Solo traveling can be an amazing adventure and a life-changing experience.
People though often think that if you travel alone you are some kind of weirdo who doesn’t have any friends. It’s true that although all the great things you experience when traveling alone you can also feel lonely sometimes. I think that is why people are scared to go traveling alone in a first place.
That’s why I’ve put together a couple of tips to help you overcome loneliness on a solo trip.
Became your own best friend – How to do that? Simply do for yourself things that you would do for some of your friends. Random acts of kindness, support yourself, laugh at yourself, etc. If you can learn to be your own best friend you would never feel lonely not only when traveling, but also in life in general.
Be open to new experiences – People, pleaseee, get out of your comfort zone! This is where the magic happens. Don’t live every day the same way and call it life. When traveling alone do things that you wouldn’t think about doing otherwise. Let’s say some other traveler (stranger) offer you to join him for an adventure. Say ”why not” and do it instead of staying alone in your hostel/hotel room. It is here important to note that you have to trust your instincts, so if you don’t feel like doing something because you feel bad vibe about it then just don’t. But in any other case just go with the flow, you will be surprised of the awesome time you could have, plus you can find new friends, which takes us to the next advice.
It is here important to note that you have to trust your instincts, so if you don’t feel like doing something because you feel bad vibe about it then just don’t. But in any other case just go with the flow. You will be surprised of the awesome time you could have, plus you can find new friends, which takes us to the next advice.
Meet new people – The most obvious thing to do so you don’t feel alone is to simply don’t spend time alone. You are not the only person who travel alone. Find out where you can meet other like-minded people at the destination you are. People are friendly and open minded so don’t hesitate to start a conversation, they probably also looking to meet you. No one is going to knock on your hotel room door to ask you if you want to get out. Be the first to say hi, smile.
But where to find these like-minded people? Continue reading, the next three tips are exactly about that.
Stay at hostels – Hostels are the best way to meet other like-minded people. Hang out in the lobby or the kitchen and don’t be shy. Start conversations. You have big chances to find some fellow traveler to explore and hang out with. And why not even stay friends in the future?
Use Couchsurfing – Couchsurfing is an online community where locals offer travelers their couch or sometimes even a private room for free. It’s awesome because it lets you stay with a local who would show you around, have a beer with you and who will tell you all the best places and hidden gems. Even if you don’t want to use Couchsurfing as an accommodation option, you can just meet people joining some of the communities events. Almost every city has a Couchsurfing community and there are meetings which you can attend to meet both locals and fellow travelers.
Join a Pub Crawl – You want to party but you don’t feel comfortable going out alone? Pub Crawls are your answer. Join local party lovers and other fellow travelers for a drink ( or two, three? .. ) around the city you are staying. The Pub crawls are usually lead by locals who knows the best bars/clubs and they’ll take you to a couple of them.
Take part in tours – Every big city has least one free tour. They can be walking, graffiti, food, etc. Although these tours are free, tips are encouraged. You can also look for and join day trip tours, etc.
Challenge yourself – Now is the time to finally learn Japanese, jump off a plane or take a kung fu classes. Do all the things you’ve always wanted to. Being abroad would make them even more challenging and adventures.
Travel slowly and stay for a while – Don’t just jump from sight to sight. Travel is so much more than sightseeing. Go slower, be curious, learn, explore. By staying for longer you get the chance to get to know more about the place, the culture, the people, basically everything. Diving into the destination is ways much nicer than just hop off from the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre.
Go offline – If you think that talking with your family and friends back home would make you feel less lonely, you are wrong, it won’t. Actually, it would make you feel even more lonely. Log out from the social world and go out, explore. The point of traveling is to see the world, right?
Of course, traveling alone is not for anyone. But how could you know if it’s for you or not if you don’t even try?
Also, remember that everything is in your head and being alone is not necessary a bad thing. Everyone needs to be alone once in a while, to process his own thoughts, stay in private with himself and enjoy his own company.
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