BEFORE YOU DEPART
Traveling alone can be exciting, scary, liberating and relaxing. But before you get on that airplane and fly out on your solo trip, here’s a quick list of things you should take care of:
Traveling to a new country alone can be a lot to handle. Doing proper research before you go is essential in order to make sure things go smoothly during your trip.
Some things you could research ahead of time are:
- Your hotel amenities
- The area you are staying in and what activities you can do around there
- Transportation possibilities
- The language and ways to communicate
Knowing these things ahead of time can prevent difficulties and it can help you properly prepare and bring or arrange everything you might need before traveling.
Because you’re traveling alone, it’s important to take care of your personal belongings. We recommend to always leave your official documents in your hotel safe and keep copies in your travel bags for if you might need them during the day.
Also, leave a copy of all documents including where you are staying for your loved ones who are not traveling with you. This way, in case of emergency, they know where to find you and how.
Not to forget, arrange your travel insurance prior to your departure. This can be a lifesaver if you happen to lose your flight, personal belongings or if something happens to you during your trip.
Here’s the fun part! Make a list of all the things you would like to do during your trip. See if you can book activities in advance, figure out what you might need to take part in these activities (for example: sneakers, swimsuits etc) and pack these as well before you leave.
DURING YOUR STAY
Curacao has a lot to offer for the solo traveler. For tips on what to do, you can check out our article Top 5 things to do in the city of Willemstad. But aside of all the great activities you can experience, make sure you take these points into consideration:
Many people discover or rediscover themselves during a solo trip. Make sure that in between all the fun activities on your itinerary, you make time to unwind and relax and really enjoy the alone time you have.
Enjoy the trip, and we mean truly enjoy it. Don’t overbook your days because you will be too tired to enjoy all of it. Give yourself time to rest properly in order to be fully energized for your next day’s activities!
Make memories and new friends
Don’t be afraid to get out there and meet new friends. Ask locals for help, directions or to just take your picture at a spot you want to remember. Who knows you might find great friends during your trip.