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3 Things To Take With When You’re Solo Traveler.

Solo traveling is not for everyone but traveling is the best thing ever. For me, solo traveling is better as I had the opportunity to do what enriches my soul and heart. Most importantly I did it when I wanted to. If you decide to go on an Ocean Safari at 7 am, you don’t have to worry about waking your friends and making sure they’re ready so you don’t become late.

It can be hard as you need to grow and learn to mingle with other people. Day trip, you are alone. You will definitely learn to open that mouth and make friends in your stay.

I’m planning my next trip as a Solo Traveler as well. So here are the following things you need to remember when preparing/packing for your trip:

1. Copies of Your Travel/Identity Documents

Imagine being stranded and you don’t have anything to provide as proof. #Jailbird. I got into trouble for not carrying any of my documents. The Police Officer asked for my ID or Passport and I said it’s in my room. Never will I forgot, nor should you.

The least you can do is make copies of every document you’re taking with you, your driver’s license/ID, passport, visa, travel insurance, credit cards, plane tickets, hotel reservations and anything else you may be bringing with you.

2. Power Bank

A power bank will definitely help when you’re in transit, traveling around. The worst that could happen is a dead phone and you are 3 hours away from your hotel/hostel. Happened to my iPhone but at least I had a backup phone. The reason for that inconvenience was because I didn’t recharge the power bank. Silly me!

3. A Book

If you travel with your laptop, great. But you can sit at the bus station or beach with your laptop now, can you? So a book is the best you will ever do for yourself. Actually not just one book, several. You are traveling solo so you will have a bit of time on your hands. You took public transport or you’re on a plane to your destination. A book will make your life perfect. All your electronic are super charged for the important moments and you just reading your favourite book. – Nomadic Nomzeth

 

 

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First Night Out in Tofo Beach :)

It’s night-time. Who sleeps on vacation? Some of you, do. Well, I don’t. It’s 7 pm we’re all dressed up for dinner. There were many restaurants to choose from but I was not hungry as the first thing I did when I smelt food was to order chicken and chips as there was no fish.  I need to tell you about this. So we went to one of the restaurants and it was full, there were no tables available. So we stood there like idiots. Then one of the girls ask the two men sitting next to the exit if we could just sit while waiting for a table. They both agreed, of course, they agreed. Why wouldn’t they? We introduced ourselves and they did the same. From talking about origin to how can a person travel for 8 months in a year. How does he generate money? One of the girls said you must be rich and the awkward laugh came gushing out from all of us. We then slowly stood up, one by one grumbling that we would sit the whole night waiting for a table. But we just had to leave that environment.

Anyway, we went to a lovely restaurant I ordered my favourite beer, Heineken and guess what they didn’t have it so my only option was Doshem, which is good by the way. The ladies were hungry so they ordered pizza. The menu had a Beach boy pizza, wish I had tried it, might order it next time I’m in Mozambique. It’s a music affair, I can hear some of the South African music. I felt at home. It’s an arts building in front of the restaurant. We went there for a fashion show. We thought why not go and mingle with the locals and fun backpackers. We danced the night away.

I was introduced to a Mozambican guy who lives in Australia, he was very sweet. He promised to take me Kayaking as I wanted to do as many activities in the short space of time I was there. Great. I saw South Africans showing off their talents. It was a great first night. -Nomadic Nomzeth

 

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First Time Solo Traveler_ Part 1

Everything happens for a reason. This all started in August, no itinerary just a trip to Mozambique.  It was time for our vacation but my friends decided not to go anymore. Boy did I feel like crying, but I said I’m going, even if it means going alone.

So I booked a Intercape bus ticket from Johannesburg to Maputo where I would sleep at Fatima’s Backpackers for the night and leave the following morning. Arrived at Maputo at 17h45 with the hopes that my pick up shuttle will be waiting for me but I was fooled by an old man who said he was going to Fatima’s only to find he was taking chances and I had to pay him 500mt. He dropped me off safely at the backpacker hostel where I met several beautiful solo travelers. Two Brazilian guys and a beautiful American lady.

I had to sort out my internet so I could either SKYPE or Whatsapp my mother in South African. I decided to use Mobicel as I assumed it would be better than Vodacom. But assumptions are never good but it wasn’t that bad for. We shared stories and eventually decided on going out to a chilled bar in Maputo. I decided to take a nap so I can feel fresh for the night out but I didn’t wake up until 03h00 the following morning when I had to catch a 05h00 bus to Tofo in Inhambane. – Nomadic Nomzeth