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    Solo Travelers Are Sharing Their Best Tips For Traveling Alone And These Are So Important

    What to know before you go.

    The thought of traveling alone can sound a bit intimidating, but it can be one of the most rewarding experiences. And although we can't all travel right now, we can at least start thinking ahead.

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    If you're thinking of booking a solo trip in the future, there are some important things to know before you pack your bags. I spoke with several solo travel pros who offered their best tips and advice. Let me introduce them!

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    1. Buy an international SIM card prior to your trip.

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    2. Consider signing up for activities to meet like-minded people.

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    3. If you're traveling internationally, familiarize yourself with a few basic words in the country's language.

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    4. Be open to sitting with other people while out at dinner.

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    5. Bring a tripod to be your own photographer.

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    6. Capture your travel memories by journaling.

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    7. Plan out your transportation ahead of time.

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    8. Check TripAdvisor for small group day tours.

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    9. Meet and connect with locals while you travel.

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    10. Send your itinerary to a family member or friend.

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    11. Beware of pickpocketing, and invest in an anti-theft bag.

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    12. Lock up your valuables in a safe in your hotel room.

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    13. Join Facebook groups for solo travelers prior to your trip.

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    14. Play it safe by making several copies of your travel documents.

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    15. Take advantage of offline maps when you have bad cell service.

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    16. Be aware of the type of wire you're using at public charging stations.

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    17. Save those social media posts for after you leave your location.

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    18. Carry cash with you, but only as much as you need for the day.

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    19. Start off with a solo trip around the state you live in before going international.

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    20. When using public transportation, travel during the daytime instead of at night.

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    21. Do research on your destination's customs before packing your suitcase.

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    Have any solo travel tips not mentioned here? Share them in the comments!

    Disclaimer: This article was written to provide future travel recommendations or suggestions. However, it’s important to keep in mind your own health, community health, and COVID-19 exposure risk.