The biggest and I think the most obvious factor in traveling by oneself is the ability to do what you want when you want. The task now for you to figure out what that is. Which can become negative when you are tired and ready for a place to crash for the night or a place to eat without any ideas or possibly even a way to understand the language.
Here are some tricks for the savvy solo traveler to keep enjoying their freedom.
Plan In Advance
Not a lot but enough to have an idea of places you can stay in the destinations you are heading off to next. Break it down into both cost-efficient options as well as places that are earmarked for privacy. Hostels, Airbnbs, and hotels choose at least one of each. With these earmarked where you are going, you will be stuck with nowhere to sleep in a strange city. This article does a break down of the pros and cons of different types of accommodations.
Alone or With Company?
It is a common misconception that you are going to be all alone for your entire solo adventure. Quite the opposite actually, there are many ways to meet new friends along your journey. Hostels are a great way, along with Airbnbs that have friendly hosts. Getting involved in events that are happening around the city and finding a fun, local dive bar can all provide the perfect scenario to meet people when you start feeling lonely on the road. Check Out the Best Dive Bars in San Diego.
Want to be alone?
Spend time in a local coffee shop and pull out a book or journal to get some alone time. Take yourself to the movies, the farmers market or have a spa day. There never needs to be an excuse to get outdoors and seek solace in the mountains or by the sea. Case and point, do the things you like doing and you will find that you are more than enough company.
Final Step: Relax
Take the pressure off yourself, don’t worry about micro-managing everything and let your day unfold. I think this is the greatest luxury as a solo traveler, you do not have to have a plan or be concerned about what the group wants to do. You can literally do whatever you want. Take advantage of the freedom you have bestowed upon yourself. It may feel daunting at first, but you really can do no wrong.
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