When Travelling Solo

“we often cultivate our circumstances, and while many aspects may remain out of our control, ultimately it is the traveler who wanders into the scenario.”

Nо matter what оur сhоісеѕ are and whаt wе crave fоr in life, traveling ѕоlо is оnе thіng associated wіth оur dеереѕt еmоtіоnѕ. We all іmаgіnе it, but rаrеlу wе tаkе a step оut оf оur mundane lіvеѕ tо identify, who wе аrе? Solo trаvеlіng betters uѕ іn еvеrу роѕѕіblе dimension. And, thе benefits far outweigh the nеgаtіvеѕ, so, why nоt juѕt расk yоur bags and make the most of it?

Things to Consider When Trаvеlіng Alоnе for Business

Buѕіnеѕѕ travelers аlоnе on a trip spend much оf thеіr dауtіmе attending mееtіngѕ, аѕ they еndоrѕе thеіr еntеrрrіѕе’ѕ interests. Between limited day time remaining fоr personal аmuѕеmеnt аnd not knоwіng anyone in the city, a vасаnt schedule іѕ sadly wasted іn a hоtеl rооm. But buѕіnеѕѕ travel doesn’t need to feel dull, even whеn gоіng ѕоlо.

“while many aspects may remain out of our control, ultimately it is the traveler who wanders into the scenario.”

First thіng уоu need tо dо tо mаkе thе most of уоur buѕіnеѕѕ trаvеl іѕ tо analyze the dеѕtіnаtіоn. Thе Internet іѕ a ѕоurсе оf plentiful trаvеl information, so find out fascinating рlасеѕ to ѕее аnd fun things tо dо, even іf уоu аrе left with little time in the evening. Plаn аn itinerary, ѕо уоu dо nоt use your valuable time wаlkіng іn circles around the hоtеl. Many travel ѕіtеѕ have ѕіghtѕ-tо-ѕее аnd things-to-do linkѕ, which is whеrе уоu can fіnd a few interesting suggestions. Also cosider making a рlаn tо tour the tоwn аlоnе, or link uр wіth a colleague іf уоu prefer to go wіth a соmраnіоn.

Fіvе Tірѕ fоr Travelling Solo

When trаvеllіng solo (outside of business), уоu hаvе the flexibility tо go wherever you wіѕh whenever уоu have free time. If you dесіdе уоu dоn’t lіkе a раrtісulаr dеѕtіnаtіоn, thеn уоu аrе frее tо расk your bag аnd hеаd оff. Yоu саn аlѕо choose tо ѕtау longer if the рlасе арреаlѕ tо уоu, іf you mееt some interesting реорlе you want tо stick around, or if you lоvе thе ассоmmоdаtіоn. Backpacking іѕ a grеаt wау tо travel solo аѕ іt mаkеѕ іt easy tо visit mаnу destinations, and уоu retain the option to lеаvе at a moment’s notice. You wіll аlѕо meet lоtѕ of like-minded trаvеlеrѕ in bасkрасkеr hоѕtеlѕ. For safety, consider these five points when travelling solo:

No. 1 Always tell someone

The mоѕt іmроrtаnt thing уоu ѕhоuld dо whеnеvеr traveling аlоnе іѕ to let ѕоmеоnе knоw уоur іtіnеrаrу. Lеt fаmіlу аnd friends know where уоu аrе going and whеn. Lеаvе a lіѕt оf contacts wіth thеm, іnсludіng nаmеѕ оf рlасеѕ, hotels or hоѕtеlѕ and іnсludе thе соntасt phone numbеrѕ. Let them knоw what airlines уоu wіll bе flуіng, аnd other critical trаvеl information. If your рlаnѕ сhаngе along thе wау makes sure уоu lеt them knоw bу sending an еmаіl, рhоnіng them оr even posting a mеѕѕаgе оn a ѕосіаl networking ѕіtе, іf thеу vіѕіt іt rеgulаrlу.

