So, finally you decided to tick solo travelling off your bucket list. Travelling solo is an incredible experience that one should experience at least once in their lifetime. Solo travel isn’t scary, or lonely, or frightening, or boring, and most certainly not dangerous. These are just misconceptions that many believe not knowing they are giving up on a life-changing adventure. If you dream of seeing the world, don’t let fear of loneliness keep you from realizing that dream. Once you get to your destination you’ll realize why solo travel is awesome. For all aspiring solo travellers out there, here are a few things to get you started on your solo trip:
Take Yourself Out to Dinner
While grabbing food on the go may seem like a more logical thing to do when travelling alone, there no harm in treating yourself to a nice quiet meal. There are several destinations that offer group dining. This way you get a chance to eat at the bar where you are bound to find someone who’s up for a chat or just strike up a conversation with the bartender. Either way, unwind with a nice dinner and a glass of your favorite drink.
Meet the Locals
“Don’t talk to strangers.” Striking up a conversation with strangers can seem intimidating when travelling alone. However, that’s not the case, in fact, it’s more effortless and rewarding than you can imagine. Solo travel gives you the opportunity to strike up new conversations with several different people in the area such as shopkeepers and fellow travellers. Use this opportunity to learn more about the locals, including their culture, food, and even fun local tourists’ sites. But, remember personal safety is very important. So, stay alert and beware of your surroundings and don’t over-share. Keep to bright, open places such as restaurants and shops, and be careful about the information you share. Don’t unintentionally reveal personal information, such as where you staying at.
Tag Along With a Tour Group
Are you are looking to be a bit more social? Well, many cities have free local city tours that usually operate on a pay-as-you-feel basis and focus on everything, including nature, scuba diving, vineyard, art and architecture, parties, and much more. Sign up for these tours and I guarantee you’ll find an activity that interests you. Plus, it’s a fun way to meet people from different parts of the world, including your home country. Travelling solo can be a bit costly; however, there are several ways you can save on your trip. For starters, you can stay in a caravan instead of hotels. Just remember to protect your static caravan and yourself from unknown risks by insuring it with One Sure Insurance.
Spend Some Time in Nature
If you’ve never travelled alone, you probably do not have a clear idea of what you are actually looking for in a destination. Therefore, it’s normal that you would like to visit every single place in the area! Travelling alone allows you to choose the level of adventure that interests you. If you are looking for a wild experience you can choose to go diving from the top of a waterfall or climb a mountain. But if you want enjoy mother-nature then a breezy bike ride through the park or a simple stroll in some forest trail can be rejuvenating.
Embrace the Introspective Moments
Unless you planned a trip full of activities, which will wear you out at some point, it’s hard to avoid spending time alone during solo travels. While this may seem lonely, it’s one of the reasons you need a solo trip. To find time to dip into your emotions, trying to understand yourself better and probably move on or heal from emotional baggage you may be hauling around. So, embrace the moments of introspection. The best part of traveling solo is that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. You just need some time decide what it works best for you. If you plan it properly, solo travelling can be one of the most rewarding experiences that you’ll ever have. While there is definitely a lot more preparation to do before your trip, it will definitely all be worth it. So, if you have never travelled solo before, be prepared for your adventure of a lifetime!