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Solo travelling

Going alone on a trip? There is an ulti­mate guide to help put you at ease.

Wor­ried about trav­el­ling alone? Lonely Planet has released an ulti­mate guide for solo trav­ellers. In a recent sur­vey of trav­ellers in Lonely Planet’s com­mu­nity, 80 per­cent of respon­dents reported hav­ing taken a solo trip in the past, and another 80 per­cent have plans to take one in the future.

How­ever, the sur­vey shared that one in three responded that they have felt dis­ad­van­taged when trav­el­ling on their own, cit­ing higher costs (almost 20 per­cent on travel insur­ance and over 50 per­cent on accom­mo­da­tion), safety issues and tour options that only cater to two or more people.

Despite these chal­lenges, solo travel is on the rise. To help those plan­ning on going solo, Lonely Planet has com­piled the top tips and advice from its experts in the 168-​page “The Solo Travel Hand­book” from once-​in-​a-​lifetime adven­tures to week­end get­aways. The guide gives sea­soned and begin­ner trav­ellers the con­fi­dence and know-​how to embark on a solo trip, help­ing them to over­come any fears or con­cerns they might have, while prepar­ing them for the jour­ney ahead.

Writ­ten by Lonely Planet’s solo travel pros, the book is packed with pearls of wis­dom, inspi­ra­tion and real-​life tales from the road – and cov­ers every­thing from prepa­ra­tion such as book­ing, bud­get­ing and pack­ing, to prac­ti­cal advice for meet­ing peo­ple, stay­ing safe and healthy, work­ing remotely and stay­ing con­nected abroad.

The Solo Travel Hand­book” also fea­tures 10 of the best places around the world includ­ing for food (Viet­nam), cul­ture (Rome, Italy), and self-​reflection (Ubud, Bali). Other chap­ters include:

  • Why go solo?
  • 10 lessons you learn while trav­el­ling solo.
  • The solo travel quiz.
  • How to arrive in any new des­ti­na­tion like a boss.
  • 10 travel hacks every solo trav­eller should know.
  • 10 non-​awkward ways to meet peo­ple on the road.
  • 11 ways to over­come loneliness.
  • Top 20 ways to stay safe on the road.

Lonely Planet writ­ers also reflect on their own solo travel expe­ri­ences, reveal­ing how these times shaped them and changed their lives for the better.

The Solo Travel Hand­book” costs US$17.99 (S$23.96) and is avail­able locally at MPH, Kinoku­niya and Times bookstores.

6 TIPS ON GOING SOLO (cour­tesy of “The Solo Travel Handbook”)

  1. Arriv­ing some­where new is often the most stress­ful part of trav­el­ling solo. For a smooth start, always make sure you have your essen­tials – like money, bankcards and maps – close at hand before you dis­em­bark your train or plane. Rum­mag­ing con­spic­u­ously in your suit­case (or your wal­let) in the arrivals hall will make you feel exposed.
  2. As soon as you arrive at your hotel or hos­tel, grab a busi­ness card from the recep­tion desk with the hotel’s address and phone num­ber. If you get lost, you can jump in a taxi and give the card to your dri­ver to ensure you get back to your hotel safely. If a busi­ness card isn’t avail­able, ask a mem­ber of recep­tion staff if they could write down the address in the local lan­guage for you. Make sure to then keep the infor­ma­tion some­where handy when you head out to explore.
  3. Most cities have free walk­ing tours, and these tend to attract other solo trav­ellers. Solos usu­ally stick together once the tour is over and go for drinks or din­ner together, so it’s a great oppor­tu­nity to meet like-​minded trav­ellers while simul­ta­ne­ously avoid­ing the anx­i­ety of din­ing alone on your first night in town.
  4. Choos­ing to eat at a restaurant’s bar not only allows you to bypass a poten­tially awk­ward ‘table for one’ din­ing sce­nario, but it also gives you an oppor­tu­nity to chat with din­ers either side of you (who may very well be solo), or with the bar­tender – staff often make an extra effort to chat to solo patrons.
  5. Break out of your shell by mak­ing an effort to con­verse with locals. Ques­tion your hotel staff for their favourite places to eat, and take the time to ask shop­keep­ers how their day is going – you may be pleas­antly sur­prised where these con­ver­sa­tions lead.
  6. Your mobile phone can be your most valu­able safety tool when trav­el­ling. Ensure your data plan can be used abroad, or pur­chase a local SIM with a decent data plan for the extra degree of safety it pro­vides in allow­ing you to use many per­sonal safety apps.