No. 2 Kеер documents safe

It іѕ іmроrtаnt to keep уоur dосumеntѕ ѕаfе while trаvеlіng, іnсludіng раѕѕроrtѕ, visas, аnd anything you require fоr a раrtісulаr соuntrу. If уоu nееd mеdісаtіоn, уоu mау nееd a lеttеr frоm your doctor so thаt уоu саn bring it wіth уоu into сеrtаіn countries. Keep this safe аѕ well. Dоn’t carry all уоur mоnеу wіth уоu, stash ѕоmе аwау wіth уоur dосumеntѕ. Hоѕtеlѕ аnd hotels hаvе safes to ѕtоrе thеѕе іn and whіlе traveling, іt is also a gооd іdеа tо kеер thеm in a роuсh or bag соnсеаlеd under уоur сlоthіng. Thіеvеѕ аnd pickpockets can be a hugе рrоblеm іn some fоrеіgn popular tourist destinations.

No. 3 Kеер аn eye out

Watch оut for thіеvеѕ аnd use a bit of соmmоn sense. Dоn’t leave bаgѕ lуіng аrоund, еvеn for a mіnutе. For еxаmрlе, іf уоu аrе ѕіttіng аt a саfе, keep the bag on уоur lap or thе ground wіth your fооt through thе strap, аѕ ѕоmе thіеvеѕ аrе brаzеn еnоugh tо snatch bаgѕ and run. Wаtсh out for crowds оf реорlе; pісkросkеtѕ sometimes wоrk іn grоuрѕ and wіll crowd around you in buѕу places, ѕо уоu don’t nоtісе that уоu аrе bеіng rоbbеd. Uѕе common ѕеnѕе when іt соmеѕ tо vаluаblеѕ too. Keep your mоnеу аnd іmроrtаnt dосumеntѕ hіddеn ѕаfеlу under your сlоthіng and don’t wear еxреnѕіvе or flashy jеwеlrу.

No. 4 Blend іn

A good tір іѕ to trу to blend іn wіth the lосаlѕ and nоt lооk lіkе a tourist. Avоіd asking for dіrесtіоnѕ by checking out a mар bеfоrе уоu lеаvе your hotel fоr thе day. Alwауѕ look confident аnd if you dо nееd to аѕk dіrесtіоnѕ рrоbаblу the ѕаfеѕt person tо аѕk wоuld be either a роlісеmаn оr maybe even a wоmаn with her сhіldrеn. Try nоt tо wear сlоthіng thаt ѕtаndѕ оut еіthеr, іf possible dress less flashy.

No. 5 Thіngѕ tо tаkе

Handy thіngѕ tо take іnсludе a rоll оf toilet рареr, a расk оf cards, a bоttlе ореnеr. But also consider a charger for your phone, a calling card, and a list of emergency facilities close by.

Many times, a rhyme and/or reason are absent from common situations. However, in travel, we often cultivate our circumstances, and while many aspects may remain out of our control, ultimately it is the traveler who wanders into the scenario.

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Travel Speed and Efficiency

Value what saves time; those apps, those plans, those services, and those systems, all designed to make yours and everyone’s life just a little bit easier.

Why is it that when you fail to plan, things almost always end up hitting the wall when it comes to travel? Is it because when you fail to plan you actually plan to fail? Is that really a thing? Or is it that travel is one of those things that is incredibly dense in variables; not the least of which includes relying on others to do their part. After all, you’ve paid for the ticket already, you showed up early to the airport or station, you cleared your bags through security, you have the documents that you know they are expecting, and yet, things just can’t seem to go your way. And the worst part of it all is the fact that your precious time is quickly being thrown away or wasted by something or someone who you have little to no chance of compromising with. Welcome to the chaotic world of travel.

