The Solo Traveler’s Ultimate Checklist

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Traveling alone can be fun and rewarding if you know what you want to experience and plan accordingly. Many people think that traveling alone is depressing or boring. It doesn’t have to be that way, especially when you realize you are in total control of the itinerary. You can go wherever you want and spend as much time exploring as you want. For once, a trip that revolves solely around you and what you like.
When you plan a trip that includes your favorite activities, you get to explore each option as much as you like. You don’t have to feel rushed or pushed into hurrying to your next destination. Explore as much as you want and enjoy as much of the experience as possible. If you see something that sparks your interest and it isn’t on your itinerary, pencil it in. When you begin to plan your trip, do your research and find all of the interesting sights in the area you want to visit. Prioritize them and, once you are on your way, begin to explore each one. You can spend as much or as little time as you like.
When you travel alone, you get the unique opportunity to learn about yourself. What interests you and especially what intrigues you. Planning your own trip allows you to do the things that you truly enjoy. Know where you want to go and plan several ways of getting there. It allows you to see a variety of things, keep to your list of places you want to go and also, stay within your budget. Your itinerary can include several destinations that are easy on the wallet and one big ticket item. A trip where you make the decisions is one where you will soon find what truly makes you happy.
Look at your favorite hobbies. Is there a way you can include several in one trip, or would you prefer choosing one and exhausting the possibilities. Know where the restaurants are located that serve your favorite foods and take the time to enjoy your meals. Don’t rush. This is your time to relax and focus on what makes you happy. When you are planning your itinerary allow time for each activity so you aren’t rushing from one place to the next. It’s your trip so schedule it the way you want to travel.
Take the worry out of your travel time. When you create your itinerary make sure to include the address and proximity of the local hospital and police department. That way if you need something or experience a problem, you know exactly where to turn without worrying about where to go or what to do.

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