3. Sometimes the best seat is at the bar
Eating by yourself in restaurants can be intimidating. If you’re travelling alone, relocate to the bar, where your neighbours might be more open to conversation. You can sometimes save a few bucks by doing this, too—a number of restaurants offer a bar-only, cut-rate menu.
4. Take safety precautions when travelling alone
Lebawit Lily Girma, author of the Moon travel guides on the Dominican Republic and Belize, advises those travelling alone to book rooms at small hotels and guest houses, where employees can provide valuable local intel. Let staff know whenever you go out for the evening (so they’ll notice if you fail to return), and rather than hailing a cab on the street, stick to official taxi stands or ask for names of trusted drivers at the front desk. As a bonus, staff-recommended drivers “are often some of the most knowledgeable tour guides,” says Girma.
5. You can always find friends online
Looking for someone to explore the world with? The Internet offers a plethora of places to meet fellow travellers. Travelbuddy.com will help you meet friends on the road, while thelmandlouise.com is a club for women who are travelling alone.