Shane Lowney is a mechanical engineer from Tampa, Florida who loves to travel. Although he frequently takes trips with his wife, Christine, he also enjoys heading abroad on solo adventures, and he also travels for his job as well. Many people think of traveling alone as being very intimidating, but Lowney actually enjoys it very much and finds that he really enjoys experiencing a new city on his own. If you are traveling on your own, here are some tips to help make it more fun and stay safe.
-Be sure to familiarize yourself with the area you will be traveling to before you go. Know important routes, like how to get to your hotel and how to get to restaurants or grocery stores. Stick to populaed areas, as solo travelers are statistically more likely to be taken advantage of by criminals if you aren’t careful.
-Stay in touch with friends and family at home while you are abroad. Not only does this give you someone to talk to about your adventures, but you’ll also have someone who knows who you are in case anything happens and you need help. With some caution and common sense, this is just a precaution, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
-Don’t think that just because you are traveling alone that you have to stick to just eating room service. Dining alone is not nearly as awkward as most people believe it to be, you just have to prepare yourself by bringing reading materials. With a book in your hand, you’ll look content and occupied to other diners, who won’t give you a second look. Plus, you’ll get some much-needed time to yourself. See if you can get a table outside or a private booth, as these feel more comfortable to many solo diners.
-Take time to relax. It can be much more overwhelming to take on a big itinerary by yourself than it is with a group, so be sure to give yourself at least a little bit of time to relax in your comfy hotel bed or tan by the pool.
-Look for easy and safe ways to meet people. There are many social networks and websites that are designed with this in mind nowadays. You can arrange to dine with other travelers or with locals who want to share their cooking. There are also many tour groups that will pair you up with other groups of solo travelers to make it easy to meet people. When traveling abroad, you can also look for known expat hotspots, which are a good place to meet other travelers.
Shane Lowney loves exploring the world, both on his own and with his loved ones.
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