Travelling solo

Finding the right person to go on holiday with is never easy, and once you find someone, you may have differing views on where to go. So, try not to fear travelling on your own, as the whole experience can be extremely liberating.

As a solo traveller you can go where you want, do what you want, whenever you want. When you travel on your own, you’re more likely to take notice of different cultures, meet more local people and have the travel experience that you really want. So now you’ve bitten the bullet and decided to go it alone, these four strategies will help you make the most of your trip.

1. Follow your passion
Consider basing your trip on your interests and/or passions – even if you have lonely moments, most of the time you’ll be immersed in something you enjoy. Don’t put yourself on a coach where all that is required is looking out the window and getting your bags to reception on time. Instead, choose a cooking class, meditation retreat, hiking tour, fishing trip or canoeing adventure – anything where you can get involved in an activity or experience with like-minded people.

2. Lonely hearts
Don’t look for romance – it’s a bonus if it happens, but can be very disappointing when, as is the case most of the time, it doesn’t eventuate.

3. Chatterbox
Become one. Force yourself to talk to strangers – and practise this before you leave. Expect knock backs and learn to be philosophical about them. Forget the Ritz; go for cheaper, share accommodation including backpackers and hostels. Some of the time you may want privacy and your own space, but you are much more likely to find fun company at a hostel and have a better time than in lonely five-star luxury.

4. Write it out
Keep a journal. It will not only form a wonderful record of different sights and sounds, but can also be a trusted, discreet and non-judgmental friend to whom you can pour out your heart if you have an attack of the blues.

Are you a frequent solo traveller? Do you have any recommendations?

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Written by Debbie McTaggart