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The idea of traveling alone anywhere can be scary for some college students. Everyone loves to travel, but it’s a whole new experience doing it alone Whether it’s studying abroad, being a part of an exchange program, back-packing through a country, or simply planning a spring break trip, knowing that you’re on your own in an unfamiliar place can be intimidating. What college students need to know is that traveling on your own is all a part of growing up.

Getting the chance to travel on your own helps you learn to only depend on yourself and step outside of your comfort zone. Traveling alone not only exposes yourself to the world, but also exposes new things about yourself. So if you’re planning on traveling by yourself this summer here are some travel tips that will come in handy and make you less nervous about traveling alone.

traveling alone tips

Talk To Strangers:

That may sound weird since we’ve been told since we were little to never do that, but when traveling alone it’s a must. Talking to the locals can help you figure out where to go, what to see, and even what to eat. You never know, you could make friends with people along the way. Just remember to be careful, and don’t give anyone any unnecessary information.

Know Where You’re Going:

Have a plan or an idea of what you want to accomplish each day of your traveling.  If you do, it’ll be much easier to know exactly where you’ll be going and get the directions to get there.

Have Confidence:

It’s okay if you stumble around lost and have trouble getting to your set location.  Everything will be fine and eventually you’ll get to where you’re meant to be.  Take a deep breath and just know everything is going to work out, even if it feels like you’re world is crashing around you.

Be Aware Of You’re Surroundings:

Know where you’re belongings are at all times and be wary of pickpockets.  People are always looking for the obvious tourists so that they can steal from them.  Also when alone, make sure to keep an eye on your drink to make sure no one is tampering with it, as well as, not drinking too much when going out by yourself.

Don’t Worry About Being Lonely:

Yeah it may get a little lonely sometimes when traveling alone, but just be present in the moment.  Be happy that you accomplished your dream of traveling to your location and be proud of yourself that you made the trip alone.

Do you have any tips for traveling alone?