Take a risk and step out of your comfort zone during Independence Month.  We gathered some great tips for your next solo trip from a few travelers who have been exploring the globe for years!

Confidence. The more you challenge yourself; the more you stretch yourself, the bigger your world becomes. You can learn how to navigate in a strange city, build a campfire, learn a language. Overcome one obstacle, and you meet the next more confidently. Now, when seeds of self-doubt spring up, I remind myself, Well, you’ve come this far, what’s the big deal?”                                                                       - Beth Whitman, Wanderlust and Lipstick

Trust everyone and no one.  One of the best reasons to travel alone is to meet new people, but this also makes you more vulnerable. It’s okay to hang out, travel and share with new friends, but you might not want to ask them to hold your money. Scam artists can often be the most charming companions you’ll find; you want to be open-minded, but keep your guard up enough to ensure your safety.”                                       -Independent Traveler 

“Always be friendly, respectful and straight when you’re talking to people in a foreign country. You’re in their country, never forget that. Make sure you learn at least a few words, and say everything with a big honest smile, even if you feel rotten.”      - Benedict Cooper, Travel Dudes

“Be prepared.  A well-prepared itinerary helps me feel secure and keeps me occupied. I do a lot of research and planning before I get on the bus/plane/train.”              - Oneika the Traveler