“This is no substitute for what is efficient; it is vastly underappreciated these days. “

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If you travel by plane (let’s say a minimum of twice a year), you’ve likely had the pleasure of experiencing those times where you do everything right, but the airline just has you by the cojones, and sadly every twenty minutes or so, you see that ‘estimated time of departure’ time climb by another forty-five mins. And it happens not once, and not twice, but maybe three or four times, until you are now taking off closer to or after midnight. And now your bag is in limbo, you’ve likely missed the last connecting flight possible, you have no hotel room booked, and to top it all off, your eyes are blood shot and the headache you’ve been tolerating for two hours is getting stronger. Your clothes are sweaty, your stomach empty, and now you could care less if you spend five dollars on a bag of M&Ms; you need something to snack on after-all. Man, what stress!

When this scenario happens to you, its awful. But never will you appreciate more those times when things were on-time and efficient. I’ve been through airports where I’ve come in on an international flight and just sailed through customs, and onto the next flight. And other times (and other airports) where I’ve waited more than an hour to pass customs, and of course everything from there just followed suit. And many many times I have been the person sitting there watching that departure time drift further from me. This is no substitute for what is efficient; it is vastly underappreciated these days.

Value what saves time; those apps, those plans, those services, and those systems, all designed to make yours and everyone’s life just a little bit easier. When it comes to your travel, Planiversity is a software designed to allow the user to put as much information as possible out in front of them, before they even take the first steps on their journey. Knowing before going, organizing documentation into one single file, locating valuable resources at the destination, building a schedule, and many more features make the user one that handles what they can; those variables that are within their umbrella of control. When travel circumstances get away from us, it isn’t always because the airlines fail to get us out on time, or because TSA is backed up and limited to two checkpoints. Sometimes, just sometimes, it IS because we fail to do our part to help the process. So, control what you can, when you can, and use those tools that will make your life just a little bit easier when underway. At least control what you can control; try Planiversity.

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Travel Planning Today

Neglecting to take the time to identify goals for the trip is a sure fire way to ensure that confusion makes its way in and that at some point, wasting time is what a person will end up with.

Some things never change, but planning hasn’t been one of those things. Give things enough time, especially something as heavily participated in as travel, and it will naturally adapt. Solutions to almost any problem a person can experience while traveling have been created over the course of a few decades, and today, the rate at which technology advances, more solutions are being made and those travel dilemmas are quickly being checked off the list.

As a child, I can still remember the times of traveling with the family during holidays, so much information and variables unknown as we went along. With one of those large Atlas maps in the car, we would set off to Florida, or whatever other destination mom and dad had in mind, and that map would get stretched across the front seat, mom trying to navigate, while in the back sat three sleepy-eyed kids, unable to do anything but go along for the ride. And then there was the time when my father, brother and I were attending an event in Pennsylvania, only to get lost on the way home, and ending up in Pittsburgh, rather than Upstate NY where we should have been hours earlier. What a joy those days were.

“With a multitude of options available on the market, there is no deprivation of travel technology, should one be looking.”

Fast-forward to today, that type of thing is almost impossible to replicate, unless one was intentionally trying to get lost or wing it, completely avoiding taking advantage of the resources now available. With improved maps, GPS technology built-in to many cars, smart phones, and the variety of aps on the market, there is no shortage of ways to get you to your destination, but also collect an abundance of information about the area as well. So, the question has evolved from how do I find the destination, to which resource do I use to get there; the questions over time had only changed while the event remained constant.

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With a multitude of options available on the market, there is no deprivation of travel technology, should one be looking. There are aps that map routes, aps that list activities, aps to find a traveler a place to stay, to inform them of flight delays and seat changes, to highlight resources at the destination, and to navigate airport terminals even. With all of this technology available, I couldn’t even re-create my experiences as a child if I wanted to, those days are gone. Best case scenario, I backpack across Europe with no network for my phone, and disconnect from technology for the time. Otherwise, I haven’t rented a car in the past three years that doesn’t come with a built-in navigation system, no matter how little I spend on that car. So, at the very minimum, finding the destination is a sure thing most of the time.

