Tips on getting the most out of a solo trip
1 Step out of your comfort zone
Travelling solo means you can do what you want, whenever you want. But while you embrace me-time, do not let insecurity hinder you from stepping out of your comfort zone.
Do not be afraid to dine alone. Solo dining does not mean ordering room service.
You are in a new country with new friends, so do not worry about embarrassing yourself.
2 Have your pulse on happenings in your destination
Do your research online and pick up a local guidebook to find out what is going on in the city. There could be free local performances, special events or a festival in town - all of which would allow you to experience the local culture without adding to your trip costs.
3 Know your limits
Know your own mental, physical and financial limits. Do not overschedule activities or you may find yourself rushing from one location to the next. Pace yourself, adjust to the environment and get sufficient rest.
Do not get drunk and end up lost, broke or taken advantage of.
Do not overspend and end up running out of cash as not all places accept credit cards or have automated cash machines. Always have spare cash for an emergency.
4 Do not disconnect
It might be tempting to just fall off the radar, but do not do it.
Keep your hotel, hostel or host informed of your movements for the day, so they know when to expect you back.
Keep important numbers - such as the hotel's business cards and contacts of the local police station and your country's embassy - in your wallet or mobile phone.
Buy a local data card and use a GPS tracker for family members to locate your whereabouts.
5 Stay safe
If you feel uncomfortable in your surroundings, walk away. Keep your valuables in a safe at the hotel or spread them out so you do not lose everything to a pickpocket.
Schedule your arrival well before dark and do not leave your bags unattended. Most snatch thieves work in pairs - one distracts you while the other takes your bag.
Do not be afraid to make a fuss if someone is bothering you.
Do not divulge personal information to people you have just met or ask them to look after your valuables.
At bars and clubs, get your own drink and always have it in your hand. Avoid shady clubs where you may end up with an inexplicably huge tab or face extortion.
6 Have a contingency plan
Beyond planning for your journey by booking flights and accommodation, always have a Plan B or even a Plan C and D, in case of weather changes or other unforeseen situations such as transport delays or cancellations.
• These tips were given by Mr Mark Wong, Small Luxury Hotels Of The World's vice-president for the Asia-Pacific region; Mr Nicholas Lim, president of Trafalgar's Asia region; Ms Pamela Knaggs, Skyscanner's marketing manager for Singapore and Malaysia; Ms Josephine Lim, managing director of Preferred Hotels & Resorts for South-east Asia; and Lightfoot Travel, Airbnb and Flight Centre