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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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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“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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Like anything, experience has to be earned.

It’s take guts and a real f***it kind of attitude to say “to hell with survival and comfort, I want to know more.”

Experience changes an individual, often for the better and in permanent ways. So why should it not be fought for, sweat for, bank breaking for, and earned? Many believe that the best things in life are free; that’s true if those things are air, sun, and a view of the stars at night. But in reality, most things today are not free. Not the water we drink, nor the resources we depend on, the grass that we walk on, and even falling in love; it all has a cost. And with the exception of love, those things just sustain, not change us.

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

~ Helen Keller

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, where are we with experiences? Stagnation is a sad reality, but growth through learning about more than we are, seeing more than we know, and pondering more than we commonly conceive is priceless…I’d say. Therefore, the best way to learn, see, and conceive more is through experience, and that is what travelling is best for. To be clear, a person does not have to jump on a plane and fly halfway around the world in order to feel like they are legitimately traveling; a neighboring state will do just fine. Although, an opportunity to experience the way a foreign culture lives can promote tremendous perspective in all of us.

Logically speaking, its not the actual experience that brings anyone change. Instead, it is the result of an experience that yields the high returns. The actions–our experiences– those are just the means; the vehicle, if you will. But the result, the facilitator of change in all of us, that must be earned. And the cost…not always a financial dilemma. Rather, the cost of change (of experience) is fortitude; its facing a fear of the unknown, stepping outside the comfort zone, and taking away the most comfortable aspect in our lives, and that is control. Without control a person is powerless, and vulnerability is the absence of control, something travel presents an abundance of.

According to multiple sources, common reasons for avoiding traveling include the following: no one to travel with, can’t afford it, the element of danger out there, a lack of time and vacation days, language barrier, logistical nightmares, and germs (LOL). What these reasons all boil down to is a lack of resourcefulness and/or fear. Overcoming a fear of the unknown, fear of loss, fear of leaving the comfort zone, it’s not what we are designed to endure. Our brains are designed to do one thing, and one thing only; keep us alive. A desire…that goes beyond survival. It’s take guts and a real f***it kind of attitude to say “to hell with familiarity and comfort, I want to know and see more.”

Like most things in life that aren’t handed to us, we need to earn it. We need to put in, in order to be able to take out something in return. Experiences make a person grow. They formulate differing perspectives, intelligence, understanding, and debate. If you want the experience, you aren’t going to have it given to you. To learn about the world you don’t know, you will have to take yourself from the one you do. And it will cost. It will make you nervous, intimidated, and timid, until you return home a different person than the one who left. OF COURSE it comes with a cost, but almost anything worthwhile does, so you have to make the effort to be someone other than the person in you who refuses to change. You have to actually try, and want to be and know more. Jim Rohn once said, “if you think trying is hard, wait until you get the bill for not trying.”

So, if you want to know what the cost of experience is, it’s life as you know it. And whether a person chooses to experience all that life has to offer or not, they should know that they will pay in any case. Pay for the experiences now, or pay for the regret later. It’s something to think about.