If you’ve never traveled alone, you might be curious about how to do it smoothly on your first trip. When going abroad on your own for the first time, there are several factors to consider, including safety while visiting a strange country, travel logistics, and the destination.

When it comes to traveling alone, no two places are the same, so it’s best to plan and take additional care and give yourself plenty of time to research so you feel comfortable before you arrive. Here is your solo travel guide:

Pick a solo-travel friendly destination

Selecting a place that is easy to explore on your own and is suitable for solo travelers is one of the best tips when going solo for the first time. Traveling alone can be considerably simpler in some nations than in others. Think of places where the tourism industry is flourishing. This usually indicates that the country is prepared to receive visitors. It’ll be simple for you to go around and use public transit (so you don’t end up lost).

Make a plan beforehand.

Plan your travels after you have a destination in mind. Get a decent bargain on travel by checking and comparing costs. If this is your first time traveling abroad, be aware that preparation is more than just getting from place A to place B. Along with getting your travel paperwork ready, you’ll also need to get through airport security and figure out how to get to your lodging after you land. Ideally, you should arrange to arrive at your destination before dusk and be well-versed in the local transit system.

Make reservations for your hostels in advance.

Hostels are typically the greatest place to stay if you’re traveling alone. They’re affordable, conveniently located, and provide the ideal setting for meeting other travelers. While you can reserve a hostel room upon arrival in some instances, if you’re traveling alone for the first time, it’s best to reserve your lodging to save some stress—at least for the first few nights. Review other travelers’ reviews to get a clear idea of what to expect.

Keep your money safe.

Before embarking on your first solo trip, consider your financial situation. Make a budget accounting for your bank cards’ foreign transaction fees and currency conversion rates. Preserve photocopies of your credit cards and notify your bank before your trip. Additionally, having cash in local currency on hand is a good idea. 

Consider the local language.

Are you able to speak any other languages? If so, you may find it interesting to travel to a place where you can use those language abilities. However, if you’re traveling alone for the first time and English is your first language, it’s a good idea to travel to a destination where English is frequently spoken.

Have a fallback strategy.

The truth is that plans don’t always work out when you travel. Flights frequently experience delays or cancellations, and public transportation may operate behind time. If a taxi is not an option, is there public transportation? Did you bring a toothbrush and an additional pair of clean underwear in case your flight is delayed? Ensure you have a backup plan.