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The Top 12 Tips for the Best Solo Getaways

Dying to take that weekend getaway but don’t have anyone to go with you? It sounds like it’s time for you to dive deep into the bliss of your first solo weekend getaway. Don’t worry! It’s not as scary as it sounds. With these tips, any solo weekend can be some of the favorite travel you’ve ever done. Here’s everything you need to know. 

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The Top 12 Tips for the Best Solo Getaways

August 28, 2019

Dying to take that weekend getaway but don’t have anyone to go with you? It sounds like it’s time for you to delve deep into the bliss of your first solo weekend getaway. Don’t worry! It’s not as scary as it sounds. With these tips, any solo weekend can be some of the favorite travel you’ve ever done. Here’s everything you need to know. 

 

Maps and notebook spread out on a table
WiFi or quality cell service is not always available, especially if you are planning an expedition out of the city. Download your maps and notes to your device to ensure you always have access to them even with service is spotty.

1.   Download offline maps 

Offline maps are absolutely critical when you’re somewhere without service or your data runs out. They give you the ability to track where you’re going now and map out where you’ll go next without having to worry about being connected to service or WiFi. 

Some great apps to have are Google Maps, Maps.me, Ulmon’s CityMaps2Go or any others that you find that works to you. Be sure to think ahead because you’ll often need to connect or download before leaving a service area. 

If you are traveling with Weeklander, be sure and download your curated guides before you travel. We’ll email them to you about a week before traveling. 

 

Girl sitting in the middle of the sidewalk
Blending in with your surroundings is key to traveling solo safely. Do your best to not stand out and and look like a local.

2.   Be aware of how you appear 

This has nothing at all to do with what you’re actually wearing. There’s a whole other element of how you can appear to be a target when you’re travel alone. Do you have your head buried in your phone? Do you keep looking at your map and then looking up, evidently lost? Are you walking aimlessly? Do you have your belongings swinging around? All of these inadvertently make you a target to anyone looking for someone vulnerable. 

Do yourself a favor and be critically aware of how a perpetrator may perceive you. If you look like you know what you’re doing and carry an air of self-confidence with you, you’re much less likely to have any sort of trouble. 

 

Man confidently walking across the street at a crosswalk
Be confident - or at least look that way. Plan your route and stops before you go so you know where you're going. Fake it until you make it!

3.   Walk with a purpose 

Just like your appearance can impact your safety, your walk and demeanor can also play a huge role as well. This was touched on briefly in number two, but it’s so important that it deserves its own bullet point. When you’re traveling by yourself, you must walk with a purpose. This means always having some idea of where you’re heading next and never looking like you could be uncertain. 

Predators prey on those who are lost and uncertain, so don’t find yourself in that situation. If you’re not sure what you’re doing or need to gather yourself, step into a nearby coffee shop or convenience store to avoid attracting attention while you do it. 

Girl taking a self portrait
Make copies or take pictures of your important documents such as your IDs and travel itinerary and tickets. If you upload them to the cloud you'll always have access to them even if you loose them.

4.   Take pictures and scans of important documentation 

While a passport may not be required for domestic travel, you never know when losing your wallet or having it stolen could throw a wrench into your weekend. It’s always best to make physical copies of any important documentation you may need and then upload digital copies to Google Drive, the Cloud or another form of Internet storage. You’ll have the physical copies if you need them and the digital copies are stored in a place that they can’t be lost or ruined. In this case, even if your phone, wallet, and bag were all stolen, you’d have access to the information you needed on any device that you could log into. 

 

Girl drinking two glasses of rose wine
Enjoy yourself, a solo getaway is your treat, but don't over do it. Have a plan when you go out and stick to it.

5.   Don’t become overly inebriated 

When you hear tragic stories on the news about individuals who got into trouble while traveling solo, there’s often a common thread behind why it happened. They were out late, they had been drinking, they were with people they didn’t know. Something about their story doesn’t exactly add up. 

There are a variety of actions that you can take to avoid unfortunate events and ensuring that you don’t become overly inebriated is one of them. This doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself a beer or those two glasses of wine, but there’s no reason to get slammed at a bar when you’re out on your own. Be smart and stay safe when it comes to alcohol, drugs, and solo travel. 

 

Taxis driving on a street in New York City
Pay for the cab, Uber, or Lyft, you won't regret it.

6.   Pay for safety

Solo travelers often overlap with the budget traveler demographic. Yet, if there’s one element that’s worth paying for on your trip, it’s safety. You may have been comfortable walking those 12 blocks when you were with a friend, but if you’re not sure about doing it on your own then don’t. Go ahead and call an Uber and swallow the $7.00 that it’s going to cost you. You may spend a little bit more, but you know that you’ll be safe and feel comfortable at the end of your solo weekend getaway. 

