There’s something about doing things alone that has therapeutic effects. A walk in the park by yourself can be a rare opportunity to think without any interruptions; a solo dinner allows you to spend some quality time with yourself, and so on. Traveling solo can be an extraordinary experience that will help you discover yourself and grow.
Solo traveling is not a new concept. According to a 2015 survey, more than 25% of people have traveled alone in their most recent overseas leisure vacation. But, what if your destination is a country as foreign and exotic as Kenya? How can you prepare yourself for such a massive cultural clash? And, what should you do to ensure you’re safe throughout your entire journey?
Here’s how to enjoy your solo Kenyan adventure to the fullest
First Thing First, Pack Clever – When traveling solo, packing light isn’t as important as packing smart. Inconveniences amplify when you’re on your own and don’t have someone to rely on in case things go astray. So, you need to prepare yourself for any scenario that might wreak havoc your journey. Bring with you only the items that provide comfort and convenience and that serve more than one purpose. Sure, you might look gorgeous in those strappy sandals or dress shirt, but is it really necessary? Ensure that everything you need is always with you. That way, you will be just fine in case your luggage gets lost or is delayed. Here’s a list of the best packing cubes that will make it easier for you to keep your essentials with you at all times.
Have A Plan – One of the best things about solo traveling is that you can do what you want whenever you want without having to care about the preferences of others. However, it would be an excellent idea to plan your trip to Kenya in detail (as much as you can). Create a list of itineraries and a schedule for how much time you plan to spend visiting each of them. According to Tuko.co.ke, some of the best destinations everyone should visit include Samburu (home to the Big Five: African lion, African elephant, African leopard, white and black rhinos, and Cape buffalos,) Malindi beach, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Tsavo, and the Amboseli National Park. Another excellent idea would be to work with a tutor and familiarize yourself with the Swahili language. Sure, Kenya is a multilingual country, and people understand English. But, wouldn’t it be nice to learn some useful Swahili phrases and communicate with Kenyans in their native tongue?.
Get Your Shots – It should go without saying that you shouldn’t plan a solo trip to Kenya without making sure that you are safe medical wise. There are numerous mandatory injections and medication that you need to take such as Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Poliomyelitis, Typhoid, Tetanus, Cholera, Yellow Fever, and Meningococcal Meningitis. There are also Malaria tablets that you must take to avoid getting infected. Don’t let the long list of injections scare you. Kenya is rather safe, but you are traveling to a new continent, in a different hemisphere. Your body needs help to get accustomed to everything there.
Don’t Be Afraid to Sacrifice Comfort for Experience – You could travel to Kenya and lock yourself away in the most luxurious hotel rooms and penthouses. But, try to step out of your comfort zone and live an authentic experience. Going without electricity, eating with your hands or bathing in cold water never killed anyone. So, don’t be afraid to sacrifice a five-star experience for a truly immersive journey.
Be Respectful – This rule should be available for any trip you’re taking, whether solo or accompanied. Don’t flash out your designer clothes or expensive jewelry. Dress lightly and casually and try not to draw attention to yourself. Traveling alone to Kenya might be one of the best decisions you will ever make. There are so many things to explore and discover that you will fall desperately in love with Kenya. This experience can be a great opportunity for personal growth and self-discovery. Follow the tips above to ensure you’ll make the most of your journey.
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