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Solo travel can be one of the scariest and most personally rewarding types of travel. I'm not going to sugar coat it, it can be hard. This is particularly true if you're in a relationship, or have found yourself newly single. When you're not used to being on your own, traveling alone can be especially daunting. But don't let that stop you.
I've traveled alone a few times, and it's tough. You'll see something amazing, or funny, and you'll feel the desire to share that moment with someone else...but not be able to. And Facebook and Instagram are not sufficient emotional place holders. You'll look around and it will seem as if everyone else is coupled up, and having a great time, except you. Solo travel, can really intensify feelings of being alone.
There are also lots of great things about traveling alone. You'll find in yourself a self reliance that you may not have know you've had. You won't have to compromise on what to do, when to do it, or the type of trip you want. You'll be more inclined to make friends because you'll be drawn to people you wouldn't have been if you were with someone else. You will learn more about yourself in a trip by yourself than you would have otherwise.
So, if you've been wanting to travel, but haven't because you didn't have anyone to go with, here are a few tips to keep you safe and happy, and have an amazing trip.
1. Don't isolate yourself. One thing that I've learned, that has really helped is to be bold and to just invite myself to join groups of people. This works best in crowded, casual seating restaurants (because there's a legitimate reason why you're encroaching on their space). Twice, just recently, I've been out by myself for dinner at a fairly crowded restaurant. I've just approached a table with a seat empty and asked if I could share their table. They've always said yes. Before you know it, they've brought you into their conversation, and you've hopefully made a friendly connection with other people. This might seem scary at first, particularly if you're more introverted...but trust me, it won't be that terrible, and you may just make a lasting friendship.
2. Get out of your comfort zone. Go on a tour, or an excursion. These are activities where there will be lots of other people, and often you'll have to interact with them. This is a great way to do something fun with a group of people that have similar interests as you. It can even be a one on one trip. I just took a surf lesson by myself the other day...so much fun!
3. Stay safe. When traveling alone, you need to take extra precautions. Don't go off alone with a stranger, don't wonder at night in unfamiliar places, or drink to much. You may feel a surge of new found freedom and confidence in yourself, but don't let that go to your head. Always keep your safety as a number one priority. Its a good idea to stay in contact with someone at home, and to let them know your itinerary.
4. Make a schedule of awesome. This is something that I have to do for myself, otherwise I'll get depressed in my lonesomeness and mope. If this is you, then make sure to have a schedule where you'll get out there and have an awesome time. Nothing would be worse then spending the whole time alone in your hotel room because you can't manage to find something fun on your own to do. This can be as simple as taking a walk around a historic neighborhood, going to an outdoor concert, or even just drinking pina coladas by the pool.
5. Don't spend a lot of time on your phone. This could be really tempting if you're feeling alone and disconnected. But all you're going to accomplish by constantly updating your status, is missing out on opportunities to meet new people and really immerse yourself in your trip.
6. Consider a voluntourism trip. Voluntourism is a growing travel sector. It's also a great way to meet people who are also traveling alone, and who also have similar interests. I've volunteered at the Sundance Film Festival for 3 years, and I've meet a lot of great people. I'd say a vast majority of the volunteers are there alone, which makes it a great opportunity to make friends and have a great time. It's also a great way to travel on a budget, because volunteers usually get great perks.
I really want to encourage those of you who have been putting off traveling because you don't have the right person to go with, to go out there anyways! Maybe start with a small trip, and build from there. There is so much of the world to see, and if we wait until conditions are just right, that time is going to slip on by. And who knows, maybe you'll meet the love of your life, or the best friend you never knew you were missing on your next trip.
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz