People have always traveled.
It began with the first human beings leaving Africa over 60,000 years ago.
They traveled to new continents and created empires.
We still see evidence of their travels in our everyday life–the English are Germanic people who left Europe for Britain, while Native Americans are descendants of Asiatic peoples that crossed into America through a land bridge that once connected the two continents.
The Chinese sailed around South East Asia to settle on islands like Bali and Luzon in the Philippines.
Thus it’s no surprise that if you’ve ever gone traveling, you probably thought about doing more of it!
Traveling is fun, but not everyone enjoys it equally.
Some people make time for travel whenever they can while others can’t imagine not living in the same place all their lives.
If you’re someone who can’t imagine living without traveling, this is for you.
We want to inspire you with stories of travel that show that everyone has a great time when they go on holiday.
Whether you go by yourself or with your friends, family or special someone, there are ways to make it fun and exciting!
We also want to share some safety tips, but remember:
The most important part of having fun is being safe!
You’ll never come home saying “I wish I hadn’t gone because I was too afraid” if you listen to our tips.
Go out and explore the world–you might meet somebody who loves it as much as you do!
Traveling alone from Hobart to Wineglass Bay can be pretty scary, but that’s what I love about it.
You go to a new city and you don’t know anyone there… it can feel a bit intimidating!
But once you find your way around, things always get better.
Making new friends is one of the most rewarding parts of going on a trip.
You can make a friend for life or a traveling buddy for the holiday.
Whether they’re from nearby or from across the world–new friends are everywhere!
Making friends with locals is cool because you get to experience their culture through them, without having to pay any extra cash to learn more about their country’s history of arts and crafts since they can give you that by showing you their favorite places in town.
It’s a win-win!
This guy is from Indonesia and his name is Andhara.
He showed me around the city and I felt like a local because we practically did what locals do–we ate street food, watched a soccer game in a bar with a bunch of rowdy fans, played pool at one of the last bars open after midnight… it was awesome!
Now when I go back to Bali, he’ll be my tour guide for sure!
Okay so it’s not always easy making new friends when you’re traveling alone… but there are ways to ease your fears and make things easier.
It may seem weird that we suggested going out by ourselves to meet people since that can be scary if you don’t know where you are or if people are constantly trying to scam you.
But the important thing is to remember that predators find their victims when they seem vulnerable, so always be aware of your surroundings!
This guy was probably worried about being approached by an attacker–but really he did all the hard work for them by looking so helpless!
He never even saw it coming…
Okay, the joke’s over.
Here are some ways to make friends while traveling alone:
· Find other solo travelers at hostels and ask if they want to explore together — This way you’ll meet other people who are interested in travel.
You can plan activities together.
If something goes wrong, then you have another friend there with you.
· Meet locals through different social media sites like Couchsurfing (for free), and Facebook and Twitter (for a small fee).
People love being able to talk about their country, so find one near you and ask all the questions!
· Ask other travelers for advice on places or activities — Many people are happy to help.
You can share your own travel experiences too.
There’s no shame in traveling alone sometimes.
Experiences should be about having fun while being safe.
And if it isn’t fun, then what’s the point?
Make friends, have a great time, learn new things about yourself and go see some pretty cool stuff that normal tourists don’t know about–but remember: just because something is popular doesn’t mean that it’s not worth seeing… it might even make the experience better.
Remember, it’s all about having fun!
· If you can download offline maps for your destination before leaving on the trip, then do so.
This way if there is no signal or WiFi available, Google Maps will still work.
This can come in handy if you’re not familiar with the area and want to get around without getting lost.
· Make sure that your phone is always charged while traveling by bringing a power bank.
There are even smaller ones nowadays that are lighter than a cigarette lighter which makes them very easy to bring anywhere.
You can charge your phone up to 6-8 times with these things!