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Let’s face it, travelling solo can be the most rewarding, and most terrifying, experience for anyone. The differences in languages, cultures and customs can have an impact on how you make the most out your solo experience. I’ve read, and heard, the stories about people going through the worst of the worst. However, as a Millennial, I realized that there were more positives than negatives when travelling alone. And, I know I’m not alone on this sentiment.

When I arrived in Italy, I didn’t know the difficulties I would face. I was completely lost, and I didn’t know how to cope. Italian wasn’t a language I studied in college, and although most Italians know French, my knowledge of French was limited to small talk, nothing significant. In my mind, I wasn’t going to survive on my own. Luckily, the years I spent learning Spanish helped me a little with understanding the Italian, and I figured out how to get to my hotel without any trouble.

While I encountered the negative aspect of solo travel, I ended up making the most out of my trip. It’s easy to get discouraged when you are faced with your first obstacle but don’t let it get the best of you. To prepare yourself for your solo experience ahead, here are some tips for travelling solo as a Millennial:

 

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

I can’t say this enough…please be aware of your surroundings! Fumbling with your map and/or reading your guide takes your attention aware from what’s going on around you. Make a stop in a store or restaurant if you want to figure out where you are going. Ask for directions. Most times friendly locals are willing to help.

Blend In

Don’t…I repeat…Don’t act like a tourist! Sometimes it’s best to “blend in” rather than attract any sort of unwanted attention, and this goes for everyone. As I stated before, this all boils down to being aware and keeping yourself and your belongings safe from any pickpocketing or scams.

Interact with Locals

One of the positives of solo travel are the locals. You meet a lot of interesting people, and make life-long friends in the process. I would recommend interacting with some of the locals, trying to learn more about their language, culture and customs. It could turn out to be a truly rewarding experience.

Never Travel alone at Night

This goes without saying but, I think it needs to be said nonetheless. DON’T GO OUT ALONE AT NIGHT! While its fine for you to venture out on your own during the day, the night scene is completely different ballgame. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I didn’t go anywhere by myself at night when I went to Italy. Please just be safe, and if you need to go out at night, take one of the new friends you made, if you TRUST them, with you!

Trust your instincts

Just remain vigilant! It’s important to trust your instincts if you get a weird feeling about a person and/or place. Wanting to be polite is normal but, when it comes to your safety, it’s also okay to avoid certain situations. Again, better to be safe than sorry. #sorrynotsorry

I can go on about ways to stay safe as young solo traveler but please take these tips into consideration. Solo travel is the best thing you can do as a Millennial…however, you can never be too safe!

Kayla Jasmin

Editor-in-Chic at Kay Travels The World
UDEL Alum, Brooklyn native, Adventurer, and Learner. Those are some of the words I would use to describe myself. When it comes to travel, I am a novice. But, I know this for certain: I LOVE Travel! My first experience with travel started the summer after my ninth grade year, and I haven’t looked back since. There is always a story behind each place I visit. I love the journey; its about traveling to new places and seeing new things. And, for me, that means engaging with the local communities in the country or destination. After a study abroad trip to Italy, I realized how much travel means to me. I encountered obstacles that put travel into perspective for me. Its not all glits and glam; sometimes, its up to YOU to make the most out of your experience and learn from it.So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

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UDEL Alum, Brooklyn native, Adventurer, and Learner. Those are some of the words I would use to describe myself. When it comes to travel, I am a novice. But, I know this for certain: I LOVE Travel! My first experience with travel started the summer after my ninth grade year, and I haven’t looked back since. There is always a story behind each place I visit. I love the journey; its about traveling to new places and seeing new things. And, for me, that means engaging with the local communities in the country or destination. After a study abroad trip to Italy, I realized how much travel means to me. I encountered obstacles that put travel into perspective for me. Its not all glits and glam; sometimes, its up to YOU to make the most out of your experience and learn from it. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    These are great tips. I know this is aimed at millennials, but all of these are actually awesome for anyone traveling. I love it!

    • Thanks Stacie. Even though it says “as a Millennial,” I agree that it can be applied to all travelers.

  • Sage

    As a solo American expat living in Denmark, I’ve travelled alone quite a bit. I’ve never had trouble speaking English anywhere in Europe or Asia for that matter. English is the lingua franca and the language internationals speak when we’re together. Honestly, unless you’re living in a place, you can get along fine in most places by speaking English. The locals of course appreciate it if you make an effort, but it’s usually easiest for all involved just to speak English 🙂

    • You’re right, speaking English is definitely not a faux pas! In the author’s experience though, she found that when she spoke in native language…the locals were very appreciative and receptive, however, she did speak English a majority of the time 🙂

  • I traveled to NZ & AUS by myself and it was the best experience ever. It was so liberating and you can do everything on YOUR time!

    • GiGi, solo travel is so empowering and invigorating! Would love to hear about your NZ & AUS experience, sounds like it was amazing!

