No Man (Or Woman) Is An Island: Tips For the Solo Traveller

Travelling alone can be the best thing in the world. You get to set your own pace, decide your own destinations, the things you want to see, and you don't have to please anyone else but yourself. It may be true that some things in life are better shared, but there's also much to be said for the pleasure of being on your own every now and then. Here are some things you should keep in mind when travelling on your own.

1. Give a copy of your planned itinerary to a friend of family member. Include flight numbers, hotel contact, expected arrival and departure days and anything else you can think of.

2. Pack sensibly. That means taking only as much as you can comfortably carry on your own, and leaving any expensive items at home. Avoid flashy items or anything that can draw attention to yourself or make you stand out as a tourist.

3. If you pick up a car rental in Italy or in any other destination you're visiting, be sure to store your luggage in the trunk rather than on the back seat. Likewise, if you're carrying a camera, or your wallet, put them on the glove compartment.

4. If you're using public transportation, carry your backpack in the front, so no one can open it without you noticing.

5. If you plan on taking a cab from the airport to the hotel, make sure you choose an official cab and that you discuss the fee beforehand.

6. Try avoiding looking like a tourist. This may be harder in some destinations than in others, but always try to look confident and as if you know where you're going. In order to manage that, make sure you study your itinerary for the day beforehand.

7. Travelling is all about making new friends, so don't hesitate to mingle with your fellow travellers. However, exercise caution and stay in places where there are other people around. Also, don't share more about yourself than you'd reasonably share with a stranger under other circumstances.

8. If you're bothered about eating on your own, consider sitting at the bar, or on a table outside. You can also choose to buy something you can eat on the go while you travel from place to place.

9. Keep in touch with your family. Even if it's not every day, at least every other day or even once a week, remember to check in. Many major cities have Internet cafes where you can take the opportunity to check your email, update Twitter and make everyone envious of your awesome holidays on Facebook.

10. Learn some basic phrases of the language of the place you're travelling to. Even if the locals can speak English, trying to speak in their language is great for breaking the ice.

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