Braving the world by yourself is a daunting challenge, but it doesn’t need to be unnecessarily difficult. If you’re thinking about exploring Chile as a solo traveller, here are some of the essential things you need to know when you’re planning and undertaking your visit:
Understand the infrastructure
When it comes to making your way through Chile, even the pickiest traveller will find themselves spoiled for choice. Ranked third for technological connectivity in the entire world, the country has a strong rail infrastructure and efficient, cost-effective sea and road networks. Taking the time to plan your route and buy travel tickets in advance can hugely bring down your costs and help ensure you have options if you’re delayed or want to stay longer in a city. While services like Uber and Lyft are pretty popular, it’s always worth remembering to validate who your driver is before getting in any cars alone.
Make sure you have insurance
Wherever you’re going, you will need comprehensive, relevant travel insurance – but when you’re travelling alone in a foreign country, it’s even more important. This should also involve getting relevant vaccinations against local diseases and taking the time to find a service that offers you custom travel insurance. Because of the country’s history of earthquakes and flooding, especially in the rainy season, you should ensure that your policy includes evacuation coverage. Any policy should also cover health, especially if you are navigating Chile’s rugged terrain on foot, and include coverage for delays or cancellations due to the area’s notoriously changeable weather.
As a solo traveller, you will want to not only pack light but pack effectively. Chile’s climate means you could endure warm days but strikingly cold nights. Remember to pack a selection of clothes that are lightweight but also layer effectively. Breathable fabrics are an absolute must for trekking the temperate environment, and you should also look to pack a day-bag that fits close to the body and preferably on your front. Chile may be warm and welcoming, but pickpockets are common. Remember that certain areas such as Santiago are a little more conservative than others and so you should dress appropriately and respect local attitudes and customs.
Plan in advance
Just because you’re going on a holiday for one doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do a little bit of planning in advance.
Chile’s climate means that you can start the week by enjoying some stunning skiing in the Andes and finish with a long weekend at the wineries in the Casablanca valley. You can also take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime tours covering the July 2nd solar eclipse that will see 120 miles of the area plunged into darkness for over two minutes. Spots like the Elqui Valley are perfect to enjoy the event due to the clear skies, beautiful surroundings, and ease of travel. Many businesses offer comprehensive tour packages that include special benefits for solo travellers. Taking the time to pick up a good deal in advance can open up opportunities that would be otherwise unavailable to larger groups.
Take an evening to plan ahead and you’ll likely end up truly surprised by what you discover.