Some think traveling on our own is more distressing and less fun than in a company of a dear friend – or a spouse. But it really depends on where you’ve chosen to go and with what thoughts in mind. Thinking out of the box will make this experience truly liberating and gratifying. Take the below tips on board.
1. Invent a second self
So you are about to travel to a faraway destination where no one knows you. Why not take the chance of playing out a different role? You can choose an alter ego – any you want – especially if you go to some place most people rarely travel to alone. For example, you’ve arrived at a resort mostly consisting of couples – just or for a long time happily married – and you feel a little jumpy when someone curious asks you who you came there with or why you’re on your own. Make up a story. You could be a left bride (groom) on your solo recovery trip trying to find inner peace and the new meaning of life after that heartbreaking event. While in reality you are just having the time of your life relaxing at the local spa, admiring an amazing view from the infinity pool, sleeping in, and enjoying delicious food. This way, you will give people some food for thought and a fresh topic to discuss, and yourself a new creative experience.
2. Communicate with strangers
Don’t most of us visit parties and gatherings to meet new people? Traveling is about new friends, too. Besides that, talking to people may open new opportunities for some more interesting time. Locals know other places so much more fun than any guide-book describes. So ask them where they spend a day off. If it sounds curious, ask if you can join them. Who knows where a short conversation may take you? Fun dancing sessions, unmentioned events and great eateries can enliven your trip. Experienced travelers say a new place doesn’t count unless you’ve had a good chat with a local.
3. Lose yourself
Always worried about your bump of locality? You will need it when traveling alone, as weird as it may sound. Each time you find yourself in a situation when you’re lost and there’s no one around to guide you, there’s a chance for something good to happen. Wandering a street that doesn’t seem to fit your guidebook, in a small town somewhere in southern Italy, you may hit on a beautiful medieval church. Worrying less about how you will find your way back on track gives you an opportunity to explore rare places you wouldn’t have come across with a clear route in mind.