  • I LOVE traveling solo! It is so liberating. I did it when I went to AUS and NZ – best time EVER!! I could do everything on MY TIME. That being said, I am now married and honestly, traveling with my husband is just as amazing as traveling alone – because he and I are extremely similar in our tastes! It just works 🙂

    • I love how you went from solo lover to couple pro 🙂 I can only image the stories you have with your adventures! Awesomeness 🙂

  • Jenny Austin Finney

    I can only imagine, going to a different place, let alone, a different country, by myself! I would be so scared and that would definitely be one of my worse fears…not being able to communicate the language. I think that is what keeps me from venturing off to a country I’ve never been to.

    • Fear not, as traveling isn’t as bad as we perceive! Solo travel can be intimidating, but it is so freeing! As for the language barrier, there’s an app now that translates for us instantly, making communication easier 🙂

    • It’s not as scary as it sounds! Once you get there and settle in, you will begin to feel at ease 🙂

  • Cherri Littleton Megasko

    I agree that it’s important to use common sense and trust your instincts. Those things are important even if you’re traveling in a group. Don’t take unnecessary chances and be observant at all times.

  • Marcie W.

    These are some excellent points to keep in mind. I love to travel and have a strong desire to see the world, but have yet to take a solo adventure. I can certainly see the appeal.

  • these are great points. I have travelled alone in the late 90s and you have to be careful, mindful and trust your instincts as you said!

  • This is great advice! I think doing some solo travel would be super rewarding. I want to encourage my kids to start doing this.

  • Such good advice! Many bad things can happen but are easily averted if people use your common sense and logic!

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer

    Great advice. I feel like this age group is so into their phones that they can get themselves in trouble when travleing. WE need to be aware of our surroundings. Time to go back to using common sense and your eyes!

  • This is great advice for us solo travelers!! I haven’t gone anywhere super far away by myself but I hope to soon!

  • I’ve never traveled alone to be honest. I would probably overthink and go into shock or something! Haha. I have thought of it though and I think it’s awesome to just go and explore a new place on your own. I’m going to do it someday, but maybe somewhere near first.

  • Great advice! My daughter has traveled here a handful of times with her toddler son. She can relate to these tips, common sense is super important!

  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    I think I’d go for a trip to Hawaii for a girls’ trip. I’m past the age of going to places like Miami. I just can’t party anymore!

  • Sara

    Thank you for sharing these fabulous tips! I travel sometimes by myself, so these tips will be very useful.

  • umiko

    I know you’re targeting this to millennials, but this advice goes and had been for everyone who travel solo at every age group. Awesome!

  • Rachelle Gordon

    I think this is great advice for all age groups! I think that it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Walking around at night, alone, can be sketchy in any part of the world, especially if we’re not aware of our surroundings. Common sense is key!

  • I have never traveled alone but I have a friend that does this all the time. I will be sure to share this post with her.

  • Great advice! I’ve travelled alone to a few countries over the years. And not being outside alone at night is great advice. I almost got stranded in a not so great neighbourhood once and I was freaking out. So grateful that generally there’s someone around who speaks some English.

  • Kathleen @AnyTots

    I have never traveled alone but great tips. Growing up in Asia, I always have that “be aware of your surroundings” attitude on a daily basis so maybe I am ready to travel alone, haha. But true on the language, since I don’t speak any of the languages in Europe and they don’t want to talk in English either even if they know how, it’s so hard when you travel alone. Have fun on all of your travels.

  • cvantassel

    I do enjoy traveling alone, but abroad would be terrifying. I agree it is better to be safe than sorry and certainly try not to look like a tourist. Love your tips but I agree they apply to just about anyone.

  • Although I prefer to travel with my family or friends, I highly respect the ones that travel solo. I hope you stay safe, but you sound like a smart girl

  • Karlyn Cruz

    This is an extremely brave thing to do. I think I’d rather go into a pit of spiders (non-poisonous of course lol!) than travel alone. I just couldn’t do it, especially if English is not the primary language. I would have anxiety all the way through. However, your tips are really great and yes, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry!

  • I don’t think I’ll be traveling anywhere, night or day, alone. I am paranoid about something happening to me. I do agree that these suggestions should be followed for solo traveler safety.

  • WEMAKE7

    Thank you for sharing this post for those that are thinking of traveling solo. I myself would be petrified but it may be something I do in time.

  • Lena B

    I can’t even imagine traveling on my own. My husband and I went to Paris when I still lived in Russia and knew very little English. While the locals were very helpful, I found myself drawing things and impersonating things just to drive my point accross

  • David Elliott

    I agree with you on all of these tips here. Whether you are a millennial or not, there are just some things you need to do while you are out in a foreign country. Then again I have to admit that I was crazy enough to go out and about in the streets of London by myself, which was quite the unique experience. I did have such a great time. But I wouldn’t recommend it necessarily. And definitely don’t act like a tourist or you will get pick pocketed.

  • redheadmomblog

    These are some great tips on traveling solo as a millennial. Traveling alone can be fun and scary at the same time.

  • When traveling alone, instincts are everything. I find myself traveling more these days and solo. I love it. I can leave and come as I please.

  • Gabriel Bregg

    I’d love to do some solo travel. I think that all of your tips work well for any generation!

  • Tracy Iglesias

    I prefer to travel solo, great tips, one can’t be too safe!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  • I don’t think I would love to travel solo. I like being with my family, but i imagine it would be peaceful.