Today it may be easier than ever to travel and see the world but planning a trip can still be pretty challenging, especially when trying to go with other people. But why wait around until you've found someone whose plans and resources perfectly match yours to go see the world? Although it can be nice to travel with loved ones, there is definitely an underrated magic to traveling solo. Not only does that free you up to go whenever you want instead of waiting for someone else, but it gives you full control of the trip to see and do whatever you choose without having to compromise.

There's a big misconception that traveling alone, especially when you're a woman, is dangerous and lonely. But that couldn't be further from the truth. If you take the right precautions, traveling solo can actually turn out to be the most liberating and fun experience of your life.

While your entire trip doesn't have to be planned down to the minute, there are certain things you definitely do want to make sure are planned ahead of time. It's a good idea to have the first few days planned out before embarking on your trip. Know where you're going to stay the first nights and what activities there are to do in the area you'll be staying.

 

You may be traveling on a budget but it's a good idea to have emergency funds available for, well an emergency. The last thing you want to do is be stuck somewhere without any money to help you get around.

  

Traveling solo doesn't mean you have to sightsee alone. Walking tours, food tours, bike tours…there are all sorts of tours that can help you get the most out of your trip. These tours can show you the lesser known parts of the city, some delicious food spots, and more that you won't be able to find online. Plus it can be a great way to meet other people and make new friends.

 

Make use of online communities for advice and support. There are plenty of groups for the lone traveler from other more experienced solo travelers as well as from locals in the area that can give really good information about the best places to visit, the areas to avoid, and local scams to be wary of.

 

Keep your friends and family up to date on where you are and what you're up to. There's no doubt that no matter how much you reassure them, your loved ones are going to be hesitant about you traveling on your own but keeping them informed about your whereabouts and plans will not only give them some of ease of mind but it never hurts to let others know where you are for whatever reason.

 

They say that the only true thing from stopping you from going after your dreams is yourself. So become your own biggest champion and go out and see the world on your terms!