Solo traveler consider airport transfer 

Solo traveler consider airport transfer is my best ever advice. When I first went to Ljubljana in Slovenia I made a decision before I even left the UK to ensure I either booked airport transfer or consider private taxi hire. There is nothing worse that going to a foreign land and having no clue how to move about and even then when you land you find everything is written in local vernacular and hardly anyone speaks English (very common in some Eastern European countries).


As a solo traveler the first thing that comes to mind when I am booking my mini holidays or long haul holidays is my safety. Obviously nothing is 100% guaranteed but I always think it is important to make plans and prepare where possible. My first ever solo trip was to Zambia to see my family and friends, I was obviously more excited but I was still thinking of my safety. This was my first travel without my parents or MOH, I was looking forward to exploring my old towns, seeing my friends but with all these things going on in my mind the foremost was my safety. I went through all the basics my mummy ever taught me and my common sense. My second solo trip was visiting my friend in Seoul, South Korea. Again my safety not only when I arrived but before then at the airports. These two solo trips were the easiest and hardest I had ever done, easiest in terms of safety and hardest because it was me coming out of my comfort zone without a parachute.

Fast forward to my first solo weekend getaway to Brussels, I took Eurostar to Brussels, Belgium and when I arrived I had no clue where to go so I started looking for taxis to take me to my hotel. I paid more in taxis fare than a local because the taxis driver picked up on my nervousness (I asked the hotel guy how much it’s costs from that particular station to hotel and it seems I paid double that). I have learnt that this is a common occurrence in most countries so to combat that I have resorted to only ever using airport transfers because I know the price before hand, I already made arrangements as to when to be picked up and where to be dropped off and my return journey is sorted.

 

In Ljubljana, Slovenia I used a car service called Go Opti which offers airport transfer in a lot of cities. It was recommended by a fellow blogger so I was happy to use the service and glad I did. I was picked up from airport with 3 other people (I chose a shared device), first couple got dropped off first then 2 minutes later I got dropped off and confirmed with the driver the pickup for the next day back to the airport (I told you it was spontaneous).

In Praha (Prague), Czech Republic I booked airport transfer with Prague transfers. Like with Ljubljana I was picked up at airport terminal and though my flight was delayed the driver waited for us, this is the beauty about booking airport transfer but also a pitfall always check their conditions on delayed flights and contact numbers of they are 24 hours or not. We arrived 2 hours late, at 2am and Prague airport transfer driver waited, drove us to the hotel, ensured we had entered and checked in before he left. Pick up was incredible too, he arrived an hour early in case we changed our mind or transfer suddenly became a problem which thankfully was not the case. For Brno, Czech Republic I used Suntransfers a private tax service and they offer impeccable service, flight was slightly delayed and they waited.

I am not against using public transport, when I went back for round 2 to Seoul last year I took public transport from airport to my friend’s place as she was working. I did this because I knew where I was going, I was familiar with their transport system and speak enough to get shown the way. But for anyway new places I visit I feel for solo travelers it’s always important to think of your safety first and adventure second. I am not saying don’t take risks just be smart about them.

Have you ever traveled alone? Used airport transfer? What’s your preference public transport or organised pick up?

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  1. March 11, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    I have travelled alone (with a baby) and always planned really well in advance. When I was living in New Zealand and came to the uk for a holiday (before returning here) I booked us into a airport pod to sleep and organised everything and it was the best thing I did. Made the trip so much easier.

    Angela

    • March 12, 2016 / 6:15 am

      Oh wow travelled alone with a baby from New Zealand that’s impressive

  2. February 24, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    I’ve never not booked airport transport as the thought of just winging it to my destination totally freaks me out! I’m a bit of a control freak and get everything booked months beforehand. Having said that, I’ve never been abroad on my own either.

    • February 24, 2016 / 11:10 pm

      I can’t go anyway abroad without arranging and planning how I will move from airport to hotel and back

  3. February 24, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    This is a really informative post not something I would have considered as I don’t travel on my own. But really great to know it is always important to be safe when travelling alone xx

    • February 24, 2016 / 11:09 pm

      Thanks Tanita, it’s important to always think of safety first when traveling alone

  4. February 24, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    that good article. I liked very much your comments and how you express it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. February 22, 2016 / 12:26 pm

    totally agree with you on this one, it’s never worth risking your safety when travelling alone. You’re so vulnerable in so many ways and with a little careful planning like you can enjoy your break properly

    • February 22, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks Ali, it’s better to be safe and over cautions than to be sorry

  6. February 22, 2016 / 10:30 am

    We usually have airport transfers included in the deal when we rent a car but we have never done it as you have. It sounds like an excellent idea and I will mention it to my hubby for our next holiday.xx

    • February 22, 2016 / 10:32 am

      Aww how awesome is that. I don’t drive so I don’t rent car service

  7. February 22, 2016 / 9:22 am

    I have only travelled alone once and all of my transfers were booked for me with a private company and I felt really safe x

    • February 22, 2016 / 10:31 am

      That’s the feeling I get when I have arranged airport transfer

  8. February 21, 2016 / 1:42 pm

    I flew through Houston for the first time from Mexico, customs freaked me out, did not put my luggage through and missed my flight!

