Sometimes, you just need to get away. In a big way! Learn to live in the moment with this guide to planning a spontaneous solo adventure around the world.
Over 150 million people across America punch clocks for a living. Given that there are only 325 million people living in the country, odds are that you are one of those people (or will be once you finish school).
If you’ve read any other posts on this blog, you probably know by this point that I’m not a big proponent on conventional 9 to 5 lifestyles. I’m more of a make money online and pursue freedom sort of guy.
If you’re having the same epiphany I had a few years back, that life is too short and you want to break away from “the norm,” you may be considering setting out on a last-minute solo adventure.
First off, I admire your courage! You should totally go for it.
Second, there are 7 things you’ll want to consider doing to get the most out of your tip…
1. Try And Work Out a Trip Framework
I know that it can be tempting to just run to the airport, book a flight, and start on your solo adventurer. While aimlessness can be fun (and rewarding), it can also be the downfall of adventures.
That’s why I recommend working out a rough framework of what you want to do and what it might cost before setting off.
Where do you want to go? Roughly how long do you want to be gone? What does pricing look like if you’re working with a budget?
Answering questions like that can help give your solo adventure shape which can lead to you embarking on a much more rewarding experience!
2. Notify People Who Need to Be Notified
If you’ve got no strings attached to your life, great! Work out your trip’s framework and get going.
If you’re like most people, chances are you do have some ties to things.
First, there’s work. Is your boss cool with you taking off on a solo adventure?
If not, you may have to pre-arrange taking time off if you’d like to come back home to a job.
Beyond work, you’ll probably want to tell some family or friends where you’re headed so they won’t worry. Don’t be like that dude from 127 Hours and get stuck in a canyon somewhere with nobody knowing where you’re going.
Remember, a safe travel experience makes for a good one!
3. Scrape Together Essential Documents
Airports and border patrol agents are probably not going to share in your excitement for spontaneous travel. They’re going to want to see documents and some might want explanations as to why you’re traveling to their country.
To get prepared, be sure to have a passport, a copy of your vaccinations and a rough idea of how to answer the question of “why are you here and how long are you staying?”
Once you have your essential documents in order, make a copy of them and upload backups to a cloud drive.
That way a lost passport won’t completely derail your trip!
4. If You’re Not Headed to a “Vacation Destination” Prepare Yourself
It’s easy to go on a spontaneous trip to Fiji and know you’ll be comfortable. Things get a lot harder though when you take a spontaneous trip to wonderful but REAL places like Vietnam or Thailand.
People around the world don’t subscribe to the way you do things. They don’t share the same sensibilities or the same morals in many cases.
That’s why going on solo adventures to unique places is so awesome. It’s like being dropped into a different world!
If you’re unprepared to experience “different” though, you’re probably not going to have a great time.
Bottom line, keep an open mind before setting off on adventures. If you do, you’ll reap some awesome rewards.
5. Get Social, Fast
Solo travel is cool but it’s also really lonely. To keep yourself from feeling alone or depressed, meet people!
Stay at youth hostels, go on guided tours, strike up conversations at bars, do whatever you can to make friends.
Making friends is one of the most rewarding experiences you’ll have while on a solo adventure. Don’t let your nerves take it away from you!
6. Don’t Be Surprised By Costs
As I mentioned in my first bullet, you’ll want to get a rough idea of how much things cost prior to stepping on a plane. For most of you, that’s going to mean checking out a bunch of blogs for cost estimates on whatever place you’re planning on visiting.
A lot of cost quotes are based on two people, not one. For example, if a blogger is talking about how they spent $20.00 per night at a hotel, was that the cost of the room in total or the cost of splitting a room?
Make sure you know the context of prices being quoted to you before arriving at your destination.
If you need to cut costs, consider doing things like camping rather than shacking up in a hotel (read more here about camping) or couch surfing!
7. Set Goals
There’s nothing worse than traveling, spending a bunch of money, and regretting it all when you come home.
To avoid that painful fate, know what you want out of your trip before you go.
Do you want to make new friends? Do you want to learn a language? Do you want to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and stop being afraid all of the time?
Whatever you want out of your solo adventure, write it down and read your goals every morning you wake up on the road. If you do, you’ll find yourself making progress towards achieving things that will make your trip 100% worth your time!
Wrapping Up How to Plan a Last-Minute Solo Adventure
There you have it! 7 solid tips on how you can successfully plan and get the most out of a last-minute solo adventure.
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