Travelling on your own can be daunting – so make it easy on yourself by getting super organised before you leave.

1) Print off important documents

These should include flight details, confirmation emails, hostel reservations, insurance documents and important contacts. It’s also worth keeping back-up copies online – so family and friends can access them in an emergency.

2) Buy a passport wallet

These are great for storing extra documents – such as flight tickets and ID forms. It’s important not to lose anything when crossing borders – or you could be refused entry.

Travelling solo? 5 things to do before you leave | Fabulous travel guide

Travelling solo? 5 things to do before you leave | Fabulous travel guide

3) Make a note of important numbers

Keep a notebook of important phone numbers – who to call if you lose your bank card, emergency services, insurance details etc. Keep reference numbers and passwords handy too, as you may need these over the phone.

4) Check the visa requirements

Don’t be caught out – always do your research before travelling to a foreign country. Some countries require that you have proof of onward travel; others will only allow 90 days entry.

5) Book your first night’s accommodation

No matter how old you are, it’s always daunting arriving in a new city at night. So make sure you book your first night’s accommodation well in advance.

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