Solo travel has become a trend in the recent past. Some people view it as a sign of independence, some as a spiritual quest while some as a measure of their independence. Whatever your reasons, we are here for it and we would like to ensure your solo trip to Kenya is nothing short of blissful. Here are a few tips on how to fully enjoy being alone in our beautiful country.
The first step in enjoying a solo trip is to have as little luggage as possible. That way, you won’t have to constantly seek for help with your bags everywhere you go. You will just have everything on your back and hand and be able to comfortably move around. Packing light also makes it easy to make impromptu travel plans such as road trips, camps and the likes.
Get out of Your shell
The best thing about travelling to a new country, even if it is just a border away, is that it is a clean slate. You do not have any one who knows you therefore, there are no judgements or expectations. Therefore, you easily be yourself without having to answer any questions. Getting out of your shell not only makes it easier to make new friends, but also build the courage to try out new things that will definitely give you great memories.
It might get lonely having no one to talk to while abroad. You will still be in touch with family and friends via phone but it is just not as personal as a face-to-face conversation. Since most solo travellers stay in hostels, try saying hello to the people around you. You will be surprised just how eager other travellers also are in making friends. Keep your guard up however because not everyone is concerned with your best interest.
Don’t shy from asking for help
Whenever you are not sure about something or you get stuck, do not hesitate to ask for help. Kenyans are known to have a sense of community and would easily offer a helping hand when necessary. In case you get lost in Nairobi, the best people to ask for help are security guards, receptionists at hotels or traffic policemen. Refrain from asking random strangers because you might end up trusting a con person.
Internet, Maps and New Places
One of the best things to do when alone is to try out places and spaces around you. You can start with the joints around your block so that it can be easier to get back to your hostel. And while walking there, you will most definitely end up discovering more places. Look at sites such as trip advisor for suggestions of places to check out. Also, ask for suggestions from online platforms. Then have a map application that can also work offline in case you run out of data.
Be open-minded and live the moment
The most crucial step towards enjoying a solo trip is by having an open mind about the new country. You have to be open to new experiences and new people, otherwise, your trip will be dull and frustrating. You also have to live in the moment for all the memories to be worthwhile. This means getting off of your screens and being conscious about everything happening around you.