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Lone Traveling 101: Know the Basics

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Being a woman who thrives on independence and reckless acts of adventure, traveling alone is just something I do. I like to create my own agenda, go where I want to go, and do it all when I want to do it. Sure, it’s nice to have company, but only if you want to resign every decision to a group vote. And someone always gets screwed on the team vote – that someone typically turning out to be me.

Lone Traveling 101: Know the Basics

Traveling alone is not for the faint of heart – particularly if you’re already averse to eating alone in your own neighborhood, or making small talk with friendly strangers. If that’s the case, you may want to brush up on your people skills before you embark on a solo journey. Otherwise, you might find yourself locked up in your hotel for days, ordering room service and watching UK Law and Order because you’re too afraid to treat yourself to tea and crumpets at the corner café. Not only does that sound epically boring, but it would be a colossal waste of your money and time. After all, why “get out” if you’re not going to, well, get out?

For most would-be travelers, it’s the fear of “being alone” that holds them back – the fear of being in “unsafe” situations, or being “that creep who hangs out at the restaurant alone.” Really the only way to conquer this fear is to experience solo travel yourself. You’ll soon realize that most places aren’t as dangerous as you thought (if you’re smart about where and how you go), and that all those foreigners you think are judging you could really care less.

Traveling alone doesn’t have to be scary or overwhelming; there are plenty of ways to reduce your chances of being mugged or kidnapped.

If and when you decide you’re up for the challenge, here are some tips to keep in the back of your mind:

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Originally from Denver and now living in NYC, Angie has been writing since she was small. She lives in the Flatiron district with her partner Tanya and their mutt Sparky (always adopt!) In her spare time she loves to paint (mostly abstract) and talk to random people on the street to find out what's interesting to them.

7 Comments

  1. When I travel (specifically when I'm alone), I make sure to have ALL IMPORTANT EMERGENCY phone numbers. I enjoy my "lone trip" while making sure that I remain vigilant (at all times).

  2. With the help of modern technology, lone travelling became easier. It's easier to find your way in an unfamiliar area. For me, the most important thing to remember is "safety." I definitely agree with the article's advice on creepy parking lots.

  3. For me, traveling to a non-English speaking country (especially when I have to travel alone) is a CHALLENGE! Each time I travel to non-English speaking countries, I make sure to note important (emergency) numbers. Two weeks before my travel, I also install a 'language translator" app in my smartphone to help me when I get to my country of destination 🙂

  4. Hannah Mayers

    Research is the key for a successful, enjoyable and safe lone travel. Learn from other people’s experience. Read blogs, articles about the place you wanted to visit.

  5. Courtney Watson

    As much as possible, try to avoid traveling alone in a place where you’re not familiar of the language spoken.

  6. Jen Garcia

    I remember the ‘scary’ feeling when I traveled alone for the first time. I was really restless and worried. Well, I have researched about my country of destination weeks before my departure, but I don’t know, I was really scared. How I wish I was able to read this article before leaving for really useful tips.
    Thanks Urbanette! You really help us!

  7. Andrew Givens

    You’re right. When traveling around, you absolutely have to tell someone where you’re going and when you’re coming back. In case you don’t come back when you said you would, these people could sense that something might have gone wrong.I can’t forget the true-to-life story of Aron Ralston depicted in the award-winning “127 Hours”. He was stuck in the Grand Canyon for 5 days! And the thing the greatest lesson Aron learned from that experience is always, ALWAYS let your loved ones know where you’re going!

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