After safety, loneliness is the number one complaint of the solo traveler.
Most of us don’t actually complain about it that much; we relish our time alone. But even for the most avid solo traveler, loneliness can be an issue on occasion. Fortunately, there are ways to plan your own trip, travel alone and not feel lonely. I give you…
10 Tips to Travel Solo and Social
- Choose your accommodation wisely. Hostels and B&Bs are naturally more social than hotels or many resorts.
- Consider traveling by train. The dining and observation cars are great places to meet people
- Take advantage of local tour guides. Read 8 Ways to Find a Free Local Tour Guide.
- Learn how to talk to strangers. Read Travel Solo and, Yes, Talk to Strangers.
- If you’re in one place for a while, plan to take language or cooking classes. Whatever interests you.
- Break up long trips with an organized tour. You’ll enjoy the company and a chance to let someone else take care of all the details.
- Go to restaurants with communal tables. Read this Dining Solo Post for info on how to find them.
- Go to coffee shops that are the hubs for freelancers. These are social places that also offer free wifi to stay connected with home. Read: Finding the Freelance Hub
- When you are in one place for a while, go to the same green grocers, flower shop or restaurant consistently. You’ll be noticed as a new regular and people will eventually chat with you.
- Take advantage of the night life. Read: 10 Tips on Clubbing and Pubbing Solo.
Posts to check out.
- 8 Ways to Find a Free Local Tour Guide
- Travel Solo and, Yes, Talk to Strangers
- Solo Dining? Try Restaurants with Communal tables
- Finding the Freelance Hub: Great for the solo traveler
- 10 Tips on Clubbing and Pubbing Solo