Travelling on your own without any companion is exciting even though some people find it a bit challenging. There are many benefits you get from travelling solo. And the biggest perk is the freedom you experience. You are free to plan your trip however you want. You are free to visit any place you’d like. And you are also free to spend your budget. However, it is also true that solo travelling is quite challenging in some ways.
Challenge of solo travelers discrimination
One of the biggest challenges of travelling solo is discrimination. Most of the time, solo travelers face discrimination from the travel industry itself such as hotels, and any other types of accommodations. Most hotels prioritize couples and family when it comes to room booking.
Solo travelers are also often given less favorable room. Not to mention that they have to pay full for a room meant for couple. Even though there are few travel agents who have already made slight changes to the system that tend to discriminate solo travelers, it is still far from being accommodating. It is important to be smart and make yourself comfortable during your solo adventure.
Tips and tricks to solo travel more smoothly
Discrimination against solo travelers cannot be avoided completely for now. However, there are alternatives in which you can soften the blow or avoid the big hurdles. Here are some of the tips and trick you can try for smooth solo travel:
Choose more comfortable time to travel solo
Avoid travelling solo during peak season because it is when people including big families and couples have a vacation as well. The chance is, the hotels will prioritize them than solo travelers because they are more promising for their business. Meanwhile, you can enjoy greater negotiating power if you travel during low season. Hotels tend to be more willing to waive a single supplement for solo travelers.
Share a room with fellow solo traveler
Instead of paying fully for your room, you can instead split the bill with fellow solo traveler you meet and share a room. This is also a great opportunity to make new friend. Even if you just want to share a room without doing any activities together throughout your stay it is okay too as long as you both agree to it.
Do not hesitate to ask or negotiate
The hotels might not offer special option for solo travelers. However, it won’t hurt to just ask if they can provide an incentive to lower their cost for you. Asking for a waiver doesn’t have to make you feel embarrassed because you are a solo traveler.
Choose casual dining-outlets
If you don’t want to be bothered by dining alone, choose more casual place. In fact, casual outlets are often visited more by solo patrons. Hence, you won’t be looked down, bothered, or commented by eating alone. You also won’t feel out of place and get to enjoy your meals to the fullest.