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  1. Apeksha Yogananda
    November 2, 2019 @ 1:20 pm

    I have planned to go solo trip. As a girl i was thinking whether it is safe or not but after reading this article, it made me even more confidant and courage. Thank k you so much for this article and you gave us a great tips and ideas.

    • Ali Garland
      November 4, 2019 @ 11:37 am

      Glad to help, and enjoy your trip!

  2. Rubina
    October 23, 2019 @ 11:37 am

    This article has really helped me; it contains very helpful tips. I’ve just booked my first solo trip to Lake Garda. Im just a bit worried because I wear a headscarf so hopefully I dont get targeted or anything esp since I am on my own…

    • Ali Garland
      October 24, 2019 @ 2:27 pm

      Hi Rubina! There are a fair amount of women in Europe who wear headscarves, so hopefully it won’t be a big deal to anyone. I don’t have any firsthand experience with that though unfortunately, but I live in Berlin and travel around Europe a lot and I definitely see women wearing them occasionally. I hope you have a great time, Italy is lovely, though I have never been to Lake Garda.

  3. Charles
    July 30, 2019 @ 4:24 pm

    The thing I find more restrictive for me about travel when I go alone is not fear about being someplace unfamiliar but the cost . Almost all places base the rates on double-occupancy . Do I need to expect and accept being charged several hundred dollars more just because I haven no one traveling with me ? It can change how I feel about going someplace if the price goes from $ 2100 to $3000 just there is noon e in the next bed .

    • Ali Garland
      August 2, 2019 @ 12:38 pm

      Hi Charles! Yes, that part is frustrating. Some hotels have single rooms, which helps. If you’re up for trying hostels, that can be a great way to save money as well as meet other travelers. You could also try Airbnb where they have an option to rent a room in someone’s apartment, so the apartment residents are still there but they’re renting out their spare bedroom. A friend of mine is doing that right now while traveling around Europe, and it’s not only saving her a lot of money, but she’s meeting interesting locals.

  4. Américo dos Santos
    January 23, 2018 @ 3:08 pm

    Actually I think I’m shooting high! lol
    I’m about to do my first solo travel and this is the first intercontinental flight I’ll experience. So I am gathering all information about it and your blog is being really handy for me now. Thanks a lot!

    I’m going from São Paulo – Brazil to Berlin – Germany and to be true I’m very anxious and looking forward for this to happen. It’s been a dream travel by myself (started to think about Berlin in 2006 at their World Cup!) and finally I’m about to do it!

    The main thing that bugs me off is the commonly mean security check operators but I’m not thinking about that too much in order to spoil everything. 🙂

    One of the main reasons I am doing this is to learn more about self confidence. I’ve managed to do many things solo but there something (like travel) that’s still brings me some chill on my spine.

    Again, thanks a lot to share all this useful information to us.
    Cheers from Brazil!

    • Ali Garland
      January 25, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

      I’m so glad my blog has helped you! Travel is great for gaining confidence. I think you’ll enjoy Berlin, lots to do, lots to eat, many people speak English, and it’s pretty easy to see some touristy things and some non-touristy areas. I hope you have a great trip!

  5. Julia
    October 11, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

    Great article! I took my first solo trip two years ago and loved it! Eating alone was by far the hardest thing to overcome, but eventually I got used to it. So many great tips in here for newbie solo travelers 🙂 Keep em coming!

    • Ali Garland
      October 13, 2017 @ 3:52 pm

      Thanks Julia, glad you could relate!

  6. Sanja
    September 23, 2017 @ 3:57 am

    Do you have any tips about Norway?

    I usually travel with travel agencies, but I can’t find any in my area offering that destination. However, there is a regular bus line to Oslo and I was thinking about going on my own.

    I would need the following things:

    1.) a reliable and non-expensive hotel to book online (it’s my first time, so what would be the best way to do it?);
    2.) a way to organise a taxi service once I reach the bus station;
    3.) a local travel agency where I can hire a tourist guide to show me the city (maybe with a larger group of people).

    Thank you!

    • Ali Garland
      September 23, 2017 @ 11:51 am

      Hi Sanja! I haven’t been to Norway, but for hotels, I’d start by looking at TripAdvisor and see which ones have good reviews and are located near the center. It looks like Oslo has a decent system of public transportation, and you can get a local bus or tram from the Oslo bus station. Another option, if you really don’t want to do public transport, is to ask your hotel if they offer a pick-up service and can get you from the bus station. And it’s highly likely that there will be taxis at the bus station. For tours, I like Viator because they connect you to tour companies all around the world. Look for Oslo tours here and you can book a couple that sound interesting. I hope that helps, and enjoy your trip!

  7. Carrie
    May 13, 2017 @ 9:05 pm

    I’m planning to take a solo international trip in the next coming months and this article has been by far the most encouraging and helpful one to read!

    I’m so nervous and scared but I really want to do it! Thanks for this wonderful piece.

    • Ali Garland
      May 14, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

      Glad to help! Just focus on all the positives, all the great places you’re going to see and interesting things you’re going to do. Being nervous is totally normal, but you can do this!

  8. Jackie
    February 27, 2017 @ 3:32 am

    I am taking my first solo trip to Sint Maarten in May and I am so excited. Your article has eased some of my anxiety about going alone. But I had a window of opportunity and took it. Alone time on those beaches is what I need. Thank you.

    • Ali Garland
      February 27, 2017 @ 9:25 am

      Thanks Jackie, I’m glad to help! Sounds like you have an amazing trip planned, and I hope you have a wonderful time!

