The first is always the scariest. I know that when I first went off, I was both tremendously exciting and incredibly nervous. All the things I could do and see, and all the risk of being somewhere new where don’t speak the language
Telling my family they shouldn’t be afraid was one thing.
You don’t have to do what someone else does
1) Have a map, then have a backup- got a plan? Great! Now throw it out the window and find that your on your own. That’s what it will feel like if you find yourself lost without a backup. It’s not doomsdayish to plan for things going wrong- it’s smart!
2) Research the area you are staying, what’s around, when things close. I didn’t do this when I first got to Budapest.
3) Don’t pack too much- I love to pack less! In fact I have written a post about it HERE. if you are traveling by yourself
4) Go with the flow- Don’t let anyone tell you what to do! This is your time to learn, to experience, to just live. have an idea of what you want to do, but never close yourself up to possibilities that may come your way. the best way to do this is to keep hotel booking and traveling easily cancelable, because you just never know.
5) Tell people where you are going- whenever possible, tell your family where you are going and staying. If you’re my mum then you would want flight numbers as well! The tricky thing is whether you should put online where you are going. If you have a tight community in a blog or such, then telling your online friends could be good for your safety. The more people who know where you are, the more people you have looking out for you.
But this only works if you are aware of the dangers of posting online. There is a possibility people back home could use this to break in. be careful to NEVER put a home address out. Also, NEVER state exactly where you are staying. It seems weird, but people can follow you. Have you seen Nexflix’s YOU?
Maybe the best thing here is to DM people you have a connection with online, as that would be a good bridge. No matter what you decide to do or where to go, if you have people that would be concerend for you, keep them updated, you never know what could happen in an instant.
I’m not too comfortable with asking people to take photos of me, so I like to focus my attention on what’s around me, the scenery, the architecture, little quirks of a place. They are all wonderful to take a closer look at. When I’m travelling alone, I like to create a little scrapbook for the furutre, just to remind myslef of everything I have done.
Above all else though, remember to have fun. This is your time! Solo travelling is probably one of the only times in life where you can do what you want without other people asking something from you, so make the most of it!