Lonely on a solo travel? Here’s how to beat it
SO you are planning your first ever solo trip. The necessities are booked, your bags are (almost) all packed, your itinerary is planned to a tee, you have downloaded all the apps you will need, and you are sure as heck excited.
Except, there is one more thing you may have to consider. Will you suddenly be overcome by the undeniable pit of loneliness?
The first solo trip you will ever take in your life could be daunting for a variety of reasons, such as the lack of knowledge in culture or the lack of understanding of a foreign language, but it does not mean that you should not take the leap.
“Every time when I travel alone I discover new me. In a way, most of the time, traveling do confront new me which I never knew it was there in me,” wrote Garima Srivastava on Quora.
You can equip yourself with all the necessary paperwork or tools which you will need to get you through your solo vacation, but there is one thing that you will not be able to forecast – loneliness.
This is because of your longing for something familiar in a foreign territory, be it family, loved ones, friends, or even something as simple as a hot cup of cocoa or a comforting bowl of creamy, buttery mashed potatoes. And it is completely normal to feel this way.
But how can you curb loneliness on your solo travel? Here are some tips to beat it:
Tell yourself that this vacation is all about you enjoying your much-needed alone time.
Book yourself up in a luxurious villa in the Indonesian paradise island of Bali and fill up your days enjoying all the topnotch facilities it has to offer, from aromatic healing spas to sunset yoga sessions to help you find your center.
If you are particularly fond of reading then a solo trip is the perfect way to cancel out all noise and distractions. Grab a book or two which you have been neglecting to read and allow yourself to fully immerse in them for the entirety of your vacation.
For safety and for other reasons such as needing to use ride-hailing apps or updating your social media platforms, you should always either hook yourself up with a WiFi router or a local SIM card to stay connected.
Your family, loved ones, and friends would want to keep updated with your whereabouts and this is also a good opportunity for you to have virtual company in case you ever feel lonely.
Get lost in a crowd
The sting of isolation during solo travel could be easily remedied by spending time with others, albeit indirectly. So allow yourself to get lost in a crowd be it at a popular tourist attraction or during an Airbnb Experiences activity.
Activities such as cooking classes or group walking tours will allow you to feel less alone.
Alternatively, find your way to crowded space such as a bustling street market (like those in Thailand, Hong Kong, or Taiwan) and wander around the nooks and crannies of the neighborhood while picking up a couple of souvenirs along the way.
You will be pleasantly surprised at how fast you feel less lonely and how easy it is to discover some hidden gems.
Do not be afraid to make friends.
Hit up a local spot such as a restaurant, cafe, or a bar during the busiest meal times and make an effort to say hi to the person sitting next to you (without coming across as a creep, of course).
Better yet, ask the waitstaff or a local for recommendations on what to eat or drink. It will surely beat all your homely cravings as you explore new smells and tastes.
And to top it all off, you will be surprised by the quality kind of friends that you will make.