Three Ways to Enjoy Solo Travel to Seychelles
Seychelles is made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It is home to several beaches, nature reserves, coral reefs, rare animals, mountain rainforests and so much more. One of the rare animals in Seychelles is the giant Aldabra tortoise.
Seychelles is one of the popular romantic destinations and travelling there alone is quite absurd. It is mostly marketed as a romantic getaway so, as you will find out, most services and activities are designed with two or more people in mind. This is because businesses rarely see solo travelers. The hotel beds, for instance, are generally king size. The beach loungers around the pool are also always grouped in twos while the massage packages at the resorts are offered to couples. This may make you look awkward and lonely even if you are not lonely inside. You see, the real loneliness is sometimes the feeling that other people think you are indeed lonely and in need of a mate.
However, you can visit Seychelles alone and still enjoy the flavors it has on offer, so long you approach with the right attitude. You really do not need a companion to enjoy the best gifts of nature. Suppose you do not have a partner at the moment — do you wait until he or she turns up? Oh, life is too short to stand around and wait for a partner. Have your fun.
One advantage of travelling solo is that you have the freedom to do whatever you want when you want it. You do not have to consult anyone about what to take for lunch. But first, you need to learn how to enjoy lone travel. These tips should guide you:
Do Your Research
Take your time to find out which restaurants have services tailored for solo travelers and which activities you can enjoy alone. Finding a self-catering apartment is even better for this will help you cut costs. There is no point in booking the hotels whose services are mainly designed for at least two customers. You can also search for private tours to guide you through the tourist sites. This way, you will be travelling I the company of other tourists, and soon you will make friends. Who knows, you can meet another solo traveler looking for a, well, guess what.
Mind Your Own Business
Learn to love yourself and never bother to worry about what the stereotypes think or whisper. Pamper yourself, get that solo massage, enjoy your decadent desserts and delicious plates of seafood, and dive in the turquoise blue water snorkel through the marine life and coral reefs. The waters are so clear that you can see the ocean floor easily. Then spread your legs out on a sunset beach or walk along the white sands, watching beautiful boulders, coastlines and rocks. You might be surprised to discover that there is something romantic about walking alone along the beach. You can take selfies, take boat rides, hike on the mountains on the wonderful trails or learn about tortoise conservation, all on your own.
Make Friends with the Locals
It is also helpful to talk to the locals. You can ask lots of questions and learn two or three facts about each site you visit. You can also ask for directions. Talking is rewarding to both the parties. So do not be a mum or dump solo traveler.
Watch Your Safety
As a solo traveler, you are naturally an easy target for those with wicked plans. Though crime in Seychelles is minimal compared to many countries, there are, however, petty thefts on the beaches. So if you are a solo traveler make sure your personal belongings are safe as you enjoy your swimming. Additionally, avoid isolated areas where you won’t be able to find quick help if attacked by robbers or kidnappers. You should consider having travel insurance in case the “God Forbid” happens.
While there are no poisonous snakes or spiders in Seychelles, you better watch out for centipedes. They give a nasty bite that can get you running wildly for miles. But this is not a common occurrence. They only bite on special occasions.
To get through customs, you need a valid passport, a return ticket, proof of already booked accommodation and you also have to prove that you have enough funds for the duration of stay.
The capital city of Seychelles is Victoria, the currency is rupee, and the population is close to one million.