Traveling solo may sound nerve-racking to many, with the fear of being lonely in an unfamiliar place dwelling in the back of your mind…although that’s not the case. There are many ways to remain optimistic and feel more free and social than you ever did at home. Traveling solo also provides the chance of a lifetime to challenge yourself and overcome some of your weaknesses.
- Carefully Choose Your Accommodations: your mind may first jump to hotels, but for a more social environment, consider hostels or a bed and breakfast. You may make some lifelong friends and learn some awesome travel tips from fellow travelers.
- Travel by Train: traveling by train is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get from one place to another, not to mention dining and observation cars are a great place to meet new people.
- Take Advantage of Local Tour Guides: there is an abundance of local tours all over that are free; you may have to do a little research, but go on as many free local tours as you can. You can also go on an organized tour if you are feeling like taking the more relaxed route. Tours are a great experience to learn about the place you are visiting, as well as, remaining social and meeting new people.
- Sign Up for A Class: if you are staying long term, try taking a language course to improve your communication skills with the locals. If you are just visiting for a short amount of time, try taking a cooking or art class to get a feel for the local culture.
- Coffee Shops are Your Best Friend: not only do coffee shops offer a communal feeling, but more times than not, they mean Wi-Fi. This means that you can have time to stay in touch with family and friends and keep them updated with your travels.
- Consistency is Key: if you will be in the same area longer than a few days, remain consistent; go to the same grocery store, coffee shop, market etc. and you will get noticed by the locals, which will turn into easy start up conversations and some potentially awesome experiences.