If you want to get the best out of your trip while traveling solo, then here are some tips to help you so successfully.
Make the effort to meet people
I’m going to be completely honest here and say that I haven’t always been as outgoing and open to making new friends as I am now. I believe that blogging has given me the confidence to go out and meet more people, especially readers who reach out to me! As time has passes, I’m becoming more confident approaching people just to say hello. Meeting people is now by far and large my favorite part about travel, getting to know their story and perspective on life. Someone once told me that we are a composition of our favorite traits from people we’ve met – taking a little piece (personality trait, perspective, mantra) from each person who inspires us and that comprising of ourselves. I love that.
Join a tour somewhere along the way
When I took my first trip solo I was determined not to join a tour group, if even for a week. That being said, I was away for just under a month. On my second major solo trip, I went for a year. 12 months. 365 days. If I hadn’t have joined a tour group a couple of times throughout that year (in Scotland and in Argentina + Brazil), I would have driven myself mental. As much as I love spending time on my own, I also love people. Don’t be ashamed to join a tour because it “isn’t solo travel”… it is. Its all a part of the journey.
Use every inch of Daylight
This is a mistake I slip in and out of, depending on my work load but you can try to spend every inch of daylight outdoors adventuring. Explore your location and remember that you might never be in that place ever again, so you’ve gotta make the most of it!
Enjoy your alone time
Traveling solo means a lot of alone time (I know, I know, stating the obvious here!) But for one reason or another, this scares some people as they don’t believe they will enjoy so much time alone. I’m hearing you – this was me once upon a time. But let me tell you in complete honesty here, that solo travel leads you to actually like yourself. You learn more about yourself, you learn to love yourself and you learn what you like and what you don’t like. You learn to control your emotions and to listen to yourself instead of others.
Not going at all
Lets finish on a high note and the most important of all – If you want to get the best out of your trip,the biggest mistake you can make is to not go at all! Solo travel is intimidating to many and almost put me off traveling for a while, until I decided that I would just do it. Worst case scenario I could come home, right? Luckily I didn’t come back until it was time for me to go home because I loved it so much, but it is always comforting.
… Enjoy your trip