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Decades earlier, there were hitchhikers who would carry all of their belongings in one backpack and travel place to place. In the new age, we have the solo travellers who have quit their high-paying jobs and entered into a minimalist sojourner phase. They hop from country to country carrying only one set of clothes, few electronic gears and a sturdy backpack. The experience that one gain as a solo traveller is priceless compared to the bulky luggage and expensive vacations. We have some practical tips on how to survive as a single traveller without being mugged or belongings getting damaged.
Get to know the locals and the off-beaten areas of the destination by frequenting the same route and restaurants. Eat at the same place, get friendly with the staff, engage in conversation with the locals at the town square or markets. When they keep seeing you every day you won’t be the rare tourist with his/her head buried in a map. They will look out for you and help you when in need.
The night would not be a great time to visit places, take day tours and engage yourself in long walks. Occasionally you might meet people with the same interests as yours and who knows you can make friends for life.
It doesn’t hurt to learn a new language or new customs. This habit will help you to blend along the crowd rather than making you stand out as a lone traveller. Being vulnerable is not an option while you are in an unknown country or region. Be courteous, learn their language and see how people open up towards you making you feel like one of their own.
Do not travel, flashing around expensive equipment, jewellery, mobile phones and devices. This will only attract unwanted attention. Make sure to stay discreet about your belongings while on a solo trip. A simple backpack is always handy to keep all of your items instead of ostentatious luggage. Do not appear dazed on the streets if you find it difficult to navigate instead be proactive and ask for help or directions.
Staying at a friend’s place or a local bed and breakfast is much better than staying alone in cheap hostels and hotels. You will always have a support system and also your personal space to store your backpack safely. Plus you can relish hygienic homemade food during all of your travel stays.
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