling alone.

You’ll have infinitely more better experiences and memories than you have moments that bring you down or make you miss home.

9 Epic Tips for Travelling Alone for the First Time

Travelling alone for the first time is both thrilling and terrifying. It is a completely different experience than anything you’ve had before.

I always encourage anybody who can and feels comfortable to travel alone at least once in their life.

To help you with your first solo trip, I’ve come up with the top things everybody should know before travelling alone for the first time.

One of the best ways to ensure a great first solo travel experience is to be prepared and have a bit of an idea how your trip is going to go.

I definitely didn’t prepare before my first solo trip, and I think I would have had a better experience if I had. I’m not saying my first solo trip wasn’t amazing because it was. But I made a lot of mistakes!

Hopefully some of the tips and tricks on this list will help you feel more prepared and confident as you get ready for your first solo trip.

The tips and tricks on this list are rather broad and will help you when you’re travelling alone for the first time no matter where you go or how long you travel for.

Tips for flying alone

1. Have a Budget and Stick to it

One of the most important things anybody travelling alone for the first time can do is have a realistic budget.

This was one of my biggest mistakes, and it really impacted my first solo trip.

I read way too many blogs saying you can travel on $50 a day, and you shouldn’t spend more than $50 per day no matter where you travel.

My first mistake was not converting $50USD to CAD and ended up trying to spend $50CAD per day, which was about $37 a day at the time.

I don’t like to subscribe to the notion that everybody has to be a budget traveller and that you’re travelling wrong if you’re spending more than $50/day.

It can sometimes seem that that is the norm- especially when you’re researching backpacking trip ideas.

My biggest advice to you is to figure out what type of travel you’re most interested in and create a budget around that.

For me, I’m a mid-range traveller.

I don’t need anything fancy, but I’m not interested in staying in hostels anymore, enjoy paying to visit attractions, and enjoy a decent meal out.

You may be different.

You may love budget travel. Or want a more luxurious travel experience.

As a first time solo traveller, you may want to spend more money and go on a group tour or group day trip.

It doesn’t really matter.

The important thing is you sit down and create a realistic budget for you. A budget that you can stick to.

Because you’re the only person on this trip and you’re 100% responsible for every penny spent.

You don’t have a friend or family member you can bum money off of if you run out a few days before the end of your trip.

If you run out of money, you’re in a messy situation that you need to find a way out of.

Travel Planning

2. Let Go of Perfection

I don’t know if it was just me, but I had very unrealistic expectations on what my first solo trip would look like.

I thought it would be all rainbows and sunshine, but no trip is going to be perfect.

The sooner you let go of the rose-coloured glasses and accept that things are going to come up during your trip, the more prepared you will be for travelling alone for the first time.

I’m by no means saying something terrible will go wrong on your trip. The odds of that are very slim.

But, there is a pretty solid chance that something inconvenient will arise, and you need to figure out how to pivot around that inconvenience.

It could be anything from it raining on a day you were planning to go hiking to attractions being closed all the way to you were robbed.

Although, the last example is very uncommon and not something you should expect to happen.

Even if everything goes 100% to plan, no trip is going to be perfect.

Something as simple as there being heavy crowds could make your trip not perfect.

What I’m trying to get at is no trip is perfect, and you need to stop thinking it will be.

An imperfect trip is more fun anyways! You may experience things you never knew existed a city, meet your new best friend, or stumble on the perfect sunset spot.

If things don’t go exactly as you imagined, breathe and don’t let it ruin your trip.

As someone with major anxiety, I know this is easier said than done. It does get easier with practice though!

Overcome your fear of solo travel

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3. Be Internet Safe

Travelling puts you and your online data at risk of being accessed and stolen. Everybody who travels needs to be internet safe, but it is even more important for solo travellers.

Imagine this scenario.

You’re on an amazing solo trip and are connecting to public wifi networks all over the place. At the hotel, the airport, restaurants. Wherever you can find wifi, you’re connecting to it.

One day you wake up and discover there are charges on your credit card that you didn’t purchase.

Someone has stolen your credit card, and now you have to go through the process of calling the bank and cancelling your cards.

Not to mention that headache of trying to manage the last of your trip without your credit card or (potentially) your debit card.

That is an absolute nightmare.

This entire scenario could have easily been prevented if you had installed a VPN on your devices.

A VPN puts a forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for prying eyes to access your online data.

It makes using public wifi networks as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

In my opinion, installing a VPN on all your devices is an essential part of travel. You’re putting yourself at too much risk if you don’t use a VPN!

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot a different VPNs over my many years of solo travel and hated them all.

That is I hated them all until I discovered NordVPN.

I’ve been using NordVPN since 2018 and love it. I have no plans to ever leave them and trust them with protecting all my online data.

The reason I love NordVPN and recommend them to my fellow travel lovers is because they are the fastest VPN on the market.

VPNs are known for slowing down your internet connection to the point where you want to throw your phone against the wall it is so frustrating.

Or at least I did!

I’ve never had an issue with slow internet connection when using NordVPN. I don’t even notice that there is a VPN on my phone and laptop, which is saying a lot.

It is foolish to not install a VPN on your devices. It is one of the most important (and least talked about) safety steps you can take when travelling alone for the first time. Or anytime you travel.

There are no excuses not to protect your online data.

You can protect up to six devices with a single NordVPN subscription, and a two-year subscription costs less per month than a latte.

I always say that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data and information.

It is just the smart, responsible, and safe thing to do!

Plus it takes zero effort, so you have no excuses not to protect yourself!

4. Choose a Destination Similar to Your Home City

This is one of my favourite tips for people travelling alone for the first time.

It is also one of the best ways to make sure your first solo trip is a good experience and makes you want to travel alone again and again.

If you’re new to travel and travelling alone, choosing to go somewhere similar to where you live is a great idea.

For example, if you live in Canada like me, you could visit the UK or New Zealand.

If you live in Hong Kong, Taiwan is a great option.

Choosing somewhere similar (but different) to where you live is the best of both worlds. You get to experience something new but don’t have an overwhelming amount of culture shock.

Once you become more comfortable with travelling alone and navigating a new city by yourself, you can branch out into countries that are way different than yours.

But, I do think starting with somewhere similar is the best option and sets you up for long-term success.

Benefits of travelling alone

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5. Have an Itinerary (but be flexible)

This is something I didn’t do on my first solo trip, and I really wish I had. I’m not a huge planner and enjoy showing up in a new city without any plans and figuring it out as I go.

That’s all fine and good, but it isn’t something I would recommend to someone travelling alone for the first time.

I remember walking around and feeling a bit awkward and uncomfortable on my first solo trip. I wasn’t terribly confident and didn’t want people to think I was weird for being alone.

One of the best ways to stop that feeling from coming in is to have a plan and keep yourself busy.

You don’t need a rigid plan (and, in fact, would recommend against that), but having a general idea of what your trip looks like is very helpful.

Figure out things like:

  • What countries or cities you’re visiting
  • What attractions you need to visit
  • If there are any day trips you want to take
  • Book your accommodation (at least for the first city you’re visiting)

These may seem like small steps to take, but they can have a huge impact on the success of your first solo trip.

Little things like this help you have confidence and know what you’re going to get up to.

On the flip side, you want to be flexible with your schedule.

There may be a cool festival on while you’re in a city, you may discover another day trip you want to take, the weather may get in your way, or you may meet someone you want to travel with, so you merge your itineraries.

The moral of the story is to have a loose plan on what you want to do on your trip but leave room to change it and go with the flow.

A little yin and a little yang.

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6. Have F*ck You Money

You need to keep your money separated and have a stash of extra money just in case something happens.

I cannot emphasize enough how important this tip is for solo travellers.

You can lose your wallet, get pickpocketed, or get robbed, which is bad at the best of times and is even worse when you’re travelling alone.

You’re 100% responsible for paying for everything. If you lose your money (or over spend), you’re going to go hungry and not be able to eat for the rest of your trip.

I highly recommend you have $100 or so stored in a separate location away from your normal pot of cash.

A lot of women are told to keep some f*uck you money to pay for a cab home if a date goes wrong. This is the travel equivalent of that.

