Travelling alone doesn’t have to be a daunting task, and can often be a time not only for soul-searching and enjoying your own company but meeting new people and seeing what else the world has to offer. With that in mind, here are 5 tips for travelling alone:
1. Take opportunities to meet up with locals and other travellers.
This could include anything from staying in hostels to meet other travellers to enjoying events, pubs, clubs, markets etc. where the opportunities to meet up with locals will present themselves. The only thing you need to remember is that you should remain open to the possibilities – so extend your social bubble!
2. Trust your instinct.
Of course this doesn’t mean that you should trust nobody and spend the entire trip on your own. A lot of the time your gut instinct will be correct and will be able to lead you to safety or away from danger.
3. Take advantage of the alone time.
A lot of the downsides of travelling with a group are that nobody can agree on anything and you may end up doing something that you didn’t really want to do in the first place. Having some alone time allows you to see what you are interested in and check the boxes for all of those places you might not otherwise have seen.
4. Don’t be afraid to eat alone.
That is to say – if you are going to a restaurant don’t be worried what other people are thinking. Take a book, get your phone out, or finish that magazine you’ve had for a while.
Also, if you are staying in a hostel that does group dinners and you end up going alone this is another great opportunity to meet some people.
5. Ask other people for help if you need it.
This also goes back to trusting your instinct, but with other travellers for instance there is a sense of comraderie that generally translates. Asking for help could be as simple as finding directions to your hostel, or staying away from the dreaded selfie by getting someone else to take that perfect photo for you.