If you’ve ever set off of on a solo adventure you’ll be no stranger to the hoards of advice, warnings and cautionary tales that get thrown at you. In Amy Baker’s debut book Miss Adventures: A Tale of Ignoring Life Advice While Backpacking Around South America she shares her often hilarious experiences of solo travel and sifts through what advice is actually worth listening to. We managed to pin her down long enough to tell us what advice you should ignore to ensure you get the most from your trip.
1 – Advice about…talking to strangers
“Trust no-one” – My Mum
Spoiler alert – if you spend your whole time following advice telling you not to talk to strangers, you’re going to be lonely, bored, and incredibly hungry. Plus, human interaction is what makes travel so incredible. Sure, you might not want to start telling your life story to everyone you meet, or asking prying questions of whoever happens to sit next to you, but not talking to people just because you don’t know them is an absurd notion. Be aware, open and friendly and chances are your interactions will be lovely.