It may seem silly or not worth it, but trust me. I’ve solo travelled for years and know first hand how thankful I’ve been to have some extra money when something has gone wrong.

I like to keep my extra money in the inner zipper pocket of my purse.

This way it is on me at all times, and I can use it to pay for transportation if necessary.

Some people prefer to keep it in the safe at the hotel or in their suitcase.

It doesn’t really matter as long as you have some extra money tucked away somewhere for emergencies.

The hidden downside of travel

Flying Alone

7. Beware of Local Scams

No matter where in the world you go, there are local scams.

Some of them are innocent like pick pockets in France. Some of them are more serious like the tea house scam in China.

One of the best ways you can protect yourself when travelling alone for the first time is to do a quick Google search and learn about the most common scams in the place you’re going.

I don’t like the idea that solo travellers are more at risk of being scammed, but it is more important to know about local scams as a solo traveller.

When you travel alone, you only have two eyes, and you can’t see everything going on around you. You don’t have an extra pair of eyes (or multiple pairs of eyes) to notice something you may not have.

If you’re aware of the local scams, you know what to look for and can keep an eye out for anything that looks like it might be connected to that scam.

I don’t want you to think that you’re going to get scammed as a solo traveller. I’ve only been scammed two or three times in all my years of solo travel, so it isn’t very common.

I just want you to know what to look out for, so you can keep your eyes open. It would not leave a very good taste in your mouth if you were scammed on your first solo trip!

China Pavillion Epcot

8. Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

Travelling alone for the first time definitely pushes you outside your comfort zone, and I think you should keep that momentum going while you’re on your trip.

Do one or two things on your solo trip that push you out of your comfort zone.

It can be something as small as going for a nice dinner alone when you normally wouldn’t. Or something as large as bungee jumping for the first time.

It doesn’t really matter.

One of the best parts of solo travel is that it pushes you to be a better person and grow, but it only does that if you step outside your comfort zone.

But, it is important to know the difference between pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and doing something reckless.

For example, going on a wine tasting adventure alone is getting out of your comfort zone.

Going on a five hour hike when you’ve never hiked longer than an hour is reckless.

See the difference. 😉

So, my challenge to you (and one I give myself as well) is to get outside your comfort zone at least once every trip you take!

Tips for eating alone at a restaurant

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9. Keep in Touch with Friends and Family Back Home

Your friends and family are going to worry about you when you’re travelling alone for the first time.

Be a good person and keep in touch with them while you’re gone!

Even to this day I text my mom when I leave my hotel for the day and when I get back. It is sometimes annoying for me, but it makes her feel much better about my travelling alone.

It is a simple thing you can do to put their minds at ease.

Plus you get to brag about how good of a time you’re having!

There is no better way to make someone jealous than by sending them vacation photos! So, update them on how you’re doing and what you’re seeing.

And don’t just post it on social media. Text them and Facetime them as well!

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Conclusion

I hope these tips have helped you feel more confident and ready for your first solo trip.

No matter what your first solo trip looks like, it will be full of a variety of different emotions, and I guarantee that at least once during your trip you’ll question why you’re doing it.

But I promise that travelling alone is worth it.

Even if you only do it once!

There is nothing else quite like travelling alone for the first time. It pushes you and makes your grow as a person.

I don’t think I’ve ever talked to a fellow solo traveller who didn’t say they came back from their first solo trip a different person and a better person.

I really hope you get to experience the joy of solo travel to see if it is the right travel style for you.

Solo travel isn’t for everybody, but you don’t know if it is for you until you try it!

10 Things to Know Before Travelling to Tokyo Alone

Tokyo is one of the best destinations for solo travellers. It is unique, full of life, and has some of the most delicious food on the planet. There are, however, a few important things you need to know before travelling to Tokyo alone.

Japan is full of customs and etiquette. It is sometimes like being transported to a different world, and you have no idea what you did to offend someone.

The last thing you want to do when travelling to Tokyo alone is not be prepared and end up embarrassing yourself.

I’ve been to Tokyo a number of times as a solo traveller. I’m going to share everything I’ve learned along the way, so you can better plan your solo trip to Tokyo.

It is an amazing city and is a very welcoming city for solo travellers.

Even if you’re not an experienced solo traveller, you’ll be able to travel alone in Tokyo just fine!

Tips for flying alone

1. You Need Pocket Wifi

Tokyo has terrible public wifi. It is basically impossible to find free public wifi anywhere in the city.

That’s because everybody carries wifi eggs, and there isn’t a need for businesses to provide complimentary wifi to guests.

That means it is essential for tourists visiting Tokyo have a plan how they are going to access the internet while out and about in Tokyo.

Because you’re going to need it!

Hotels and Airbnbs basically always offer guests free wifi, so you don’t need to worry about that.

You do, however, need to worry about how you’re going to access the internet while you’re away from your accommodation.

You’re going to need to access the internet when you’re travelling alone in Tokyo.

At a minimum, you’ll need access to Google maps to help navigate the city.

There is a pretty good chance you’ll get lost at least once or twice while you’re in Tokyo!

I highly recommend you rent pocket wifi while you’re in Tokyo. It gives you access to the internet no matter where you are.

It is a life saver for people travelling alone to Tokyo and (in my mind) is an essential expense to add to your Tokyo budget.

I’ve used Ninja Wifi a number of times in Tokyo and have had a great experience each time.

It is the most affordable pocket wifi company I’ve been able to find in Japan, but it is still more expensive than renting pocket wifi in neighbouring countries like South Korea and Taiwan.

Alternatively, if you’re a regular traveller, you can look into purchasing a Skyroam device and having wifi no matter where in the world you are!

But, no matter what you choose, you need a plan on how you’ll access the internet in Tokyo before you leave.

The Importance of Internet Safety

It is extremely important to be safe when using the internet- especially when you’re travelling!

You put your online information and data at risk of being stolen and sold when you use public wifi networks.

It isn’t an issue when you’re using a wifi egg because they are protected and secure.

But, you’ll rely on hotel/Airbnb wifi when you’re at your accommodation.

Your wifi egg has to charge!

When you’re connected to unsecured public wifi networks like hotels and cafés, you’re leaving yourself and your private information at risk.

The only way you can stay safe and protect yourself when using public wifi networks is by installing a VPN on all your devices.

And, yes, that includes public wifi networks that have a password because anybody can get the password and access the wifi network.

A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices that keeps prying eyes out.

It makes using public wifi networks as safe as using your home internet where you’re the only person who knows the password.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel, and let me tell you that a lot of them suck.

They slow down your device to a snail’s pace, and they are very frustrating to use.

Oftentimes I ended up turning off my VPN and exposing myself to potential threats because I got so frustrated using the VPNs I was using at the time.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

It is the fastest VPN on the market, which is why I recommend it to my fellow travel lovers.

I’ve been using NordVPN for years and have never had an issue with it slowing down my devices.

That’s a huge thing to consider when you’re choosing a VPN to travel with!

Plus Nord is super affordable!

You can protect up to six devices for less than the price of a Starbuck’s latte per month.

My motto is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data by installing a VPN on all your devices!

Seriously! At the prices offered by Nord, there is no excuse not to protect yourself!

2. Eating Alone is Perfectly Normal

A lot of people are nervous about eating alone when they travel. Especially if it is their first solo trip.

Lucky for you, that is not something you have to worry about when travelling to Tokyo alone.

It is super common for people to eat alone in Japan.

In fact, there are a number of restaurants where you don’t need to interact with a single human when you’re there.

You order at a vending machine, sit in a stall for one, and place your order ticket at the front of your stall.

An employee takes your ticket and returns with your food!

Zero human interaction required at all!

There are also a number of sushi restaurants where the food is on a conveyor belt. You select what you want without speaking to a server.

After you’re done, you place your plates in the designated area, and your bill is based on the number of plates you eat.

So, if eating alone is something you’re nervous about, there is no better place to visit alone than Japan. And especially Tokyo.

Even in restaurants where you need to interact with humans, nobody cares that you’re eating alone.

It is one of the best parts of Japan in my opinion!

