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Going it alone: 7 tips for successful solo travel


To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.”

So wrote the great travel writer Freya Stark in her 1932 book “Baghdad Sketches.”

It’s been my motto traveling solo through 30 countries in 21 years.

I took my first trip alone, to Greece, at 22.

I remember walking to the beach, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” blaring in my headphones, and realizing: no one knows where the hell I am.

Yet many people who might like to travel alone never do.

They fear getting lonely or being bored.

They worry about danger.

Succumb to these fears, however, and you’ll miss out on one of the most addictive travel experiences around.

These seven tips will prepare you for a solo adventure.

1. Learn to like your traveling companion: You

“But I’ll be lonely!”

It’s perhaps the most common cry from people who’ve never traveled alone.

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