Slideshow: How to Travel Solo

8 Tips For Vacationing on Your Own

By Ann Henson, Staff WriterAug. 29, 2013
By Ann Henson, Staff WriterAug. 29, 2013, at 1:15 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report

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Who says you need companions to travel? Taking a trip alone allows you to engage more with your surroundings and the general travel community, but it also comes with risks that can compromise your safety. U.S. News Travel rounded up eight tips to help you navigate your solo adventure. Read More:
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Choose Your Destination Wisely

Choose Your Destination Wisely

When deciding on a destination, it's important to keep a few key questions in mind: How safe is the city? Is it receptive to solo travelers? Can you afford your stay on a singular budget? You can use U.S. News Travel's list of the best places for solo travelers as a guide to help you decide. Read More:
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Who says you need companions to travel? Taking a trip alone allows you to engage more with your surroundings and the general travel community, but it also comes with risks that can compromise your safety. U.S. News Travel rounded up eight tips to help you navigate your solo adventure. Read More:
How to Travel Solo: 8 Tips For Vacationing on Your Own

Choose Your Destination Wisely

When deciding on a destination, it's important to keep a few key questions in mind: How safe is the city? Is it receptive to solo travelers? Can you afford your stay on a singular budget? You can use U.S. News Travel's list of the best places for solo travelers as a guide to help you decide. Read More:
How to Travel Solo: 8 Tips For Vacationing on Your Own

Sign up for Group Activities

If you're intimidated by the prospect of engaging with fellow travelers, consider signing up for group activities. Companies like Abercrombie & Kent offer group trips specially designed for single travelers, but these can come attached to heavy price tags. If you're looking for a less extravagant experience, consider participating in a cooking or language class, which can help you connect with the city you're visiting, and offers a casual environment for meeting fellow adventurers. Read More:
How to Travel Solo: 8 Tips For Vacationing on Your Own

Stay Connected

Keeping your family and friends updated is one way to involve them on your solo journey, but it's also an important safety tactic. If you're traveling abroad, consider enrolling in the U.S. State Department's free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). By signing up for the program, you'll automatically receive country-specific travel advisories, along with the ability to connect with friends and family via U.S. embassies and consulates. If you're traveling domestically, use social media platforms, like Facebook or Twitter, to keep your loved ones in the loop. Read More:
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Pack the Necessities

The U.S. State Department recommends leaving copies of your itinerary and passport with your family and friends, but it's also important to bring copies for yourself in case your passport gets stolen or is lost while traveling abroad. Read More:
How to Travel Solo: 8 Tips For Vacationing on Your Own

Follow Your Intuition

If a situation doesn't feel right, don't feel obligated to ignore your instincts in the name of free-spirited spontaneity. With no one else by your side to weigh the risks, it's always wise to err on the side of caution. Read More:
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Prearrange Your Accommodations

Knowing where you plan to hang your hat each night will help alleviate any pre-trip jitters. When booking your accommodations, choose a place that's in a well-trafficked area. For guidance, call the local police department before you book to see if officers can provide neighborhood crime statistics to help steer your search. Read More:
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Engage with Other Travelers

Sure, you don't need technology to connect with other travelers, but it can help make things a little easier, especially if you're eager to gain a local's perspective. Triptrotting.com matches tourists with residents based on an algorithm of compatible interests. And if you're a female adventurer, check out Inviteforabite.com, a forum for women to create and search for activities with other female travelers and residents. Read More:
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Take Time for Yourself

In its purest form, solo travel is about discovering a new place on your own. You don't need a group of fellow travelers or a guide to enjoy a city's top attractions. Consult with the hotel concierge for fun and safe places, then grab your map and start exploring.   Read More:
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Ann Henson, Staff Writer

Ann Henson is a Senior Editor for the Travel section at U.S. News. Since joining the Travel ...  Read more

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