15 Super Wise & Helpful Tips For Traveling Alone

Are you planning on traveling alone? Well, same!

That’s why I turned to my experienced and wonderful community over on the Imperfect Taylor instagram to ask them what their favorite/best tips are for traveling alone, and I have to say, they came up with some AMAZING tips!!

These tips for traveling alone have got me so excited for my solo trip to Paris, France, and I can’t wait for you to feel the same. Get ready to feel totally prepared for your solo trip after reading this post!

P.S. if an author isn’t mentioned by a tip, that means the tip was submitted anonymously 🙂

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1. Break up weeks / nights in hostel rooms with a solo night – either in a private hostel room or in a hotel. You will need the downtime / quiet break. – @smartgirls_finishrich on Instagram

2. Sit at the bar in restaurants & bring a bunch of good books!!

3. Search Facebook for free walking tours! Did this in Germany and it was amazing. It’s great because you meet other solo travelers & can do some exploring w/ ppl 🙂 – @lvdletters on Instagram

4. Be over prepared, make sure family knows your itinerary, and research the place you’re going a lot! – @crabby20 on Instagram

5. Arrange to arrive at your destination during the day or early evening. Safer, less stress.

6. Remain calm if delays occur and be willing to ask for help! It’s okay to not know everything.

7. Always say you’re visiting friends if people ask and get to your hotel before the sun sets 🙂

8. Leave a pretty decent travel itinerary with someone back home. Phone number of hotels, etc.

Use Rome2Rio as well. By far the best app for directions on how to get from point A to point B via various modes of transport (Uber, metros, buses, walking). Also tells you cost and time of each. – @eal13lanc on Instagram

9. Bring “identifiers” with you to help you meet people. – @raimeetravel on Instagram

*Identifiers are something that encourages people to talk to you. For example, if you have a Harry Potter phone case and someone notices your case that also has an interest in Harry Potter, they might see your case and be encouraged to strike up conversation with you about it!

Another example is a college T-shirt or hat — if other people recognize these things and have a connection to them themselves, they might come up and talk to you about them, and you can make a new friend!


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10. Make sure someone knows where you’re at all times. Share itinerary with family and bf [if you have one]. Make copies of passport & keep your passport in a safe place in your hotel room.

Don’t take all of your cash with you when you leave the hotel room, just in case you lose your wallet. – @melannialmoney on Instagram

11. Register for STEP if you’re travelling internationally. Download Google maps offline to navigate easily, share location.

*STEP stands for “The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)” and is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

12. Get comfortable doing solo things where you already live – eat out alone, see a movie. – @allybnoel on Instagram

13. Talk to people!! Whether it’s locals for tips, directions, recommendations, etc. or other people travelling, most people are willing/eager to help, include you, etc.

Some of my best memories are with people I just met that day and some I still stay in touch with even. It might feel weird or awkward at first but it’ll be worth it! – @paul_yamane on Instagram

14. Be aware but be friendly. You might make a new friend. – @rrroaming on Instagram

15. Embrace the ability to be spontaneous! Book two nights in a hostel and don’t plan itinerary after that.

You’ll meet amazing other solo travelers and the best adventures always come from tagging along and making random plans with new friends. – @hermanna on Instagram


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