After travelling alone for numerous occasions, I started to picked up some habits and ways to enjoy a better solo travelling experience. Some tips might be a great help especially if it works for you. So find out your own comfort level and make your solo travels a memorable one.
Smiling is a simple gesture to show others how friendly, sociable and approachable you are.
2.Start simple conversations
Common questions like “where are you from?”, “how long have you been travelling?” could eventually lead into a never ending conversation.
3.Do it with a purpose
It’s okay to travel alone. However it is important to do it with a purpose. A simple purpose like discovering the cultures, islands, mountains or learning a new outdoor sports which you couldn’t do back home.
4.Learning the people and their culture
It is okay to travel to visit popular tourist attractions but it would be even more meaningful if you take the time and effort to interact with the locals to learn more about their culture, understanding the history behind that specific attraction.
5.Get to know strangers
This is going to be hard especially for first timer. If it’s your first solo trip, you’ll likely be closed and defensive with many of the strangers you meet. But the more you travel, the more you’ll realise that most of them are actually nice people. Best if you are open-minded, you could get the most out of your travel no matter where you go.The word “stranger” has a negative connotation, but I firmly believe strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet.
We are all the same human being. We all have emotions. We all like music. Find common ground in the most basic matters of life and strike up a conversation with someone you’ve just met.
6.Knowing your limits
When you are all alone, you have to take extra precautions because no one will keep a lookout for you. If you think something is too dangerous for you, don’t do it. Trust your guts. Knowing your limits can be as simple as controlling your drinks.
7.Develop an interest/hobby
You could develop a new interest while travelling. You could learn a new hobby and simply get hooked by it.By then , travelling would be much meaningful for you trying out your hobby at different places around the world.
It’s always nice to encourage people to travel alone at least once in their life. An adventure with no limitations,It might be the scariest thing you’ve ever done, but if you decide to do it, I can promise you 3 things:
- It’ll be a trip you’ll never forget.
- You’ll return home a completely different person than you were before, and people will notice it.
- You’ll want to do it again.
Do you have any solo travel experience? How do you find it? Love it or Hate it? Share your thoughts in the comments below.