 

Girl stretching in hotel bed in the morning
It might be tempting to sleep in and stay in bed a little longer in the mornings, after all it is your vacation right? Well don't, beat the crowds to the best places instead.

7.   Get an early start 

If you normally drink and stay out late when you travel with your buddies, your solo weekend getaway might be a bit of a different vibe. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be just as fulfilling. Consider flipping your schedule and getting an early start to your day. You’ll likely be going to bed a bit earlier and getting out the door earlier will give you the opportunity to see things without the typical crowds. 

 

Coffee shop and bakery with menu
The internet is full of information and best of all it is free. When traveling solo make sure you do your research on your destination and read reviews of the places you want to go. There's no reason to end up at a mediocre place when there is an amazing place two doors down.

8.   Do research and follow reviews 

When you solo travel, you can’t bounce ideas off of another person or use their knowledge to supplement your own. That means that you need to have an idea of what you’re doing way more than usual (sounds hard, right?). 

Make sure you do your research and use reviews to help guide what you find. Reviews are the gold standard of the travel industry today. The businesses with the best reviews are the ones that really make it. Read the reviews, learn from them, and don’t use a company that only has a couple of reviews. You want to know what people thought from many different perspectives. 

If you travel with Weeklander we do this for you in our curated guides. We do the research and leg work to find reputable companies that match your interest. Whether that is restaurants, bars, tours, or even shopping.   

 

Girl riding in an open car during a guided tour
Tours are available almost everywhere and can be great to see more of a place than you could on your own. Tours can be architectural tours, historical tours, outdoor adventure tours, or even river tours. If you can think of it, it probably exists.

9.   When in doubt, take a tour

Sometimes even the most planned solo travelers find themselves unsure of what to do. If you want to take a trip and are okay with doing it alone, consider taking a tour. Taking a tour is one of the best ways to not only break up the time you spend alone, but the right tour allows you to see a peek into the place that you’re visiting. A tour often has local guides and provides you with experiences you wouldn’t be able to gain when you’re on your own. 

 

Group of friends hanging out together on top of a hill
Choose who you interact with wisely, not everyone out there is friend material. Just sayin'.

10. Don’t be an open book

When you’re on your own, you might feel a little desperate to make friends but fight that urge. It can be dangerous to let everyone know who you are and what you’re doing. Guard your identity and your itinerary with cautious. It isn’t always the most fun way to go about a weekend of travel, but it can save you a lot of trouble if someone is looking to take advantage of you. That doesn't mean don't talk to any one or keep to yourself, just be wise with who you interact with.

 

Girl eating out alone at a diner
It can feel awkward at times traveling and doing things alone. Don't think about it in that way and just enjoy your travels. Chances are you'll look back at this experience as one of the best times in your life.

11. Don’t stress about being alone 

The first time you travel alone is going to feel weird. You’re going to feel like you should have a friend to turn to when you don’t know which bus to get on, or you’ll think that everyone is staring at you for eating alone at the restaurant you really want to try. Do yourself a favor and don’t stress. 

Solo travel, above all, should be fun, so relax and make this solo weekend getaway fun for yourself. Don’t worry about what others are thinking about you and make your travel experiences all about what YOU want them to be. Remember, this is your time to decide everything and that’s incredibly empowering. 

 

Girl walking through the grass with a mountainous background
You're traveling solo. it's just you doing what you want to. Don't let fear limit you - try new things!

12. Be open-minded

Not everyone loves solo travel or solo weekend getaways, but one thing is for sure - No one enjoys them without being open-minded first. Your first key step to a great weekend is having an open mind. Don’t worry if you didn’t read about something or aren’t initially sure. The reason you travel is to open your mind, and you can’t possibly do that from behind a desk or on a couch. It’s okay if solo travel isn’t our thing by the end of the weekend, but at least you gave it a go, right? 

 

Final thoughts 

Your solo weekend getaway can be everything you want it to be with this travel advice. While you may be tempted to just stay home after hearing that your friend can’t or won’t go with you, a weekend away (just you) could be exactly what you need. Relax and enjoy the solo plan that you make, it will be slightly more laid back and incorporate everything that you love. 

Check out Weeklander for more details on solo weekend getaways. Their subscription packages allow you to find exactly the best travel options for you and help you maximize your adventure every step of the way.

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Updated on:
September 13, 2019

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