It’s true – I am addicted to travelling. As soon as I come home from one holiday, I’m looking to book another. I have recently come home from Cape Verde which was a total chill out holiday. One that I needed after a hectic year, but something completely different from what I’m used to. So now that 2016 is drawing to a close and I literally have nothing booked for 2017, my feet are beginning to itch. I have spent the last week browsing the internet in search for somewhere to go.
I’ve been so lucky to travel various places around the world, but have only gone on my own the past 2 years. There are various places I would love to revisit and explore, but there are even more places that I’ve never been that I want to see too. So here’s my ‘how to’ guide on researching a solo adventure.
Research the country
So you’ve decided where you’re going – that’s the hardest part out of the way. Now the work begins. Whenever I’ve gone away with family or friends I haven’t really bothered looking too much into the countries where I have gone. If you’re travelling alone, you need to know the things you can and can’t do. You’re going to need to know the sort of things you can and can’t take. For example, I’ve been looking at going to Singapore. Chewing gum is illegal there – crazy right? I’ve also been looking at Japan. Turns out, it’s illegal to take sinus medication such as Sudafed into the country. I’m glad I looked that up because I’m going to need to look at what I can take if I go there because I suffer really bad with my sinuses.
Price comparison sites are everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for cheaper car insurance, cheaper internet packages or a price plan on your mobile phone. You need to price compare your holidays too. Travel Republic have got an awesome website that allows you to do just that. As I’ve been looking for escorted tours, I’ve been doing the work myself, old school style. Check out the tours they have, where they fly from, how long they’re for – grab a pen and paper and make notes. I found a very similar tour which was only 2 days less time, had a direct flight AND had meals included for £1,400 less than another tour company!
Cheaper isn’t always better
As with anything in life, cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. I suppose we’re all different, but I like my creature comforts. As long as a hotel is clean and comfortable, that’s all you really need to sleep in. Obviously, you need to make sure that it’s in a safe area. I know sometimes you can get really good deals, so don’t think I’m trying to put you off a bargain. I’m just saying if the price is too good to be true, then it probably is. So you’re going to need to do your homework and go on your gut instinct. You’re better to pay that bit extra for peace of mind, safety and security.
Check transport links
If you are going to somewhere remote or off the beaten track, make sure you know what transport links are available. The last thing you’ll want to do is be completely stranded. This is probably why I prefer escorted tours because the transport is taken care of.
Points of interest
Speaking of escorted tours, most of which already have POI included. It’s the best way to see the country. You need to check that where you’re going will have things that interest you or you’ll be bored out of your mind. I had looked at cities of Europe tour and a lot of the things included were museum orientated. I don’t mind one or two but don’t fancy a whole holiday of them. You know what I mean?
Have you travelled solo and got some tips to share? If so, please get in touch I’d love to hear from you.
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