How to Enjoy Traveling Solo
Traveling can be so much fun, and while you have probably traveled to many destinations around the world with someone else, have you ever traveled solo? Most of the time, when I ask a person this question, they tell me no. They all have their reasons, but most of the time it is due to safety concerns, the fact that they like company, or how they are not sure what to do while traveling alone.
Here are 7 ways to enjoy traveling solo:
1. Establish a Routine
You know that you have routines at home, so why not have one or two when you are traveling solo? I recommend that you find a local coffee shop or café that you can go to every morning, so that you can see a few familiar faces after a couple of days. This will allow you to strike up conversations with them, which is perfect for learning more about the area that you are visiting.
2. Join a Group Activity
Even though you are traveling alone, you can still join in on group activities. These are easy to find in many areas, and it is the perfect place to meet a few new friends. While you won’t want to hang out with them every minute for the rest of your trip, it will be nice to know that you have a few people to contact if you need them.
3. Consider Treating Yourself
When you are traveling with other people, you do not always take the time to do something for yourself. However, when you are traveling solo, you can treat yourself whenever you want. So, book that massage treatment or special tour, you deserve it and it will allow you to make memories that you will never forget.
4. Set Your Own Pace and Enjoy
Since you are traveling alone, you can set your pace for each day. That means that if you are an early riser, you can quickly venture out of your room as soon as you are awake and ready to tackle the day. If you happen to sleep until noon, then you can choose to do that since you won’t be disrupting anyone else. The best part of setting your own pace is that you can go out and do a few things, then return to your hotel for a nap or a swim before heading to have some more fun.
5. Embrace those Smaller Moments
As a solo traveler, you should always embrace those smaller moments. These moments can include time sitting on a bench watching families pass by or simply eating a sandwich from a nearby street vendor. Just embrace the moment you are in, relish how you feel, and try to remember it forever.
6. Do Something that You Never Would Back Home
Now is the time to do something wild and crazy, because who else, but those people you don’t know, is going to see it? This is a great time to try white water rafting, zoom along a zipline, get up on stage for karaoke, or anything else that you have been too scared to do in the past. You may find out that you have a knack for something that you never knew about and then you can go home with bragging rights afterwards! And if you find out otherwise, no one will be the wiser!
7. Embrace Your Self-Awareness
Traveling alone means that you need to be super aware of everything that is going on around you. While this sounds easy, trust me when I say that it is not! This is going to be quite difficult at first, until you train yourself to notice those people standing in the background looking at you or notice those people lingering a little too close as you are walking along a street.
Solo traveling is all about you, so you should be doing things that you love! Once you choose what activities you want to do and where you want to go when you arrive at your destination, you should be able to relax and enjoy your trip. Do not be afraid to try new things and meet new friends, as both those things will only enhance your experience. And while traveling alone usually means not having any contact with anyone else, do not let it deter you from talking to the locals and other travelers that you meet.
This is an excellent way to hear their local or travel stories, and you can use those to improve your itinerary and the time that you spend away from home. After all, traveling solo is all about finding your true self and allowing the person that you are to shine through. Embrace those feelings during this trip and then expand on those feelings during future solo travel experiences.