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I traveled solo many times as a child. Traveling back and forth from Antigua to the United States for summer vacations every year until the age of eight. But as an adult I’d only taken short weekend trips that were apart of my degree program. My first solo trip abroad was to Iceland this past October and I have to say, it was one of the best travel experiences I’d had in a long time. The experience has taught me to be open to being alone, especially in a foreign country. The experience has also taught me travel works well when you plan ahead. Check out my tips below if you plan on taking a solo trip abroad in the near future.
How to Survive Your First Solo Trip Abroad:
Get Yourself a Tripod!
A tripod will be your best friend on your solo trip. Although I was lucky enough to find some really kind fellow travelers who were willing to take amazing photos of me. Sometimes this might not always be the case. So get yourself a sturdy tripod or a flexible one like the one pictured below, to get those great shots you’ll have for years.
Choose a Hostel!
My first solo trip abroad, I also did things differently when it came to my accommodations. I stayed in a Hostel for the first time which was definitely different than any experience I’d had staying in a hotel in the past. Booking your accommodations with Booking.com gives you a chance to read reviews and find out where the best Hostels are located in a particular city. I found Kex Hostel using the tools on Booking and realized once I was there I had chosen one of the best Hostels in Reykjavik.
Don’t be Afraid to Eat Out!
Eating out when you travel solo for the first time can be nerve-wreaking sometimes. But I find eating out when your solo to be an opportunity to meet new people. It’s a great opportunity to meet locals as well. If you decide to stay in a Hostel, eating out is a great way to connect with your Hostel-mates. Within an hour of arriving at Kex I was invited to coffee by one of my Hostel-mates who was actually from Montreal, Canada. I continued to meet several people the rest of my time in Iceland while eating out. So I have to say this is definitely a great way to meet people when you travel.
Take a Local Walking Tour!
Taking a local walking tour during your first solo trip abroad is a great way to connect with the city your visiting, while meeting new people. And what could be better than taking a tour that’s FREE!
I hope my tips help you to navigate your first solo trip abroad. If you’ve taken trips abroad alone in the past tell me your experiences below. How were they similar or different to my own.
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