Tips for eating alone at restaurants

Eating alone

3. Research a Lot Before Your Trip

This is my biggest regret from my first solo trip to Tokyo.

I’m not a huge planner when I travel and normally plan a trip the day I arrive in a city or country.

That is a huge mistake.

Especially when you’re travelling alone to Tokyo.

There is a lot to see and do in Tokyo, and you can easily miss out on the best attractions if you wing your trip like I did.

I highly recommend you do some serious research before your solo trip to Tokyo.

You should figure out some of the best places to eat (because there are a lot!), what attractions you want to visit, and where you want to go shopping.

Just looking at a map when you arrive is not going to cut it.

I know some of you reading this may think duh of course everybody researches a trip before they go, but that isn’t always the case.

Especially for experienced or long-term travellers.

But, your research will pay off in the long run on your solo trip to Tokyo!

It can be overwhelming if you just show up without a plan. So don’t do that!

You don’t want to miss out on some of the unique and incredible things Tokyo has to offer because you didn’t feel the need to do some pre-departure reading!

But I think you’re already on the right track since you’re reading this article!

Tokyo, Japan

4. Google Maps is Your Best Friend

In a lot of Asian countries, Google maps is useless. But that isn’t the case in Tokyo!

Google maps will quickly become your best friend during your Tokyo trip.

It gives you way more information than in other countries and makes navigating around Tokyo a breeze.

My favourite part of Google maps in Tokyo is that it tells you what platform your metro train is leaving from.

It even tells you the best car number to get in to make your transfer as quick and smooth as possible!

It is seriously a life saver for solo travellers.

Especially introverted solo travellers like me who hate asking strangers for help!

Google maps in Tokyo is even great for when you’re walking. It is super sophisticated and easily navigates you through any narrow streets and alleyways you encounter.

If I’m being honest, the Google maps platform in Japan is the best I’ve ever used. I can’t wait for the rest of the world to catch up.

As a solo traveller, knowing the Google maps has my back takes a lot of the stress out of travelling.

I know the app is going to get me where I want to be without me being lost for an extended period of time.

It is one of those little things that makes travelling alone in Tokyo an enjoyable experience.

5. Learn Local Japanese Customs

Japan has a culture built on traditions and respect.

You’re going to want to know the basics of Japanese culture before you arrive in Tokyo, so you don’t accidentally offend anybody.

There are rules around bowing, public transportation, eating, and almost every aspect of life.

There are even rules around how to properly give and receive money!

As a tourist and visitor to Tokyo, you’re not expected to know every rule and custom in Japan.

But, there are few that you absolutely need to know.

The most important of them is how to behave on public transportation.

Here are some of my top tips to help you avoid getting scolded while using public transportation in Tokyo:

  • Be quiet. Don’t talk to your friends or on your phone.
  • Wait your turn. A nice, organized queue forms when people are waiting for the metro. Stand in the queue and wait your turn to get on the metro.
  • Offer up your seat to older people, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities.
  • Do not sit in designated seating areas. Each train has designated seats for older or disabled people. Don’t sit in them even if you’re the only person on the train.
  • Women’s only car means women’s only car! Don’t board that car if you’re not a female-identifying person.

There are tons of other customs and rules in Japan, but public transportation rules are extremely important.

Most people will let tourists get away with not knowing a lot of the other customs, but that is not the case when it comes to public transportation.

You will get death stares and perhaps even be scolded by someone if you’re being too out of line.

Tokyo, Japan

6. Always Have Cash on Hand

Credit and debit cards are widely accepted in Tokyo, but you still want to have some cash on hands at all time.

Especially when travelling to Tokyo alone. You don’t have anybody to bum some change off of if you need it!

You’ll need cash to pay for metro/bus tickets (if you don’t get a transit pass), purchases as super small stores alone the side of the street, and to indulge in all the incredible street food in Tokyo.

You don’t need a ton of cash, but you 100% need some.

I suggest having at least 2,000 yen in cash on you at all times. Having 3,000 is even better!

You’ll thank me for this tip when you pass by a street food stall that only accepts cash!

7. Plan Your Days Wisely

Tokyo is a huge city. Bigger than you might think.

You need to plan your days wisely or else you’ll spend hours on public transportation getting from one sight to the next.

This is a waste of time and money!

As best you can, you should try to plan your days, so you’re doing things that are in a similar area to one another at the same time.

This is even more important when you’re travelling alone to Tokyo because you don’t have anybody to keep you company when you’re in transit.

No matter how well you plan your day, you’ll have to rely on the metro to get around most of the time.

My biggest recommendation is to plan your itinerary to allow for the fewest number of metro transfers as possible.

If you can plan a route where you don’t have to transfer metro lines, that is outstanding!

One transfer is fine and not a big deal, but once you have to transfer two or more times, the time really starts getting away from you.

You lose a lot of time in your day when you have to spend an hour on the metro to get from one place to another.

And that’s not being dramatic!

There have been multiple instances where it has taken me over 60 minutes to get from one place to another in Tokyo.

I told you it is a huge city!

Tokyo, Japan

8. Beware of Japanese Only Restaurants

There are some restaurants in Tokyo where only Japanese people are allowed to eat.

They can be hard (nearly impossible) to spot, so you may stumble into a few of them when you’re travelling alone in Tokyo.

They are normally aren’t in major tourist hubs and are normally smaller restaurants where the chairs are out on the street.

If you stumble on one, just politely apologize and leave.

Some tourists are offended that they aren’t able to eat at certain restaurants and make a fuss.

Don’t be that person!

Every restaurant has the right to serve (and not serve) anybody they want.

Tokyo natives deal with a lot of tourists all year around, so it totally makes sense that sometimes they just want to be away from the tourists and enjoy a meal with their fellow Japanese people.

Simply find another place to eat. There are countless amazing restaurants all over Tokyo.

Overcome your fear of solo travel

9. No Matter Where You Stay, it is Expensive

Tokyo has a reputation for being expensive, but it was less expensive than I anticipated.

That is except for accommodation!

No matter what type of accommodation you choose or where in Tokyo you stay, it is going to be more than an average price.

Certainly way more than every other country in Asia!

This is super important information for you to know when travelling alone to Tokyo.

You’re 100% responsible for paying for your accommodation. If you’re on a super tight budget, Tokyo may not be the right choice for you.

Of course, there are places that are less expensive than others.

Capsule hotels are a great option but will still run you $50USD per night or more.

Airbnb is another great option. You can often find some reasonably priced listing.

However, that is becoming more and more difficult as the Japanese government tightens Airbnb restrictions and fewer and fewer people are posting listings.

But, no matter where you choose to stay, you need to have a healthy accommodation budget.

It will by far be the most expensive part of your trip.

The good news is that the food and sightseeing costs are less than you think.

It isn’t dirt cheap, but Tokyo isn’t nearly as expensive as it is made out to be.

Tokyo, Japan

10. Visit Tokyo Disney Resort

I’ll admit that this probably seems like an odd tip to give people travelling to Tokyo alone, but hear me out!

Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea are always ranked as some of the best theme parks in the world.

Most people are nervous about visiting Disney parks alone, but trust me when I say there is nothing weird about it.

If you enjoy theme parks in the slightest, visiting Tokyo Disney Resort is an essential thing to do in Tokyo!

Even if you’re not a huge theme park fan, Tokyo Disney Resort is an incredible experience.

Japanese people take the parks seriously, and you’ll see people walking around with dozens of stuffed animals pinned to their backpacks.

Couples and groups of friends in matching outfits, and some of the most unique theme park attractions ever made.

Tokyo Disneyland is extremely busy all year around so be sure you have a FASTPASS strategy to get the most out of your day.

And if you’re anything like me and love all things Disney, be sure to bring a considerable souvenir budget!

You’ll get sucked in and want to buy everything they offer.

Buying Tokyo Disney Resort tickets isn’t as straightforward as you think. Check out this guide before you go!

Pooh's Hunny Hunt Tokyo Disneyland

Conclusion

I hope this article showed you the travelling alone to Tokyo is very doable. It is even a trip that someone with no solo travel experience can take!

Tokyo is like nowhere else on the planet, and it is worth experiencing once in your life.

