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UK Solo Trip


The United Kingdom is ideal for undertaking a solo trip. Its compact size makes it a little less daunting to explore on your own as compared to larger countries. Plus it really helps that most places in the UK are highly developed with excellent infrastructure, efficient transport system, a rich and diverse culture, super easy to navigate on your own, relatively quite safe and the people are very used to having solo travellers in their midst. And surprise surprise everyone speaks English!

Of late many intrepid travellers have discovered the pros of setting out solo to explore the world on their own terms. Whether you are doing a solo trip for the first time and have decided on a backpacking tour of the UK or you are a seasoned solo traveller, one thing is for sure - you have chosen the perfect destination for embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.

Read on for tips on how to prepare, plan and make the most of your solo trip to this mind-blowingly beautiful country.

Where to Stay in UK when Travelling Solo 

One of the challenges when travelling solo is to find accommodation that is well connected to the nearest bus, tube or train station, centrally located, safe and affordable. Across UK, B&B and boutique hotels are plenty, popular, easy to find and are a good bet for solo travellers travelling on a budget. Do some research online and book in advance as the best places tend to fill up pretty fast especially in the summer. Apart from being a more compact, less intimidating and cheaper option compared to large hotel chains, a B&B stay includes a hearty British breakfast and give you the chance to meat up and make friends with the owner and like-minded solo travellers who would be more than willing to point you in the right direction and give you some valuable travel tips.     

Tips for Getting Around UK Solo 

Buy A Travel Card for London: If you are going to be spending a few days in London it is best to get yourself an Oyster Travel Card on arrival. It works out much cheaper than paying for individual trips and can be used on the red London buses and the metro or tube as it is called colloquially, which is all that you really need to get around within the city. For connectivity between cities and towns across UK take a domestic flight or hop on to a train although be aware that the train journey may often cost more than the flight ticket.

Use Maps: The Brits love organising their lives and maps are the key to understanding their sense of order when it comes to figuring out where a particular place is and how to get there.  Since you are travelling solo it is always better to familiarise yourself with the places you intend to go to beforehand. Being as well as prepared as possible will go a long way in helping you avoid pitfalls.     

Book City Walking Tours: Walking tours are very popular across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and are conducted in a very engaging manner. Many of them are also free or charge nominally. Joining a tour is a great way for a solo traveller to explore parts of a new city and learn some quirky historical trivia about the place as well. Check for day tours, walking tours and theme-based tours. It is also a great way to meet people, have a conversation and find some good company that a solo traveller tends to crave for at times.   

Avoid Isolated Places: You are travelling solo so you already have plenty of your own space not to venture out to lonely, isolated places on your own. Stay with the crowd of locals or join a tour with fellow travellers or at least have a local guide accompany you, especially when exploring off-the-beaten-track places.

Get Travel Insurance: While it goes without saying that one should always be cautious, stay alert and take care of their belongings when travelling solo, it is best not to leave anything to chance. Getting international travel insurance should be part of trip planning and preparedness because your travel insurance policy will act as your most important backup to cover you in case of any mishap or unforeseen emergency such as theft, an accident or loss of luggage. Buying travel insurance for UK is essential to secure your solo trip so make sure you don’t leave home without it. Be safe and enjoy your solo adventure in UK.

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