Every season is a good season to travel, but during the summer you may find yourself traveling solo a little more than usual. Whether your traveling domestic or exploring abroad, traveling without a partner can be slightly intimidating if you’re new to the practice. Here are some tips to help your trip go as smoothly as possible.
Traveling anywhere can be stressful and having a worry of checking a bag and making sure it follows you is something that can be completely avoided. Packing light not only ensures that you only need a full size carryon, but it also forces you to live freely rather than worrying about what to wear. The less clothes, the easier it is to get dressed every day you’re out. Plus, it gives you the opportunity to buy something wherever you are!
Adopt the #LaterGram Mentality
You know you’re traveling, your followers know you’re traveling, don’t get too consumed in actively posting while you should be enjoying your experience. Photos last forever but your experience does not, so take a lot of photos but don’t worry about posting them until after you’re home!
Connect with Other Solo Travelers
Almost everywhere you go, there are plenty of tours and day trips dedicated to solo travelers. Whether you want to explore on your own or meet other solo travelers along the way to travel alone… together. Guided solo groups are a great way to sight see and stay social.
Bring Something of Sentiment
Maybe it’s a security blanket, maybe it’s a shirt! Maybe it is a copy of your favorite book. Whatever it is, bring something that reminds you of home that can ease the loneliness just long enough for you get back. It’s ok to feel lonely sometimes, but don’t let it stop you from enjoying your time away!
Traveling alone means that you aren’t stuck doing what everyone else in your group wants to do. Take this time as an opportunity to branch out, test the waters and experience something you never could have imagined.
Most importantly, remember that even though you may be alone you do not have to feel lonely. Friends are everywhere, all you have to do is reach out. Maybe bond with someone over a nice glass of wine or two.