    • February 21, 2016 / 2:27 pm

      Awww bless sorry to hear that it can be daunting sometimes

  9. February 21, 2016 / 3:23 am

    I think traveling alone is a great adventure as I never prefer that. But it sounds like you had so much fun & had a great time out there. Might be helpful when I travel alone.

    • February 21, 2016 / 4:46 am

      I never thought I would ever travel alone but now I am loving it

  10. Britni
    February 20, 2016 / 11:51 pm

    Sounds like you have had a lot of fun traveling and know a lot about the best way to make sure you get to where you need. Thanks for the good tips. I wouldn’t have thought of this but it makes sense even if you aren’t all alone!

    • February 21, 2016 / 4:45 am

      Thanks Brtni, I am slowly learning the ropes

  11. February 20, 2016 / 12:53 pm

    I travel so much but never think to travel alone!! You are very brave travelling alone!! Great tips too!!

    • February 20, 2016 / 1:35 pm

      Thanks so much Jasmine

  12. February 20, 2016 / 1:14 am

    I have travelled alone many times but without the comfort of these safe transfers. Which always made me feel I was in a crazy adventure. Now I will be able to have more peace of mind with your recommendation!

    • February 20, 2016 / 6:50 am

      I wish I was crazy enough to go about it without airport transfers but I don’t think I am brave enough just yet

  13. February 19, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    I get anxious in airports and I’ll be traveling alone for the first time this year a few times so I’m really nervous! Love this post, it really isn’t as scary as I make it out to be, I’m just a drama queen haha!

    • February 19, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      Hahaha it can nerve racking and scary sometimes

  14. February 19, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    I have massive envy right now…I was always a free spirit, done anything and everything alone but now have 4 kids in tow….and it’s just not as easy nowadays. I would personally not book anything when I am flying solo, but that hasn’t done me great in the past as I’ve put myself in some dodgy situations….I would definitely book in advance 🙂

    • February 19, 2016 / 7:02 pm

      Awww bless, for me it’s paramount as I am always calculating the risk of doing things alone in foreign country

  15. February 19, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    I traveled alone once, to Switzerland and used taxis and there public transportation. However most people did speak english, so I wasn’t too worried. If I traveled to a country that didn’t speak english, I would definitely consider airport transfer.

    • February 19, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      I think that’s the most important part for me, if English is not the common language or public transport is written in vernacular then airport transfer is it

  16. Jeanine
    February 19, 2016 / 2:01 pm

    I rarely travel and when I do, it’s never alone. This is some great advice, and I’m sure it will be super helpful. I know if I ever have to travel alone I will be completely lost.

    • February 19, 2016 / 3:07 pm

      Thanks glad you found it helpful

  17. Rebecca Swenor
    February 19, 2016 / 10:51 am

    I have only traveled a couple of times by myself but in my own country. If I traveled outside my country by myself I would not use the public transportation, The fear of both getting ripped off and the dangers would not be worth it to me. Thanks for sharing your experiences and I love the photos. The photos are indeed beautiful.

    • February 19, 2016 / 11:29 am

      Thanks so much Rebecca, exactly my point I don’t take chances with my safety

  18. February 19, 2016 / 7:04 am

    I have to say I think you are very brave travelling alone – I am terrible at going the wrong way lol. Go Opti Looks like a great service

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:50 am

      Hahaha, thank so much. Go Opti is an incredible service

  19. February 19, 2016 / 6:22 am

    I also grown accustomed to traveling solo. It gives you more leeway on your schedule. It’s really nice to see that you’ve explored a lot and learned a lot of lessons in between.

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:49 am

      It definitely gives you leeway and yes I have picked up one or two lessons along the way

  20. February 19, 2016 / 4:35 am

    This is a great post. Personally, I always think of my personal and family safety when traveling. Thanks for this!

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:48 am

      You welcome and glad to hear it

  21. February 19, 2016 / 2:41 am

    We live in a completely different day and time than our parents, and safety is of the utmost importance now more than ever! This is some great advice especially for travelling out of the country.

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Thanks Lisa, safety is bigger than ever now

  22. February 19, 2016 / 12:06 am

    When I travelled alone i used an organised pick up. I much prefer it. I think it’s a safer option for alone travellers plus it tends to get you from a to b quicker. X

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:47 am

      Absolutely and that’s why I do mine all the time

  23. February 18, 2016 / 9:49 pm

    The first time I ever flew alone was to meet my now-husband (who at that point I had never met) in his native Denmark. I had to fly to Amsterdam and then Denmark – it was the most nerve-wracking day of my life! But it was worth it! He picked me up from the airport but if I ever traveled alone again I would definitely prebook

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:46 am

      Awww how romantic, it can be nerve racking but with some preparation it can go as planned

  24. February 18, 2016 / 9:01 pm

    What a wonderful trip you had – I’m a bit jealous but happy for you! I’d love to go back and visit Europe.