  9. Lisa
    February 15, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

    I’m planning on solo travelling the end of the year / beginning of next and I was definitely thinking about backing out and waiting for a friend to say they wanted to do it but this article just changed my mind 🙂 now I’m really excited again!

    • Ali Garland
      February 18, 2016 @ 11:18 am

      Lisa, that’s so exciting! And I’m so happy I was able to help! It’s completely understandable, normal even, to be nervous about solo travel. I still get nervous before traveling by myself sometimes. But it’s a great experience and I love the feeling of getting out there and handling everything on my own. I’m sure you’ll have a fun trip!

  10. Nickie
    January 11, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

    Hey!I am thinking to start traveling the next year.but i do not know how much money I must save.I will be a spa therapist..could I find a job while travelling for a few weeks perhaps??light me up please!!!!I am so jealous of your adventures!!!

    Looking forward for your answer!!!!

    • Ali Garland
      January 14, 2016 @ 4:02 am

      Hi Nickie! How much you need to save for your trip depends on so many factors, like how long your trip is, where you’re going, what kind of accommodations you stay in (luxury vs budget hostels, etc.), if you eat at fancy restaurants or not, if you stay at places with kitchen access so you can cook to save money, if you plan on flying a lot or taking buses, what kinds of activities you’ll do…. So I don’t have an easy answer for you there! I’ve done long and short trips, some middle-of-the-road (comfortable hotels/guesthouses, but not fancy, not bare-bones budget) and some trips were more towards the budget end of things. I usually track my expenses, so you can look here for some of the budgets from some places I’ve traveled to.

      It’s really hard, if not impossible, to find a job in a foreign country for just a few weeks. Working in another country requires a visa, and in most cases the company hiring you would have to sponsor your visa in some way, and they won’t do that for you to work there for a few weeks. If you’re really looking for ways to save money, sometimes you can find a hostel willing to give you a free room in exchange for cleaning rooms or something, though that depends on what part of the world you’re in. Some countries have work-travel visas which allow you to get a job there, but again, most companies won’t hire you for just a few weeks. Australia and New Zealand are popular options for this (I think you have to be under 30 or 31 years old) because it gives you a full year to explore and the opportunity to get a job to help finance your time there.

      Other money saving options include couchsurfing, renting apartments from Airbnb so you can cook instead of eat out (plus sometimes the prices are cheaper than hotels), travel slower to cut back on transport expenses (plus you can often get good deals on renting an apartment for a month instead of just a few days or a week), taking long distance buses instead of flying (also depends where you are since there are some good low cost airlines out there), if you like museums, look for free or discounted days.

      Take a look at my travel spending page I linked towards the beginning, and then do some Google searches for travel budgets involving countries you want to go to. This post on researching a travel budget might be helpful too. How to Travel the World on $50 a Day by Matt Kepnes comes highly recommended, though I haven’t read it myself.

      I hope this helps, but let me know if you have any other questions!

  11. Candice
    July 6, 2015 @ 7:27 pm

    i wish i had read this before i did my first solo trip. but none the less.. i did consider many of these on my first and will consider the added points you gave on my third next year.

    it is an absolutely liberating and wonderful experience to observe and experience new cultures and landscapes at your own pace… and even change itinerary if you like.

    great article!

    • Ali Garland
      July 7, 2015 @ 10:37 am

      Thanks Candice! Sounds like you’ve had really great experiences traveling solo, I’m so glad! Enjoy your trip next year!

      • Karen jeanes
        May 1, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

        I’m thinking of going to somewhere I can relax,rest but I’m worried as I don’t eat food I’m fed through a machine with bags of feed so I just want a beautiful holiday likecmaldives to chill but not inclusive and I’v nevervbeen alone???

        • Ali Garland
          May 3, 2018 @ 11:47 am

          Hi Karen! I’m so sorry you have to deal with that. I can’t even imagine being in your situation. I think it’s best you talk to your doctor and understand your requirements for traveling. Someplace like Europe might be better since you’ll have easier access to doctors and hospitals if you needed something, but I don’t really know enough about your condition to understand what would work for you. There are plenty of relaxing islands in Europe…Greece and Spain come to mind. And they might be easier to find a nice hotel or resort to relax in that isn’t all-inclusive.

  12. James
    October 24, 2014 @ 11:30 pm

    Too many people are afraid that they won’t make friends on the road, but it’s funny how I always meet more people when I’m by myself versus traveling with a group!

    • Ali Garland
      October 25, 2014 @ 9:43 pm

      So true James, thanks!

  13. Matthew Cheyne
    October 14, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    There are a lot of great tips here for the first time solo traveler. Getting out of your comfort is never easy, especially for people like me who suffer from social anxiety or better put, severe disabling shyness.For some reason, once I am on that plane and those wheels lift into the under-carriage upon take off, something changes within me and I find that I can talk to people a whole lot easier. I think it has something to do with being anonymous in that I don’t feel so conscious of being judged by other people. That said, hostels, although I’ve never used them would be an ideal first place for a new solo traveler to use as accommodation in the sense that you’ll meet people who are on the road just like you.

    • Ali Garland
      October 15, 2014 @ 9:44 pm

      Yes, exactly! I’m the same way, nervous before any trip, and as soon as I’m on my way, it fades. And I get what you mean about not being so self-conscious. I always worry what people think of me (which I know I shouldn’t do) but when I’m traveling, I let that go because I know it doesn’t matter. Traveling solo showed me that, and it spills over into my at-home life. Which is why I think I’m due for a solo trip soon! And yes, hostels are great for first time travelers because they make it easier to meet other travelers. Thank you for this comment Matthew, totally agree with you!