12 Very Unexpected Tips for Solo Travelers

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1. If you don’t want to be bothered, put both headphones in – regardless of whether you’re listening to something or not
2. Pack less and buy what you need as you go, you’re going to be dragging each kilo up those metro stairs without any help
3. Take a notebook or laptop to dinner – dining solo can be quite the bore
4. Don’t speak – never make it obvious you don’t speak the language unless totally necessary, it will make you less of a target
5. Order a special meal on the plane – you get fed first!
6. Use body language if you don’t speak the language, it’s (almost) just as easy to communicate!
7. Take a few bandaids and gum in your handbag or daypack – the best way to make an instant friend in transit
8. Use Skype to stay connected with home – it’s free, quick, and easy to use
9. Download the best travel apps to make solo travel easier
10. Sign up for group activities every now and again
11. Use a tripod or any random ledge to take photos with yourself in the frame
12. Solo meals are the loneliest times – snacks are your friend and will prevent you spending so much time noticing you are alone

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Over to you! What are some of your best solo travel tips you’d like to share with WOW readers?

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    Mc Pol Cruz
    September 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    to kill those boring rides in the bus and waiting for your flight, bring headphones and download chill music.

    August 3, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Podcasts and Audible are the best entertainment for the solo traveler!

    June 28, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    If you are traveling solo on a cruise, go to cruise critic to meet others before the cruise. They also meet up in the beginning of the cruise for a special cocktail hour sponsored by the cruise line. Many of them organize private tours together beforehand and you may see posts asking if anyone is interested. When in U.S. my cell phone is a lifesaver when dining alone. Thanks for the post, great tips!

    Will Stephenson
    June 23, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Having headphones is the BEST! I was given a pair when I needed to get away from everything on a small island we were on.

    Saved me a lot of trouble.

    May 19, 2015 at 8:22 am

    Explore indonesia many interesting place,nature, adventure ,culture,modern,sport activity too.

    May 14, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Listen to the local radio – while there is usually a lot of familiar American tunes, you’d be surprised how much cool music you will be adding to your playlist! 🙂

    Ivan Ho
    April 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Learn at least to greet the locals in their language. followed by ‘do you speak english?’ and/or ‘i dont understand ….?’

    February 12, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    Great tips! I have done number 5 for my flight tomorrow!! haha

    فنادق مكة
    January 12, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    your blog is so excited , thanks

    Dreams and Cities
    September 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Just enjoy your travel and keep eyes open to notice every little thing! When you are alone you can fell and experience the foreign country so much better, as there are no distractions from other people, I adore traveling solo! 🙂

    Beauty Ambassadoe Zoe
    September 24, 2014 at 12:41 am

    Def needed those tips as I’m travelling in a few days alone!


    September 21, 2014 at 3:21 am

    I am loving your website. In a few years I will finally start my travel journey and it will most likely be solo so this is great!!! BTW what kind of tripod do you take? how big?

    September 17, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Great tips! I’m currently planning my first overseas vacation and i’ll be going alone! Reading your blog has really inspired me to travel solo! Thank you so much!

    Portia Large
    September 16, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    I adore these travel tips!

    Trinidy Patterson
    September 11, 2014 at 10:23 am

    I’m gearing up to travel to my first non-English speaking country, and the tip about speaking with body language and trying to make yourself seem like less of a target are very good suggestions.
    I hadn’t thought about how easy it is to blend in if you don’t speak.

      Will Stephenson
      June 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      I lived in Cambodia for 3-4 months on a semi remote island. Learning to speak with gestures was hard at first but it’s become a skill that is useful internationally.

    September 11, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Hadn’t thought about the earphones as I rarely use them. I’m about to set off soon on a small group tour and for the first time ever have signed on for shared accommodation with an unknown person……..not too sure how this will work out but will pack earphones just in case!

    September 11, 2014 at 4:08 am

    I definitely use the headphone trick almost every day. It works wonders.

    – Christina

    September 10, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Will definitely keep these in mind! Eating alone can indeed become quite a bore, so a laptop or a notepad is a great idea! xx

    Renate @ Renate's Travels
    September 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Great tips!

    I always either use headphones or sunglasses when I don’t want to be bothered. For example walking through busy streets, bazaars or souks where men can hassle me when I’m walking alone as a female.

    Eating alone used to be something I worried about. But now I just bring a book or my travel journal with me. I also usually eat my biggest meal at lunch, which always feels less awkward than eating dinner alone for some reason.

    I love travelling by myself though, the freedom is amazing!

    Beverley | Pack Your Passport
    September 10, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    When I travel I always always take a good book with me. I find that it makes me feel more comfortable when I’m eating alone and gives me something to do if I want to just sit and people watch. Basically, having a book in my hand makes me feel more comfortable. Another solo travel tip I think works is to not walk around with your iPhone out looking at a map – this is a HUGE giveaway that you’re not a local and also having your phone out isn’t very safe.

    September 10, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I’d recommend wearing a money-belt! has tips on travelling around Southeast Asia 🙂

    September 10, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Great tips with the language barriers! I order vegetarian because meat can make me sick to my stomach sometimes, and I always forget how I’m one of the firsts to receive my meal. 🙂

    Ana Paula Cardoso
    September 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    I agree with Betty! When I was traveling alone in Barcelona I attend a Couchsurfing event every day! And that was amazing good! 😀

    If you visit Lisbon just write me and I invite you for a meal 😉

    Big kisses :*

    Clipping Path Outsource
    September 10, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Those are so great tips for solo travel.
    Why are you named unexpected?

    Thank you

    Betty J. Ogburn
    September 10, 2014 at 10:25 am

    …Those who are looking to meet other travelers can try one of those Couchsurfing meetup events!!…

    September 10, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I used to live in New York and the headphones thing was my lifesaver. Although it won’t stop the guys in the East Village from catcalling. I became an excerpt at setting the volume right on the fine line between burst ear drums and drowning out voices.

  • awanderlustblog@OUTLOOK.COM'
    September 10, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I’m totally chicken to eat alone – nice to know others feel it too!

    September 10, 2014 at 7:11 am

    love this post xo

    Laura Lee
    September 10, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Great tips! Eating alone in the evening was the thing I was most nervous about when I first started travelling solo, at first I’d only eat alone if I took my kindle to read while I was waiting for food and keep myself busy but it’s so liberating to go to a nice restaurant, get a table for one, and sit and people watch with a glass of wine, so snacks are good if you’re nervous but definitely try and step out of your comfort zone with that one, half the fun of travelling somewhere new is sampling the food!!

    Marie King
    September 10, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Use twitter or other social media to source travel suggestions, it can give you the push and reassurance that doesn’t always come so easily when making decisions alone.

    September 10, 2014 at 3:53 am

    The headphone trick never fails, although I don’t mind eating by myself. I really quite like it!

    September 10, 2014 at 3:45 am

    Your tips are so great. Thank you

    Amanda @ Positively Amanda
    September 10, 2014 at 3:39 am

    Great tips! I’ll keep these in my when I’m traveling!

    September 10, 2014 at 3:18 am

    Thanks, your tips are good! I can recommend to write a travel diary 🙂
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

    September 10, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Great tips! Thank you! I’ll be passing this on to my mother who’s going to Mexico and will be spending a lot of time alone!