Solo travel is becoming incredibly popular all around the world, especially among students and digital entrepreneurs who enjoy the perks of the nomadic lifestyle, like meeting new people, experiencing new places and cuisines and so on. Traveling alone also comes with the freedom to choose your itinerary, spend as much time as you like lingering from one place to the next, and it forces you to meet and make friends with new people that you make not have interacted with otherwise. So, if you’re planning a solo trip to Malta specifically, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got some great tips on what you should know and do as a solo traveler in Malta.
Things to do in Malta as a Solo Traveler
Google Offline Maps
At some point during your vacation, you’ll probably travel to a place where there’s no reception and you might even struggle to find your way around. Thanks to Google Offline Maps you can now track your location even when you’re offline, by pining your location before you leave your hotel or villa. GOM will then direct you to our intended destination and back, without needing reception, which means that you’ll be able to tell if you or your driver takes a wrong turn while taking you back to your hotel room. The best part is that GOM has an audio component which gives you directions by speaking into your ears, so you can listen to it from your earphones while walking, to avoid the embarrassment of looking lost in an unfamiliar city.
Take Care of Your Passport
Take pictures of your passport or scan it and email it to yourself so that you have some kind of digital copy. This’ll make it easier for you to get a new one if you happen to lose it.
Where to stay
Malta offers a wide range of holiday accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets, from hostels to villas, luxury homes, and hotels. Just be sure to stay in one of the central areas like St. Julians, Silema, Valletta or Gzira, as they’re ideally placed within walking distance to eateries, clubs, bus stops and the local beaches. These areas also offer very affordable accommodation options in addition to their well-appointed location, which is why they’re popular with tourists all year round.
The whole idea of traveling alone is so that you can be independent, and traveling light will help you to achieve just that. When you have light luggage, you won’t need to depend on someone else to help you carry it, and it’ll give you the freedom and mobility to move around the different islands as you wish.
Discover the Attractions
In Malta, there’s so much to do and see that you’ll probably forget that you’re traveling alone. In Valletta the capital of Malta, for example, there are majestic cathedrals alongside modern cafes and eateries that make for a very dynamic setting. Malta also has some really marvelous bays, which you can explore from the high cliffs or up close during a swim. Gozo is another site that’s famous for its historic buildings and fantastic snorkeling. Just be sure to travel early when you take a trip to the island of Gozo, as the queues tend to get really long during the afternoons.
Another amazing sight to explore is the medieval city of Mdina, whose very well-preserved architecture serves as a testament to its ancient glory as the old capital of Malta. And for just 8 Euro you can enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Blue Grotto, with its sparkling white sand and crystal clear water, you’ll get to see the sea life very clearly. It’s also home to the Game of Thrones filming locations. The walled city of Mdina doubled up as King’s Landing, the island’s forts served as the Red Keep, and the stunning natural arch is known as the Azure Window in Gozo (now since has crumbled) was the setting for Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen’s wedding.
The primary mode of transport in Malta is the bus. Buses are used for day trips around the city as well as longer voyages to the rural side.
Some of the delectable cuisine on offer in Malta includes traditional favorites like cactus fig, which is a great mid-afternoon snack, pastizza (a savoury pastry) and ricotta qassatat to name but a few. Lunch is usually between 12 noon and 1pm, while dinner is served from 7.30pm. Most restaurants only open up from dinnertime onwards, while general shops close between 6pm and 8pm.
The wind can be really strong and the sun is also very harsh, so you’ll want to bring sunblock, sun hats, and shades to keep cool.
Malta is a relatively safe destination, and most of the time people here stay out as late as midnight, especially during the summer months. However, you should still be cognizant of your surroundings and look after your possessions and don’t leave anything lying around as you would do when back home. \
Malta is very affordable in everything including the markets, cafes, restaurants; it’s just a great place to go for your wallet.