As we enter 2017, I wanted to do something a little different on the blog and have spent some time working on my first infographic.
I decided to collect my top tips for solo travel in a more visual way than I’ve done before, at the same time as challenging myself to create something new.
Based on my experiences travelling through Europe as a single female traveller, check out my top tips below from the essentials you need, advice on planning, budgeting and what to pack.
And that it just might be the best thing you ever do.
Solo travel tips infographic
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What you need
Whilst travel is definitely for everyone, I think you need to jump in with a positive attitude, which can be supported by a loving mascot! I took a little beanie sloth called Slowpoke with me and it’s nice to have a little companion when you’re on your own.
In addition to the right attitude, you need the serious things like a route plan and a realistic budget. Both are flexible but I learnt that planning ahead leads to success and it’s much easier to change a plan than have no plan at all. See below:
Planning really is where I’m in my element and this section shows my favourite ways of planning and getting the information I need to travel and travel well. Google, obviously! Sites like http://wikitravel.org/ are brilliant and travel blogs are absolutely essential; you can also ask travel bloggers for advice and get some first hand tips on any destination.
If you do one thing from this infographic, I’d really recommend creating a spreadsheet and planning out costs in relation to your budget. This should be done right at the start so you can save and start to book flights and accommodation, or even activities, knowing it works within your costs for the trip. I set mine up and it was a good way to know when to go all out and when to pull back. I even had a little money left over from my interrail budget which probably wouldn’t have happened otherwise. When I was younger and lived in Canada for six months, this certainly wasn’t the case!
Here, I really just wanted to highlight that travelling isn’t all smiles and magic moments, but that’s OK. If you go into it knowing you will have down days and bad journeys along the way, then you’ll be better prepared to take it on the chin. When I got back, it was much easier to laugh at the rockier moments and in the end, they can become fond memories as well. In essence, you have to take the bad with the good – as long as the whole is worth it.
Words of Wisdom
So, these are very specific ways to improve travel and even save money. I picked these up on the road and they help to make your plans a bit more flexible and enjoyable. As I said in my review of my two months interrailing through Europe, seeing the world doesn’t have to cost the earth.
With that in mind, you can look for cheap accommodation deals that add that bit of luxury to your trip and take rest days when you need to recharge your batteries. It’s important not to feel guilty about this or that you’re missing out; travelling is tiring work so you need to rest to make the most of it. Catch 22?
Put yourself first
A selection of my top tips to improve your travel experience, especially if you’re going alone. You have to be confident in what you’re doing and make the most of every day, as best as you can. You set-off for a reason and the last thing you want is to come back home with regrets. With these simple yet affirmative tips, you can put yourself first and meet your travelling goals. I suppose, in a way, they’re my mantra for going out into the world.
Four things to pack
Whilst I’ve got a more extensive pack list available, these are the four items I feel that you can’t go without. You need a portable camera to ensure you save your memories, an extra charger so you’re always contactable on your phone, a first aid kit so you can fix your own bumps and bruises, and a panic alarm to make yourself safer should the worst happen.
So, what do you think? Do I have the designer’s touch when it comes to infographics or not? Actually, don’t answer that; instead, get in touch with your comments below and let me know if you have any questions I’ve not covered.
The only thing left to say now is a big cheers to 2016 and hello 2017! May you be full of unforgettable travel experiences.