Have you thought about travelling alone? Of course, due to Covid-19, travel is somewhat restricted right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start thinking about the next time you head overseas. Maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, or perhaps you want to leave your 9-5 behind and see what the rest of the world has to offer. Whatever your reasons for travelling, those who decide to go it alone are going to need lots of time to plan their dream trip, along with plenty of confidence.
The idea of travelling solo can seem daunting. However, it’s worth remembering that every time we face a fear, we get a little stronger! Whether you’re worried about navigating the airport alone, flying long-haul solo, or you’re worried about your physical health and safety whilst overseas, experienced solo travellers would argue that the best way to boost your confidence is to simply go for it! And in the meantime, check out these helpful travel tips that will help you travel with confidence this year.
Know your consumer rights
You’re probably aware of how fraught the travel industry is right now. Covid-19 means that flights and holidays can be cancelled at any moment. Whether your trip is over a year away or you’re due to fly out this afternoon, it’s not easy to predict what is going to happen next. Understanding your consumer rights can give you the confidence to book your next trip, safe in the knowledge you’ll be able to get a full refund if necessary. Creditfix have created an infographic to help you understand your rights and what to do in the event of a holiday cancellation. Click the link to find out more. Knowing that you’re protected financially in the event of a cancellation or travel disruption will certainly give you peace of mind.
Conduct plenty of research
Don’t worry about spoiling the “magic” of your destination. Researching your destination is incredibly smart and will give you the information you need to make informed decisions about where you’re going to visit, where to stay, where to avoid and how to stay safe. From dress codes to common street scams, tourist hotspots and public transport advice. Conducting research will give you the confidence you need to take your first solo steps overseas.
Keep communication open
Being able to communicate with your loved ones back home will give you (and them) peace of mind. Research how you’re going to keep in touch whilst you’re overseas. Find out about the internet connectivity of your destination. Make sure your smart devices can connect whilst you’re abroad and let your family know when to expect communications from you.
Don’t pressure yourself
While immersing yourself into a new culture is what travelling is all about, don’t be afraid to take comfort in your favourite things. Whether it’s cancelling activities to enjoy reading a book in your hotel room or visiting an international fast-food chain to enjoy a meal you’re familiar with, shopping homegrown brands for swimwear and other travel outfit essentials, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Indulging in home-comforts will give you a much-needed confidence boost, no matter where you are in the world.