Top 10 Solotravel tips

Taking pictures

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Cancun has hotels for every budget.

Hotels run the gamut here, so budget resort-seekers and well-heeled travelers looking to splurge can all find a place to suit their needs. Most value properties and hostels are located in downtown Cancun, while luxury options are largely found in the Hotel Zone or nearby areas such as Playa Mujeres. For an affordable spot, consider the adults-only Oh! The Urban Oasis in downtown or Hostal Mayapan in the Hotel Zone. Good, moderately priced hotels include the all-inclusive Panama Jack Resorts and Westin Resort & Spa, both of which are located along the beach in the Hotel Zone and suitable for families and couples. For over-the-top luxury, Beloved Playa Mujeres and Le Blanc Spa Resort are oceanfront stunners that deliver with stellar rooms and numerous high-end amenities.

Take Advantage of Single Rider Queues

A few select attractions at Disneyland Paris have a single rider queue. Single rider queues are one of the best ways to make the most out of your time at Disneyland Paris. People from the single rider queue are used to fill empty seats that aren’t filled with people from the regular queues. For example, if the attraction seats two guests per row and there is a group of three, a person from the single rider queue will be seated next to third person in the party. Attractions that offer a single rider queue are:

  • Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain
  • RC Racer
  • Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop
  • Crush’s Coaster
  • Ratatouille: The Adventure You can easily save upwards of an hour by using the single rider queues. I’ve had multiple instances where I only waited 5 minutes in a single rider queue when the regular standby queue was over an hour. The downside to single rider queues is, of course, that you won’t be able to ride the attraction with your family. You don’t get to choose who you ride with or where you sit, so you have to be prepared to go wherever and whenever you’re told. Of all the Disneyland Paris tips on this list, using the single rider queue will save you the most time and allow you to ride the most attractions. You just have to decide whether it is important for you to ride with your group or not.

U.S. dollars are widely accepted, but stick to pesos.

Most restaurants, hotels, and cabs in Cancun accept U.S. dollars, but to avoid an uptick in price, stick to paying in pesos. Plus, you’ll be getting change in pesos, so it’s best to stick to one currency. Converting dollars to pesos at a bank before your trip will give you the best exchange rate, but if you wait until you’re in Cancun, get pesos from an ATM. Exchanging money from a hotel or at an airport vendor often means a worse exchange rate. Credit cards are accepted nearly everywhere except for street vendors and cabs, but you may be paying a foreign transaction fee. Also be sure to alert your bank that you’ll be traveling before your trip to avoid having your card frozen. It’s also wise to bring cash in the event something happens to your debit or credit card.

Go on the World-Famous Studio Tour

Sometimes people skip out on the Studio Tour because it is time-consuming and may not sound that exciting, but you must do it. Especially, on your first trip to Universal Studios Hollywood. The whole tour is packed with movie magic that will leave quite happy. Plus, it’s a nice break to rest your feet just in case you don’t have hotel to go back to in the middle of the day to take your break since it lasts for about 60-minutes.

Taxis in Cancun are pricey, and buses are cheap.

Taxis in Cancun aren’t metered and they’re expensive, but they do all follow a set price, such as 900 pesos ($45) from Playa del Carmen to Cancun’s Hotel Zone. Taxis from Cancun International Airport to the Hotel Zone cost 450 pesos, or $26 if you’re paying in U.S. dollars. Because taxis are so expensive, many travelers opt for local bus transportation, which is reliable, frequent, and inexpensive. Hotels can help travelers know where to get picked up and dropped off, and it typically costs 12 pesos (under $1) to ride between the Hotel Zone and downtown Cancun. After having been banned, the ride-share service Uber is now active in Cancun.

Mark your luggage so it stands out

You don’t want to accidentally take someone else’s luggage or have someone run off with yours at the baggage reclaim. Stick some stickers on it, put some duct tap along one side, tie some ribbons to the handle — make sure it stands out from a sea of similar backpacks!

Space saver bags will help you fit more in your backpack

I’d always been all about the packing cubes, until I discovered vacuum-sealed versions of them! You throw your clothes in, seal the bag, then roll it up to push out all the air. I can literally fit twice as many clothes in my backpack when I use these! Even if you don’t want to carry more things in your bag, it frees up so much space that if you need to pack in a hurry, you can just chuck everything in.

Add Drama

When you add drama to your photoshoot, your photos are going to come out more visually interesting and arresting. Showing scale is one of the best ways to add drama to your photographs. You may want to add people, landscapes, or natural features to make your composition more striking.

Pack contraception

You don’t want the biggest souvenir from your trip to be an STD. Or a baby. Pack contraception, have safe sex, and be aware that you can buy birth control pills over the counter in a ton of countries.