These 4 Mistakes You Should Avoid When Traveling Solo

When planning a solo trip, it pays to address issues such as isolation, planning, and security so that you can fully enjoy your vacation on your own.

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Exploring the world alone is exciting, but it can also be exhausting. We reveal how your next solo trip will be totally successful.

Have you traveled alone before? If not, then it’s time. Regardless of whether you are single, no one in your friend circle has time or you simply want to take some time for yourself – singles are good for the soul. To ensure your next trip is a complete success, we’ve collected four useful tips for you.

Mistake #1: You’re planning too much

When planning your vacation is no longer fun, it's worth taking a step back and automatically checking what you're up to.

When planning your vacation is no longer fun, it’s worth taking a step back and automatically checking what you’re up to.

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In general, there are two types of people when traveling: those who plan every minute and others who automatically see how they feel right away. Especially when you are traveling alone, it is worth finding a good balance. The Rough Support Program and accommodation already booked give you a certain structure without having to give up automatic activities.

advice: If you want to go on a spontaneous city tour, the best thing to do is to download Get your Guide app. The travel app recognizes your location and shows you activities and attractions in the vicinity. Mobile tickets can also be purchased directly from the app, so you save yourself long waiting times.

Mistake #2: You are afraid of being alone

It is important to be alone every now and then.  Allow the feeling and turn it into something useful for you.

It is important to be alone every now and then. Allow the feeling and turn it into something useful for you.

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Do you hesitate to travel alone because you fear feeling lonely? This is the case for many. However, this fact should not prevent you from it – on the contrary. Use an individual journey to get to know yourself better and find out what situations make you uncomfortable and why. Traveling alone doesn’t have to mean being alone. Stay in a hostel, join a group activity, or meet like-minded people online to explore your destination with you.

advice: Keep a digital or analog travel diary where you can record your experiences, thoughts and feelings. Write down your expectations and goals each morning and think about your day and the highlights of the evening. A travel journal can also help you with other situations in life and remind you of how much you can handle being alone.

Mistake #3: You have very high expectations of yourself

Whether on the road or in life: sometimes things don't go as planned.  But that's totally fine and a good way to go your own way in a different way.

Whether on the road or in life: sometimes things don’t go as planned. But that’s totally fine and a good way to go your own way in a different way.

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On your journey sooner or later you will encounter obstacles. Or you will eventually do things you can’t or don’t want to do. This can be frustrating and lead to low self-esteem. But don’t let this bother you, focus entirely on yourself.

Have you really wanted to explore the city in the evening, but are too tired and really want to stay in bed and watch Netflix? Do it then! Getting out of your comfort zone and overcoming your weakness is important, but just listening to yourself and not having a guilty conscience is just as valuable.

advice: Even if you are away from home, your loved ones are still close. Tell your family and friends about your plans before you leave, and tell them if you feel unwell or have a problem. Sometimes just making a phone call to your mom or sending a voice message to your best friend is enough to de-stress.

Mistake 4: You have blind faith in strangers

Listen to your gut feeling when you're traveling alone, start a conversation with someone, or get into unexpected situations.

Listen to your gut feeling when you’re traveling alone, start a conversation with someone, or get into unexpected situations.

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Staying alert is especially important when traveling. When you travel alone, this is everything and the end of it. Exploring a new place and meeting strangers can be both exciting and rewarding, but you must keep in mind that not all friendliness is well-intentioned. This should not prevent you from making new acquaintances and seeking help or advice in a new city. It’s more about being aware of the potential risks and listening to your gut feeling.

advice: In her videos, Tiktokerin Kendra Okereke gives tips on how to protect yourself when you’re traveling alone. This includes, among other things, keeping important documents in different places, always carrying an external power bank with you, writing your travel plans for the day and putting them under your pillow at your accommodation.

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