6 Smart and Safe Solo Travel Tips

Travelling on your own can truly be one of the most enjoyable and empowering experiences you’ll ever know. Feeling the freedom of exploring new places by yourself, on your own terms and on your own schedule is truly second to none. Scoping out the best destinations as a single traveller is exciting to say the least, but it’s important to make the most out of your trip. As well as staying safe, you’ll want to make the most of being by yourself by meeting new people and creating memories to last a lifetime. Consider the following smart and safe solo travel tips and your upcoming venture will be smooth sailing and unforgettable.

1. Tell Someone Where You’re Staying

When you go travelling alone, it is important to let a member of your family or friend know where you’re staying. Giving a contact number or address of your hotel or rental apartment will not only give them peace of mind, but it will ensure that you have a level of safety. If you’re planning on travelling to a number of different cities or countries, you should give your itinerary to someone you trust so they know where you are at all times.

2. Make Plenty of Memories

Going travelling on your own doesn’t mean that you can’t take epic pictures and videos of the beautiful places you’re staying. This OM 5 allows you to capture high quality video and take selfies with ease, so that you can have memories to last a lifetime. When you’re travelling solo you need lightweight, portable items that you can manage on your own, so this is the perfect solution if you just want to carry your smartphone, rather than a bulky camera.

3. Do Your Homework Before You Go

Scoping out the area before you go is a great idea. This will give you the confidence to go out and about with ease when you arrive. Once you’re familiar with the area it will be much easier to plan your activities, restaurants and excursions. Head online to some relevant travel blogs and you will soon start to learn everything you need to know about your chosen destination. You may also need to look up local transportation to make sure you can get around the area easily.

4. Be Confident

When you’re out and about in a new place on your own you should try and exude an air of confidence if you can. If you look like a vulnerable tourist who looks lost with a map, you might be opening yourself up to pickpockets and thieves. Before you leave your hotel or apartment complex, look up where you’re going on a map and try to remember where you’re going. You can always stop and ask someone for directions along the way, but try to walk with purpose at all times!

5. Keep Your Valuables Safe

It is especially important to take care of your belongings when travelling abroad by yourself, after all there is nobody there to watch your bag when you go to the bathroom or stay in the hotel room whilst you pop to the supermarket. Get in touch with your accommodation provider and ask if they offer additional security measures such as a safe in your room. Keep your money, passport and any expensive items in your safe if possible. When you’re out and about try not to show your phone, laptop, tablet or any other gadgets and gizmos as this may attract unwanted attention. Staying safe when you’re travelling on your own should always be your number one priority and these safety measures will help you to achieve this.

6. Put Yourself Out There and Meet New People

There is something so special about connecting with new people when you go abroad. Meeting new people and making friends is arguably much easier to do when you’re on your own; you have no ties to the rest of your travel party and everything is on your own terms. Head to busy bars and cafes and strike up conversations with interesting people. You might make friends for life on your solo travelling trip!

Whether you’re travelling around the country you live in or you’re expanding your travels to Europe and beyond, there are so many exciting reasons to go solo! Staying safe during your travels should be your number one priority, as well as soaking up every new experience that is available to you. Hopefully these handy tips will allow you to enjoy a smooth and enjoyable adventure as a solo traveller!

A man on a beach

Lifestyle Product Review – Viking Cycle Ironborn Textile Jacket

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If you are like me, you appreciate getting quality for your hard-earned money. And if you ride a motor bike, you know how important quality bike gear and accessories are. A quality helmet, jacket, and pants for safety. Ideally you want quality, safety, functionality and good looks all in one package. If you are looking for a one stop shop for motorcycle gear, Viking Cycle has it all – jackets, vests, gloves, and more. Viking Cycle products have a strong focus on quality, safety, functionality, good looks and value. But Viking Jackets really stand out.

