Going alone on a trip? There is an ultimate guide to help put you at ease.
Worried about travelling alone? Lonely Planet has released an ultimate guide for solo travellers. In a recent survey of travellers in Lonely Planet’s community, 80 percent of respondents reported having taken a solo trip in the past, and another 80 percent have plans to take one in the future.
However, the survey shared that one in three responded that they have felt disadvantaged when travelling on their own, citing higher costs (almost 20 percent on travel insurance and over 50 percent on accommodation), safety issues and tour options that only cater to two or more people.
Despite these challenges, solo travel is on the rise. To help those planning on going solo, Lonely Planet has compiled the top tips and advice from its experts in the 168-page “The Solo Travel Handbook” from once-in-a-lifetime adventures to weekend getaways. The guide gives seasoned and beginner travellers the confidence and know-how to embark on a solo trip, helping them to overcome any fears or concerns they might have, while preparing them for the journey ahead.
Written by Lonely Planet’s solo travel pros, the book is packed with pearls of wisdom, inspiration and real-life tales from the road – and covers everything from preparation such as booking, budgeting and packing, to practical advice for meeting people, staying safe and healthy, working remotely and staying connected abroad.
“The Solo Travel Handbook” also features 10 of the best places around the world including for food (Vietnam), culture (Rome, Italy), and self-reflection (Ubud, Bali). Other chapters include:
- Why go solo?
- 10 lessons you learn while travelling solo.
- The solo travel quiz.
- How to arrive in any new destination like a boss.
- 10 travel hacks every solo traveller should know.
- 10 non-awkward ways to meet people on the road.
- 11 ways to overcome loneliness.
- Top 20 ways to stay safe on the road.
Lonely Planet writers also reflect on their own solo travel experiences, revealing how these times shaped them and changed their lives for the better.
“The Solo Travel Handbook” costs US$17.99 (S$23.96) and is available locally at MPH, Kinokuniya and Times bookstores.
|6 TIPS ON GOING SOLO (courtesy of “The Solo Travel Handbook”)