One has to admit, there was-and is-something about the idea of just going without a plan, and seeing where the wind takes them; it offers a greater sense of adventure. Or to set off for a pre-determined destination, with just a map in one hand and the steering wheel in the other; that’s a good one. Sometimes not having a plan and leaving things to chance is the way to go, but one has to commit to wanting that type of experience in the first place. Otherwise, as much as a person may try to wing things and steer off course, its almost too easy to get yourself back on track in no time, thanks to technology and the abundance of travel aps available today.

If a person did want to travel in a way that saves them times, prevents stress, lines up information, and consolidates the many pieces of information that need to travel with, there is no shortage of ways to achieve this state of organization and peace of mind. Travel doesn’t have to be a stressful thing, but so many of us make it that way by failing to plan ahead. Neglecting to take the time to identify goals for the trip is a sure fire way to ensure that confusion makes its way in and that at some point, wasting time is what a person will end up with. Do yourself a favor the next time you hit the road, take some time to research the aps and software available, and see if it doesn’t make your experience even a little more stress free.

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Time, your only finite resource

“Time is more valuable than anything else you hold in life, it ties to everything; that cannot be stated enough. “

It’s been said before and it can’t be said enough, a failure to plan is a plan to fail. Often times, there is this tendency in life to just make things up as we go, never truly knowing and/or fundamentally understanding that in doing so, we become an obvious resource wasting machine. Throwing things together at the last minute, or even just failing to throw things together at all, leads to a number of unnecessary expenditures, such as funds, opportunities, and more. But there is one resource that we all possess, are given for free, and only have a finite amount of, yet many times throw it away for little to absolutely no return, and that is TIME.

Time is more valuable than anything else you hold in life, it ties to everything; that cannot be stated enough. Money is earned and spent, and earned again; the chance to earn and replace what was spent always comes back. Opportunities are missed, but if you miss one, you won’t be denied another for the remainder of your life. Skills atrophied can easily be re-learned. But time, when its gone, its gone. This statement cannot be said enough. While many things in our lives will come and come again, time does not, so it makes sense that we should expand on every bit of it when possible.

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There are all sorts of ways to maximize our efficiency, in order to give ourselves more of that irreplaceable thing, but sometimes in an attempt to save time, we are losing it in the process of learning something that we may never see utility from again. Now take travel into consideration; its something that most are going to do at some point, many doing it more often than others. And when traveling to a new place, somewhere far away and foreign, time is being invested into learning about that place, how to get around, what to do and not do, where the resources are (in the event of emergencies), and so on. Or, there is absolutely no attempt to plan ahead, leaving efficiency to chance. Doesn’t it make sense to find the most efficient and time saving method to consolidate critical information needed, before arriving? I think so.

“Time is more valuable than anything else you hold in life, it ties to everything; that cannot be stated enough.”

Anything in life that fills your calendar demands your attention; anything from a few minutes to days, weeks, and/or months. If its worth doing, it’s worth doing right, and more so, being done in a way that allows you to squeeze every bit of potential from the seconds ticking away. Imagine a trip to Paris, France with no agenda, Rome, Italy with no knowledge of the best sites to see, or New York City with absolutely no plan on how to best traverse the map. While it may feel like more of an adventure having no plan, imagine all the opportunities being missed during the time you are getting lost on the wrong subway, finding yourself on the opposite side of the city from where you wanted to be, or needing to find a doctor during an emergency, only to pass 1, 2, or 3 of them on your way to the only one you know of, because you aren’t aware of what is close by.

If your goal is to make the best possible glass of lemonade, you wouldn’t buy a lemon, squeeze half, and throw the rest away. There is more to gain from squeezing every drop from a piece of fruit (fruit being opportunity or potential, of course). The point is, don’t waste you time. If you want the highest level of value in any moment, you need to have a plan before you are ready to execute. That’s the true merit. Just remember to always consider the one resource that you’ll never see again, once it is gone. And as I wrap up, I’ll leave you with this quote from famous entrepreneur, motivation speaker, and self-development coach, Brian Tracey, “Every minute spent planning, saves as many as ten minutes in execution.”

