Tips and tricks to traveling alone based on my own experience!
Passport, Visa, and Immigration documents
This will be your LIFE. The worst thing that you can possibly do is misplace your passport or immigration documents! Those are what allow you to get in AND out of the country you are traveling in. Some countries don’t require a visa but most do! Depending on where you are traveling to, some hotels will hold your passport, some tour groups will also require you to hand over your passport.
Money exchanges/Budgeting/Traveling Credit Card
While there are many countries that accept US currency, many do not. You should always bring more than you need in case of an emergency. It’s better to have left over foreign currency than to run out of money before your trip ends. Plan out your most expensive purchases and then everything in between. Get an idea of how much you will spend per day. I recommend getting a traveling credit card and by that I mean a credit card that is accepted everywhere. I’m not saying travel and splurge with it but bring one with you for emergencies. (Mine saved me twice)
Bring a scarf
Whether you’re on a freezing plane, a freezing bus, or must adapt to a particular cultures dress code — BRING ONE. It’s stylish, it’ll come in handy, and it’s easy to carry.
As a traveler, you will do much exploring. Bring comfortable walking shoes! ‘Nuff said
Buy a portable charger before you go! But be careful as to which one you purchase. Many of the smaller portable chargers are not allowed on carry-on bags for the plane.
Photography — Fish eye lens
If you’re a budget traveler like me that doesn’t want to purchase a $2,000 camera, buy a fish eye lens to attach to your iPhone/Android for amazing photos. The majority of my travel photos/videos were taken with my iPhone 6s + fish eye lens. The lens helps widen the picture on your phone so you can get more in one photo. And plus, it looks like a top quality photo/video.
Although foreigners are easy to spot, try your best to blend in. Don’t make yourself a target by wearing excessive jewelry or wearing spaghetti string tank tops and short shorts to a religious site. Be cute, be conservative, be respectful.
Bring an open mind
You’ll be traveling to places you’ve never been and seeing things you’ve never seen before. You might be surprised, you might be disgusted, you might be in shock. But BE OPEN MINDED. It is unbelievably crucial to not be that ignorant tourist and think your country to better than someone else’s just because they do things that you would never do. Respect the land, respect the people, respect the culture.
Have fun. Be safe. Happy traveling!