After a hectic holiday season and a total year of 2022, the truth is that you might want to start the new year alone. Increasingly, people are coming to respect the idea of solitude—and solo escapades—and we don’t blame them. But if you’ve been hesitant to book that solo trip, don’t worry. In fact, women are currently the largest single travel group, and the market for black women is on the rise. So if you want to book a trip alone, there are apps that can help you with that.
Solo travel was already on the rise before 2020, but in the years since, it is clear that many feel that they simply have no time to waste. One of the reasons why roamers choose to go it alone is because they want to see the world without having to wait for others to ask for time off work (which is likely to be refused) or argue about family matters. These wanderers want what they want when they want it, and the feeling of freedom and independence on a vacation away from home is second to none.
If any of the above applies to you, we get it. You’ve entertained the idea of taking the plunge into solo travel, but don’t know where to start or if the trip is safe. That’s why we’ve put together a list of apps that help you arrange, manage and complete your travel and itinerary details with safety in mind, so you can have a seamless trip without anyone following you around.
As a side note, we would also advise you to be open to meeting new people when traveling alone. Statistics show that when people travel in groups, it is to explore activities, but when they wander alone, they are very successful in meeting new people and building deeper connections. With that in mind, check out our list below.
TripIt, the great app, organizes your travel plans in seconds, all in one place. One of the biggest travel problems is the amount of space, data and apps you usually have open at the same time to navigate from one place to the next. By simply entering key information, TripIt automates your travel planning, while consistently updating you on real-time delays, cancellations, seat tracking, alternative flight options, cheap flight tracking and more.
There are many destinations that still don’t have Uber, but taxis and drivers are usually available to wait outside your terminal to transport you to your stay or next destination. Since we’re now in an age of sharing, these types of transport options can feel confusing – and that’s where Bolt comes in. Bolt is a 24/7 ride request app that lets you share ride details and has an emergency tab. Even if you don’t choose Bolt as a service, it’s a great app to reference rates and fares so you don’t get ripped off in the process of choosing transportation.
XE Currency and money transfer
Currency conversion is confusing. From the exchange rates to the fees required to withdraw money, a country’s currency is not the easiest thing to navigate on your travels or when buying something abroad. XE Currency & Money Transfer lets you transfer money easily with reasonable money transfer fees while keeping track of your money and converting currencies wherever you go. XE is currently used in over 130 countries. Do yourself a favor and download XE Currency & Money Transfer.
When Waze entered the chat room in 2006, it was a game changer and continues to be one of the best navigation apps available. When traveling alone, it’s best to be more alert than usual. Waze does its best to notify you of every single hazard, roadblock, accident, and police watching near or approaching the scene. It is best to download this app before you travel.
Although the name Meetup may evoke dating references, Meetup is a social app that uses your location or intended destination to find events of interest! From cooking classes to excursions, use Meetup to build your entire itinerary while meeting other tourists and possibly new friends along the way!
We would never recommend you travel abroad to a non-English speaking country without having Google Translate pre-installed. Although it is installed on many Androids, it can also be downloaded on Apple iPhones. The best part of Google Translate is that you don’t necessarily need to type foreign words. You can also take pictures of signs, text and menus and translate them in seconds. You can also use the microphone to record a note and translate it almost instantly.
Moonlight is an app dedicated to emergency preparedness, and is one of the most experienced travelers honors. Formerly known as SafeTrek, this app was launched to monitor people as they walk and exercise outdoors, helping them get safely from point A to B. However, the app has evolved, and a recent highlight is the panic button that lets you signal when you may feel that you are in a compromised situation. If you don’t enter your pin location within minutes, police officers will track you down and show up to make sure everything is in order.
Noel Cymone Walker is a NYC-based writer specializing in beauty, fashion, music, travel, and cultural anthropology. She has written and produced images for several notable publications such as The Recording Academy/The Grammys, The Fader, Billboard, OkayPlayer, Marie Claire, Glamour, Allure, Essence, Ebony and more.
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