Overall Impressions of the Viking Cycle Ironborn Textile Jacket

The Viking Cycle Ironborn Textile Jacket is a top seller and great choice from their product line. It is well made and sturdy. The fit is just about perfect. I’m 6’1″ and 190 lbs. and a size large jacket fits me very well. There are several ways to further adjust the fit, including 2 straps on each sleeve secured by snaps, side straps at the waist, cuff straps at the wrists, and a neck strap. The zippers have large enough tabs that they can be used while wearing gloves. Overall, the jacket is fairly light and feels really comfortable on. The ventilation system is well thought out to provide cooling on those warm summer days. And the detachable liner is easily put back into the jacket for extra warmth on colder days.

If you are new to riding, or looking for an extra jacket, you can’t go wrong with the Viking Cycle Ironborn Jacket. And if you are going on a motorcycle tour, this is the jacket to get. Sure, there are lots of jackets out in the market, but this Viking Cycle jacket is superior quality and very affordable. There really is nothing not to like about this jacket! 

Pros

  • Looks great – you look the part when you where this jacket. It is very stylish and smart looking.
  • Functionality – there are pockets for everything and pockets for ventilation. There is a phone and earplug pocket with wire guide. A pen holder pocket and a large inside pocket for just about anything. There are 6 vent pockets – 2 on the front; 2 on the sleeves and 2 on the back. When it’s hot out, you can still wear this jacket in comfort.
  • Safety – this jacket is a well designed motorcycle jacket with safety in mind. It’s made to keep you safe with extra padding where needed and with a polyurethane coating to provide extra resistance against any possible road rash.
  • Price – at a price under $100, it is great value and you certainly won’t have any buyer’s remorse.
Girl on a motorcycle wearing a Viking Cycle jacket

Cons

  • It’s a motorcycle jacket – you could just wear it around town, but it really makes the most sense if you are getting on or off a bike.
  • Safety pads – the moulded safety pads in the elbows, back and shoulder seem a little thin compared to other jackets. That said, they are CE approved armor, and no doubt would do the job. The armor is just something to get your head around.

Summary

All in all, a great motorcycle jacket. I rate it a solid 9+ out of 10. It’s a really good looking jacket. It’s a highly functional motorcycle jacket with its pockets, vents, liner and safety features. And it’s a great value. You get it all with this Viking Cycle jacket! It is available in a variety of colors and trims. Get yours here – Viking Ironborn Men’s Motorcycle Jacket.

Lifestyle Product Review – The Tesalate Workout Towel

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I’m really quite in love with Tesalate towels. It’s hard not to like an innovative product that makes an old product new again. I started out with the Uber cool Tesalate beach towel. You choose the pattern on your towel when you order. It folds up into a small size to easily fit into a bag or your luggage. It dries you with ease and sand shakes off with a flick of the towel.

A Tesalate towel rolled up in its carry pack

And I’m happy to say that Tesalate has now added workout towels to their product line. I’m in love again with the new workout towels. They are perfect for workouts anywhere including when you travel. Here are 4 reasons why you should grab a Tesalate workout towel:

  • It’s personal equipment – From now on, I need my own dedicated towel. I don’t want a public towel. The Tesalate workout towel has your chosen design on one side and black and white on the other. One side face down on equipment; the other side for wiping sweat from you. I know right now that I won’t wash it every day but it won’t smell with its fast-drying fabric.
  • It’s versatile – If you are like most (and me), your workout routine includes a variety of activities. Fast walking, running, yoga, weights, boot camp. You name it and this workout towel works for whatever you are doing. It’s a perfect size and rolls up nice and small when you are done.
A Tesalate workout towel on a yoga mat
  • It’s Australian Tesalate cool – If you have a Tesalate beach towel, you know how cool this company is and how good the product is. They deliver outstanding products in over 100 countries around the world. If you are thinking “a towel is a towel”, think again. Over 30,000 five-star reviews can’t be wrong!
  • It’s designed to help keep you safe – The Pandemic has taught us that health and safety are paramount. In addition to its size and quick-drying, Tesalate workout towels have a safe antimicrobial additive built into the fabric. It’s the workout towel re-imagined. Antimicrobial helps protect you from bacteria as well as mold, mildew, and algae.

Summary:

It’s a different world out there. We all want peace of mind and this is just one more small piece. All in all, a quality functional product for home, outside, travel, or gym. You can get your workout towel from Tesalate here (join their mailing list and get 10% off).

A man working out with a Tesalate workout towel