Recent studies show that 15% of travelers are now taking solo trips, and it makes perfect sense. Of course, you love company, but there may be times when you need to travel alone for one reason or another. And the last thing you want is to let the absence of company keep you from enjoying your travel experience. So, if an opportunity has presented itself to hit the road or embark on a new travel experience, grab it. And if you’re concerned you may not enjoy your time out there alone, don’t worry. Here are some ways you can have fun on a solo trip.
- Love your own company
Before anything else, you must start learning how to love your company. That means identifying the things you enjoy doing when you’re alone. And you can start now. Imagine being alone for hours. What will you love to do to keep yourself company and enjoy yourself? Think about them, make a list, and purchase them for your trip. For example, if you love to indulge in cannabis to pass the time, purchase some for your trip. But be careful; different locations have different cannabis rules regarding using such products, and you need to learn them. These rules differ from one destination to another and may cover purchasing, distribution, and use of such products.
- Make friends with the locals
The last thing you want is to travel with tunnel vision, especially when headed to a new location for the first time. It’s easy to feel lonely in a foreign country. And a great way to keep the lonely feeling at bay is to make friends with the locals. Of course, this might not come easily to everyone, especially if you’re not outgoing. But you don’t need to go out of your way to seek out and make friends. Something as simple as a friendly hi or hello with a smile on your face can be enough to spark a friendship. But you also need to accept that not everyone will return your warmth, so don’t take that personally.
- Learn something new
Whether it’s an online course, a new skill, or a hobby, learn something new during your trip. Doing this will prove particularly helpful if you’re embarking on a long trip and need various activities to help you pass the time. Of course, what you should learn will depend on your travel destination, your interests, and the activities planned. But the most important thing is to sign up for something new that you will love.
- Take yourself out to dinner
Known as masturdating, it’s healthy to take yourself out to dinner and pretty much have fun alone. ‘Masturdating’ is the quirky dating trend everyone should try – and it’s not as dirty as it sounds It may feel a little awkward if you’re not used to it, but once you get past that, you’ll realize how fun and satisfying it can be. By enjoying your own company, you’re creating travel memories unique to you. So, instead of locking yourself up in your hotel room because you’re alone, take yourself out for dinner.