Having friends who don’t want to travel is not reason enough not travel.
But putting that aside, I have always been in love with traveling. And when I decided to start traveling, I had two choices. Number one was to wait around until I had friends who wanted to travel and number two was to settle for solo traveling.
Life is too short to wait around until you get friends who want to travel. So, the first choice was not an option for me. I decided to start solo traveling.
In the majority of the cases, people will abhor solo traveling because of the myths that they have been hearing. Most of these myths are always negative. Never even once did anyone think of saying something positive about solo traveling.
Here are two examples of negative things that I have heard through the years regarding solo travel:
1. IT IS HIGHLY DANGEROUS, YOU COULD DIE
I am not disputing that solo traveling can be risky. But if you act smart and always watch your back there is nothing that can go wrong.
Take out your earphones from your ears and pay attention to what is happening around you.
Help your family keep track of you very cheaply through the use of the internet.
If you forget the directions, move to place where you can’t attract a lot of attention and check your map, this way, you cannot attract attention from those people who are always looking to prey on tourists claiming that they want to help them in navigating the city.
Trust your instincts. If you ever feel like the intentions of someone you meet while solo traveling are questionable, bail out immediately.
That way you will always be safe.
2. YOU WILL ALWAYS PAY MORE TO STAY IN HOTELS
Have you ever heard of something that they call bargaining power?
Yes, use this as your tool to avoid paying more money for hotels and rooms where you stay while you are traveling alone.
I tried a trick one day.
I walked into a clothes store and picked out a pair of shorts and asked the vendor how much it cost. He told me an unbelievably high price.
Do you wanna know what I did?
Of course, you do.
I walked away.
Before I reached the exit, the vendor caught up with me and asked me, “how much did you have?”
Yeah, I bought these shorts for almost half the price he had initially mentioned to me.
This is the tactic that you should also use when you are looking for a hotel or room to stay at for the night. Always threaten to walk away. That way, you will be given the chance to bargain. You will always find that you pay less as compared to when you don’t bargain.
Now you know that these myths people talk about regarding solo traveling are always aimed at tarnishing this activity and they are never true. Now, how about we look at ways to make solo traveling fun, or in better words, let’s make solo traveling less boring.
WAYS TO MAKE SOLO TRAVELLING LESS BORING
1. KEEP YOUR SELF BUSY ALL THE TIME
Ever seen a busy person who is also bored?
Pack yourself something that will make you feel comfortable and entertain you at the same time when you are solo traveling.
Bring your laptop with you and make sure that you accompany the laptop with high-quality studio headphones for you to listen to music on the way. Music runs the world you know.
Bring your favorites book, for me, I would go with rich dad poor dad, Okay, I have read this one before but there is no harm in reading a book you enjoy for a second time.
Bring with you a photo album that contains pictures from all your family members especially when they were little kids in the eighties’. These will keep you occupied. You won’t even realize that you are out traveling alone.
2. MAKE NEW FRIENDS
You know it and I know it.
A new friend is always interesting. It is not like a friend that you have known for decades. With a new friend, you can learn about each other and always have interesting conversations.
Sometimes problems like not being able to understand the other person’s language can act as a hindrance. But this is never a problem with the modern technologies including google translate which has the capability of translating over 100 languages.
Having a new friend to talk to will keep solo traveling interesting as you explore exotic places together.
3. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
For example, let’s say back home you are used to going to the movies every evening. Now you are traveling alone in China.
Why not take a Kung Fu class to keep things interesting?
Go to a Chinese hotel and get laughed at because you don’t know how to use chopsticks.
Embarrass yourself by trying to do a somersault (of course you will have to do this on a safe platform otherwise you will break your neck).
Getting out of your comfort zone makes things interesting and you will agree with me that when things are interesting, there is no room for boring.
4. CONSIDER STAYING AT HOSTELS
Fancy and pricey hotel rooms are awesome, but they can also be very boring. Consider staying at hostels where you will meet and talk to a lot of people from different parts of the planet. Get to learn their culture.
Join in the fun of sharing about different experiences as you also get to listen to these people’s experiences. Make friends with these people, although the friends you make in hostels only end up being hostel friends, in the long run, you actually are not looking for long-term friends though.
You are only looking to keep things fun and less boring on your solo travel!
5. TRY VOLUNTEERING
Find an activity that you can take part in, that can help improve someone’s life or even something’s life.It does not really matter whether it is a person or an animal that you are to help when volunteering. Volunteering not only keeps you from being bored but it also helps you feel better about yourself.
6. TRY AND USE COUCH SURFING
You probably are wondering what I am talking about when I say “use couch surfing”. Well, I will tell you what couch surfing is all about.
This is an online community where members will offer you free accommodation in their homes. The world is filled with beautiful hearts, right?
In most cases, your host will take his time to show you around the city and even have a meal with you.
Isn’t this interesting?
7. ASSIGN YOURSELF A PROJECT WHICH YOU MUST COMPLETE DURING YOUR TRAVEL PERIOD
This project can be anything.
Set yourself to write an ebook, a blog post, taking ten high-quality photos each and every day, reading a certain number of books by the time the travel period is over.
You can go with whatever works for you. Setting a project will keep you busy such that you won’t even have time to get bored.
8. HIT THE GYM
Yes, sweat it out.
I have never met a bored person when they are exercising.
Get your heart rate up.
Pretend you are Rocky preparing to fight Ivan Drago if you have to (you have seen this movie, right?).
Exercising will solve more of your problems than you can even think of. Plus, in the gym, you always meet people to whom you can talk to. But the talking part depends on how serious you are about your training ?. Some people will never talk to you in the gym.
9. GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU
What I mean is that you need to embrace the moment. Use that moment that you have to think and get creative instead of focusing on the fact that you are lonely. Laugh at your own inner jokes. Just embrace that moment and make it as fun as possible.
10. GO AND EXPLORE ON YOUR OWN
Sure, staying in bed feels warm and cozy. But you know what?
It won’t help with your loneliness.
Jump out of bed and take advantage of the fact that you are in a foreign city, dress up and go for a walk.Whether your decision is to go and check out some tourist sites or to simply watch people, whatever you choose is fine.
Just being outside will help in taking your mind off the fact that you are traveling solo.
Travelling solo is just awesome, people just don’t get it. With this guide, you are sure to never fear solo traveling again.
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