- Solo Trip

Make The Most Of Your Solo Trip In 7 Easy Ways

Here’s a piece of advice from one traveler to another wanderlust. At any point of time in your life, take a trip alone so you do not miss out on the opportunity to discover something new about yourself. If it’s your first trip by yourself, it is natural to feel the jitters. What if something goes wrong? Will I be able to manage all by myself? These are the questions that can bog you down and deter you from taking the first step.

What should you know if you have no one but yourself for company? Here are some travel tips so you can take the much-awaited trip on your own.

1.Fear not! – It is all in your mind. One of the biggest deterrents is fear. The thought of treading new lands can leave anyone dazed. Remember, you are not the first person to travel alone. You are not going to lose yourself in a labyrinth of trails. For assistance, you can talk to other travelers or local people and move along.

Several travelers have made their way safely around the world, and so can you. There is nothing to fear as long as you set about with a positive frame of mind and you have all the necessary tools at your disposal.

2. Ditch the guidebook- For once give your local map or guidebook amiss and watch how exciting things can get. You will come across a hole-in-the-wall café, an off beaten path that leads to a bistro or a watering hole. To get latest updates, go the conventional way and ask information from locals. They are the best guides and will have sound knowledge about the best hotel or tourist spot.
Remember, life is not an instruction manual and it is alright to travel the way you like.

3. Travel at ease- When you are on a group package, you have to hurry through things and manage to cover all the 20 cities in a short span of 15 days. This is too much of a rush, and you have managed to see all the places without enjoying the moment.

Take your time to visit the museum or rent a bike and travel through unknown pastures and land. If you are in a countryside, enjoy traditional breakfast at a local’s home or sip coffee and watch the day unfold itself slowly.

4. Make friends- On your solo trip, you are bound to make new friends. Exchange contact information with each other so you can keep in touch with them even after your trip comes to an end. With the introduction of social media networks, it will not be difficult to plan a trip together with your new-found friend.

5 .Less is more- Imagine traveling the countryside lugging at your heavy luggage. Always pack light and buy a small bag so you do not fill it with unnecessary items. If you need anything on the go, there are stores that will help you out.

6. Enjoy the moment- Instead of planning your day and abiding strictly to the itinerary, why not go with the flow? Plan few activities for the day, enjoy local food and stay in the hotel room at night. You get a good chance to explore local places, understand the culture and you have a less stressful experience.

7. Carry cash- Do not stack your wallet with wads of currency notes. Take whatever is required, including a traveler check and your credit or debit card with you.

Keep these simple travel tips in mind, pack your bag, and you are all set to discover an exciting journey that lies ahead.

- Trip Planning

4 Things Nobody Told You About Planning A Trip

Bags and visa, check. Passport and local map, check. You are ready for a great vacation ahead but you don’t want a travel agent to plan your itinerary for you. If you are the kind of person who would rather explore the world by yourself, this guide is for you. Take a look at easy hacks that can come in useful for your next trip.

Destination Ahoy!
Do you plan to take along the entire family for your 25th wedding anniversary celebration on board a cruise or is it just you for company? Start off by setting aside a certain amount of money for your holiday. Once you decide the budget, the next step is to find out where you plan to travel. If you already have a place in mind, this simplifies things.

Make use of travel apps and tools to search for destinations based on criteria like adventure, beach, wildlife and honeymoon. Once you get the list you can simplify the search by setting an upper limit on the price or choosing from travel options. Based on your personal choice and interest, finalize the destination so you can check for flight deals online.

Book Air Tickets
One of the most ridiculous practice is that a large chunk of money is allotted for flight bookings. Airfare to Thailand is expensive while the cost of living is considerably low. If you wish to travel to Iceland, the flight expense is low, and things can get pricier when you reach the place.

One of the best ways to book a flight ticket is to visit the airline’s website and check the available offers. There are travel aggregators like Orbitz that help you earn points with every booking. If you own a credit card, redeem the points to book tickets for your journey.

Tip:
Avoid the use of third party resources for booking tickets. When you book direct from an airline website it is easier to deal in case of flight cancellations. You are also eligible for travel insurance that is covered by your local bank.

Book Rooms
If this is your first trip, it can be a daunting task to decide where you plan to stay. Look up reliable sources like Airbnb and Foursquare that provide travelers plenty of stay options. You can learn more about the neighborhood and businesses that thrive in the area. Read through customer reviews to understand what other travelers suggest.

Once you decide where you want to stay, look for the amenities provided by them. Is there Wi-Fi facility, room cleaning service and other relevant necessities for your trip? Don’t just glance at the room description. Read between the lines, literally, as there can be hidden charges in the form of tax.

Tip:
If you are on a budget, do not get lured by the word ‘hotel’. There are several inns and guest houses that offer you facilities like game rooms, gym and rooftop bars, which makes them no different from other hotels.

Download Apps
Keep in mind that you will be working in offline mode or there will be limited network access in certain areas. To avoid overindulging on your roaming plan, handy apps like Google Maps and Google Translate work in offline mode. Remember to download the language ahead of time or save an area for navigation.

An economical option would be to use Facebook Messenger or Viber to call your family. Make sure that your hotel Wifi is strong enough to support a good quality video or voice call.