Single travel: Our tips for going solo

Single travel: Our tips for going solo
Single travel can be a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be. Travelling solo is a great way to see the world and meet new people, and with our helpful tips you can ensure that you stay safe and have the time of your life.

We’ve covered everything, from sharing a room to keeping your belongings safe, as well as ensuring your travel insurance covers your needs whilst away.

Travelling with a tour operator or independently?

There are many tour operators that cater for single travellers, and many that specialise solely in this area. Alternatively, you might want a little more choice when it comes to arranging your travel, in which case you might want to build your own trip.

Whatever you decide, here are some tips for saving money and finding the right accommodation and tour.

Saving the single supplement - if you’re willing to share a room, you could waive the single supplement that is often added to solo travellers’ bills. Some tour operators also waive this supplement during the low season, so look out for deals.

Book a singles tour or excursion - if you’re hoping to meet likeminded singles, then why not look for specialist single tours. These are especially geared to help break the ice and get everybody together having fun. You may even make some new travelling companions for the future!

Stay safe in your accommodation - look for reviews of your chosen accommodation to ensure it is safe and has a good reputation. Look for friendly and affordable owner managed hotels as these are often a haven for singles looking to get away from the anonymity of the larger hotels.

Table for one? How dining alone can be a pleasant experience

Just because you might be eating alone it doesn’t mean it has to be something you dread. It’s true that this is often the loneliest part of travelling solo, but it certainly beats eating room service in your room every night.

Look busy - if you want to avoid anybody else sitting at your table, or you just want to look like you’re occupied, there are plenty of things you can do. Why not use the time to write postcards as you enjoy your meal, read a good book, or simply ask for a table where you can people watch for a while?

Frequent the same restaurant - this is a favourite way to dine amongst single travellers. By finding a nice restaurant and eating there regularly, you can get to know your hosts, tap into their local knowledge and make it appear to others that you have known each other for years.

Keeping Safe During Your Travels

One of the most important things to ensure while you are travelling alone is that you keep yourself as safe as you possibly can. Here are some tips that will help to ensure you stay safe, avoid risky situations and have a great time.

Travel during the day where possible - if you can, avoid arriving at destinations or walking around areas you are unfamiliar with during the night. Take a taxi, or travel with other people that you know.

Let people know where you are - keep in touch with people back home and those at your accommodation and let them know where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Choose the right travel insurance - RAC offers a wide range of different insurance policies that are designed to suit your needs whether you are travelling as part of a group of alone.

Try to pre-book your first night’s accommodation - by researching in advance and booking up your first nights’ accommodation, you can avoid staying in unsafe areas or settling for second best at the start of your holiday.

Keep your address book handy - store the contact details of your accommodation in your mobile phone and ensure you have other emergency and useful numbers close to hand, including your travel insurer’s number.

Trust your instincts - if somebody or a situation doesn’t seem right, trust your gut instinct.

Wherever you travel to, make sure you arrange cover with RAC Travel Insurance. Our policies offer total cover and peace of mind, and can be tailored to suit your travel needs.