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While studying abroad can be scary, some things should come easy

A person can’t easily overcome their fears of leaving home, and/or the feeling of missing their own bed, but they can mitigate a substantial amount of fear of the unknown. 

Your bags are packed, loaded into the car, and you’re just gathering up and inventorying the rest of your things. Passport, check. International license, check. Pocket translator, check. You jump into the car, and off you go, heading to the airport to board a plane, which will take you to your first experience away from home, and in a foreign country at that. Mom is nervous, dad is nervous, but neither of them quite as nervous as you, the one who in a matter of hours will be completely out of your element. It’s an adventurous feeling for many, yet statistics show that for many more, study abroad programs are nerve wracking for students. Fears range from language barriers and homesickness, to what to do if they become sick and how will they get around.

There are many variables that can stress out a student who is traveling abroad for a semester, but some things really should just come easy. When the decision to go to a foreign country for school is made, it is made based on the hope and assumption that the experience will be a rewarding and adventurous one, where the student can meet new people, add to their academic progression, experience a new culture, try a different cuisine, and show all of their friends back home what a fantastic time they are having while away; something that will make those friends both envious and in aw. Yet, underneath it all, sometimes the level of comfort really is not fully present, as certainty and self-confidence wane from within.

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Leaving home for any extended period of time while young can be a frightening thing; we all know that. But while there are some things that remain uncertain–and will be scary to a young traveler–preparedness at its best will help to set a limit on those fears. In an attempt to create a service that allows all travelers to plan their travel like a professional, Planiversity.com is thinking ahead, and soon we may be developing an option for creating a student account, in addition to both individual or business.

“There are many variables that can stress out a student who is traveling abroad for a semester, but some things really should just come easy.”

At present, the service does well to organize documentation, while providing users the option to create a schedule, add notes, and something very relevant to the student, we enable filters into the trip packet, allowing them to pinpoint a destination in their travel, and locate resources within whatever proximity they set around it. For example, users can set their location, and know where hospitals, police stations, hotels, service stations, and even their embassy is, within that chosen radius. All of this, combined with the option to include maps, driving directions, arrival weather, and receive a U.S. State Department travel advisory makes this service ideal for the first time traveler. A person can’t easily overcome their fears of leaving home, and/or the feeling of missing their own bed, but they can mitigate a substantial amount of fear of the unknown.

Planiversity isn’t just a service designed for travel agencies and event planners; it’s a travel software that can benefit all who are serious about planning. We may be a master itinerary service, but we’d rather see ourselves as a service providing a much needed and highly relevant tool for anyone on the go; no matter how far, no matter how long.

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“Winging it” doesn’t cut it

“The best that a traveler can do to eliminate the potential for stress is ensure that they’ve done the best that they can to prepare for the trip.”

Tasked by time constraints, moving with the lines, travel requirements and personal needs, whilst attempting to pull last-minute information together, there are always some who fail to prepare, although knowing that doing so will make things flow smoother. It is a time-consuming process to sift through information, pull out what’s essential, and organize it all; but it’s repeatedly done because that’s mostly what travelers know best. Yet there are many who know to anticipate what’s coming, because they know that when they’ve  consolidated and prepared, they’re ahead of the game.

