If you are thinking to travel solo, THIS IS going to be your beginner guide.
“Travelling solo means getting to know the real you!”
Travelling Solo is definitely super fun. It would change your perspective towards life.
It’s so liberating and makes you feel free as a bird
People who have never travelled alone would fail to understand the addiction that one has from it.
#1 First thing first, what is Solo Travelling ?
Solo travel basically means when you’re travelling alone. Ha ha ha!
Solo traveling is, when you are on your own and do everything right from planning, budgeting, accommodation, meals and so on.
When I ask people if they’re traveling solo any time soon, usually people answer with a no (because India!).
But, a few surprise me with a yes. Apparently ,flying down to meet their family, is what they mean by travelling alone.
Boarding a flight alone to meet your family is not solo traveling, my friend! (sorry not sorry).
#2 But why Should you Travel Solo?
You Get Your Own Freedom
When you have your own freedom, there is nothing anyone can stop you from doing.
Loved a place? Want to stay a little longer? Oh yes!
The following points would guide what a beginner would experience during a Solo Travel.
You can plan your own trip, on your terms
Secondly, believe me or not, but half of the excitement for the trip is planning.
There is an increased level of excitement when you don’t have to think about someone else.
No arguments, no compromises, no stress about what the other person likes.
Solo Travel can make all your wild thoughts come true.
Your Self Confidence gets a boost
Traveling solo requires making your own decisions, solving your own problems
This in turn makes you more confident and decisive.
There is no better feeling when you know you can get over your own obstacles without waiting for anyone’s help.
You’ll get a chance to think in peace
Also, with the increased social life, it is very difficult for us to think in peace for a moment.
The time you get with yourself would be the best. No arguments, no fights and no compromises.
Solo Travel is bound to make you have a lot of friends in your way.
You can make a lot of friends on your way
Lastly, when you actually travel solo you will get to know that making new friends is actually easier.
You are without a company, therefore, you will have new people you can talk to.
Making new friends has never been easier, right?
#3 Why Is it said Travelling Solo is hard?
Traveling Solo is one hell of an experience.
And If you are doing a Solo Travel for the first time, as a beginner, the following points can guide and make you aware of some hard parts and how to overcome them.
It is all the wonderful things that a person can experience.
But even then, it has a lot of hard parts to it.
a. There is no one to watch your stuff
It is a hard task for you to look after your stuff. There are chances and also instances that your stuff gets stolen (I know, it’s hard!)
But, it is also very easy to take care of your stuff like the way you take care of yourself.
Not that it is very common, but it is something that bothers some people.
Visiting a new place and not knowing anyone can be hard.
Specially when you fall sick and there is no one but you who can take care of yourself.
We can count as many difficulties as we can, but the fact remains the same.
Difficutes are many but the fact remains, it is that, when you think of traveling solo you sign up for the experience.
c. Getting lost
At times you might get lost and miss the way to your destination. This might be scary specially if its about to get dark
But this can be totally avoided if you have the navigation app installed on your smart phone.
Make sure you have the contact details of your hotel handy.
d. Taking your own picture
Solo travelers usually complain about not being able to take good pictures while traveling.
I’d recommend the following solutions.
Reactions to a selfie stick are quite mixed. Not everyone is as interested in selfie stick as they were before.
Also, few travelers suggest asking a stranger to take a picture. Usually the clicks are not something you’d cherish.
Usually, he stranger clicking your picture doesn’t know what you want.
BLUETOOTH CAMERA REMOTE
Here, you connect your phone’s camera via Bluetooth with the remote to click a picture.
It is an expensive thing, not everyone can afford it.
We all know what a hassle it is to set the timer and run for that propose.
Yes, it is difficult to take a picture with the only given options.
There is another option too!
FOTOSHOTO – YOUR VERY OWN CAMERAMAN!
Fotoshoto is the remote control of your phone camera.
Just like the Bluetooth Selfie Remote controller, Fotoshoto helps you click your pictures, without any struggle.
Difference is, it is really inexpensive!
How does Fotoshoto work?
- Install fotoshoto app on two android phones.
- Create User id on both phones.
- Open fotoshoto app on both phones.
- Make sure both phones are kept close by.
- Click on Pair New Device on any one phone.
- App will start searching for another phone. It might take few seconds to search.
- Once other phone is searched, click on it to Pair.
- The other phone will get Pairing Request. Accept it.
- Once paired, you can view the photo preview from one phone to another.
- Pose as you wish and click!
It is one of the best solutions I know for the “picture problem”.
As of now, Fotoshoto is available for all Android Devices on Playstore.
You can download Fotoshoto here!
#4 Types Of Pictures You Can Click to make Traveling Solo fun?
The most common question you get when you tell someone that you’ve traveled solo is “Who clicks your picture if you travel solo?”
- Take a Polaroid and click its picture.
- Use a selfie stick to show people who you met.
- Show the people where you went with the exact expression on your face.
- Use as many colors in your background as possible.
- Tell people what you ate, exotic food is the key!
#5 Who Are Some Travel Bloggers In India?
We all have had at least one friend, who has once told you that s/he is going to ditch everything and travel. But how many of them actually do this? Not many nah!
But, there are a few people who have made sure that they do what they like (yeah! For a living!). These are some very influential people who make me want to be a travel blogger!
- Neelima Vallangi
Neelima is a travel writer and a photographer by profession now, who quit her 7 year job as a software engineer to do this full time.
She started traveling in 2008 but worked from 2008-2014 in Banglore. She finally quit her job in 2014 and left home in 2015 to live independently.
Her travel experiences have taken her to remote offbeat corners of Turkey, Mongolia, Nepal among others.
- Archana Singh
Archana is an Award winning travel writer and speaker. Her impressive storytelling skill has made her gain a lot of popularity across the world.
Since she was am army kid, she had been traveling since her childhood. But, the trip that changed her mind was when she traveled to Europe in 2012. Since then, there has been no looking back.
- Seema Gurnani
Seema is an award winning 24 years old star who quit her comfortable job to try on places and their food.
She traveled solo to Goa when she was 16 years old. She says that this trip Goa is her most favorite and memorable.
Solo traveling is not everyone’s cup of tea. But, trust me traveling alone can change your life for better. You can never have this kind of an experience when you travel with someone.
Be it the food, be it the culture of the place you visited, or be it the pictures you click there, everything will be worth.
Hopefully, I’ve included everything that you would want to know about a Beginner Guide to Solo Travel
So, would you want to travel solo in 2021 ? Are you up for the experience?