Planning to explore a new city on your own this year? Well, you are not alone. 1 in every 5 travelers go solo at least once. Traveling solo offers a great chance of self-discovery of course on the cost of some unique challenges. Keep in mind these 7 amazing tips and hit the roads alone with confidence.

1. Map out your plans ahead of time to dodge unnecessary headaches later on.

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2. Make sure to carry your hotel or lodge's business card with you all the time to avoid forgetting the location.

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3. Make sure you pack light so that you can carry your luggage comfortably all by yourself.

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4. Always keep your family and friends updated about your whereabouts.

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5. Make sure not to tell strangers that you’re traveling alone or where you are staying unless necessary.

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6. Try to arrive at your destination during the day to avoid being alone in any sketchy areas at night alone.

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7. Before leaving for your trip make copies of all important documents or ID cards.

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And yes, traveling alone might be a scary thought but its liberating and life changing too.