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In 2012, authors John Crotts and Anita Zehrer published a book titled, ‘An Explanatory Study of Vacation Stress,’ identifying through analysis where in travel the greatest areas of stress originate. This publication quickly became furthered by independent travel bloggers and online influencers since. To echo an article published in 2016 by an independent online travel influencer, about those surveyed in the making of the book, “The participants reported that the most stressful part of their trip was actually the trip planning stage, followed by traveling to the destination, and finally the actual stay at the destination(s).” The author also writes, “The most stressful part, which many people may not anticipate, begins before they even leave their homes in the planning stage.” Makes sense…

Uninformed, ill-prepared, and behind schedule; there’s no need for it. While there are just some circumstances out of our control, most travel stress we bring on ourselves. I’ve been there. I’ve been the guy who digs through his email to find the e-boarding pass two minutes before boarding, who has his itinerary somewhere else, and who is attempting to book a rental car on his phone, while clinging to the last few minutes of free airport WiFi in a foreign country. I can confidently say, to start right reduces a significant amount of stress, anxiety, and confusion. However, I had to know what wrong looked and felt like before fully developing an appreciation for right.

“When one knows what to expect, they keep circumstances within, or close to within their control.”

Time management is usually within our control, and so is planning. The best that a traveler can do to eliminate the potential for stress is ensure that they’ve done the best that they can to prepare for the trip, as well as prepare for the unexpected. Let go of the winging it, even if you think ‘winging it’ will reduce the amount of stress. Some people think that planning leads to expectation (and it does) and when expectation fails, they are forced to deal with stress and adapt. But studies show that the more prepared a person is, the less they are likely to experience stress; that can be applied to almost anything.

Admittingly, there is some adventure in just going where the wind takes you, but that isn’t something that can easily be embraced by the many travelers working on a timeline, traveling for business, or going somewhere for a purpose. When one knows what to expect, they keep circumstances within, or close to within their control. When the choice to forego preparation is made, and impromptu decision-making valued, it should not be a surprise when frustration creeps in. Take the time the plan in advance, have your ducks in a row, consolidate your information, and know where things are.

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Window or aisle seat?

“Who really knows though where the truth behind the airplane seat choice psychology lies, for all we know it’s just speculation and really has no bearing one way or another.”

It’s more than an internal conflict when coming down to the choice between taking a window seat versus an aisle, especially on a flight greater than four or five hours. The choice is a means to maintaining your control or relinquishing it for a view; possibly one that you’ve seen a hundred times before. Although, as a former aviator I can tell you, the sights from above rarely get old.

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So you’re booking your ticket and the site or the rep asks you to choose your seat, and so begins the conundrum. You can take the window seat and know that you’re likely going to have a wall to rest your pillow against and catch some Zzz’s (hopefully you brought a pillow). However, if you are anything like me, you will have to become slightly dehydrated so that you do not end up being the person who is dancing in their seat every time your eyeballs are floating. And to be honest, the way pressure affects the body, it’s anyone’s guess how often you would need to go; not all bodies respond the same. Too much hydration means more trips to the bathroom, which means more of a nuisance. But hey, the view is a good one as long as there isn’t a wing in the way.

But what about the aisle seat? Aisle seats also has their benefits. If you’re the aisle person, you are the one with less anxiety about having to come and go as you please. While you may have sacrificed a view, you don’t have to be the one feeling trapped in that situation. Although, depending on the individual in the window seat–who may or may not be a conscious thinker–you might end up being woken in the middle of your finally able to find a comfortable position nap, just to accommodate. That part sucks, that’s for sure.

“It’s a means to maintaining your control or relinquishing it for a view”

A 2017 article in the Telegraph explains that more travelers are in favor of the window seat, just slightly over fifty percent of those polled. But also that the window seat taker is also a person who likely sleep better on flights, is more seasoned and therefore has a slightly higher sense of confidence (since they don’t mind bothering their neighbor), and that they are even a bit selfish. On the contrary, those aisle seat takers sleep less and have more anxiety about feeling confined. Who really knows though where the truth behind the airplane seat choice psychology lies, for all we know it’s just speculation and really has no bearing one way or another. But one thing is true, and that is that people go one way or another when traveling alone. It’s just a decision that we all take seriously, and depending on what we choose, we could be setting ourselves up for a seriously long flight if the choice isn’t a preferred one.