The idea of solo backpacking might not be for everyone: you’re away from your favourite humans, you’re in a foreign country, and the language barrier might be a turn-off. However, solo backpacking is one of the most rewarding trips you can take; they help you to gain independence, focus on your destination, meet different people and socialise, and it takes you out of your comfort zone. Two other rewarding aspects of travelling solo is that you have the complete freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. Because when you travel with friends and family, you need to be accommodating, even when you don’t want to. Lastly, you don’t have to worry about your trip falling through because your friends and family decided they couldn’t go at the last minute; either by dropping you at the last minute or by not saving enough money for the trip. Waiting for someone else will always hinder your travelling plans. Especially if you have always wanted to travel. Israel is a great backpacking destination, especially if you’re interested in visiting Tel Aviv. Many people enjoy flying to Tel Aviv for their backpacking solo trip as Tel Aviv is an inexpensive, vibrant city, jam-packed with activities for solo travellers. Since it’s affordable for many, you can find many budget-friendly hostels during your backpacking trip. Another plus is their delicious food. Tel Aviv is known to be a food city as they have markets with fresh food and ingredients, a variety of cruises and restaurants. And restaurant hopping is a great activity for food lovers during a holiday destination. But, as amazing as it sounds, planning a solo trip isn’t easy and it needs planning. So, before you board your Tel Aviv flight, read these helpful tips for solo backpackers.

Always have a solid plan before you go

We all know that having a concrete plan before you go, even for backpackers, will make all the difference in the world. It’s understandable that as a backpacker, you’re more interested in wandering around, but this golden rule is still applicable. This is because you won’t have a travel companion and the planning responsibility solely falls on you. So, here are a few factors you need to take note of during your planning stage:
  • Have a set date for your trip and decide on what seasons you’re comfortable backpacking in.
  • Familiarise yourself with routes. Luckily, with the internet, you can look at trip reports, online maps, aerial photos, and elevation profiles. This is helpful, especially if you struggle with anxiety as you will be able to prepare yourself, know the routes, and know if there are any seasonal hazards.
  • Have an outline of how you are going to travel around the area and what activities you plan on doing. There is a variety of things to do in Tel Aviv. To name a few, you can go to the Tel Aviv museum of art, beaches, Rabin Square, Tel Aviv Port, and their markets.
  • Make sure you only pack in what you need. For example, comfortable clothes, shoes, and a warm jacket.

Be open to making new friends on the trip

Travelling alone isn’t easy, and sometimes you just need someone to talk to. But, there is no such thing as being alone when backpacking, as there will be many other backpackers around who are open to new friendships. If you find yourself struggling to make friends, try and stay open to a new conversation. Who knows, you may all decide to travel together, and it could be the start of a lasting friendship. It’s also safer to make friends with other travellers you meet so that they can help you around a big city that you’re unfamiliar with.

Bring enough money and spend wisely

The last thing you need is to be short of money. Luckily, backpacking trips don’t need much money as you will always be on the lookout for the most affordable deal. But, even so, make sure you track your spending when out on the road, especially when it comes to food as its very easy to overindulge.

Be aware of your surroundings

When backpacking alone in a foreign country, it is easy for you to find yourself in dangerous areas. Although it’s not to say you're in danger, it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you. It would be ideal to walk around in groups with other travellers, especially at night. This will ensure that you aren’t completely alone in a city you don’t know. Another safety tip is to carry a notebook around with you, featuring all the important numbers you need. This will ensure that you have your families’ contact details, should anything happen to you or if you lose your phone.

Keep in contact with your family

Always keep in contact with your family back home. You’re travelling alone to an unfamiliar country, so your family will be worried about you. And you will surely miss them. So, try contacting them at least once a day to let them know you’re okay and to tell them about your trip. That way, they can have peace of mind knowing that you’re okay. Lastly, always give them the phone number of the places you’re staying at and if you’ve met a friend, you can also give them their cell number just in case anything happens.

Final thoughts

Backpacking alone is not as dreary as people make it out to be. As long as you have planned things out, know where you are going, and have money, then you will have a blast. You will enjoy the sense of freedom it comes, with and you will gain so much knowledge about the people and the culture. So, what are you waiting for, book your flight to Tel Aviv and experience the wonders of backpacking?

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