Not Sure of Things to Do While Traveling Alone? Check Out the Fine Art of Meeting People While Traveling Alone!
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and discover things to do while traveling alone. No joke, that is a truly amazing decision because you will learn so much about yourself (like how to take an amazing picture of yourself while traveling alone).
Are you a little worried? Scared about unwanted male attention or worried about meeting people while traveling alone? Yeah, that’s totally normal. Welcome to the club. I was terrified before I first decided to travel alone.
Who are you gonna talk to? I mean, humans are social creatures so how can anyone survive solo travel and actually have fun?
If it totally sucked then I wouldn’t do it. And while yes, I am human and do get lonely sometimes, on the whole, I really enjoy solo travel and being able to do what I want, when I want.
I’m gonna show you exactly how to cope with loneliness when traveling alone. Because let’s be real, you’re gonna get lonely and rather then suffer through it, I’m here to give you tips to deal with it.
Looking at the fine art of meeting people while traveling; like where and how you can meet people. Or tips on how to cope with the epic awkwardness of eating alone while traveling.
1. Join a Tour Group
Truth Be Told:
I am such an introvert and really hate meeting people. I mean sure, I can be as social as the next person but why? I’m never gonna see these people again so like really, what’s the point?
I Feel Ya:
Yes, I am totally nuts and I pray that you are a much more social, solo female traveler than me and are in fact, looking for some effective ways to meet other travelers.
So If You Actually Like People:
Drop by the front desk and see if there are any group tours that you can join. This technique is especially effective in hostels that tend to cater to travelers who are looking to be a bit more social than me.
Most hostels offer a ton of cheap, group tours that cover anything from Pub Crawls to Dance Parties to Museum Tours. So short fo sitting in your room and binge-watching Netflix (no judgment because I do that more than I should), I guarantee that you’ll find at least one activity that interests you.
I feel like we tend not to talk to strangers because we think they’re either a serial killer or that we are bothering them.
I do watch a lot of Investigation Discovery but no, I can’t help you create a profile for a serial killer. I don’t have those kinds of skills.
But In Truth:
You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to chat with people on a tour. Nine times out of ten, most people are surprised and curious intrigued by the fact that you’re traveling alone.
They’ll pretty readily chat with you and who knows, you may even make a friend or get invited to join someone for dinner (A nice change from eating alone, which is not my favorite aspect of solo travel).
2. Stay in a Hostel (The Horror. Kidding, Sort of…)
Hostels create an open, diverse, and welcoming community where travelers can make friends and share tips with one another. They can also share Athlete’s Foot with you, so bring some flip flops. Oh and earplugs since some people enjoy having sex in public places.
But on a More Serious Note:
As mentioned above, most hostels offer free (or at minimal cost) communal activities, like cooking classes, that create a fun and friendly atmosphere in which backpackers can easily get to know one another.
Hostels can be geared more towards a younger traveler so there might be a vibrant party scene. If this is not you’re thing and you think livin’ la vida loca is staying up after 10:00 pm, then do your research before you book a hostel (duh).
I don’t know about you but I for one am totally over the communal sleeping arrangements available in dorm rooms. have a late night party scene that may NOT be your thing like I am totally over sleeping in a dorm and will rent a private room every time, but not always. Some hostels are party hostels, while others have a diverse crowd of travelers with a variety of interests. My best advice is to just do your research and find a hostel that meets your travel needs.
3. Go to the Grocery Store
This one may seem a little odd but a lot of times, it can be VERY difficult to dine alone. Yes, you can bring a book, eat at the bar, or play on your phone, but sometimes it’s so awkward to stare aimlessly, into space, while everyone else is engaged in a riveting conversation ( I mean let’s be real, eating is a very communal activity). And while certain tactics can help you cope with eating alone, I feel like nothing can actually replace the connection and joy that stems from a good conversation over a nice, hot meal. Well, that’s where the grocery store comes in handy (Also a great way to save money). Just go to a local grocery store, buy what you want to eat, and have a nice little dinner in your room. I do this while watching Netflix on my phone, via wifi, and this helps prevent some of the loneliness that comes from eating alone.
4. Chat with Someone on Line
This one always works and is a great way to pass the time while you’re waiting on line. I mean, you’d be surprised how people will immediately chat with you about their lives and where they’re from. I have met a lot of really interesting people, from all over the world, this way and I highly recommend it as a great way to help you feel connected to people and less alone.
5. Don’t be Scared and Hang Out with Someone
Okay, I’m not saying that you should throw caution to the wind and hop in the car with a total stranger. But, I also don’t think that you should run away from everyone that invites you to dinner or asks you to grab a cup of coffee. By taking a chance and hanging out with some locals, I have been able to meet some amazing and people see some amazing things that I would have never known about otherwise. So while you should be cautious, listen to your gut, and always hang out with someone in a public space, also try and let loose, give people a chance, and see where this crazy journey takes you. I mean, you never know who you will meet or what you are gonna do, and that is so exciting. Besides, it’s a great change of pace from doing everything alone.
6. Check Out a Show
A lot of times my loneliness really kicks in at night, when I’m alone and have nothing to distract me from the thoughts swirling around in my head. Therefore, I like to ask the front desk about a variety of night time performances that will distract me and don’t require a companion; things like music performances, plays, puppet theatre, etc. Basically, whatever cultural activity is representative of the country I am visiting.
7. Bring Lots of Entertainment
I always bring books, magazines, word puzzles, music, guidebooks, a journal, etc. Basically, anything that is easy to carry but that will also entertain you so that you don’t get too lonely.
8. See Who is Traveling to the Same Place as You
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and see if they are traveling to the same destination as you. Not only is this a great way to save money, because you now have someone to split the cost of a taxi with, but you will also have a buddy to endure the journey with and someone who will explore a new location with you ( I always meet the coolest, most interesting people this way. Totally worth it).
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