Although (controversial opinion warning), I still think Seoul is better than Tokyo.

Keep the tips in this post in the back of your mind, and you’ll have no trouble exploring Tokyo alone.

It may even be the trip of a lifetime!

What I Wish I Knew Before Backpacking Europe Alone

Backpacking Europe alone after high school is one of the biggest clichés out there.

I’m proud to say that I avoided that cliché and travelled Europe alone for the first time right after University. 😉

Cliché or not, there is a reason why backpacking Europe alone is one of the most popular things for young people interested in travel to do.

Hell. I travel Europe alone as often and as frequently as I can even though it has been years since my first solo trip to Europe!

Europe is my favourite place on the planet, and the best part is it is super easy for solo travellers to explore Europe.

However, there are a few things I wish I knew before backpacking Europe alone.

These things would have saved me a lot of anxiety, money, and a few tears along the way.

If you’re planning your first backpacking trip through Europe, this is the post for you!

Hopefully you’re a little bit more prepared than I was!

Tips for planning your first solo trip

You Don’t Have to Stay in Hostels

When I was researching before my first solo trip to Europe, every blog I read said that solo travellers stay in hostels.

The fact that I had to stay in hostels, and there were no other affordable options was beat into my head.

There were other reasons, such as the social aspect, that people were recommending hostels. But those reasons didn’t resonate with me as an extreme introvert.

The biggest thing I wish I knew before backpacking Europe alone is that I didn’t have to stay in hostels.

They’re a great, affordable option.

But they’re not the only option.

I spent months staying in hostels and hating it. They’re just not my jam.

If you’re like me and don’t love hostels, know that there are tons of affordable options out there!

I highly recommend you try to find guest houses to stay in or Airbnbs.

A lot of the time they are less expensive to stay in than a budget hotel and aren’t much more expensive than a hostel.

They’re a great option for people like me who don’t enjoy staying in hostels but also don’t want to spend a ton of money on lodging.

Of course, there are limits to how well this works.

If you’re in an expensive city like London, you’re going to be paying a pretty penny no matter where you stay.

Including hostels.

So, figure out what your budget is and research all your options before automatically searching and booking a hostel.

backpacking Europe alone

Don’t Take Internet Safety Lightly

Not enough people take internet safety seriously when they travel, and that is a mistake.

In fact, being internet safe is one of the most important travel safety tips I can give you!

As a traveller, you connect to public wifi networks on a daily basis, and this puts your devices at risk of being hacked.

And, yes, even hotel and café wifi networks that have a password are considered public wifi networks!

Anybody can access public wifi networks, and you’d be surprised at how easy it is for someone to steal your online data without you even knowing it.

I can’t imagine a worse scenario than backpacking Europe alone and having someone steal my banking information.

The hassle of canceling all your banking cards and then trying to figure out a way to fund the rest of your trip is not the type of thing you want to deal with when you’re on a solo trip.

The only way you can protect your devices when using a public wifi network is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN essentially puts a forcefield around your devices and makes it impossible for prying eyes to access your online information.

It makes using a public wifi network just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

In my mind, installing a VPN on your devices is a non-negotiable.

It is the responsible thing to do, and there are no excuses for not protecting your online information and data when you travel.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used quite a few different VPNs over my years of travel, and, to be frank, most of them suck.

They slow your phone down to a snail’s pace. It is so frustrating to use most VPNs that you end up turning them off and exposing your online information.

Which totally defeats the purpose of having a VPN!

The only VPN I use and trust now is NordVPN.

I’ve been using them since 2018 and have no plans change provider.

They are the fastest VPN on the market, which is why I recommend them to my fellow travel lovers.

We need our internet to be quick, and if you’re like me, you don’t have the patience to deal with lagging internet.

That is never an issue with NordVPN.

You hardly notice a difference in the speed of your internet. You can use your devices and be safe without sacrificing any internet speed.

Plus a NordVPN subscription is super affordable.

It costs less than a latte per month, and you can install a VPN on up to six devices with on subscription.

There are no excuses not to protect your online information and data when backpacking Europe alone.

My motto is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online information and date!

Get Off the Beaten Path

One of the biggest mistakes most people backpacking Europe alone make is not getting off the beaten path and visiting less popular tourist destinations.

This includes what cities you choose to visit and what you choose to see and do in those cities.

Even if you only visit the most popular cities in Europe, there are still less common things you can do to experience a different side of the city.

Now that I’m an experienced traveller, there is nothing I love more than finding lesser known cities and exploring them.

They give you a different taste of what life in that country is like without all the tourists swarming around.

There is nothing wrong with visiting the most popular tourist sights and cities.

They’re popular for a reason!

I just think you should also go out of your way to see a different part of the place you’re travelling.

Taking a day trip to a nearby town or village is one of the easiest ways to get off the beaten path and see more of a country.

I personally like to spend three or four days in three or four different cities when I visit a country, but I know not everybody has time for that.

All I’m asking is that you do at least one thing on your backpacking trip through Europe that can’t be found on the first page of every guide book ever written.

Overrated cities in Europe

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Set a Realistic Budget

This is one of the biggest mistakes I made the first time I was backpacking Europe alone.

I read a ton of blogs that said you should only spend $50/day in Europe. That’s all you need.

It created this image in my mind that $50 is what I should spend a day, and if I spent more than $50, I wasn’t a very good traveller.

Now I know that is absolute rubbish, but I didn’t back in 2015 when I went on my first solo trip to Europe.

I also failed to take into consideration the exchange rate. The blogs were referring to $50 USD/day. I was budgeting $50 CAD/day, which came out to about $32 USD/day!

If there is only one tip for backpacking Europe alone on this list you listen to, let it be this one.

Do not blindly listen to anybody on the internet who tells you how much it costs to travel anywhere.

That is their experience. You can use it is a guide, but do not take it as a hard fact.

Instead, think about what your travel style is. How you imagine your backpacking trip to Europe looks and go from there.

You’re travelling alone, so if you underestimate how much money you need, you’re kind of screwed.

There is nobody travelling with you that you can potentially borrow money from, and you need to figure out how to make too little money stretch your entire trip.

It is not a fun place to be!

So, set a realistic budget and have a little extra money saved just in case some things are more expensive than you anticipate.

You don’t want to have to skip meals or stay in terrible accommodation just because you didn’t set a realistic budget!

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Travel Planning

Backpacking Europe Alone Isn’t Glamorous

Backpacking Europe alone is over glamorized in the media.

Images of meeting an Italian man and falling in love, finding your true self, and becoming an influencer are attached to the idea of travelling Europe aline.

While all those things are possible, I’m here to tell you that they are not the norm.

Backpacking Europe alone is amazing- don’t get me wrong- but it isn’t quite as romantic as you might think it is.

I guarantee that you’ll shed a few tears, your clothes will stink (and you’ll hate doing laundry), you’ll get lost more times than you can count, and I see a number of cheap grocery store meals in your future.

It’s all part of backpacking Europe alone, and it also might be some of the best parts of it!

If you’re going into Europe with your rose coloured glasses on, you’ll be disappointed.

One of the fun parts about backpacking Europe alone is figuring out how to solve the little problems that pop up along the way.

Because trust me no trip goes 100% to plan!

And, in my opinion, the best way to make sure your solo trip to Europe is amazing is to have realistic expectations and know that what you see in the media probably isn’t how your trip is going to go.

But it will undoubtably be an amazing trip though!

Undeniable benefits of travelling alone

Currency Can be a Pain in the Butt

A lot of people think of Europe and see it as one big economic zone where everything is the same.

While a lot of European countries use the Euro, there are many who don’t. And that makes currency a bit of a pain.

Not only do you have to figure out how to get the different currencies you need, you also need to keep the currency conversion straight in your head.

Again, it isn’t much of an issue if you only visit countries that use the Euro, but most people visit countries with different currencies.

When you’re backpacking Europe alone, you need to have a plan on how you’re going to handle all the different currencies you need.

My recommendation is to get convert some of your money into the currency of the first country you’re visiting before you leave.

You’ll have money to pay for whatever transportation you need to take when you land and buy food.

