Solo travelling may not be for everyone as most people need and desire to have company with them all the time. Travelling alone can get quite lonely and you need to be mentally and emotionally strong. With that being said, there are ample benefits to it and you are likely to really get in touch with your inner self, get out of your comfort zone, boost confidence and learn how to rely on yourself. In this article, we give you the top tips how not to feel lonely when travelling alone.
Invest in yourself
Make friends with yourself and learn your true and good qualities. Spending time alone gives you a lot of time to think about yourself and what you want to do in life. This is likely to motivate you and help you set goals in life. Learn how to like yourself and how to be confident. Maxwell Maltz once said that, “If you make friends with yourself you will never be alone.”
Be open to change and new people
Make new friends everywhere you go, be nice to people and outgoing. Do not be shy or afraid to initiate conversations with new people. Also, visit places where there are people in the same situation like you. It can be helpful to visit expat hangouts, touristic locations and try to make friends with locals.
Stay with other people
There are many types of accommodation you can opt for. If you do not want to be alone, stay at places such as hotels rather than your own private room in a hotel. Hostels can be a great way to make friends, as most of the time you find people just like you, travelling solo. Apart from always having someone around, it is also quite cheaper.
Another option is to use websites such as couch surfing and Airbnb. In this case, you will live with someone or in someone’s house. There are many benefits with this type of accommodation as most of the time it is a cheaper alternative and you may have someone that knows the area you are staying at.
Interact with the locals
It is always beneficial to have local friends as you can avoid tourist and unexperienced traps while also get first hand recommendations. You get to see the destination from a local’s perspective and experience their customs up close.
Learn the language
English nowadays is one of the most spoken languages around the world. Therefore, if at least you can speak and understand English, you should be fine. With this being said, it is even more beneficial if you learn the native language or some of the basics. You will be able to participate in conversations and understand the jokes which can help you feel more welcomed. Undeniably, learning the native language will make it easier for you to interact with the locals.