Traveling Alone

Traveling Alone

It can be a daunting task to travel alone, when you are with friends you can give everyone tasks and responsibilities, but when you are alone it’s all up to you!
Now, is that a bad thing? I would personally think not!

When you are with a group of people you always have to be sure to please everyone, now it’s time to be selfish and do traveling how you want it to be!
Traveling to work alone by train or other public transport isn’t so much different from traveling solo by airplane. The scale is a lot bigger yes, but the same rules apply.

Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Never leave your bags unattended.
  • Always be on the lookout of people trying to take advantage!
  • Make sure that all your travel documentation is secure but easy to reach.
  • Keep your phone charged at all times!
  • Make sure to download the airport/airline apps.
  • Be on time!

Luggage:

When you travel with more than just your backpack you are hauling quite a responsibility. You can’t just leave your luggage unattended anywhere.

I work at the airport and often I see the Military Police check out people’s unattended luggage and it’s not pretty. They go trough all your belongings and you will get a fine because you wasted their time.

Now, there are more reasons why not to leave your luggage unattended. Someone can steal your luggage of course! Going on a trip without clothes, toothbrush or anything else can be a hassle, so make sure you keep it close at all times!

People can also put stuff in your bag to try to smuggle certain contraband out of the country and into another country. We all know that you can get some serious jail time in certain countries, so please be carefull!

But what about a restroom break? If you really have to go, you really have to go! It’s that simple! Luckily most airport bathrooms have thought about your luggage! most of the bathrooms are big enough so you can haul your luggage with you. Sometimes there’s even a place to hang your jacket or place your backpack in a secure location inside the bathroom.

Travel Documentation:

It’s always important to have all documentation handy, but it’s also important to keep it secure. How does one keep their documents safe?
Personally I keep it in my backpack between all other kind of stuff, so that when someone goes trough my backpack, they won’t find it fast enough to take advantage. I know that this isn’t a waterproof system, but it hasn’t failed yet!

But you can also buy what is called by people a fanny pack.

A fanny pack is basically a tiny satchel that goes around your waist and can be under your shirt, it’s easy to reach for yourself, harder to reach for others.

Nowadays you can use your smartphone to keep your travel documents handy without having the need with papers everywhere!

Smart Devices

Almost everyone in the world has a smart device now, a mobile phone, gone are the years where a phone was just for calling, now it’s a pocket computer that can do anything! So why not use it to the fullest?

Airports do still the electronic boards with all the travel info, but they rather have you use their application. Do they do that because they want to track you? Atleast in Europe, that’s not alowed. They want to be able to give you all the information you need without wasting too much space in the airport itself.
Because why wouldn’t you want a map from the airport so you can walk around easily?
It can also display live info about your gate, about delays, and all other relevant information, so why not use it?

Did you know you could even have a QR code to check in and to show your ticket at the gate? It’s really handy, but there’s also a catch.
Make sure that your smart device with your tickets has atleast some charge and bring a powerbank while traveling, you will not regret it!

Be on time!

I can’t stress it enough to friends and family, but when you travel always be on time!
There’s a really good rule in airtravel:

  • domnestic (mainland Europe included): 2 hours before departure
  • International: 3 hours before departure

Why have they made these rules?
Because it’s a proven concept that this actually works for everyone, the traveler and the company. Because this garentees that you will be able to get trough security and to your gate on time.
One time, years ago, I traveled to an island on the Canaric Islands and we had a wait time inline for the passport that was so lang that it took 2 hours and 15 minutes to get trough. Now this is ofcourse a more extreme situation, but you do not want to miss your airplane because of this!

Do you have any suggestions or questions? Be sure to use the comment section!

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