Taking photos of yourself
Nowadays we live in a selfie generation with it all the more common to see people snapping photos of themselves in pretty much any location. But the front facing camera can be limiting and if you are cruising to iconic landmarks in beautiful ports then you want to ensure that you are getting the best photos possible. There are ways around the solo photography issue and the simplest one is to just ask another person to take it for you, the chances are they are also a tourist and won’t mind helping you out.
Keeping an eye on your luggage
As a society it goes without saying that you should never leave your bag unattended but what do you do when you are alone? If you need a bathroom break and have a suitcase with you then it is all about timing and planning ahead. At an airport, go to the toilet before collecting your baggage or after dropping it off. Or you can always make a dash for the disabled toilet and use the extra space if of course you are not getting in the way of those who actually require it.
Dinner for one
if you’re feeling a little uncomfortable as you sit down for dinner alone then please do not worry as it is something that you can quickly adapt too. Opting for a traditional dining time means that you will be paired with a table full of people who will be eating at the same time as you every night. Or ask your maître d’ to seat you with other solo cruisers and they will usually be more than happy to oblige.
Applying suntan lotion
A little bit of a silly one but we all need to look after our skin on holiday especially if we’re sailing around the Caribbean or the Mediterranean in the heat of the sunshine. But with no one there to reach the awkward parts on our back, do we risk missing a spot and instead gaining a bright red sore patch or fellow passengers laughing as you try to become someone more limber poolside? Instead try and apply suntan lotion in the privacy of your stateroom or in the toilet, or even better buy a spray. Just make sure that it is a high SPF and water resistant to ensure that you do not need to go through this commotion too often.
We’ve all been on holiday and got frustrated when street vendors come up to you offering cheap and fake goods or been offered a higher price than face value. If you’re alone then you may be more prone to being targeted so make sure that you polish up your haggling skills and practice saying no. Do not be afraid to be firm or walk away from a situation, if you feel you are being ripped off