The answer to the second question is - No, not always. You can plan it in a budget-friendly way.
Before we discuss about how to save money on traveling solo, let’s throw some light on how you can enjoy traveling alone.
Tips for solo travelers
Check out these simple tips to enjoy traveling to new places all alone.
a Choose a place where you really want to visit
Grab the opportunity to visit your dream place as you won’t have to honor the preferences of any other person. Just check out whether or not you’re physically fit to visit the place.
b Reserve a safe place to stay and enjoy traveling alone
It doesn’t matter what your gender is - anyhow you need to find safe lodging. Otherwise, you won't be able to enjoy your me-time and have peace of mind.
c Learn a few words and phrases
This is one of the great tips for traveling solo.
For example, if you’re visiting France, learn some words and phrases to communicate in French. One of the best ways to do so is to search online and learn some communicative words or buy a English to French translation book.
However, make sure you first learn how to say that you don’t know much of the language. Otherwise, the other person may start communicating with you in their language knowing that you know it, and you won’t be able to understand.
By knowing the language a bit, you can also enjoy the place much more traveling alone.
When tourists see that you can somewhat communicate in the local language where you’ve visited, you might make new friends by helping them communicate with others. You never know - your next trip might be with a group of new friends whom you meet on your upcoming tour.
d Opportunity to hone your photographic skill
It is easier for you to mark the small details when you explore a place alone. Your interest will be more on the landscape instead of how you’re looking in the picture. So, the details won’t go unnoticed, and you’ll enjoy the beauty more.
e Search for people you know somehow
You may catch up with an old buddy or a bosom friend can be your local tour guide.
f Do not hesitate to taste local cuisine and eat big
Do you feel a bit awkward to dine at a restaurant alone? I would say it’s interesting.
You can choose to taste whatever you want. Moreover, in most of the restaurants, the waiters will be more than happy to serve solo diners who smile and say that he/she is on a special trip and ask for recommendation from the service people.
You can also do a little chit-chat with the waiter and gather information about the city and the locality. Do not hesitate to ask if you need any information about the place. Just tip well if you really like the hospitality.
But don’t refrain from tasting what you want to just because you’re on your tour alone.
Continue reading! There is a great tip to save money on dining alone.
Tips to save money on traveling solo
Here are 7 great budget-traveling tips for solo travelers.
1 Get an idea of the cost of food and traveling
This is a unique opportunity to save money on traveling solo. Hire a small car - all you need is enough space to fit yourself and your small luggage.
You can very well make a meal on your own - it doesn’t take much time to prepare one. You can also cook and store in the fridge.
So, even if you’re traveling within US, make sure you get an idea about the food cost where you’re visiting.
2 Plan a solo travel budget carefully
You have to set your travel budget - the primary criterion to save money on traveling alone.
Get an idea about the cost of transportation, accommodation, etc. of the place and check out how much you can afford.
3 Check out whether or not your hotel offers free Wi-Fi
Paying for Wi-Fi is always an unwelcoming expense. Try to choose a hotel where you won’t have to pay for it.
If you can’t find a hotel at a reasonable rate with a free Wi-Fi, don’t worry!
4 Take advantage of free entertainment
Do a bit of research about the place where you’re planning to visit. Look for free museum days and hours, street festivals, free concerts, etc.
Even the museums, where you need to purchase entry ticket, may offer free visits on special days and particular days in a week.
5 Travel with a reputed tour operator
Sometimes traveling with a tour operator can be cost effective instead of making your travel plans all alone.
While traveling alone, make sure you can avoid single supplement.
As a result, you can end up paying twice; that is, similar to what a person is paying who’s vacationing with a partner.
You can talk to the tour manager to find out what criteria they follow to match roommates. If you’re not comfortable with that person, let the operator know about it.
6 Opt for lunch specials
Doing so, you can taste local and exquisite cuisine at a good restaurant at a much lower cost.
The lunch menu is relatively cheaper than the dinner menu.
7 Be a willing volunteer to get bumped from a flight
Is it sounding strange? Well, it’s actually a wise thing to do if you can be a bit flexible.
To take advantage of this situation, arrive at the gate early and let the gate attendants know that you’re willing to volunteer.
If they offer a flight voucher, make sure you can use it - for example, it should have long validity so that you have time, it fits your travel needs and applies to even lowest and restrictive fares. Also, you can ask for extras like meal vouchers, seat upgrade, and so on.
However, make sure your travel plans don’t get spoiled and alternative flight will take you to your destination at your convenient time.
So, enjoy traveling solo and have a blast!
We would love to hear your unique solo travel stories.