Travelling Alone For The First Time?

Chances are that you have the sort of family that is okay with you moving away for university to countries such as Australia or America, but completely loses it if you talk about going on a solo holiday. My parents had a bunch of problems, some of them being that I am only eighteen, a girl and that a country like Bali is prone to high crime rates, earthquakes, and poverty. However, after a lot of grovelling on my part they agreed, and I set out with a seven- kilogramme suitcase, a backpack and a book on Michelle Obama. These are the top tips from my first solo holiday
1. Trust the people that you are with
I am the loudest person with people I know, and the quietest one with people I don’t know. It takes me a while to start a conversation, and even longer to have a proper one. Most of the time I give single word answers before I speak in whole sentences. Fortunately for me, though, while I was travelling solo, I was on a group tour, and the people I was with had me talking in no time. Most people could easily tell that I was alone and contrary to popular belief, they didn’t try to “take advantage of me”. I appreciated having people around me who took care of me and I will forever be thankful for that.
2. Trust yourself
It’s amazing how much people underestimate you just because you are young, but you have to learn to trust yourself and trust your ability to take care of yourself. When we’re at home, we don’t do things because we know our parents will do it for us. But when you’re alone, you’re tested to the limit, so you learn how to handle yourself pretty quickly. I learned how to ask for things, place an order, bargain at the stalls, stay in when I was tired, and know when to ask for help.

3. Be Calm and Smart
During my final day in Bali, there was no group tour planned, so I decided that I wanted to see the sunset from the beach. Although I had asked one of the guards for directions, I ended up going the wrong way, and I found myself reaching a dead end where a group of Indonesian biker boys sat smoking. I asked them where the beach was and they pointed in the opposite direction. Two of them got up and suggested they’d drop me on their bikes, and I knew I was in trouble. I didn’t know what to do, so I thanked them and said I’d find my own way. That’s when they started following me on their bikes. At this point, my brain did what it does when I’m on the verge of freaking out – it shut down all feelings and started searching for ways to have them stop following me. After calming down I asked the receptionist where the beach was and this time I got the right directions and managed to watch a beautiful sunset. These types of situations are rare, but it is important to always be calm and smart about avoiding getting involved in dangerous situations.
4. Handling Money
There’s now an app for currency conversions that you can download, so you don’t really need to like math or be good at it at all. In most cases, though, it’s always safer to carry dollars. When you are off on your first solo trip it probably won’t be super expensive, which helps you to not be fooled. It also helps to do your research about normal local prices of everyday things such as coffee, food, souvenirs and gifts, so that no one takes advantage of the fact that you are a tourist. 5. Do not overdo it Visiting a new place is always exciting and you want to do as many things as possible. However, you should be smart about planning activities and leave space for new things to do. Make choices about the most important things you would like to experience, things that you can not miss, and do not over do it.

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