5 tips for Solo travelling Newbies

For most people, the idea of travelling solo is pretty scary. In fact, pretty much everyone who’s never done it before would be anxious at the idea of jetting off to a foreign country on their own, but it’s those that go anyway that create some of the best experiences. It doesn’t take long for the nerves to go and the fun to start!

If you’re thinking of going solo on your next adventure, or have planned your trip already and need some extra tips and advice to calm any worries, you’re in the right place. At Oasis Overland, our adventurers thrive on travelling solo, and this blog is our advice to you solo travellers.

Oasis Overland group and truck in Africa 

1) Don’t Push Yourself Too Far

If you’re feeling nervous about your first solo trip, it’s probably not the best idea to book a year-long around the world adventure – not because it wouldn’t be fun, but because you’d be more likely to get anxious before going. Instead, start with a small trip. Head on a plane to somewhere that’s only a couple of hours away and do a few days or a week there. You’ll be able to see what it’s like, get over your worries, and maybe even make friends you can meet up with for future travels! 

2) Sort Your Airport to Hotel Transport

For your first-time solo travelling, we’d always recommend booking a car to take you to your accommodation when you land. It just makes things so much simpler!  You won’t have the stress of finding public transport or haggling with a taxi driver, your hired driver will know where to drop you so you don’t have to worry about getting lost, and you’ll have someone waiting for you at the airport if you need any help.

Airport transfers with a smile! 

3) Let Someone Know Where You’re Going

Both for your safety and peace of mind, always make sure someone knows where you’re going before you head off exploring – even if it’s not your first trip! Give someone the name of the place your staying, the address, and let them know if you’re going on any group tours and which company you’re going with. 

4) Plan, But Don’t Over-plan

Sort your travel, first couple nights of accommodation, and maybe make a list of key things you want to do or places you want to see, but don’t over-plan your trip. One of the joys of solo travel is being totally free to do what you want, when you want, but a strict itinerary can definitely get in the way of that! Plan for the essential stuff, always have money for accommodation and food, but let the adventure plan the rest.

5) How to Meet People

Just because you’re travelling solo doesn’t mean you have to be alone all the time – far from it! In fact, one of the best things about solo travel is that you get to meet so many new people. The easiest ways to make new friends whilst travelling is by staying in hostels, which are always filled with solo travelers, and going on group tours. 

If you want to make friends and banish any worries on your first solo travel adventure, why not join one of our Oasis Overland group tours? They’re an awesome way to get the freedom of travelling alone whilst being in the company of people just like you. Whether to kick-start a longer solo trip, or as your preferred method of solo travel, give it a go and see what you think! We’re pretty sure you’re going to love it. 

If you’ve got any questions about our group tours, get in touch with our team today and we’ll help you out, or you can check out more about our Oasis Overland tours and see if you like the sound of it.