You do not want to deal with converting currency after a long flight when you’re tired and just want to get to your accommodation!

After that, I like to use ATMs to the currency I need for the rest of my trip.

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Beware of ATMs in Europe

ATMs can cause a bit of confusion in Europe.

The most important thing you need to remember is to never select the option that does the currency conversion for you and removes money from your bank account in your local currency.

Always select the option to have the money withdrawn in the local currency and let your bank do the conversion.

ATMs in Europe are notorious for giving you a horrible exchange rate, and you’ll waste a lot of money if you remove money in your home currency rather than the local one.

No matter what option you choose, you will receive money in the local currency. I know that section may sound confusing, but it will make sense once you get to Europe.

Another major tip I can give you is don’t take too much money out at one time.

I’ve been in situations where I’ve overestimated how much money I’ll need and then have a bunch of left over currency that isn’t accepted in the next country I’m visiting.

It is a fine line to walk between getting enough money versus getting too much money.

Finally, be sure you have a currency conversion app on your phone. It helps you keep track of what the local currency is doing based on your home currency.

This is a huge help for staying on budget and understanding what you’re paying for things while backpacking Europe alone.

Transportation is a Breeze

I was a bit nervous about getting around Europe on my first backpacking trip. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and didn’t want to spend a ton of money and fly from place to place.

It didn’t take long before I learned that Europe isn’t like other parts of the world (like Asia) where it can be a challenge to get from city to city and country to country.

There are trains and buses that take you pretty much anywhere you need to go.

Even across international borders!

The last time I was in Europe for an extended period of time, I took a total of four flights in three months!

From London to Dublin and back. From London to Finland. And Prague to Paris more due to needing to be in Paris quickly for an event rather than there not being a way to overland between the two cities.

The only thing you need to be aware of is there are some countries where the price of train tickets steeply rise the closer you get to the day of departure.

The biggest culprits of this price hike are the UK and France.

If you’re travelling within or between these two countries, be sure you book your train ticket as early as possible.

Tickets go on sale three months in advance, and you want to buy your tickets as shortly after that as possible.

If you’re not a planner, the bus may be a better option than the train. Bus ticket’s don’t see a price increase the same way train tickets do.

But, transportation is not something that should hold you back from backpacking Europe alone.

It is super easy to use, and even a beginner traveller can breeze their way around Europe without too much sweat.

A solo traveller’s guide to London

A solo traveller’s guide to Paris

Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy

Don’t Ignore Eastern Europe

Okay. So, this is one thing I did know before backpacking Europe alone, but I feel like not enough people know it!

Eastern Europe is amazing and doesn’t get enough love!

I’m talking the Baltic States, the Balkans, Central Europe, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, everything outside Western Europe really.

Most of my favourite European countries are outside of Western Europe and along the road less travelled.

They are beautiful, full of history, and are home to some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.

And as a bonus for people backpacking Europe alone, they are extremely affordable.

I once got a plate of pierogi, a salad, steamed vegetables, a drink, and a piece of cake for about $10 USD in Ukraine! Where else are you going to find such great value in Europe?!

I fully understand the desire to tour Western Europe. It is home to some of the most iconic sights in Europe.

But that doesn’t mean that Eastern Europe deserves to be ignored.

I highly, highly, highly recommend you arrange your itinerary so you spend at least a third of your trip in Eastern or Central Europe.

Not only will your wallet thank you, but I have a feeling it will also result in some of the best memories that come out of your trip.

A solo traveller’s guide to Prague

Prague, Czechia

Take Your Time

I’m seeing a trend here, and it is following bloggers blindly.

Says the person who is now a travel blogger writing this post.

But the blogging content put out in 2014/2015 when I was planning my trip and backpacking alone in Europe is vastly different from what is online now.

Back then, I saw post after post after post saying you should never stay in a city more than 3 days.

Yes. That includes major cities like London and Paris!

The sentiment online at that time was you have to keep moving and see as much as possible as quickly as possible or you’re not travelling properly.

Thankfully the travel blog world has change a bit, and now there is more of a focus on slowing down and getting a more in-depth taste of a city or country.

I spent the first month and a half of my backpacking trip to Europe rushing around. I was exhausted from never settling in anywhere and never having a break to people watch in a café.

Don’t be like me!

Thankfully I figured out that it is worthwhile to slow down and spend more time in each city.

It is much more enjoyable, relaxing, and it gives you a better appreciation for the place you’re visiting.

I mean it is ridiculous to think that you can get a true taste of a major European city in three days or less. That’s nonsense.

I’m not going to tell you how much time to spend in each place.

That’s super personal and changes based on what city you’re visitng.

I am going to tell you to do your research and figure out a reasonable time to stay to see everything you want to do.

I also like to add on an extra day just in case the weather is bad, I’m tired one day, or I discover something else I want to do.

Plus, you can always take a day trip if you don’t need that extra day!

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Backpacking Europe Alone is Safe but Know the Local Scams

Before I went on my first solo trip to Europe, I had people in my life telling me it wasn’t safe for solo female travellers.

Or that certain countries (like Ukraine) I planned to visit weren’t safe.

I didn’t listen to them and went on my trip anyways, but I would be lying if I wasn’t a bit nervous at the start of my trip.

Especially when I got to some of the lesser travelled countries in the Balkans.

Now I know that it wasn’t something I ever had to worry about, and you don’t have to either!

Europe is very safe.

Even in less financially rich countries you don’t have anything to worry about.

You can start backpacking alone in Europe and know that you’re safe and don’t have to stress over your personal safety.

The one thing you do need to worry about though is knowing local scams.

Every country and city in the world has local scams.

These can range from something as simple as pick pocketing to something much more elaborate like people not giving you the proper change or giving your counterfeit money.

You need to be aware of what the local scams are wherever you’re going.

This will help you know what to look out for.

As a solo traveller, you are solely responsible for your safety. You don’t have a friend to watch your back, so it is even more important you familiarize yourself with local scams.

But, aside from scams, Europe is super safe. Even for solo female travellers.

Overcome your fear of solo travel

Eiffel Tower Paris France

Best European Countries for Solo Travellers

Conclusion

There you have it. You’re now in the know and are more prepared for your first solo trip to Europe than I was!

Europe is one of the best and easiest places for solo travellers. Even if you’re a complete beginner, you can successfully backpack Europe alone.

If I can do it, you can do it. I was a horrible traveller when I first backpacked Europe alone.

It is so important to understand that not everything is going to be perfect and know that you’ll have to problem solve along the way.

Backpacking Europe alone is one of the best experiences you’ll have in your life.

The continent is so full of life, food, and beauty. And no two countries are the same!

So, book that ticket, strap your backpack on, and have the time of your life!

9 Epic Tips for Travelling Alone in France

Travelling alone in France is one of the most incredible travel experiences you can have!

The country has a rich culture, a variety of architecture depending where in the country you are, and it is super easy to travel alone in France.

You can even visit France on your first solo trip and get by without a hitch!

If you’re looking for the perfect European country for your solo travel adventure, look no further than France!

There are a few important things you need to know before you visit France alone though!

Lucky for you I’ve been to France many times and have made a number of mistakes while travelling alone in France.

I’m going to share my top tips and tricks for the perfect solo trip to France, so you can be prepared for your trip.

You’ll be an expert and ready to explore France in no time!

Just going to Paris? Check out my guide to solo travel in Paris to prepare!

1. Get Outside of Paris

One of the biggest mistakes you can make on your trip to France (whether you’re alone in France or with a group) is staying in Paris the entire time.

I definitely made this mistake the first time I visited France, and I regret it.

Don’t be like me!

Paris is just a small slice of France, and the rest of the country has so much to offer! Every area of France is unique and a different experience.

As with many of the major cities in the world, Paris doesn’t give you a genuine sense of what France is like.

It is a taste of France, but you have to try more than one dish to get the full experience!

If you don’t have a lot of time in France or you’re nervous about travelling between cities, taking a day trip from Paris is a great option.

You will be surprised at how different somewhere just an hour or two outside Paris is from the capital city.

Especially if you choose your destination properly!

In a perfect world, you would spend at least a weekend outside of Paris, but I know that isn’t possible.

