Travelling solo is definitely different than going with a friend. Yet it is definitely not something that you should discourage yourself in doing- travelling solo can also be a good way to discover more of yourself.
Instead of staying home because you fear travelling by yourself just won’t be fun, these ten tips for solo travel can give you the confidence boost you might be looking for. Travelling solo is awesome. Tough, trying, and exhausting, but absolutely brilliant. If you ever have the opportunity to go off and explore a part of the world by yourself, I’d definitely recommend it.
That is why today’s blog will help you in becoming a smart solo traveller, whether it is your first solo travel or not. Let’s check this out!
Make New Friends
One way to break up the monotony of solo travel is to meet other travellers. Your conversation doesn’t have to end when you land and deboard the plane. In fact, two great resources that can help you connect with fellow travellers and even locals are Couchsurfing (similar to Airbnb) lets you stay with local homeowners where you might also be able to meet other travellers.
Becoming a solo tourist means not becoming a tourist to other tourists. Make friends, meet new people and share experiences. Who knows they could be of help too!
Relax While You Eat
Meals can also be a good time to unwind and be yourself. Yes, you can strike up a conversation with the waiter or bartender, but, your meal can also be a good time to sit and reflect. Maybe you will use the time to plan the rest of your day, catch up on emails if the joint has free wifi, or read a book.
Lie a little
When asking for directions, you don’t really have to say that you need directions because you travelled solo. Especially not to locals whom you find suspicious. Instead, you can say “Can you direct me to the museum? I have to meet a friend.”
Also, check your maps and transportation schedules before leaving your hotel/train/rental car/tourist office. A solo traveller who’s too absorbed in her phone can be a mark for unsavoury types.
On a side note, you also have to choose a place to stay in that has patio heaters with them, especially if you are to travel in cold places. You can also check out amazing reviews about how to keep your conservatory warm when travelling.