Tips for Going on A Solo Adventure
Going on a solo trip is one of the most exhilarating adventures you’ll ever experience. And while there are pros and cons to any type of travel arrangement, many people are prone to look at cons of traveling alone before they look at the pros. But the truth is, it’s a lot scarier than it actually is, and many first-time solo travelers will happily attest to this.
There are many reasons why you’d want to go on a solo trip: you’ll be able to focus more on the destination and culture, you’ll meet more locals, be forced to jump outside of your comfort zone, and learn to deal with problems on your own. The fact is, solo traveling can be one of the most eye-opening and rewarding times of your life. If you’re thinking about solo traveling, here are a few tips.
One of the best ways to prepare yourself for the awesome benefits of solo travel is to get inspired by others. This means reading books (fiction and non-fiction) about solo traveling, checking out solo travel blog posts, and watching video blogs on how to solo travel at specific destinations. You’d be surprised at how impactful these resources can be on your mental outlook. Check out these articles for further reading:
- 10 Books About Solo Travels
- Best Solo Female Travel Blogs
- Top 100 Solo Travel YouTube Channels
- Solo Travel Memoirs Written by Women
Perhaps the most dreadful part of a solo adventure is the loneliness. The majority of people you meet abroad will be traveling in groups, and this is just the reality of the situation. Here and there, you’ll come across other solo travellers, and you should definitely approach them and strike up a conversation. Because you’re already traveling alone, you’ve already got an ice breaker.
However, this doesn’t mean you should stray from groups of friends or social events. In a passage of a memoir called “What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding,” solo traveler Kristen Newman described a lesson her mom taught her while they were traveling when she was young. Newman was an only child, and sat in a corner of the pool on vacation while other girls her age played together on the other end of the pool. In an effort to encourage Newman to approach the other girls, she asks her daughter, “What would you rather have? A vacation with no friends or one scary moment?”
This is a question you should always be asking yourself when it comes to making new friends as a solo traveler. What’s the worst that could happen? Someone shuns you? You’ll find that this rarely happens and, if it did, you wouldn’t want to be friends with them anyway.
Start a Blog
One of the more difficult aspects of solo traveling is that, at times, you don’t feel like you have family and friends nearby to talk to, or people who will understand your traveling experiences. One of the best ways to cure this is to start a travel blog. A travel blog allows you to voice your opinions, record your memories, and share your experiences with friends, family, and even other people who hope to be in your shoes someday.
Fortunately, starting a blog is easier than ever. Choose your platform (WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, etc.), your web hosting, and theme, and get to writing. Try to force yourself to stick to a schedule; consistency will feel more rewarding, and helps you process everything you’re going through across different cities and countries.
Go On Tours
In many cities around the world, free walking tours are common. This is especially true if you choose to stay at a well-rated hostel that prides itself in its social activities. These daytime adventures can be a great opportunity for you to not only explore the local culture, but to meet new people. Always research ahead of time and take advantage of group activities and tour excursions, especially if they’re free or within your budget.
Download Necessary Apps
There are countless great apps for traveling, and especially for when you’re taking a solo adventure. For instance, you can learn a local language using Duolingo before you head to another country, and you should definitely download Google Translate to keep those other languages stored on your mobile device. This will come in handy if you find yourself in a situation where it’s difficult to communicate with someone in another language. There are many more: TripIt organises all your travel details in one place, while Citymapper is a seamless public transit app that helps you navigate different public transit systems.
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