But please, please, please make sure you get outside Paris for at least one day on your solo trip to France!

I promise you’ll thank me later!

Strasbourg, France

2. Learn a Little Bit of French

I’m sure you’ve heard the stereotypes that French people are rude and don’t like tourists.

That is 100% a myth. I’ve had nothing but incredibly positive experiences when in France.

That being said, it is very important to know a few key French words when visiting France.

I’ve found that French people are extremely appreciative of you trying to speak a little bit of their language.

Even if you’re not very good at it!

Simple things like knowing how to say hello, good-bye, and thank you in French goes a long way in France.

The more you know the better!

And be polite!

Kindness goes a long way anywhere you go, and that is no different in France.

You have to remember as a traveller that nobody is obligated to speak in their second or third language to accommodate your language skills.

It is a kindness that people do, and we shouldn’t take it for granted.

I’m certainly very grateful when people speak English for me when I’m in their country! I know how privileged I am to be afforded that convenience.

Communication is give and take.

Try your best to throw a little French into the conversation, and I know you’ll have a good experience while in France!

Conquer your fear of solo travel

3. France is Safe for Solo Travellers

One of the first things people who are travelling to France alone Google is whether or not the country is safe for solo travellers.

Especially for solo female travellers.

I’m here to put your nerves at ease and tell you that France is very safe for solo travellers!

I’ve never had an issue travelling alone in France.

You still need to be aware of local scams (pick pocketing can be a major issue in Paris), but you’re no more at risk as a solo traveller than if you were in a group.

If you’re aware of your surroundings and have your wits about you, you should have no issue travelling alone in France!

And if you’re ever in a situation where you start to feel a bit uncomfortable, listen to your gut and turn around.

Or scurry home as quickly as possible if you’re on your way back to your hotel.

You probably won’t feel uncomfortable as a solo traveller in France, and it is a very safe country for tourists.

Just be aware of those pick pocketers and keep your valuables safely stored in your bag and out of reach!

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4. But It Can Feel a Bit Sketchy at Night

Okay, okay. I know this kind of goes against my last point, but hear me out.

The only time I’ve felt even the slightest bit uncomfortable alone in France is at night.

I’m not normally one to stay out past dark, but I was coming home from a hockey game and had no choice.

I’m specifically thinking about Paris. The streets are kind of eery to me at night, and I can’t quite place my finger on why.

There isn’t any reason to be afraid or feel sketched out, but I know quite a few people who hate walking outside in the evening in Paris.

Even my dad hates it!

I’m not saying you shouldn’t be out after dark. I just want you to be prepared to maybe have your heart beat a little faster and feel the need to walk a little bit faster.

It isn’t everywhere in France, but I’ve found that some of the larger cities have the same after dark vibe that makes my heart race.

You may have a different experience though!

I just want to give you my experience, so you can be a little bit more prepared if you are out and about at night.

But definitely take the metro to as close to where you’re going as possible!

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5. Buy Your Train Tickets in Advance

Not buying your train tickets in advance is one of the biggest mistakes anybody who visits France can make.

I’ve made the mistake too many times in the past, and my wallet hurts because of it.

Many places in Europe (France included) determine the price of a train ticket around when you purchase your ticket.

The earlier you purchase your ticket, the less expensive it is. Leave buying your ticket until the last minute, your wallet is going to hurt like mine does!

I know not everybody likes to pre-plan their trips (me included!), but you should definitely pre-plan and purchase your train tickets in France.

I’m not talking about the ticket prices going up by a few Euros closer to the day of departure.

I’m talking the price difference could be €50 to €100 more!

I’ve had to not go on a day trip from Paris because I didn’t book my train ticket in advance, and it was too expensive.

Like it was going to be over €300 round-trip for a two-hour train ride each way!

So, learn from my mistakes and book your train tickets early!

I know this isn’t exactly a tip for travelling alone in France, but I need you to know this! It’ll make your France trip go so much smoother and save you a ton of money.

Especially if you’re visiting multiple cities on your trip!

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6. Don’t Eat Near Tourist Attractions

This tip applies to most cities, but it is especially important when you’re alone in France.

That’s for three main reasons:

  • The food is always really expensive
  • It also doesn’t taste that good
  • They are always really busy, so you’ll feel rushed, which can make eating along awkward

I highly recommend you plan your meals, so you don’t get hungry right after visiting a major tourist attraction.

Easier said that done I know!

I especially recommend this for people who are new to solo travel and still feel a bit awkward eating alone.

Plus you’re in France, so you want to try the best food they offer!

And let me tell you that that food isn’t normally found near the most popular tourist attractions.

Get off the beaten path and find where the locals eat.

That will save you money, and you’re guaranteed to have a better meal!

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7. Pre-Purchase Tickets to Tourist Attractions

France- especially Paris- is a very popular tourist destination.

It is so busy that there isn’t an off-peak season anymore. You will always run into crowds on your France trip no matter what time of year you visit.

Luckily you can pre-buy tickets to the most popular tourist destinations.

This will save you hours waiting in the stand-by line, which is kind of a waste of time!

Standing in the stand-by line is bad in the best of circumstances, but it is even worse when you’re alone in France.

You don’t have anybody to pass the time with. You’re stuck standing in line alone, and the time seems to drag by painfully slow.

You do not want to go through that experience!

In a lot of instances, you don’t need to buy your tickets too far in advance. I’ve been able to snag a ticket to the Louvre two days before I visited.

That isn’t guaranteed to happen though!

The earlier you can book your ticket, the more likely you are to get the date and time slot you want.

At peak times (like summer and spring break), you probably won’t be able to get a ticket to the most popular tourist attractions if you leave buying a ticket to the last minute.

And the stand-by line is even longer during peak season!

Even if you decide to visit a certain attraction the night before, jump onto their website and see if you can get a ticket for the next day.

It doesn’t hurt to try, and you may just get lucky!

8. Accommodation is Fairly Expensive

You can find inexpensive food and get by without spending a ton of money on tourist attractions, but the price of accommodation in France is going to kill your budget!

Even a bed in a hostel dorm will run you upwards of €50 in the most expensive cities like Paris and Nice.

And there isn’t a way to get around the cost of accommodation.

You need to sleep somewhere!

And preferably not on the street!

It is important to realize that accommodation isn’t cheap before you start your solo trip to France.

As a solo traveller, you’re 100% responsible for every penny spent on your trip, and you want to make sure you have the budget for it before you commit to your trip.

And when you’re alone in France (or anywhere for that matter), you don’t want to cheap out and stay in an unsafe, crappy area.

The good news is that you can often find very affordable Airbnbs in France.

I often find it is cheaper to rent out an entire apartment than it is to book a hotel.

Look into hotels, hostels, and Airbnbs in your desired neighbourhood. Find the right option for you and decide if you have the budget for it.

But please don’t show up in France thinking it is as affordable as its neighbour to the left Spain. It isn’t, and you need to be prepared to level up your accommodation budget while in France.

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9. Public Wifi Isn’t Widely Available

It pains me to say this, but public wifi isn’t widely available in France.

You would think for such a financially wealthy country they would have a strong wifi network, but they don’t.

In a lot of cases, even restaurants and cafés don’t offer guests complimentary wifi!

Shocking. I know.

It is super important you have a plan on how you’re going to access the internet while you’re alone in France.

In a lot of cases, you can 100% rely on your hotel wifi and go without internet access while you’re out and about exploring during the day.

However, there are many instances where you need more reliable access to the internet, and that is when you need to come up with a plan.

The two best options are renting pocket wifi or buying your own pocket wifi device (only for the most serious of travellers).

No matter what, you need a plan before you hit the ground in France.

It is super annoying when you need to access the internet for some reason and aren’t able to.

Or when you’re stuck in a super long line because you didn’t pre-buy tickets to the Louvre and now need to kill two hours in line.

No matter what your plan to access the internet is, you’re going to connect to a public wifi network on a regular basis.

Using public wifi puts your online data at risk, and there is nothing worse than having your banking information stolen while you’re on vacation and having to cancel all your bank cards while you’re in France.

No fun at all!

