Traveling Alone is a Bold MoveBut You Will Never Regret It

Curated by Claudia Shannon / Research Scientist / ishonest

Intrigued by the idea of hitting the road on your own? Here are a few things you should know first.

Ideal spots for solo travel

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Most people in this bustling city speak English as well as Dutch, making it easier for you to meet, talk to, and bond with locals. And biking— which is a solitary endeavor anyhow—is a main mode of transportation in the city! Our suggestion: On day one of your trip, book a walking tour with Context (contexttravel.com). Not only will you take in some great sites, but also it will help you get the lay of the land, so you’re more comfortable walking (or biking) around the city for the remaining duration of your stay.

Cartagena, Columbia

Join an El Camino group trip (elcamino.travel), and take in this port city on your own. Its walkable layout means you won’t have to stress about navigating public transportation. Plus, there are tons of nearby spots that make for great day trips—like Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas, a UNESCO World Heritage site and well-preserved fortress that gives you stunning views of Cartagena. Day trips are a great way of visiting lots of sites without having to travel far from your original location on your own.

Mumbia, India

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A backpack keeps your hands free for hailing cabs and taking photos—key if you don’t have a pal along to help with that stuff. The everlane.com%2Fproducts%2Fwomens-modern-snap-backpack-black' target='_blank' rel='noopener noreferrer' >Everlane Modern Snap Backpack ($68; everlane.com) looks chic, is water-resistant, and has lots of compartments for things like sunglasses, water bottles, and your smartphone.

Speaking of your phone, keeping it juiced is a must. Not only is this Going Places Ban.do Mobile Charger ($35; bando.com) on-theme—it’s also compact and can fit in a small purse or even your pocket.

You probably won’t have reliable Wi-Fi everywhere you go (and Google Maps doesn’t work even offline in some places, such as Cuba), so make sure you download Maps.Me, which has free offline directions to help you get around any city.

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