Planning a trip can be a tiresome task. You sit down with a pen and paper in your hand trying to convince your friends why you guys deserve a getaway while all of them back out one after the other. Relate much? All of us have been there and we sympathise with you, for we know it can be extremely frustrating. When your loved ones are cancelling on you, go solo! It can be an incredible experience, you’d get to plan the whole trip according to your preferences and you wouldn’t even have to wait for somebody to come along with you. Now that sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?
Solo trips can be a great way to explore your hidden self, the things you are capable of and to get to spend some time away from everything. You can go on a trek, adventure trips, yoga retreats, or can even enrol yourself for Ayurveda courses. Ayurveda courses are mind-boggling, you should totally check them out). If you are running a little low on self-confidence and esteem, this is a great way to boost that up. Do no wait on somebody to plan things out for you. Make up your mind and plan a solo trip now to live the time of your life. And while you’re at it, here is a list of few things you need to keep in mind while planning to go solo.
1. Know where you plan to go
When you plan to go to a place alone, you need to be completely aware of the fact that you need to take care of everything on your own. And in order to do that, you should try to know about your destination as deeply as possible. It also calls for choosing a place where solo travelling wouldn’t be much of a hassle. The aim is to find out a place where you’d find friendly locals and feel secure and safe even when you’re on your own.
2. Pack appropriately
You would want to brief yourself up a little about the geography of the place you’re visiting. Check the weather forecast so that you are prepared for the kind of weather you’d be facing. While it is your trip and you are free to wear whatever you want, you might want to keep certain cultural clothes of the destination to blend in well and feel one with the locals. Also, do not forget to keep two pairs of extra clothing for emergency situation. Apart from clothes, do not forget to keep a handy first aid kit. Keep all the medicines, and try visiting your physician once before leaving in case you have any kind of medical condition that needs to be taken care of.
3. Plan out your activities
With the advent of easy access to the internet it has become easy for anyone to plan a solo trip. All you need to do is research a little bit about the place and list out the things you want to cover during the course of the trip. Every place has its own heritage and offers different kinds of activities; you can make a list for each day and work accordingly so that you don’t feel out of place one you are there. This will really help you in getting the most out of your trip and you will always have something to look forward to for the next day.
4. Keep at least one person informed about your whereabouts
It’s a normal thing for your family and friends to worry about you going somewhere alone. To maintain your peace of mind as well as of your loved ones, build a communication plan. Make sure that you have a proper communication plan with your service provider for the place that you are visiting. Once that is established, keep at least one person informed about the things you’re doing during the course of the day. Share your live location with them if possible. This will come in handy in case, god forbid, something goes wrong.
5. Keep an offline map of the place
When you visit a new place, you are often chilled out because of the very convenient GPS system which ensures your way out in case you are stuck. But it won’t be the smartest thing to rely entirely on it when you are travelling alone. You might end up finding yourself in a situation where you are not able to access your internet and are stuck in the middle of nowhere. To avoid such situations you might want to keep an offline/downloaded map of the place. It will be better if you also keep a hardcopy of the map because your phone might also run out of battery. This kind of preparation is a must if you’re going for some kind of trek or camping.
6. Keep some free time slots for your impromptu plans during the trip
While planning your trip beforehand is a smart thing to do, you have to realise that it is impossible to plan out each and every hour of the day. You should consider leaving out a few hours of the day to indulge in some impromptu plans. When you’re travelling solo, you end up meeting different people and often join them in the activities they are doing. You might want to just sit with them and chill. There can also be situations where the locals tell you about certain things to do that aren’t included in your schedule but are totally worth your time. For such adventurous last-minute plans, leaving out time slots would be a wise decision. Remember, do not restrict yourself and go with the aim to enjoy to your fullest.
Author Bio :
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.