The only way you can protect your online data is by installing a VPN on your devices. It makes using public wifi just as safe as using your home internet where you’re the only person who knows the password!

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My Favourite VPN

As you can imagine, I’ve used a ton of different VPNs over my many years of travel.

To be frank, most of them suck.

They slow down your phone to the point where you get frustrated at not being able to use the internet normally, and you turn the VPN off.

Or at least you do if you’re like me and don’t have the patience for slow wifi.

The only VPN I’ve used for years (and will continue to use for years) is NordVPN.

It is the fastest VPN on the market by a mile, which is why I recommend it to you (a fellow solo traveller).

You need to need to need to keep your online data safe when you travel alone.

Having your personal information stolen is 100% worse when you’re a solo traveller. There is nobody else around for you to rely on, and you have to find a solution to a difficult problem all by yourself.

You don’t need that hassle in your life- especially when the solution is so simple!

The cost monthly cost of a two-year NordVPN subscription is less than the price of a single Starbucks latte.

There is zero excuse to leave your online data unprotected.

I always say if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online information with a VPN.

There are no excuses!

Conclusion

Do you feel more prepared for your solo trip to France now?!

I hope this article gave you some tips and tricks to help you while you’re alone in France!

France is an amazing country, and I highly recommend everybody visit it once in their life.

It is also a very easy country for solo travellers. Even if it is your first solo trip, you’ll be able to navigate travelling alone in France without issues.

English is widely spoken, the trains are easy to navigate, and the people are always willing to help if you have any issues.

So, if you’re dying to go to France but nobody in your life will go with you, now you can confidently book a solo trip to France knowing you’ll have an amazing time.

9 Undeniable Benefits of Travelling Alone

I know taking your fist solo trip is scary, but the benefits of travelling alone far outweigh the nerves you have before you set out on your first solo trip.

Trust me. There are tons of benefits of travelling alone. Some you may not have even thought of before you take off on your first solo trip!

There are also some downsides to travelling alone as well.

That’s for a different article though! We’re just focussing on the amazing benefits of travelling alone and how much travelling alone helps you grow as a person.

I truly believe that anybody who has the ability to should travel alone at least once in their life.

Even if it is just a weekend trip to a nearby city.

There are countless advantages of travelling alone that I can’t cover them all in one post.

I’m just going to cover the top perks of travelling alone that impact people’s lives the most.

They also apply to most people. My fellow introverts don’t have to worry about reading that meeting new people and forming friendships is one of the best parts of travelling alone.

It can be, but the advantages on this list apply more broadly no matter your travel style or personality.

I can tell you from personal experience that the benefits of travelling alone on this list are powerful and can be life changing in some cases.

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1. You Get Good at Problem Solving

I said it in my post about conquering your fears of travelling alone, and I’ll say it again here:

Solo travel is all about problem solving, and you get good at is fast!

Seriously!

It might not seem like it on the surface, but one of the biggest benefits of travelling alone is learning how to solve problems by yourself.

You have nobody to bounce ideas off of or rely on. You are 100% responsible for solving any and every problem that come up when you travel alone.

I’m not saying you’ll run into any problems when you’re on a solo trip. Far from it!

In fact, 99.9% of all solo trips run smoothly, and there are no issues.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t problems that need to be solved.

They just may not look like problems.

Something like figuring out how to get back to your hotel if you’ve wandered a bit further outside the tourist area than you anticipated.

Or trying to decide where to eat when you’re hangry and making a decision is impossible.

And if you’re anything like me, that will happen far more often than it should!

All these little decision that may not seem like much add up, and you come back from your first solo trip and realize you’re a boss at problem solving.

You will have the skills to confront any problem that comes up when you’re home.

Whether it is work related or a personal problem, your solo travel experience has prepared you to think through and solve problems better than before you left.

You may not realize it at the time, but it is truly one of the most valuable benefits of travelling alone!

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2. Gain Independence

I was 21 when I took my first solo trip (three months through the Balkans and Eastern Europe).

It was the first time I had ever been alone and boy was it a wake up call on what it meant to be independent!

I had just graduated with my BA and lived a sheltered life still living in my parent’s basement. I had only been overseas once before with a friend the year previously.

My first solo trip was quite the lesson on learning how to depend on myself!

Whether you’re as sheltered as I was or you’ve had more life experience, one of the major advantages of travelling alone is you get a boost in independence.

You’ll be amazing how even the smallest of things like eating at a nice restaurant alone or taking a group tour as a single boost your confidence.

I feel like the increase in self independence and confidence that comes with travelling alone isn’t talked about as much as it should be.

Travelling alone can be super empowering.

Especially for young women.

It is honestly one of the biggest benefits of travelling alone and one I’m super grateful for.

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3. Learn Who You Are

This advantage of solo travel goes hand in hand with most of the other ones on this list.

You truly, truly get to know who you are as a person when you travel alone.

You learn what you enjoy (and don’t), what your strengths and weaknesses are, and what makes you happy.

There isn’t the noise of your friends, family, and co-workers around you.

It is just you and the place you’re exploring, and you’re guaranteed to get home from your first solo trip with a better understanding of who you are as a person.

You’ll probably encounter some speed bumps along the way (I sure did!), but eventually you’ll get to know yourself better than you ever did before.

And you’ll keep learning the more you travel alone!

It is one of the most special and personal benefits of travelling alone.

Getting to know yourself better without any distractions or people influencing you will help you so much the rest of your life.

People tend to underestimate the power the comes along with knowing who you are, what you like, and what you want out of life.

It makes you unstoppable!

And don’t worry if you come back after your first solo trip and don’t have it all figured out yet.

It is a process and takes time.

I didn’t feel confident in who I was and what I wanted until I took multiple solo trip. A few of them were months long trip too.

But each solo trip helps you get closer to who you are at your true core.

And that is a really special gift that not everybody gets to experience in life.

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4. You Grow as a Person

Learning who you truly are and growing as a person go hand in hand.

You can’t really have one without the other!

No matter what age you take your first solo trip (or any solo trip), there is always a way for you to learn and grow as a human being.

Whether it is learning patience when something doesn’t go as planned or learning acceptance when you experience a new culture.

Or anything in between.

Solo travel forces you to grow as a human and makes you a better person.

Or at least it should if you’re doing it right. 😉

Personal development isn’t always easy. It can be frustrating and scary, but it is always worth it.

I can hardly think of another activity that pushes you into personal growth and being a better person than travelling alone.

It is such a unique experience and tests you in ways that aren’t normally found in everyday life.

I’ve never met an experienced solo traveller who wasn’t an empathetic, kind, caring, and amazing human being.

There is just something about experiencing other cultures and peoples that pushes a person towards being better.

Growing as a person is one of the most rewarding benefits of travelling alone.

I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today if I had never travelled alone.

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5. Sticking to a Budget Becomes Second Nature

Please don’t give me the stink eye for including money matters on this list!

Creating a realistic budget and sticking to it is one the biggest benefits of travelling alone. It is perhaps the most important advantage of travelling alone.

I mean you’re on the road by yourself, and you’re 100% responsible for paying for every penny of your trip.

You cannot go over budget.

Well, you can go over budget, but you will suffer for it later.

There isn’t anybody with you on your trip that you can bum a few dollars off of.

You can’t ask your travel mate to cover the cost of a hotel, and you’ll pay them back when you get home.

If you go over budget when you travel alone, you’re (to put it as nicely as possible) screwed.

You need to put on your problem solving hat and figure out how to get back on budget or else you may starve the last few days of your trip.

I know setting and sticking to a budget isn’t the most glamorous part of solo travel.

Hearing the word budget might even make you squirm and feel uncomfortable.

But it is an essential thing you need to do when you travel alone.

Even if you’re well off and have a lot of money. You still need to budget and make sure you don’t blow all your money at the start of your trip!

The best tip I can give you about budgeting for a solo trip is to set a realistic budget.

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My Story

When I took my first solo trip, I read blog and blog that you can travel anywhere in the world of $50/day.

So that is the budget I set.

Well, let me tell you that it did not go very well and a few weeks in I had to revisit and re-evaluate my budget.