Going alone on a trip? There is an ultimate guide to help put you at ease.

 

Worried about travelling alone? Lonely Planet has released an ultimate guide for solo travellers. In a recent survey of travellers in Lonely Planet’s community, 80 percent of respondents reported having taken a solo trip in the past, and another 80 percent have plans to take one in the future.

However, the survey shared that one in three responded that they have felt disadvantaged when travelling on their own, citing higher costs (almost 20 percent on travel insurance and over 50 percent on accommodation), safety issues and tour options that only cater to two or more people.

Despite these challenges, solo travel is on the rise. To help those planning on going solo, Lonely Planet has compiled the top tips and advice from its experts in the 168-page “The Solo Travel Handbook” from once-in-a-lifetime adventures to weekend getaways. The guide gives seasoned and beginner travellers the confidence and know-how to embark on a solo trip, helping them to overcome any fears or concerns they might have, while preparing them for the journey ahead.

Written by Lonely Planet’s solo travel pros, the book is packed with pearls of wisdom, inspiration and real-life tales from the road – and covers everything from preparation such as booking, budgeting and packing, to practical advice for meeting people, staying safe and healthy, working remotely and staying connected abroad.

“The Solo Travel Handbook” also features 10 of the best places around the world including for food (Vietnam), culture (Rome, Italy), and self-reflection (Ubud, Bali). Other chapters include:

  • Why go solo?
  • 10 lessons you learn while travelling solo.
  • The solo travel quiz.
  • How to arrive in any new destination like a boss.
  • 10 travel hacks every solo traveller should know.
  • 10 non-awkward ways to meet people on the road.
  • 11 ways to overcome loneliness.
  • Top 20 ways to stay safe on the road.

Lonely Planet writers also reflect on their own solo travel experiences, revealing how these times shaped them and changed their lives for the better.

“The Solo Travel Handbook” costs US$17.99 (S$23.96) and is available locally at MPH, Kinokuniya and Times bookstores.

 

6 TIPS ON GOING SOLO (courtesy of “The Solo Travel Handbook”)

  1. Arriving somewhere new is often the most stressful part of travelling solo. For a smooth start, always make sure you have your essentials – like money, bankcards and maps – close at hand before you disembark your train or plane. Rummaging conspicuously in your suitcase (or your wallet) in the arrivals hall will make you feel exposed.
  2. As soon as you arrive at your hotel or hostel, grab a business card from the reception desk with the hotel’s address and phone number. If you get lost, you can jump in a taxi and give the card to your driver to ensure you get back to your hotel safely. If a business card isn’t available, ask a member of reception staff if they could write down the address in the local language for you. Make sure to then keep the information somewhere handy when you head out to explore.
  3. Most cities have free walking tours, and these tend to attract other solo travellers. Solos usually stick together once the tour is over and go for drinks or dinner together, so it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded travellers while simultaneously avoiding the anxiety of dining alone on your first night in town.
  4. Choosing to eat at a restaurant’s bar not only allows you to bypass a potentially awkward ‘table for one’ dining scenario, but it also gives you an opportunity to chat with diners either side of you (who may very well be solo), or with the bartender – staff often make an extra effort to chat to solo patrons.
  5. Break out of your shell by making an effort to converse with locals. Question your hotel staff for their favourite places to eat, and take the time to ask shopkeepers how their day is going – you may be pleasantly surprised where these conversations lead.
  6. Your mobile phone can be your most valuable safety tool when travelling. Ensure your data plan can be used abroad, or purchase a local SIM with a decent data plan for the extra degree of safety it provides in allowing you to use many personal safety apps.

 


 

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