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Thanks

  25. February 18, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I haven’t traveled alone, but I have some friends that travel alone. I will definitely share this great tip with them!

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Glad to hear that and thanks

  26. February 18, 2016 / 8:23 pm

    I completely agree, safety has to come number one especially when travelling alone to a foreign country. The airport transfer service sounds like a sensible plan

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Thanks Lisa, airport transfer has always been one number 1 in my plans

  27. February 18, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    That’s one of my biggest fears about international travel – I get very anxious when I don’t know where I am, or how to get around – Safety is so important and this just reinforces that.

    • February 19, 2016 / 8:44 am

      Same here, it’s important to always think of your safety when traveling especially alone

  28. February 18, 2016 / 6:59 pm

    I’m so envious of all your amazing travels! Planning ahead is great not just for solo travelers…when we go away, it’s always smoother to have things like this secured, especially with little kids!
    I’m curious how/where you found the services? Just googling?

    • February 18, 2016 / 7:09 pm

      Yep I google a lot but recommendations from friends too

  29. February 18, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Sorry to hear that you were mugged that must have been a scary experience but glad you are ok. It seems sad to me that we should have to take precautions but sadly that is how society is these days.

    • February 18, 2016 / 5:44 pm

      Tell me about it

  30. February 18, 2016 / 5:35 pm

    I’ve never used airport transfer before but it occurs to me now that we did on holidays when I was a child – in places like New York City. I’ve always planned/read up on where I am going so I’ve known exactly what/where I’ve been going. But this sounds like a much safer option.

    • February 18, 2016 / 5:43 pm

      I think with New York I just took public transport because well I can read and speak English but with other countries I don’t chance it

  31. February 18, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    That service sounds like a must for traveling abroad! Thank you!

    • February 18, 2016 / 5:41 pm

      Which service? All three of them are awesome services to consider

  32. February 18, 2016 / 4:39 pm

    Safety is so important for a solo traveller, especially a woman. I had a few tricks I used to use. I would wear a false wedding ring as in some countries married women are more respected. I also had two wallets. My real one which was kept in my inside pocket and a dummy wallet which only contained a couple of notes and nothing else. When I was mugged in New York, I handed over the dummy wallet. He got a bit of cash but no cards or personal effects.

    • February 18, 2016 / 4:42 pm

      Sorry to hear you were mugged but that’s such a useful tips I will do the same on my next solo travels. I need to start wearing fake rings too

  33. February 18, 2016 / 3:42 pm

    I have to admit, I don’t think I could travel alone! You sure do make it look fun though! I am so envious of the beautiful places you have traveled!

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:47 pm

      Thank you so much Vicki

  34. February 18, 2016 / 2:54 pm

    Such important advice, and I have to admit I probably wouldn’t have thought of it as a priority when travelling. I think that you are so brave with all of your travelling, I am a wee bit jealous of your adventurous spirit!! xx

    • February 18, 2016 / 3:17 pm

      Awww thanks so much Leah, not sure where my adventurous spirit has awakened from but I am enjoying it whilst I have it lol

  35. February 18, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Honestly, the thought of travelling alone scares the crap out of me and excites me all at once. By nature I am a very chatty person so I can make friends everywhere I go but I would be quite concerned with my safety especially if I was anywhere at night. But then I am like that here! I have gone out of town by my own but never out of the country! Looks like you had a lot of fun though 🙂

    • February 18, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      It used to scare me to death too but honestly after doing it a couple times I am better than before. I am a chatty person too but can become quite reserved sometimes

  36. February 18, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Airport transfer sounds like a convenience one would certainly wish, especially when travelling alone. Ah, I wish I had travelled more alone. Before getting married, I would always do it with a friend. Your photos now make me yearn to do it too 🙂 x

    • February 18, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      Awww bless and thanks, I want to do it all before I settle down or atleast attempt it

  37. February 18, 2016 / 12:03 pm

    I’ve only ever travelled on my own once, to Poland, but the taxi ride to where I was staying was a little nerve wracking! I wish I’d planned ahead and gone with a pre-booked transfer. I nearly always arrange transfers when booking travel for my family, so I don’t know why I didn’t for just me!

    • February 18, 2016 / 1:01 pm

      I am heading to Poland in 2 weeks so definitely planning to do airport transfer

  38. February 18, 2016 / 10:24 am

    I am so jealous seeing some of the places you have been too! I have never ever been on a plane alone although I am generally the booker / organiser when we go any where so I think I would be ok lol. I ALWAYS make sure we have transfers before we fly, I am a little anxious so my worst nightmare would be arriving in a foreign land with no idea how to get where I am going xxxx

    • February 18, 2016 / 10:46 am

      I think that’s my worst nightmare too but airport transfers have saved my sanity

  39. February 18, 2016 / 7:09 am

    Great advice, thank you! It’s so important to have safety at the forefront of your mind. I’ve never travelled alone but would always want to have something pre-booked if I did. x PS – fab photos.

    • February 18, 2016 / 7:12 am

      Thanks so much Lee, since starting my travels I felt its important to always have my safety as #1

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