One of the biggest challenges of traveling alone is actually knowing when to go. It is easy to get caught up in the daily routine, but sometimes you need to take a step back and think about what’s next. When you are ready, pack your bag and make your flight reservation. Then, enjoy the road trip!

Women who travel alone discover empowerment and a rewarding experience. Even if you’re going on a solo trip for whatever reason, I applaud you and encourage you to make the most of it!

Here are my top 10 tips for taking your first solo trip!

Have Confidence

You are on your own for the first time and it’s an exciting adventure. Learn to be secure in yourself and approach the world with curiosity, open-mindedness, and a sense of trust.

You’ll look approachable to the right people and not an easy target for the wrong people. Don’t feel confident? The old adage is right: fake it until you make it.

Blend In

To truly experience a country, you need to fit in as a local. In order to do so, you must blend in with the crowd. In doing so, you will be able to learn a lot more about your host country.

Dress like locals do. Speak at an appropriate volume. Listen and watch and the world will open up before you.

Smile

When tourists go to a foreign country, it’s important to remember that the natives of the place may not be looking for friendly encounters. Smile and you will encounter friendly people, or at least that is what many travelers believe.

Have a Backup Plan

My biggest tip is to make sure you keep your hotel’s address in a safe place so you can find it should you get lost.

Carry your passport in a well-concealed place when you’re traveling between destinations. I always keep an extra $50 to $100 somewhere safe in my luggage, or on me when I’m exploring for the day. Your shoe or bra are great hiding places!

Check Before You Go

Before leaving your hotel or tourist office, check maps and transport schedules. If you know where you are going generally, you will be much more focused on your surroundings than on a piece of paper. This will enhance your travel experience in every way!

Let Someone Know

I highly recommend leaving a brief outline of destinations with someone back home. While you’re away, it is also smart to let someone at the hotel know where you are headed. in case anything goes wrong.

If you’re a US citizen, you can also sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This program provides travelers with emergency support in case of an urgent situation.

Reserve in Advance

When you first arrive, take things easy. If your hotel will send a driver to pick you up from the airport or has a shuttle service, then book that ahead of time.

When you arrive at your destination, ask the hotel for their address and phone number in case you need to call or let them know where to go.

This is a great way to ease some of the stress of traveling alone for the first time.

Take Only What You Need

Before you go, be sure to pack everything you think you might need. Then halve your possessions, and place the rest in hidden places so that thieves cannot steal them.

You should never keep your valuables together in one bag. That way, if your bag is stolen, the thieves won’t be able to take all of your valuables. Keep separate bags for cash and cards, too. Also, make sure to keep your passport in a different place on your body than the rest of your cash

Explore

Don’t stay cooped up in your hotel online or on Skype. Get out there! You’re here to see the world, go wander the streets, walk down alleyways, check out a market, hike to a park, hop on trolleys and trains and get a bit lost.

Traveling by yourself can be a bit scary at first, but you should not allow that to stop you from enjoying the journey. As a first step, try to strike up a conversation with others who are traveling as well. If this does not work out, try to make friends with someone in your hostel and stay there for the duration of your

Relax

Sometimes, it can be quite stressful being in a new place by yourself. Remember, you’re here. You’ve taken the first step toward a new journey to explore. Take your time and explore one step at a time, but don’t be afraid to take more steps when you need to.