Aruba has been my first solo travel trip – internationally at least – and it’s been a good learning experience. Some of the worries I had about solo travel before I left turned out to not be as big as I thought. There are some upsides and downsides to traveling alone. Here are a few things I’ve learned for future solo trips:
- Take advantage of room service. Eating alone at dinner isn’t much fun and doesn’t appeal to me, so I’ve leaned on room service quite a bit.
- Book some tours. You’ll not only see and experience some great things about the place you’re visiting, but you’ll meet some new and interesting people as well.
- Take a small medical kit. Some tours can get rough. Whether you’re cliff diving, hiking, or swimming, someone can get injured. Even if you don’t need it, someone on your tour might need a bandage or tape. Having a medical kit with you on the tour can make things better.
- Explore. Take the time to walk around the city and see the sights as best you can. If you’re hotel is a way off from the main areas, take a cab to a good starting point and see what the city/area has to offer.
- Bring some books. You’ll likely be spending more time by yourself than you would if you had a travel partner, so bring some books to pass the time.
- Meet some locals. Rather than just meeting fellow vacationers, take some time to meet some of the local people from the area. I’ve met some great people on Aruba that will likely turn into long term (remote) friendships.