So, you have decided to go on a solo backpacking expedition? Well, we are sure it is going to be one of your most memorable trips. Solo trips are a great way to boost confidence, explore your inner self and be what you want to be. However, you can enjoy it to the fullest only if you go well-prepared. Here, we shall share tips to help you make the most of your solo trip. So, let’s get started!
Take a Virtual Tour
It is recommended to take a virtual tour of the place you are planning to visit. This gives an idea about the tourist spots, local markets as well as the popular cuisines of that place. It also helps you understand how to reach different places and other such details that you must know before hand to ensure a smooth trip.
Make Timely Bookings
Timely bookings are a must especially if you are travelling solo. Make your bus, train or plane bookings well in time. It is also suggested to book your hotel room beforehand so as to avoid much hassle as you reach the place.
Choose a Sturdy yet Stylish Backpack
Your backpack will be your only companion on your solo backpacking adventure. So, you must choose it wisely. A big or medium-sized waxed canvas backpack should be a good choice for such an outing. You can accommodate all your essential stuff in it systematically and carry it conveniently. The material is sturdy and can be relied upon as it remains intact in all kinds of weather conditions.
Ask the Locals
No amount of internet search can give you as much insight about an area as the locals residing there. It is best to speak to the locals in the area to know about the most comfortable, quick and economical means of transport available there. It is also a good idea to prepare your itinerary based on their suggestions as they know exactly how long it takes to reach different places and which tourist spots should be visited on the same day to cover maximum locations. They will also guide you on where to shop for different items and which restaurants to try.
Carry Enough Cash
You may be carrying your credit cards and might also be equipped to pay through other modes. However, not all local vendors accept payments via cards and other modern modes. Besides, the possibility of technical glitches cannot be ruled out. It is thus wise to carry enough cash to pay your bills.
Remember, you are on your own here. So, act responsibly and take good care of yourself. You may want to start your day early to cover maximum number of tourist spots and explore as much as you can however this is no reason to skip the breakfast or any of your meals. Have your meals on time and carry a water bottle along to stay hydrated and energized throughout the day.
We wish you an enjoyable trip. Do let us know how helpful our tips proved!