Research your destination
If you're a first-timer, research destinations that are well-travelled and get recommendations from other solo travellers. Once you've been to a couple of places on your own you'll have more confidence to visit more places which are off-the-beaten-track.
You're a one-man-band so make sure you pack efficiently - try microfibre travel towels, light-weight rucksack/suitcase and jacket, and a small carry-on. If you're a bookworm, don't pack tons of books - there'll be book swaps in cafes and hostels along the way!
Mix with other travellers
Sociable hostels (check the reviews), organised group tours, volunteer placements and local day-trips are easy ways of mixing with other travellers (and you might even find a travel buddy or two).
Arrive during the day
Try not to arrive in the evening or late at night, especially if you're a first-timer. Trying to negotiate your way to a hostel in the dark when you're in an unfamiliar place can be quite overwhelming.
Download these handy apps
There are hundreds of apps out there, but the main ones are Skype, Maps.me (offline map) a translator app as well as a currency converter, Uber and Spotify for those long and boring coach rides.
Embrace local experiences
Whether it's a local cooking class, a home-stay, a village visit or another local experience... get amongst it. You'll get a real feel for the culture and you'll meet other travellers with the same interests as you.
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