Many people erroneously assume that going on a holiday or travelling by yourself means that you are going to be subjected to weeks of loneliness and boredom. But nothing can be further than the truth. Because in reality, travelling or holidaying solo has some pretty enormous benefits over travelling with a partner, spouse or friend: Namely, you have the freedom to do whatever you like, whenever you like, and it allows you to meet and interact with fellow travellers from all over the world. In fact, many online travel agents now cater towards solo holidaying with slogans such as ‘go on holiday for single travellers’. Still, if you are toying with the idea of going on holiday or travelling by yourself, you very likely have niggling anxieties about what to pack and what to expect.
So here we present a short guide to help alleviate some of the worries to make your trip unforgettable.
Most people on their first trip by themselves tend to overpack, and this is understandable since the experience can at first be daunting. In reality, depending on where you are travelling to, you can often get away with packing just 3 pairs of everything such as shorts, underwear, t-shirts and socks. Laundry services are available in virtually every area of the world so there is no need to worry about running out of clean clothes to where.
Secondly, people do tend to worry about availability of medicine, so will often take a medicine kit with unnecessary products. The fact is that medicine such as antibiotics, ibuprofen and even some anti-malarials are available at a fraction of the price you would pay for them in Europe or North America. Still, this does not apply to all medicines, and it is a good idea to pack small amounts of the above to get you started or in the unlikely event you cannot find a pharmacy immediately in your country of travel.
Finally, some really useful products that you will definitely not regret bringing are ear plugs to reduce noise at night whilst staying in big cities and on buses or planes. An inflatable neck pillow is a good idea too, as it is compact yet very handy if you want to catch some sleep whilst on the road. Most travellers also bring ipods which makes the time go a bit faster, and a tablet of some kind is a good idea if you want internet access as opposed to laptops which take up a lot of room in your luggage and are usually quite heavy.
Sharing Rooms and Meeting People
Another question solo travellers often ask is: Isn’t travelling by yourself more expensive than with a partner or friend? Not necessarily. The beauty of solo travelling is that you will be forced to meet other travellers and often it is a good idea to share a double room with them, even if you don’t want to hang out with them in the day time. This will cut down on costs and some feelings of isolation or loneliness and sometimes if you get along really well you can make a new friend (or even a partner!) for life.
To conclude, millions of people of every age go backpacking or holidaying all over the world by themselves every year. The vast majority learn very quickly that it is easy to meet other people and have a great time and memorable life experience even though they start off travelling by themselves.