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5 tips to amplify your solo travel experience


Published: 07/28/2015

by David Ferrer

Regardless of where you go, solo travel is all about you. So enjoy your time away and travel without regrets. As British explorer and travel writer, Dame Freya Madeline Stark, once said: “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” 

Canadians have definitely embraced solo travel over the past few years – and the travel industry has followed suit. According to tour operator G adventures, women in particular are leading this trend with a 148 per cent increase in solo travel since 2008. In fact, did you know that women aged 42 or older are twice as likely as men to vacation alone? It can be an exciting, freeing, and even transformative experience to see the world that way, and if the memoir and movie, Eat, Pray, Love isn't enough to convince you, the folks at Comfort Inn hotels have some helpful tips for your solo adventure:

1. Enjoy Freedom and Flexibility

Don't be afraid to be selfish; one of the best things about travelling solo is that you call the shots. Take advantage of the fact that you get to pick your next stop and restaurant for dinner. Not having to compromise with somebody allows time to enjoy your own list of what you want to see and do.

2. Make Safety a Priority

Since you don't have someone looking out for you, planning ahead is crucial. Choose accommodation with 24-hour staffing and leave a copy of your itinerary with a loved one, making sure to check in regularly. Pack copies of your travel documents and, most importantly, trust your instincts, they're usually right.

3. Live Like a Local

Travelling alone makes it easier to blend into your surroundings and ditch the tourist look. Take this opportunity to get an authentic experience. Get recommendations from the locals on where to eat and what to see, shop at the local farmer's market and become a regular at a new favourite café.

4. Meet New People

This is the perfect opportunity to meet new people. You may be pleasantly surprised at the individuals you encounter through your travels, so consider striking up a conversation. It could even lead to a new lifelong friendship.

5. Explore your home country

With the dollar in a bit of a slump, consider travelling around Canada to avoid the exchange rate. Since accommodation won't be shared, getting your dollars to stretch further is a great incentive to stay local. Joining a hotel loyalty program like Choice Privileges is another easy way to earn free accommodation for your travels.

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