July 18, 2018

How to Enjoy Yourself Traveling Alone

Thinking About Traveling Alone?
Travelling by yourself means not being able to rely on anyone else to get the most out of your trips. Many great things come along because of it. You’ll become more creative, you’ll be a better problem solver and you’ll get better at putting yourself out there! Although there are some people might doubt how is it joyful to travel all by one self, while some people think it’s great because you can do whatever you want, whenever you want and you don't have to satisfy anyone else. Solo travel means you are left to navigate your place in the world, to embrace or shun the ever-changing call of the wild. No matter where you go and what you do, it will change you.

Shut your self-doubt
Traveling alone can be uncomfortable, scary, unpredictable but also exciting. It definitely takes a certain personality to travel alone. You probably have to be somewhat of a loner to enjoy being alone. But it's not written in stone. Obviously, you have to be comfortable being alone. You have to know it's OK to be alone. It's OK to dine alone in a four Michelin star restaurant. It's OK to sleep alone in a room. Once you get over that you are set. The worst scenario is that you will be bored or lonely in a strange city rather than in your home city, that’s all. You're not traveling alone; you're traveling without a companion.

Start with the Places that Really Interest You
Start with some mini trips, find your own rhythm and move on to bigger adventure. For starters, we'd suggest you go to the places that you personally really want to see. I’ve heard people who are drown to anime so they pick Japan for their first big trip; people who’s always curious about Buddhism and visit Thailand. You might also consider activities or things that truly interest you and which you are passionate about. Could be cooking, diving, or women(!?). Have you ever heard of Latin romance tours? There are some pretty interesting documentaries online. Haha.

Socialize with Other Travelers
One thing you have to remember is that you are not the only person traveling alone. There are tons of others who travel alone and they are also looking to meet other travelers and would be more than happy to share your journey for a while. It’s easy to meet people if you stay at hostels. Airbnb is great as well if your host is in town.  Join cooking class, sign up walking tours or use Tinder to find a hot local date. Don't be afraid to spark up a conversation, sometimes act dumb and ask more questions help a lot. Little chances that people you meet while traveling will be your BFF but you'll always learn something new.

Socialize with the Locals
That’s definitely the key to make the most out of your trips. They know the ins-and-outs of their city and have enough experience to know which the best is. There are free walking tours in most cities. A lot of times the tour guides are college students making side money, tip them good if you’re not too short with money. I know some travelers on a super budget would fade out while the tour comes to an end. Expats are superb as well! Join expats Facebook group of the city or you can download the app “meetup” and join the group activities of your interest. They are always very very friendly and helpful, and most importantly, they speak fluent English.

Get a Good Book on the Go
We got so caught up with technology that our attention span has gone way shorter. Traveling alone is a great opportunity to get disconnected and go on a
digital detox. I think people nowadays really overlook how toxic checking their phone 24/7 is. You get dopamine when receiving texts or seeing photos that you’re tagged in. Dopamine controls the "pleasure" systems of the brain “. Read a good book is a great way to break that dopamine loops. Is there a book that you always say you want to read when you have time? Now, it’s the best time. Plus, you’ll look extra hot when you are holding a book instead of our phone. Btw, there’s a fun Instagram account called “hotdudesreading”. Does it inspire you to read?

Be safe
When you’re on the go, STAY LOW-KEY. But do not worry too much, the world isn't as unsafe as portrayed by media. But make sure you don’t flash jewelry or expensive cameras and electronics. Be discreet to avoid unwanted attention especially if you’re traveling in those adventurous places. And you might want to check what your insurance covers as well. It’s not fun paying a huge amount of bill and laying in a hospital bed alone in a foreign country. There is one thing people tend to overlook when traveling, that is to protect your identity on the road. If you're going to be using public WiFi on your travels or do some online banking or just use your credit card. We suggest you to use a VPN.

So, there’s no more canceling your travel plan because travel partner can’t fit your schedule. There are so many perks of traveling alone if you are still doubting! While traveling by yourself, there will for sure be some time for you to quietly reflect on yourself. You’ll be able to reflect on all of yourself – the good, the bad, and the ugly. You will find yourself become more confident, know yourself more and start enjoying your own company. It’s easier to make friends and you get to personalize your budget and enjoy complete flexibility: If you want to get up at 5:30 and watch the sun rise, you can! If you want to take a nap at 4:00 and then go out for dinner at 22:00 you can! 

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