Luckily for me, I had some extra money in my bank account that I wasn’t planning to use on that trip.

Long story short, I ended up dipping into my extra money and pretty much came home broke.

I legit had like $2 to my name when I got home from my first solo trip. I would have come home in debt, but my dad decided to join me in Iceland for the last week of my trip.

He was kind enough to pick up the majority of the expenses that week. Otherwise, I would have been hooped!

After that trip, I realized that I’m not the extreme budget type of traveller, and I needed to adjust my budget to fit my travel style.

So, be honest about how much you plan on spending on your trip.

Knowing your travel style (or at least having an idea whether you plan on being a budget, mid-range, or luxury traveller will go a long way in setting you up for success.

And once you know how to budget for travel, you can easily transfer those skills to your everyday life.

Trust me when I say this is one of the benefits of solo travel you’ll be most thankful for when you get back from travelling alone.

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6. Your Confidence Gets a Boost

Before my first solo trip, I was a shy, meek, quiet young lady.

I’m still a shy, meek, quiet, young lady, but now you can throw confidence in the mix.

I know that I can figure out any situation what gets thrown at me when I’m on the road.

Even in more challenging countries like China and Ukraine where English is rarely spoken, I have confidence in my travel skills and myself.

I would not have had that level of confidence if I didn’t travel alone.

Even if I travelled the same amount and travelled with friends or family instead of alone, I wouldn’t have the same level of confidence in myself as I do now.

No matter if you’re as unconfident as I was before my first trip or are already a confident person, you will gain even more confidence when you travel alone.

I mean you’re wandering around a strange city (possibly even a strange country) and have to figure everything out for yourself.

If doing that successful doesn’t boost your confidence, I don’t know what will!

This is one of the biggest benefits of travelling alone because it impacts the rest of your life.

Your confidence doesn’t just appear and disappear when you’re travelling alone.

It sticks with you, and you use it in other aspects of your life.

You become more confident in your relationships, your career, and every other aspect of your life.

The confidence you gain as a solo traveller can be life changing.

It was for me, and I hope it is for you too!

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7. You Learn What (and Who) is Most Important to You

Okay. I’ll admit that this one is a bit harsh, but you honestly learn who and what is important to you and who and what isn’t when you travel alone.

Some friendships don’t stand the test of solo travel. Especially if you’re gone for months on end.

Some relationships become stronger.

You may learn that solo travel isn’t you thing. Or that it is the most important thing.

Even on a short solo trip, you really get a feeling for what is and isn’t important to you in your normal, everyday life.

Travel just has a way of showing you what is important!

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I’ve personally come back from solo trips and found that friendships aren’t what they were before I left.

Heck! My best friend when I left for my first solo trip ended our friendship because she didn’t like that I was gone for months at a time and didn’t give her enough attention.

It may feel hard in the moment, but travelling alone also shows you who cares and who you care about.

And what you do and do not care about.

I thought I would love working my first full-time job when I got back from my first solo trip. I was so excited to be an adult and almost bought a house.

Good thing I didn’t because the more I listened to myself and what I truly cared about rather than what society told me to do, the more clear it became to me that travel was more important than being a traditional adult.

Your priorities are probably different than mine.

Everybody cares about different things, but one of the biggest benefits of travelling alone is that you’re able to learn what you care about.

You may be the exact opposite of me and realize that being a proper adult is the most important thing to you.

It doesn’t matter what you come to realize.

The important thing is that solo travel has a way of opening your eyes and showing you what you truly care about.

Once you know that, you just have to fight to get what you want!

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8. Understand Your Limits More

A lot of the times the narrative around travel- particularly solo travel- is that you need to push your limits.

The whole go hard or go home mentality.

I definitely think you should push your limits and comfort zone when you travel alone, but there needs to be boundaries.

Solo travel helps you understand where exactly your limits and boundaries are.

Once you know them, you can start to push them and break them down.

For example, you could push your limits by going skydiving for the first time. Not by going for a 7 hour solo hike when you’ve never hiked for more than an hour at a time before.

Both understanding/knowing your limits and pushing them are important.

But you can’t do the latter safely without knowing the former.

Being able to quickly and accurately understand your personal limits is one advantage of travelling alone that is hard to find anywhere else.

You can’t rely on somebody else to suggest you’ve gone too far.

Or to push you when they know you can do more.

That is 100% your responsibility.

So, get in tune with yourself, listen to your body, and push past a reasonable amount of the fear your brain is pushing into your mind.

Once you figure out how to identify your limits, you can bring that skill back into your normal life and put it into action in your work, relationships, and any hobbies or sports you partake in.

Gosh. There are just so many amazing things that come along with travelling alone. It is one of the most amazing things in the world!

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9. Learn to Find Happiness from Within

This is one of my favourite benefits of travelling alone and something I truly lacked before taking my first solo trip.

Before I started travelling alone, I was in a very toxic and abusive relationship. I was completely dependent on my partner and lacked an ounce of self-love and self-respect.

About a year after that relationship ended, I set off on my first solo trip.

I was terrified to put it lightly, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.

Learning that I could be not only happy but thriving all by myself wandering around the world was something I never imagined would happen.

I was kind of just running away on that first trip if I’m being totally honest.

But the more I travelled alone, the more I began to like myself and be content and happy being alone.

I stopped looking for outward validation, and my life drastically improved.

No matter where you are in your life before you depart on your first solo trip, I guarantee you’ll come back with a better understanding of what makes you happy and how you can find happiness within yourself.

I don’t care if you’re the happiest you’ve ever been or the saddest, you’ll come back happier after a solo trip.

Being alone with yourself for an extended period of time and learning who you are naturally leads to you being happier.

It is one of the most beautiful advantages of travelling alone and something I don’t take for granted.

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Importance of Internet Safety While Travelling Alone

As we’ve discussed in this article, you are 100% responsible for everything when you travel alone.

That includes dealing with anything horrible that happens if you aren’t responsible when you use public wifi.

Trust me. You do not want to have to deal with the headache of cancelling your debit and credit cards while you’re abroad because someone hacked into your online data.

Not enough people talk about internet safety when they talk about solo travel (or travel in general), and I want to change that.

I want you to be safe and feel protected when you use public wifi networks.

Yes. That includes public wifi networks that have a password!

The only way to protect your online information and data is to install a VPN on all your devices.

A VPN essentially puts up a forcefield around your devices. It makes using public wifi networks just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only one who knows the password.

There is absolutely no excuse not to protect your online information when you’re on the road.

Your personal data is too valuable to leave exposed to hackers.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to protect your online data with a VPN.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of VPNs over my years of travel. And I mean a lot!

Most of them I gave up using because they slowed my devices down to a snail’s pace, and I have no patience.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

It is the fastest VPN on the market and the only one that doesn’t slow your devices down a noticeable amount.

It is the only VPN I recommend for traveller because it is so fast.

Plus it is super affordable, so even budget travellers can get a VPN without breaking the bank.

A single subscription protects up to 6 devices and costs less than the price of a single latte per month.

There is no excuse not to protect your online data while you travel.

The very last thing you want happening when you’re travelling alone is to have all your private information stolen and not have anybody around to help you figure out what to do.

Conclusion

There are only a few of the benefits of travelling alone.

There are so many other advantages of travelling alone that I can’t cover in a single post.

And the benefits of travelling alone are so personal.

You may find that some of the advantages of travelling alone you experience another person experiences the exact opposite.

Travel is so personal.

Everybody experiences it so differently and learns different things alone the way.

That being said, I think the benefits of travelling alone on this list are pretty universal.

Pretty much anybody who travels alone should experience the majority of the advantages of travelling alone on this list.

This list paints a very pretty picture of what solo travel is like.

But trust me when I say it isn’t all rainbows and lollipops.

Things go wrong. You get frustrated. Tears are shed.

But, in the end, the advantages of travelling alone far outweigh the disadvantages of travelling alone.

So, if you’re dreaming of taking your first solo trip but have some nerves and doubts, take this as your sign that you got this!

You can do it!

You’re strong.

Take the leap of faith and book that trip because solo travel (even if you only do it once) will change your life forever.

In the best way possible!