Tips For Traveling Solo
This post is sponsored by Roomkey. All opinions, words, and photos are my own.
When I dream up my next adventure and start making plans to travel, one thing I always try to do is think about the area and the logistics. How will I get there, how long will I stay, is my hotel in a safe neighborhood, are there things to do/see within walking distance, is this trip going to be expensive or thrifty? The list goes on! It’s important to ask yourself these questions when planning a trip, especially if it’s one you'll be taking solo.
I think everyone should take a solo trip in their lifetime, whether that be a day trip, weekend trip, or even a whole week! That part is up to you. The reason being is because I feel like you learn so much about what you're capable of when you're traveling solo and you also get to take a step back and relax and disconnect from everyday stress. Today, I wanted to share a few bits of advice that will really help you out when planning a solo trip.
First is choosing where you'll go and what inn or hotel you'll stay at. Roomkey made this SO easy for me when I planned my latest trip because they showed me great deals directly from the hotels themselves. Essentially it’s a cool hotel search site! They recently went through a total rebrand, which I love and really recommend checking out for yourself! I feel like whenever I am searching for a rental or hotel room when Mark and I travel anywhere, it takes forever or ends up being the biggest cost. As I began to do my research and take notes, I realized that Roomkey truly was the best way to get things done! For my trip, I traveled to Beacon, NY and stayed at the Roundhouse Hotel. It was so cool!
Next, when your hotel is booked, get to packing. Something I've learned over my different travels is that overpacking can totally ruin a trip. You don't want to be lugging a huge suitcase up flights of stairs in case the elevator is out of order. You don't want to have to sit on your suitcase to zip it shut and end up being late for your flight. Just something to think about :) In addition, I highly recommend making sure you either pack a camera or have enough space to take photos on your phone in case you see something cool or want to remember your trip!
After those things, start to do some research! I love using Pinterest, Google Maps, and different blogs to find recommendations of places to eat, visit, and different experiences available. When I was in Beacon I found so many cool things to do and artsy things to do/see. (another post will be coming soon on that as well!)
My final tip for you when traveling solo is about safety. Always make sure that you know where you're going, someone knows where you've traveled to and when you're going out/return back to your hotel like a friend, parent, or significant other, and that you don't be stupid. I see young women all the time trying to be "polite" or "friendly" to strangers on a train or while waiting for their table at the bar, etc. and give out info that is WAY too personal for them to be sharing with a stranger. Just be smart and safe!
Have you ever traveled solo? Where have you been and what tips would you add to this post for A Tiny Traveler readers? Share below!