Most people put travelling high on their priority lists each year. This is great, especially when you just want to get away from life’s routines and create precious memories. However, depending on company can have you postponing that long awaited break. But you can follow your own interests and live on your own schedule if you want to.
So, if you’re heading to Cape Town on holiday or business alone, here are a few tips on travelling alone that you need to know.
Why Travel Solo?
Travelling alone can give you the chance to indulge yourself fully. You rest when you want and pour it on when you’re feeling ambitious. Furthermore, your mistakes are yours and your triumphs more exciting. You don’t have to worry about ruining your partner’s day. it’s your own day to salvage or chalk up to a learning experience. Also, you can do exactly what you want to do, all the time. Here are five tips for your solo travel:
1. Plan in advance
Do some advance planning. You don’t need a detailed plan but you should know, for the first night at least, where you’re going to stay. Cape Town is blessed with some of the finest and most affordable accommodation places, but there are many more which are not half so pricey. Do your research and book before you leave.
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2. Eat big
You might be tempted to live on fast food, just to avoid awkward restaurant situations. Don’t. In fact, fancy establishments are fantastic places to dine alone. Waiters are happy to help solo diners. If you’re looking to immerse yourself in cultural cuisine, then try the Cape Malay Cooking Safari.
3. Go out and enjoy yourself
Go out in the evenings. Also, go to pubs and bars and grab a seat at the bar. Go to concerts and the theatre. It’s all possible solo. Just remember to leave a note in your room saying where you are going and when you expect to be back. If you are meeting someone, indicate whom.
4. Go on organised tours
Break up long trips with organized tours. You’ll enjoy the company and a chance to let someone else take care of all the details. The best place to start is on the hop-on-hop-off double decker red bus. The two-day, two-route ticket includes a free night tour (in season), and canal cruise, and it means you can explore Cape Town in your own time.
5. Trust your instinct
Be aware of your surroundings and listen to your gut. If something doesn’t seem right, leave. Avoid dark alleys
Know the value of being seen. A public place is always safer than a private place.