Is It Financially Wise Or Safe For That Matter To Travel Alone?

June 12, 2015  |  

With summer here I know tons of people with travel plans. A few will keep it local or within the U.S. while others plan to ready their passports to head abroad.

I’ve always wondered whether or not it was safe to travel alone. At this point in my life I might very well take up the offer should it ever present itself (with a newborn and toddler, feel free to pass along the collection plate), but have always been cautious of doing so. Seeing as my dad is a retired police officer, I think he’s to blame for the fear I have of vacationing solo.

Friends of mine have had no issues getting away without a companion. In fact, some prefer the opportunity to unwind and not worry about whether or not someone will want to do the same activities as them. Traveling alone also gives you the chance to meet new people. You’re almost forced to socialize on excursions.

One of the biggest drawbacks to vacationing by yourself is safety. Sure anything can happen to anyone, but there are people who don’t want to put themselves in those type of scenarios by any means. Being in a new place or foreign country without support — or a few buddies — can be extremely risky. God forbid things ever pop off during a trip, I know I would want to have backup readily available, without having to rely on the kindness of strangers or local authorities.

Depending on how you look at things, traveling alone can either be a financial win or a setback. Planning your accommodations might be easier this way as you only need to worry about one person. At the same time, you may very well miss out  on group discounts and the chance to use certain flash sales deals  as many require more than one traveler.

My sister-in-law is currently unmarried and doesn’t have any children. This makes her ability to pick up and go more of a reality (I joke with her to pack me in her suitcase). Since the start of this year, she’s traveled roughly five times, including a trip to Mexico just because. With three more trips in the works before the end of the year, no one in her family really seem fazed by her actions. She has always had a wanderlust attitude and doesn’t mind traveling the world with a companion, or by herself. Thankfully she’s never encountered dangerous situations.

No matter what you decide, it’s important to stay as safe as possible. Make sure you tell a friend or loved one about your travel plans. Certain people need to know your whereabouts in the event something unexpected occurs. Please note, this doesn’t mean you should broadcast play-by-play details on social media. You never know these days who’s a creep.

If traveling abroad, do your research prior to your departure. Check the news and internet for any location situations happening that can affect you. You’ll also want to check travel recommendations on the Department of State website for alerts and warnings. And don’t forget to locate U.S. embassies abroad.

Would you ever take a trip by yourself? Do you think it’s wise to travel solo?

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